20 hours ago

Walgreen's Plans to Move into Old Post Office

...on Friday confirmed it has leased about 200,000 square feet in the building at 433 W. Van Buren St., a day after the Tribune first reported the deal. Walgreens Boots Alliance said it will...

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    Walgreen's Plans to Move into Old Post Office
    Pretty big news from last week (via Chicago Tribune): Walgreens plans to relocate 1,800 employees to Chicago's former main post office, including 1,300 workers who will move from its north suburban headquarters campus. The Deerfield-based drugstore giant on Friday confirmed it has leased about 200,000 square feet in the building at 433 W.
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34 hours ago

Could Walgreens Move To Chicago Jeopardize City’s Amazon Chances?

Walgreens employees are expected to move to 433 W. Van Buren St. by next fall.

35 hours ago

Walgreens deal could bring more Old Post Office leases

Building owner 601W Cos. is confident the wait will be much shorter for additional office leases in the 2.8 million-square-foot building at 433 W. Van Buren St.

    Walgreens deal could bring more Old Post Office leases
    When Walgreens moves 1,800 corporate workers into Chicago's old main post office next fall, it will end more than two decades of vacancy for the sprawling building that straddles Congress Parkway. Building owner 601W Cos. is confident the wait will be much shorter for additional office leases in the 2.8 million-square-foot building at 433 W.
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37 hours ago

Here's what Walgreens new downtown digs will look like

...Office structure, which spans the Eisenhower Expressway where it becomes Congress Parkway. The space at 433 W. Van Buren St., is undergoing an $800 million transformation after sitting vacant for two decades. New York-based...

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...the long-vacant, historic building. Another 500 workers currently ensconced in the Sullivan Center at 36 S. Wabash Ave., where Walgreens runs an online sales and digital office, will also move to the post...

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38 hours ago

Post Office signs Walgreens as first tenant

The redevelopment of Chicago’s Old Main Post Office took a major step forward as global healthcare firm Walgreens announced a plan to move 1,800 employees to the long-vacant Art Deco structure at 433 W. Van Buren Street.

    Walgreens moving 1,800 workers to Chicago's Old Post Office
    The redevelopment of Chicago's Old Main Post Office took a major step forward as global healthcare firm Walgreens announced a plan to move 1,800 employees to the long-vacant Art Deco structure at 433 W. Van Buren Street.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

39 hours ago

New lactation suite debuts at Union Station

500-559 W. Adams St.

    New lactation suite debuts at Union Station
    CHICAGO - Amtrak unveiled a new lactation suite in Chicago's Union Station Monday. The suite is a 5-foot by 9-foot, self-contained, mobile pod that allows a woman to enter and shut the door. Inside there are benches, a fold-down table, an electrical outlet for plugging in a breast pump.
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42 hours ago

Tapas, paella and more: Check out the 4 best Spanish spots in Chicago

Finally, there's Salero, a West Loop Gate favorite with four stars out of 235 reviews. Stop by 621 W. Randolph St. (between Desplaines and Jefferson streets) to hit up the tapas bar and Spanish spot, which offers seafood and more, next time you're in the mood.

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Topping the list is Lincoln Park's Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, situated at 2024 N. Halsted St. (between Armitage and Dickens avenues). With four stars out of 3,366 reviews on Yelp, the Spanish small-plates spot has proven to be a local favorite.

The Loop's Mercat a la Planxa, located at 638 S. Michigan Ave. (between Balbo Avenue and Harrison Street), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Spanish...

...mussels and clams). Lobster tail can also be added to the paella. Head over to 1530 S. State St. to see for yourself...

    Tapas, paella and more: Check out the 4 best Spanish spots in Chicago
    In search of a new favorite Spanish spot? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Spanish restaurants around Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike. Photo: cafe ba-ba-reeba/Yelp Topping the list is Lincoln Park's Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, situated at 2024 N.
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42 hours ago

Walgreens' New Chicago Office Set to Open in 2019

Of the 1,800 positions coming to the 400 block of West Van Buren, 1,300 will be for relocated employees, the company said. 

    Walgreens' New Chicago Office Set to Open in 2019
    The new Walgreens office in Chicago, set to be housed in the Old Post Office building, is expected to open in fall 2019, officials said Monday. Bringing with it nearly 2,000 jobs, the company said it plans to host digital and IT operations employees as well as some Walgreens Boots Alliance global IT personnel in the new space.
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

2 days ago

Walgreens to move into Chicago's old main post office building

The post office, located at 433 W. Van Buren St., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been vacant since the...

    Walgreens to move into Chicago's old main post office building
    Walgreens will move about 1,800 employees into the renovated old main post office in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce on Monday. Walgreens will take over a 200,000-sq.-ft. office space when it is fully open next year, a statement from the mayor's office said on Sunday.
    http://abc7chicago.com

3 days ago

West Central Association added 2 new photos —...

Congrats fellow WCA board member and friend Susan Rothman on the opening of her new Pure Barre studio.

    West Central Association
    West Central Association added a new photo - at Pure Barre Fulton River District.
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4 days ago

F&F Realty, Fifield Realty top off 727 West M...

F&F Realty, Fifield Realty top off 727 West Madison

    F&F Realty, Fifield Realty top off 727 West Madison
    Earlier this month, F&F Realty Ltd. and Fifield Realty Corp. celebrated the topping off for 727 West Madison, a new 45-story, 492-unit luxury rental tower in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. At just under 500 feet, the elliptical-shaped glass high-rise, designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects with Lendlease as general contractor, will be the tallest building west of the Kennedy Expressway upon its completion.
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4 days ago

Walgreens Putting 1,800 Workers In Chicago

Walgreens said Friday it will occupy 200,000 square feet in the Old Post Office Building on 433 W. Van Buren in Chicago by fall 2019.

    Walgreens Putting 1,800 Workers In Chicago
    CHICAGO (AP) - Walgreens says it's opening a new office in Chicago and staffing it with 1,800 people. Nearly 75 percent of the positions are being relocated from elsewhere. Walgreens said Friday it will occupy 200,000 square feet in the Old Post Office Building on 433 W.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

4 days ago

Walgreens Announces Nearly 2,000 New Jobs Coming to Chicago

According to a press release, Walgreens will open a new office in the Old Post Office Building, located in the 400 block of West Van Buren. When the new office opens, the company plans on bringing 1800 jobs to the new facility.

    Walgreens Announces Nearly 2000 New Jobs Coming to Chicago
    Walgreens will be opening a new office in Chicago, and with the new space comes nearly 2000 new jobs, the company announced Friday. According to a press release, Walgreens will open a new office in the Old Post Office Building, located in the 400 block of West Van Buren.
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

4 days ago

Walgreens Putting 1,800 Workers In Chicago

Walgreens said Friday it occupy 200,000 square feet in the Old Post Office Building on 433 West Van Buren in Chicago by fall 2019.

    Walgreens Putting 1,800 Workers In Chicago
    CHICAGO (AP) - Walgreens says it's opening a new office in Chicago and staffing it with 1,800 people. Nearly 75 percent of the positions are being relocated from elsewhere. Walgreens said Friday it occupy 200,000 square feet in the Old Post Office Building on 433 West Van Buren in Chicago by fall 2019.
    http://chicago.cbslocal.com

4 days ago

Walgreens to move 1,800 workers to Old Post Office, including 1,300 from Deerfield HQ

...on Friday confirmed it will lease about 200,000 square feet in the building at 433 W. Van Buren St., a day after the Tribune first reported the deal. Walgreens Boots Alliance said it will...

    Walgreens to move 1,800 workers to Old Post Office, including 1,300 from Deerfield HQ
    Walgreens plans to relocate 1,800 employees to Chicago's former main post office, including 1,300 workers that will move from its north suburban headquarters campus. The Deerfield-based drugstore giant on Friday confirmed it will lease about 200,000 square feet in the building at 433 W. Van Buren St., a day after the Tribune first reported the deal.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

4 days ago

West Loop Pioneer Wishbone Reveals Where It’s Moving To

...said they’re targeting an early fall move to the former Bin 36 space at 161 N. Jefferson Street. Nickson and her husband, chef Joel Nickson, had been pondering a move for years as...

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...rising West Loop rents were making it difficult to stay at their current location at 1001 W. Washington Boulevard. The new location is about a half a mile east...

A Lakeview location at 3300 N. Lincoln Avenue has different ownership and is run independently from the West Loop restaurant. Joel Nickson’s brother, Guy Nickson, operates the restaurant known as Wishbone North.

    West Loop Pioneer Wishbone Reveals Where It's Moving To
    The owners of Wishbone , the West Loop restaurant that earlier this year announced it was moving after 26 years, has found a new space. Co-owner Julie Nickson said they're targeting an early fall move to the former Bin 36 space at 161 N. Jefferson Street.
    https://chicago.eater.com

4 days ago

Walgreens to open new office in old Chicago Post Office

...company reported Friday it anticipates 1,800 people will work at the new facility at 433 W. Van Buren St., with about 1,300 of those jobs being relocated from other facilities. Officials for the...

    Walgreens to open new office in old Chicago Post Office
    Deerfield-based Walgreens Boots Alliance will open a new 200,000-square-foot corporate facility in the former Chicago Post Office building. The company reported Friday it anticipates 1,800 people will work at the new facility at 433 W. Van Buren St., with about 1,300 of those jobs being relocated from other facilities.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

4 days ago

Neighbors of West Loop shared Wishbone Restau...

Later this year Wishbone Restaurant will relocate from one West Loop home to another, 161 N. Jefferson (formerly Bin36).

    Wishbone Restaurant
    It's official, we're headed to Jefferson this Fall. Stay tuned for updates!
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5 days ago

Latin American cuisine: Check out 5 fresh offerings in Chicago

131 N. Clinton St., Near West

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5481 N. Northwest Highway, Gladstone Park

Zombie Taco 530 N. LaSalle Dr., River North

2943 W. Irving Park Road, Irving Park

2826 N. Lincoln Ave., Lakeview

    Latin American cuisine: Check out 5 fresh offerings in Chicago
    Interested in trying some new Latin American spots in Chicago? You're in luck: we've found the freshest businesses to fill the bill. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for Latin American food. 5481 N.
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5 days ago

Best Chicago happy hour deals: June 14-20

Chicago French Market (131 N. Clinton St., 312-575-0306) offers $4 slices of cheese pizza, $5 barbecue chicken sandwiches, $6 ceviche with chips and $2 off lobster rolls from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Slurping Turtle (116 W. Hubbard St., 312-464-0466) hosts a guided sake tasting including appetizers for $25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets: slurpingturtle.com/chicago

Glunz Tavern (1202 N. Wells St., 312-642-3000) offers $1 oysters, $12 rosé flights, $8 rose Champagne cocktails and half-price bottles of rosé from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ll also be giving away bottles of rosé, gift cards and a private wine tasting for six.

BLVD (817 W. Lake St., 312-526-3116) offers a specialty cocktail, glasses of wine and bites including oysters Rockefeller and French onion toast for $8 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Brown Bag Seafood Co. (340 E. Randolph St., 312-496-3999) offers $4 cocktails from 4 to 6 p.m.

Shore Club (1603 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-635-8058) offers half-price rosé from 3 to 6 p.m.

Wolcott Tap (1834 W. Montrose Ave., 773-360-7579) offers $5 drafts and Tito’s cocktails from 4 to 6 p.m.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: June 14-20
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Thursday, June 14 Slurping Turtle (116 W. Hubbard St., 312-464-0466) hosts a guided sake tasting including appetizers for $25 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets: slurpingturtle.com/chicago Friday, June 15 Chicago French Market (131 N.
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Jun 12

The 12 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Chicago, Summer 2018

Location: 630 W. Lake Street

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Location: 1840 W. North Avenue

Location: 1709 W. Chicago Avenue

Location: 2515 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Location: 2528 N. California Avenue

Location: Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash Avenue

Location: St. Jane hotel, 230 N. Michigan Avenue

Location: 2353 N. California Avenue

Location: 3433 W. Fullerton Avenue

Location: 613 N. Wells Street

Location: 912 N. State Street

Location: 1335 W. Wrightwood Avenue

    The 12 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Chicago, Summer 2018
    Summer's here and the weather isn't the only thing heating up. Chicago's restaurant scene is primed for another season of big openings from some talented folks. Bartender Julia Momose's Kumiko appears bound for stardom; Danny Grant's Etta is bringing the fire to Bucktown; and Dana Cree will help Chicagoans cool off with Pretty Cool Ice Cream.
    https://chicago.eater.com

Jun 10

The West Loop’s new EMME apartments offer free rent

EMME Chicago, 165 N Desplaines, the newest apartment tower in the hot West Loop, is a pet-friendly, rich-in-character, luxury boutique environment. There’s no place like EMME.

    The West Loop's new EMME apartments offer free rent
    EMME Chicago, 165 N Desplaines, the newest apartment tower in the hot West Loop, is a pet-friendly, rich-in-character, luxury boutique environment. There's no place like EMME. Studios at EMME start at $2,315 a month, and 1-bedrooms at $2,615. Two-bedroom, 2-baths have all been rented at this time.
    http://yochicago.com

Jun 08

These Chicago projects won awards for eco-sensitive design

150 N. Riverside is one of Chicago’s newest skyline additions. It’s innovative design created a riverwalk...

    These Chicago projects won awards for eco-sensitive design
    On Tuesday evening, Friends of the Chicago River doled out awards to a handful of Chicago projects with designs that were particularly mindful of their water impact. The 2018 Chicago River Blue Awards recognize the work of developers, architects and municipalities for projects that are sensitive to the Chicago River watershed.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Jun 08

Summer music festivals you should watch for

• World's Largest Block Party: June 22-23 at the Old St. Pat's Campus, at Monroe and Desplaines streets, Chicago, worldslargestblockparty.com

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June 8-10 at Addams-Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St., Chicago; springawakeningfestival.com

July 20-22 at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St., Chicago; pitchforkmusicfestival.com

Sept. 14-16 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive, Chicago; riotfest.org

• Chicago Blues Festival: June 8-10 at Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, cityofchicago.org

• Taste of Randolph: June 15-17 at 900 W. Randolph St., Chicago, starevents.com

• Country LakeShake: June 22-24 at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island, 1300 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, lakeshakefestival.com

• Motoblot Road Show: June 22-24 outside the Cobra Lounge, 235 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, motoblot.com

• Windy City Ribfest: June 29-July 1 at 4800 N. Broadway, Chicago, chicagoevents.org

• Taste of Chicago: July 11-15 at Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus avenues, Chicago, cityofchicago.org

• Windy City Smokeout: July 13-15 at 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, windycitysmokeout.com

• Taste of River North: July 20-22 at Ward Park, 630 N. Kingsbury St., Chicago, tasteofrivernorth.com

• Lollapalooza: Aug. 2-5 at Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago, lollapalooza.com

• Würst Music and Beer Fest: Sept. 8-10 at Randolph and Ogden, Chicago. starevents.com

    Summer music festivals you should watch for
    Summer music festival season is officially here. Here's a look at some of the biggies in the city and the suburbs. June 8-10 at Addams-Medill Park, 1301 W. 14th St., Chicago; springawakeningfestival.com Top billing: Tiesto, Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Gareth Emery, Pete Tong, Big Gigantic and more Local draws: Chicago stakes its claim on electronic talent with sets from Kaskade, Stratus, Win and Woo, Xonic, GoodSex, Tsunami, Porn N Chicken, Mielo and more.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

Jun 08

A New Residential Tower Prepares to Open in Streeterville

...is generally employed in much taller skyscrapers or buildings constructed on challenging sites (such as 150 North Riverside). Photo: Jupiter Realty

    A New Residential Tower Prepares to Open in Streeterville
    As the pipeline of proposals for ambitious and transformative megadevelopments continues to expand, other developers are wrapping up tower projects and delivering more luxury rentals to the downtown market this summer.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

Jun 07

Cashierless Amazon Go store coming to Willis Tower

The online retail giant also has leased space for its high-tech store in an office building connected to Ogilvie Transportation Center at 500 W. Madison St., according to the Tribune. The 40-story office building is owned by Newport Beach, Calif.-based KBS Realty Advisors.

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Jun 05

Updated Jun 06

Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants – from must-gos to field trips

...for the deep divers, an omakase-style food and cocktail tasting menu. Opening late summer. 630 W. Lake St.

...fried chicken breast with pimiento cheese, peach coleslaw, pickles and spicy mayo. Opening June 6. 500 W. Madison St.

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...seafood and steak. The 200-seat rooftop patio will be a destination. Opening June 7. 302 N. Green St.

Brass Heart. Opening in the old 42 Grams space, Brass Heart will be a 20-seat, tasting-menu restaurant featuring Matt Kerney, former executive chef at Longman & Eagle. Opening July. 4662 N. Broadway.

...a large outdoor space). Pizzas and hearth-roasted chicken will be signatures. Opening early summer. 1840 W. North Ave.

Free Rein. A contemporary American brasserie opening in the St. Jane Chicago (formerly Hard Rock Hotel). Free Rein features chef Aaron Lirette (formerly at Michelin-starred GreenRiver) and pastry chef Evan Sheridan (previously at Sixteen). Opening early July. 224 N. Michigan Ave.

Funkenhausen. Chef and partner Mark Steuer will combine his Southern upbringing with his German heritage in this modern West Town spot, posited as a Bavarian beer hall melded with an Alsatian brasserie. Opening early to late July. 1709 W. Chicago Ave.

...the stunning city views, there’s eye candy to spare. (Read Phil Vettel’s review.) 233 N. Canal St., 312-414-1100...

...in the works, as well. Limited reservations being accepted at reserve.com. Opening mid-July. 2528 N. California Ave.

...space. As the name suggests, the menu will take its inspiration from Provence. Opening midsummer. 2301 W. Roscoe St.

...craft cocktails, vintage spirits and food quality far beyond the neighborhood standard. Opened April 7. 3630 N. Clark St.

...the airy design brings to mind some of that Golden State sunshine. Opened April 30. 141 W. Erie St., 312-736-1778...

Passerotto. Korean heritage meets Italian inspiration at this Andersonville newcomer by Jennifer Kim, who co-owned the late Snaggletooth with Bill Montagne (now chef at Nico Osteria). Passerotto means “little sparrow,” Kim’s childhood nickname. Opened early May. 5420 N. Clark St.

...options would merit attention in a thunderstorm. Opened late February. (Read Phil Vettel’s review.) 3157 N. Southport Ave., 773-697-4632...

...menu is derived from vintage (’40s through ’60s) cookbooks, in contemporary interpretations. Opening late summer. 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave.

...Dostal, who maintained Sixteen’s Michelin two-star status, will return as chef. Opening midsummer. 401 N. Wabash Ave.

...lunch and brunch. Cafe Bonhomme opens first; Beatnik follows a week later. Opening mid-June. 180 N. Wacker Drive...

...contribution to the Wrigleyville dining scene is this two-story restaurant at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, directly across from Wrigley Field’s marquee. Chef Chris Pandel oversees a menu ranging...

...will produce strawberry shortcake, soft-serve with salted caramel and other treats. Opened May 24. 3600 N. Clark St., 773-360-0207...

...level, and a more casual, light-bites menu on the second floor. Opened May 5. 111 W. Wacker Drive...

...daily; there’s a Sunday brunch menu of omelets and French toast. Opened May 31. 1244 N. Dearborn Parkway, 312-787-4980...

Locanda. Antoine Cedicci (Pane Caldo, Trattoria Ultimo) returns to the Gold Coast with this Italian restaurant inside the Marriott Residence Inn. Locanda’s official opening will be in a day or two, but the restaurant opened quietly in late May. 201 E. Walton St., 312-397-8800.

...promises authentic tastes from Bari and the rest of the Puglia region. Opened early May. 22 W. Ohio St., 312-624-9058...

Two Lights Seafood and Oyster. Keene and Megan Addington (owners of Tortoise Supper Club) will open this contemporary, Maine-inspired seafooder in Old Town, highlighted by a raw bar and small-plates menu by chef Aaron Browning. Opening June 18. 227 W. North Ave.

Unnamed restaurant. Yoshi Yamada and Zeeshan Shah, the chefs behind the long-running pop-up Bombay Breakdown, are collaborating with Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Marisol) to create a bricks-and-mortar, Indian-inspired restaurant in Logan Square. Opening late summer/early fall. 3059 W. Diversey Ave.

...Keeley and executive pastry chef Ji Soon promise “refined yet unpretentious” fare. Opening late summer. 912 N. State St.

...room for about 50 outside, and that probably won’t be enough. Opening mid-June. 108 E. Superior St.

...include such dishes as salmon pastrami, ceviche and the Bobby’s Burger. Opening early fall. 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.

The Gringo. A Mexican-inspired street-food concept, The Gringo is opening Thursday in the former Grandview Tavern in West Town. Barney Smith, chef at AMK Kitchen, will head the kitchen. Opening June 7. 1202 W. Grand Ave.

...washed walls, seating that includes Adirondack chairs and hammocks, and rosé for days. Opening midsummer. 164 E. Grand Ave.

...DJs, bottle service and lots of glam, along with an American menu. Opened late April. 1252 N. Wells St., 312-778-7111...

Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels. Augment your trip to Navy Pier with a stop at Ozzie’s, a Lettuce Entertain You concept featuring paletas, juices, horchata, and sweet and savory house-made pretzels. Located in the family pavilion. Opened May 25. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

...bar bites, craft cocktails and a coast-to-coast craft-beer list. Opened mid-May. 2909 N. Sheffield Ave.

...aims for an intimate speak-easy vibe. (There are only 40 seats.) Opening mid-June. 3475 N. Clark St.

City Barbeque. The Ohio-based chain opened its third location in Deerfield (365 Lake Cook Road) on May 21 and will open a fourth in Downers Grove (1034 W. Ogden Ave.) in late August. Other locations are in Berwyn and Orland Park; on the horizon are Vernon Hills (September) and Park Ridge (Nov. 19).

...but there are influences from Argentina, Peru, Puerto Rico and even Portugal. Opened late March. 110 S. Main St., Crown Point, Ind., 219-663-0050...

    Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants - from must-gos to field trips
    Summer is a couple of weeks away, though you would be forgiven for assuming it's already here, given the warmth of late May. Either way, it's time once again for my annual Summer Eating List.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • 42 Grams was booked out up to 3 months in advance for the entire time it was open. That might not be your reality, but it's true. The chef might have been a jerk but saying they weren't making money or weren't successful is "fake news."

  • Jeffrey Littleton If you can't be a poet, be the poem.

    It wasn't in the news, it's in the documentary. Watch it again?

Jun 06

A Charleston Fried Chicken Favorite Finally Charges Into Chicago

Boxcar Betty’s, on the second floor of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison Street, open 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

    A Charleston Fried Chicken Favorite Finally Charges Into Chicago
    There's a new contender vying for Chicago's best fried chicken sandwich as Boxcar Betty's has finally opened its first restaurant outside of South Carolina. Ownership planned on opening the fast-casual restaurant in late May inside the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop, but their plans snarled until today.
    https://chicago.eater.com

Jun 06

New Amazon Go store locations at Willis Tower, Ogilvie

Get ready—Amazon Go cashierless stores are coming to two locations in downtown Chicago. The online retailer has leased space in Willis Tower and an office tower at 500 W. Madison Street next to Ogilvie Transportation Center, according to Chicago Tribune sources.

    New Amazon Go store locations at Willis Tower, Ogilvie
    Get ready-Amazon Go cashierless stores are coming to two locations in downtown Chicago. The online retailer has leased space in Willis Tower and an office tower at 500 W. Madison Street next to Ogilvie Transportation Center, according to Chicago Tribune sources. In mid-May, the company announced Amazon Go stores would be opening in Chicago and San Francisco.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Jun 06

Amazon Go cashierless stores coming to Willis Tower, Ogilvie

Amazon Go’s other leased space in Chicago is beneath a 40-story office tower at 500 W. Madison St. Lower levels of the property, owned by a fund of Newport Beach, Calif.-based KBS Realty Advisors, form a retail concourse around commuter trains at Ogilvie.

    Amazon Go cashierless stores coming to Willis Tower, Ogilvie
    Amazon Go is a go in Chicago, where two locations have been chosen for the new cashierless store concept. Online retail giant Amazon has leased spaces for the high-tech new stores in Chicago's tallest building, Willis Tower, and in an office building connected to Ogilvie Transportation Center, according to sources.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jun 06

Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants – from must-gos to field trips

...for the deep divers, an omakase-style food and cocktail tasting menu. Opening late summer. 630 W. Lake St.

...fried chicken breast with pimiento cheese, peach coleslaw, pickles and spicy mayo. Opening June 6. 500 W. Madison St.

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...seafood and steak. The 200-seat rooftop patio will be a destination. Opening June 7. 302 N. Green St.

Brass Heart. Opening in the old 42 Grams space, Brass Heart will be a 20-seat, tasting-menu restaurant featuring Matt Kerney, former executive chef at Longman & Eagle. Opening July. 4662 N. Broadway.

...a large outdoor space). Pizzas and hearth-roasted chicken will be signatures. Opening early summer. 1840 W. North Ave.

Free Rein. A contemporary American brasserie opening in the St. Jane Chicago (formerly Hard Rock Hotel). Free Rein features chef Aaron Lirette (formerly at Michelin-starred GreenRiver) and pastry chef Evan Sheridan (previously at Sixteen). Opening early July. 224 N. Michigan Ave.

Funkenhausen. Chef and partner Mark Steuer will combine his Southern upbringing with his German heritage in this modern West Town spot, posited as a Bavarian beer hall melded with an Alsatian brasserie. Opening early to late July. 1709 W. Chicago Ave.

...the stunning city views, there’s eye candy to spare. (Read Phil Vettel’s review.) 233 N. Canal St., 312-414-1100...

...in the works, as well. Limited reservations being accepted at reserve.com. Opening mid-July. 2528 N. California Ave.

...space. As the name suggests, the menu will take its inspiration from Provence. Opening midsummer. 2301 W. Roscoe St.

...craft cocktails, vintage spirits and food quality far beyond the neighborhood standard. Opened April 7. 3630 N. Clark St.

...the airy design brings to mind some of that Golden State sunshine. Opened April 30. 141 W. Erie St., 312-736-1778...

Passerotto. Korean heritage meets Italian inspiration at this Andersonville newcomer by Jennifer Kim, who co-owned the late Snaggletooth with Bill Montagne (now chef at Nico Osteria). Passerotto means “little sparrow,” Kim’s childhood nickname. Opened early May. 5420 N. Clark St.

...options would merit attention in a thunderstorm. Opened late February. (Read Phil Vettel’s review.) 3157 N. Southport Ave., 773-697-4632...

...menu is derived from vintage (’40s through ’60s) cookbooks, in contemporary interpretations. Opening late summer. 2445 N. Milwaukee Ave.

...Dostal, who maintained Sixteen’s Michelin two-star status, will return as chef. Opening midsummer. 401 N. Wabash Ave.

...lunch and brunch. Cafe Bonhomme opens first; Beatnik follows a week later. Opening mid-June. 180 N. Wacker Drive...

...contribution to the Wrigleyville dining scene is this two-story restaurant at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, directly across from Wrigley Field’s marquee. Chef Chris Pandel oversees a menu ranging...

...will produce strawberry shortcake, soft-serve with salted caramel and other treats. Opened May 24. 3600 N. Clark St., 773-360-0207...

...level, and a more casual, light-bites menu on the second floor. Opened May 5. 111 W. Wacker Drive...

...daily; there’s a Sunday brunch menu of omelets and French toast. Opened May 31. 1244 N. Dearborn Parkway, 312-787-4980...

Locanda. Antoine Cedicci (Pane Caldo, Trattoria Ultimo) returns to the Gold Coast with this Italian restaurant inside the Marriott Residence Inn. Locanda’s official opening will be in a day or two, but the restaurant opened quietly in late May. 201 E. Walton St., 312-397-8800.

...promises authentic tastes from Bari and the rest of the Puglia region. Opened early May. 22 W. Ohio St., 312-624-9058...

Two Lights Seafood and Oyster. Keene and Megan Addington (owners of Tortoise Supper Club) will open this contemporary, Maine-inspired seafooder in Old Town, highlighted by a raw bar and small-plates menu by chef Aaron Browning. Opening June 18. 227 W. North Ave.

Unnamed restaurant. Yoshi Yamada and Zeeshan Shah, the chefs behind the long-running pop-up Bombay Breakdown, are collaborating with Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Marisol) to create a bricks-and-mortar, Indian-inspired restaurant in Logan Square. Opening late summer/early fall. 3059 W. Diversey Ave.

...Keeley and executive pastry chef Ji Yoon promise “refined yet unpretentious” fare. Opening late summer. 912 N. State St.

...room for about 50 outside, and that probably won’t be enough. Opening mid-June. 108 E. Superior St.

...include such dishes as salmon pastrami, ceviche and the Bobby’s Burger. Opening early fall. 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.

The Gringo. A Mexican-inspired street-food concept, The Gringo is opening Thursday in the former Grandview Tavern in West Town. Barney Smith, chef at AMK Kitchen, will head the kitchen. Opening June 7. 1202 W. Grand Ave.

...washed walls, seating that includes Adirondack chairs and hammocks, and rosé for days. Opening midsummer. 164 E. Grand Ave.

...DJs, bottle service and lots of glam, along with an American menu. Opened late April. 1252 N. Wells St., 312-778-7111...

Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels. Augment your trip to Navy Pier with a stop at Ozzie’s, a Lettuce Entertain You concept featuring paletas, juices, horchata, and sweet and savory house-made pretzels. Located in the family pavilion. Opened May 25. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

...bar bites, craft cocktails and a coast-to-coast craft-beer list. Opened mid-May. 2909 N. Sheffield Ave.

...aims for an intimate speak-easy vibe. (There are only 40 seats.) Opening mid-June. 3475 N. Clark St.

City Barbeque. The Ohio-based chain opened its third location in Deerfield (365 Lake Cook Road) on May 21 and will open a fourth in Downers Grove (1034 W. Ogden Ave.) in late August. Other locations are in Berwyn and Orland Park; on the horizon are Vernon Hills (September) and Park Ridge (Nov. 19).

...but there are influences from Argentina, Peru, Puerto Rico and even Portugal. Opened late March. 110 S. Main St., Crown Point, Ind., 219-663-0050...

    Summer Eating List: 44 new and upcoming Chicago restaurants - from must-gos to field trips
    Summer is a couple of weeks away, though you would be forgiven for assuming it's already here, given the warmth of late May. Either way, it's time once again for my annual Summer Eating List.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

Jun 06

A $5M construction permit was just issued for...

A $5M construction permit was just issued for 156 N. Jefferson, an existing three-story building that will be renovated for office use.

    156 N. Jefferson - Gerding Edlen - Neighbors of West Loop
    Matt Edlund with Gerding Edlen Development and Donald Copper with GREC Architects met with the NOWL Development Committee to present a proposed development at 156 N. Jefferson. The property is located between Jefferson and Des Plaines, one half block north of Randolph. There is an alley just north of the property that separates it from the 180 N.
    http://neighborsofwestloop.com

Jun 06

Check out these 4 new sandwich shops in Chicago

Firenze Italian Street Food 131 N. Clinton St., Unit 20, West Loop

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171 N. Aberdeen St., West Loop

614 W. Diversey Pkwy., Lake View

1 N. Dearborn St., Loop

    Check out these 4 new sandwich shops in Chicago
    Looking for the best new sandwiches in Chicago? These spots will satisfy all your cravings. Here are the newest places to check out the next time you're in the mood for some sandwiches. 131 N. Clinton St., Unit 20, West Loop Photo: firenze italian street food/Yelp Firenze Italian Street Food is an Italian spot, offering sandwiches and salads.
    http://abc7chicago.com

Jun 04

Find the 5 best spots to score poke in Chicago

...Poke is another go-to, with four stars out of 332 Yelp reviews. Located at 131 N. Clinton St. in the Chicago French Market, Aloha Poke started in a tiny food stall in a...

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Topping the list is En Hakkore 2.0. Located at 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, the sushi bar and Asian fusion spot, which offers sushi burritos, wings and poke bowls, is the highest rated poke spot in Chicago, boasting 4.5 stars out of 306 reviews on Yelp.

Next up is Uptown's Pokiology, situated at 4600 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite C (at Wilson Avenue), in Sheridan Park. With 4.5 stars out of 169...

North Center's Poke Burrito, located at 4301 N. Lincoln Ave. (at West Cullom Avenue), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Japanese and Hawaiian...

...out Pokeworks, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 94 reviews on Yelp, at 79 E. Madison St. The national chain started in 2015 and recently hired "Top Chef" alumnus Sheldon Simeon as...

    Find the 5 best spots to score poke in Chicago
    Need more poke in your life? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top poke sources in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fill the bill. Photo: Nour I./Yelp Topping the list is En Hakkore 2.0.
    http://abc7chicago.com

Jun 04

Neighbors of West Loop shared Building Up Chi...

Update on 727 W. Madison.

    A topped-out 727 West Madison dresses up the parking podium
    If it seems like 727 West Madison hasn't gotten any taller the past few days, it's for good reason: The 44-story apartment tower by FitzGerald has topped out. Lendlease accomplished the feat some time during the end of May. You might also have noticed the parking podium is wearing a new outfit.
    http://buildingupchicago.com

Jun 03

#ShotsAroundTheSloop: High Fog

150 N. Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award

    #ShotsAroundTheSloop: High Fog
    A blog about the South Loop, Printer's Row, Prairie Avenue, Near South Side, Grant Park, Museum Campus in Chicago.
    http://www.sloopin.com

Jun 01

150 North Riverside didn’t win the big prize,...

150 North Riverside didn’t win the big prize, but was the preferred nominee of the audience at today’s Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference.

    150 N. Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award
    No matter where you are at 150 N. Riverside the views are striking: Cruising by on a boat tour with the river reflecting in the angled glass; looking up at the base of the massive core-supported structure; and one can only imagine the cityscape from the 54th floor.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

Jun 01

150 N. Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award

150 N. Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award

    150 N. Riverside beat by New York towers for best building award
    No matter where you are at 150 N. Riverside the views are striking: Cruising by on a boat tour with the river reflecting in the angled glass; looking up at the base of the massive core-supported structure; and one can only imagine the cityscape from the 54th floor.
    https://chicago.curbed.com

May 30

Updated May 31

Grab doughnut deals all over Chicago Friday for National Doughnut Day

131 N. Clinton St., 773-392-1300

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Go all out for the 80th annual National Doughnut Day on June 2 with a variety of sweets around the city, including a maple bacon doughnut at Somethin' Sweet Donuts (5112 W. Fullerton Ave.).

832 W. Randolph St., 312-967-7000

8251 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 773-723-1002

5927 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-545-7215

3329 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-281-7300

15 W. Illinois St., 312-874-7270

2057 W. 51st St., 847-668-5575

1122 W. Wilson Ave., 773-942-6125

7055 W. Archer Ave., 773-586-1234

    Grab doughnut deals all over Chicago Friday for National Doughnut Day
    Celebrate all that is doughy, fried and sugary this Friday June 1 for the 80th annual National Doughnut Day. In fact, the event started in Chicago in 1938 with the Salvation Army honoring its female members who served doughnuts on the front lines during World War I.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

  • Some excellent selections nearby these days: Frunchroom house-made (if you can get one of the 12 made daily), Somethin' Sweet at Perkolator, Do-Rite at Portage Grounds, Bennison's at City News, and Allegretti's / Delightful Pastries at Weston's.

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    Hope they still have $5/dozen @Jewel-Osco.

May 31

Former Hyatt Center filling gaps

...Hyatt left behind when it moved its headquarters last year to the new tower at 150 N. Riverside. A portion of Hyatt's former space has been backfilled, but the big vacancy is...

Some downtown office landlords that lost anchor tenants in recent years to new properties such as 150 N. Riverside, 444 W. Lake St. and others are scrambling to shore up their rent rolls with a mix of smaller tenants, since larger companies looking for big swaths of space are difficult to come by.

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The latest to ink deals at 71 S. Wacker Drive: Law firm Banner & Witcoff recently signed on to take about 33,000 square feet on...

...up this month in 26,000 square feet after moving from its former home at 222 W. Adams St. Another tenant in the building, alternative dispute resolution company JAMS, recently expanded its footprint there...

...a deal it followed four years later when it bought the 60-story tower at 300 N. LaSalle for $850 million—a record high price at the time for a Chicago office property...

...property. Irvine also owns a 50 percent stake in the 51-story UBS Tower at 1 N. Wacker Drive...

    Crain's Chicago Business
    Visit Crain's Chicago Business for complete business news and analysis including healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, government, sports and more.
    https://home.chicagobusiness.com

May 31

Best Chicago happy hour deals: May 21-June 6

Porter Kitchen & Deck (150 N. Riverside Plaza, 312-781-7580) offers $4 draft beers, $5 select glasses of wine, $6 Absolut cocktails and $8 old-fashioneds from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Bijan’s Bistro (663 N. State St., 312-202-1904) gives Imerman Angels 20 percent of the proceeds from $12 Moscow mules sold from 4 to 6 p.m.

Kuma’s Corner sets up a pop-up grill at Aire (100 W. Monroe St., 312-236-1234) from 4 to 9 p.m., serving three of their signature burgers from $10.

Everything except shots is half price from 5 to 7 p.m. at aliveOne (2683 N. Halsted St., 773-348-9800).

Hopsmith Tavern (15 W. Division St., 312-600-9816) offers $5 Chicagoland drafts and $7 Ketel One, Plymouth Gin, Captain Morgan, Olmeca Altos Tequila, Jameson and Jack Daniels cocktails from 3 to 6 p.m.

Federales (180 N. Morgan St., 773-831-9696) offers $6 classic margaritas and $15 domestic beer buckets from 4 to 6 p.m.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: May 21-June 6
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago. Thursday, May 31 Bijan's Bistro (663 N. State St., 312-202-1904) gives Imerman Angels 20 percent of the proceeds from $12 Moscow mules sold from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 1 Porter Kitchen & Deck (150 N.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

May 30

Grab doughnut deals all over Chicago Friday for National Doughnut Day

131 N. Clinton St., 773-392-1300

This article has 9 other Chicago locations (Show)

Go all out for the 80th annual National Doughnut Day on June 2 with a variety of sweets around the city, including a maple bacon doughnut at Somethin' Sweet Donuts (5112 W. Fullerton Ave.).

832 W. Randolph St., 312-967-7000

8251 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 773-723-1002

5927 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-545-7215

3329 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-281-7300

15 W. Illinois St., 312-874-7270

2057 W. 51st St., 847-668-5575

1122 W. Wilson Ave., 773-942-6125

7055 W. Archer Ave., 773-586-1234

May 30

Get Freebies and Discounts and National Doughnut Day – June 1

131 N. Clinton St. 773-392-1300

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259 E. Erie St. 312-255-1130

30 E. Hubbard St. 312-226-5556

1942 W. Division St. 773-384-6886

    Get Freebies and Discounts and National Doughnut Day - June 1 |
    One of our favorite days, National Doughnut Day, is just around the corner and that means freebies and discounts for you on some yummy treats. Shops across the country are marking June 1, 2018 with fried freebies and delectable deals. Here is where to get free doughnuts on National Doughnut Day.
    http://chicagofree.info

May 30

Teens Damage Property at Target During Holiday Weekend Loitering

Getting A-round to 727 West Madison

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In one instance, teens damaged property at a Target store at Roosevelt Road and Clark Street, police said. There were reports of gunfire near the Bottled Blonde bar on Wells Street...

...were reports of gunfire near the Bottled Blonde bar on Wells Street late Saturday, near LaSalle Drive and Ontario Street early Sunday and at Chicago Avenue and Lake Shore Drive early Monday. That night, officers...

...on Wells Street late Saturday, near LaSalle Drive and Ontario Street early Sunday and at Chicago Avenue and Lake Shore Drive early Monday. That night, officers reported people running from the sound of gunfire as crowds...

    Teens Damage Property at Target During Holiday Weekend Loitering
    This past holiday weekend was a beautiful one in the city. However, one night we heard what sounded like 30 cop cars with sirens blaring at what seemed like the Roosevelt and State vicinity. We weren't sure what was happening, but it sounded similar to what happens when protests come through the neighborhood.
    http://www.sloopin.com

May 30

Getting A-round to 727 West Madison

Getting A-round to 727 West Madison

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...to be the parking lot for the Crowne Plaza hotel, on the southeast corner of Madison and Halsted.  It’s a Fifield project designed by Fitzgerald Associates, and is letting everyone know that...

    Getting A-round to 727 West Madison
    Chicago's latest round skyscraper is climbing over Greektown, the Kennedy Expressway, and the West Loop beyond. 727 West Madison (née One South Halsted) sprouted in what used to be the parking lot for the Crowne Plaza hotel, on the southeast corner of Madison and Halsted.
    https://www.chicagoarchitecture.org

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