Archive for August 2013

Boating in and around the South Loop, Part 3

Boating in and around the South Loop, Part 3
What a summer of boating I’ve had!  Although my penchant started when I was only about four.  Here’s a picture of me from then captaining a boat in Florida, my dad taking the picture.  The guy who owns the boat is alongside, looking pretty relaxed in spite of a four-year-old at the wheel who isn’t... Read more »

The new Jones College Prep opens its door to the neighborhood--but only for one night

The new Jones College Prep opens its door to the neighborhood--but only for one night
It was one glorious evening.  Last night, South Loopers got to see the new and very gleaming and very impressive Jones College Prep, which opened its doors  to us so we could see our South Loop TIF dollars at work.  As well as the many dignitaries on hand. Then the door banged shut again.  Our... Read more »

The coming DePaul Arena looks like it may be attracting residents

The coming DePaul Arena looks like it may be attracting residents
Vesta Lofts, a newly renovated and adaptively reused 59-unit luxury loft rental at 21st and Indiana–which 100 years ago was Vesta Battery (and other things like auto lights and accessories)–appears to be having a heyday.  And not just because the building recently landed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to Aaron Galvin, the managing... Read more »
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Wabash Tap does good for Misericordia once again (so be there Wednesday)

Wabash Tap does good for Misericordia once again (so be there Wednesday)
If you’ve ever been to Wabash Tap in the South Loop at 1233 S. Wabash, it probably has a special meaning for you.   Dive bar?  A good old-fashioned neighborhood tavern?  Loud bar?  Lively bar?  A place to play pool?  Eat popcorn?  Have a shot and a beer?  Even a craft beer?  Maybe all it... Read more »

Roosevelt Collection finally gets some retail

Roosevelt Collection finally gets some retail
I’ve always loved the Roosevelt Collection, that condo (now rental)/movie theater/plaza-like courtyard complex just west of Clark on the Roosevelt Road bridge.  I loved it since the day it opened. I loved the way you could look north beyond the complex and see a collection of breathtaking downtown buildings in the distance.  I loved the... Read more »

Trader Joe's food comes from where?

Trader Joe's food comes from where?
I was intrigued by the title of a fellow ChicagoNow blogger’s post recently:  ”Trader Joe’s Shopping Nightmare.”  What? I thought.  How could a trip to Trader Joe’s be a nightmare?   We South Loopers love our Trader Joe’s. We couldn’t wait for it to get here at Wabash and Roosevelt.  And when it got here,... Read more »
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