All signage from Toppers at State and Polk is gone - chairs also gone.
We called the number and the message said this location is closed, so we're assuming this is officially donzo!
For what it's worth, this location opened in 2012.
(Hat tip: RB!)
All signage from Toppers at State and Polk is gone - chairs also gone.
@ChiBuildings We are hearing some sort of Asian restaurant, but not confirmed. permit says Dearborn Architects.— PDNA Chicago (@PDNAChicago) February 21, 2017
Just wanted to give an update that Air at 1317 S. Michigan Ave has opened, you can sign up for classes at http://www.airfitnow.com.As a reminder, we first heard about this back in mid-January. While the space they're moving into has had a bevy of local tenants who didn't last very long, we're curious to see how they do. This is a chain with numerous locations across the country.
New Harold’s opened on Michigan just North of Cermack:
Harold's Chicken ShackAccording to Google this is true. We think there was an old shack that closed on Wabash, so we assume this is the same one, just relocated a little east.
Address: 2132 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616
It looks as though Ameritalia on Michigan, just south of 13th has closed. There was no official sign saying so, but as I walked by last night - no lights on, no signage in the windows, and upon looking inside, things were cleared out. Kinda sad but not surprising. The place I'm sure had a lot of carry-out and delivery but not enough eat-in - hardly saw customers there.
Work on the South Loop's new neighborhood school will begin next month, city officials say.
Demolition of a vacant post office building to make way for the new South Loop Elementary School near 16th and Dearborn streets will begin in March, Chicago Public Schools officials told neighbors last week. The new school for 1,200 students is expected to open in 2019.
Episteme Luxury Homes plans a new four-story, 39-unit condo building at 18th and State Street. The proposal for 1802 S. State St. is a less ambitious iteration of a seven-story project Episteme proposed last year.The article goes onto to discuss the difference between Condo developments and rental.
As far as post-recession condos are concerned, the 1802 S. State project follows on the heels of the 140-unit building at 1345 S. Wabash and is an encouraging sign for the health of the market. However, the biggest test for the area—a 74-story, 832-foot-tall luxury condominium tower at 1000 S. Michigan Avenue—is yet to come.
Perched on the edge of Grant Park, the JAHN-designed project known as 1000M will open a sales center for its 340 residences this summer and aims to break ground in 2018. The pace of sales should be a much better indicator for gauging the South Loop’s overall demand for new condos.
The University of Chicago Medicine invites you to join us at our new facility, The Center for Advanced Care at South Loop for a Community Open House.
Friday, February 17, 2017
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tours provided throughout the day!
- Enjoy refreshments
- Tour our facility
- Meet the staff
- Make an appointment
|Zesty Shrimp "Alt Burger"|
They are really making progress on what is looking to be a fantastic recreational park at the corner of Prairie And East 21st. Will be a nice addition to the ever growing area.
|A young(er) Chance the Rapper |
in front of Jones College Prep Sign
(here is a great read on his background)
At Jones College Prep High School, some of his teachers ridiculed his aspirations to become a musician. Following a 10-day suspension in early 2011 during his senior year for possessing marijuana on campus, Bennett recorded his first full-length project, a mixtape titled 10 Day (also known as #10Day). In December 2011, he released a song titled "Windows", and publicly announced his 10 Day project.We like to think we're hip to the latest jams and while we're only being slightly sarcastic with that statement, we did highlight Mr. Chance way back in April of 2013. Back then it was because he was generating some local buzz and snagged a slot at Lollapalooza.
The city of Chicago on Thursday announced plans for a new CTA Green Line "L" station at Damen Avenue and Lake Street near the United Center to serve a growing residential and business area.
The new station will fill a 1.1-mile gap between existing Green Line stations at California and Ashland avenues. In a statement, the city said the new station will improve public transit for businesses in the Kinzie Corridor, for tenants of the Chicago Housing Authority's Village of Westhaven complex and other residents, as well as for sports fans coming to the United Center for Blackhawks and Bulls games.While we're certainly advocates for a more robust el system, this one seems slightly unnecessary. As someone who has made the walk from the Ashland/Lake green line stop to the United Center, it's not that bad right now. And judging by our Google Map search, this really saves 5 minutes of walking time:
I noticed this morning the on ramp to 90/94 on Roosevelt is open. Been waiting for that for quite some time! I hadn't seen a post about it yet.
|Essex on the Park|
Dubbed “Current Projects: New Skyscrapers on the Park,” the evening lecture will provide a unique opportunity to hear architects and developers share both their designs and inspirations for some of Chicago’s most anticipated projects. Among the expert panelists will be Chan-li Lin of Viñoly Architects. Mr. Lin serves as project director of the 76-story One Grant Park tower that is currently under construction at the corner of Roosevelt and Indiana.
This event is open to the public and is scheduled for Thursday, February 9th at 6:00 PM at the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s lecture space at 224. Michigan Avenue. Standard tickets for the lecture are now available online for $15 with discounted rates provided to students and CAF members.
It's one of the best kept secrets in the city: Chess Records, the historic recording studio building where modern electric blues was born. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones recorded here, and this is where Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Etta James and Bo Diddley, to name a few, launched careers that influenced countless recording stars to this day.
Today, Europeans who flock to Chicago for Blues Fest want to see it. And when rock stars like Eric Clapton come to town, they are thrilled to walk the same backstairs where blues legends would once carry their instruments up to record. But Chicago has never properly promoted this great international musical legacy, born at 2120 S. Michigan Ave. A small plaque is all that currently marks this storied spot.
Yesterday, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks began the formal process of reviewing the former Johnson Publishing office tower at 820 S. Michigan Avenue for official Chicago Landmark designation, the mayor’s office announced. Completed in 1971, the building not only represented the city’s once mighty position as a publishing powerhouse, but as the home of Ebony and Jet magazines, the modernist high-rise was a beacon of Chicago’s African American business community.
The planning and design of the building also represents the ethos of Johnson Publishing as the tower was designed by John Warren Moutoussamy, an African American architect who studied under Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. According to the city, to this day, the building was the first and remains the only high-rise in downtown Chicago designed by an African American.
A live person actually answered the phone and confirmed this.
Also confirmed that previously issued gift cards will be honored.It's been quite an ordeal to get back to being open. As a reminder, this South Loop stalwart had a massive (and ironic) fire back in December of 2014:
They’ve not only rebuilt, but they’ve also renovated the 15,000-square-foot space that includes seating for 215, according to a news release. Ownership upgraded the kitchen and restored the original Tiffany-glaze brick and custom millwork. There’s a backlit wine wall in the bar area on the first floor and they’ll host private events on the second floor. There was great effort to ensure they’ve preserved the building’s historic past, which includes hiring back most of the staff that was with the restaurant before the fire.
Is there still a great, (nearly) undiscovered American Painter of the 20th century?
I think there is.
I got involved in estate of the late artist James C. Harrison when his works ended up at an Antique and Auction House back in Michigan I worked at briefly years ago. It was great work (and a real departure for that shop) so, after going through the couple thousand works I asked if I could get involved.
We have his first Chicago show since the late 80s set up at The Elephant Room Gallery on Wabash. Feb 3rd to 25th. Harrison is kind of a ghost through the ascension of American Art, beginning in the 40s and through until his death in 1990.