6 hours ago

January Neighbor’s Night Out: Transportation Updates with CDOT

January Neighbor’s Night Out: Transportation Updates with CDOT

    GSLA Neighbor's Night Out: Transportation
    Neighbors gathered at Baderbrau for the GSLA's January NNO, to hear updates from the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on local transportation infrastructure projects. Jeff Sriver from CDOT (also a South Loop resident) provided an overview of the scope of CDOT's work and recent projects in the area, then shared updates on upcoming projects and initiatives.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

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20 hours ago

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Jan 14

Updated 23 hours ago

Sunday picks: Professional Bull Riders roar into Rosemont

...s Pfeiffer Concert Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville; then on Monday at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $10-$62. (312) 284-1554 or chicagosinfonietta.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14...

...of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. $29-$78. (312) 341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14

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...the production. Preview at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan 14, at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. The show opens Monday, Jan. 15. $20-$45. (773) 404-7336 or greenhousetheater.org...

• Umphrey's McGee "it's not us" album release party: 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. $189 for 1 ticket plus deluxe edition of "it's not us"; $239 for 2 tickets plus deluze edition of album. (773) 929-5959 or um.shop.ticketstoday.com.

• Winter's Jazz Club featuring the George Fludas Trio: 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Winter's Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago. $10. (312) 344-1270 or wintersjazzclub.com.

• Trident Deep, Woody and the Sticks, Two Bit Actor: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 465-9801 or uncommonground.com.

• Motherfolk, Like Language: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $10. (773) 278-6600 or subt.net.

• MER's Music Showcase: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., Chicago. Free. (773) 327-1662 or cubbybear.com.

    Sunday picks: Professional Bull Riders roar into Rosemont
    It's man versus beast when the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Chicago Invitational arrives this weekend at the Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. $20-$500; $15-$20 parking. (800) 745-3000 or allstatearena.com. 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 More than 10 model trains travel through displays of trees from around the world as part of The Enchanted Railroad.
    http://www.dailyherald.com

  • Sandy, most Spaniards find that tradition repulsive and shameful. They don't want to be associated with it and slowly but surely it'll be banned nationally. It's a matter of when, not if. There is a recalcitrant (yet small) cross section of the population that unfortunately supports it, the same ones...

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    Sandy, most Spaniards find that tradition repulsive and shameful. They don't want to be associated with it and slowly but surely it'll be banned nationally. It's a matter of when, not if. There is a recalcitrant (yet small) cross section of the population that unfortunately supports it, the same ones who didn't have a problem supporting other shameful yet formerly legal practices that I would rather not mention. It's unacceptable. Spain has recently changed other contemptible laws. It's a matter of time at this point in history. The EU cut subsidies to fund such an abomination. What an unpresentable tradition. An embarrassment.

  • Spam Alert Don't be selling your used junk up in here, okay?

    I prefer cow riding by cowgirls:

    https://youtu.be/KB8wirBMvBQ

2 days ago

Coming in April: Define American Film Festival, focused on race and immigration

The Define American Film Festival (DAFF) is the brainchild of author, journalist, activist and documentary filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. Most of the screenings and panels will take place April 20-22 at Venue Six10, 610 S. Michigan Ave.

    Coming in April: Define American Film Festival, focused on race and immigration
    Following pop-up appearances in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2016 and Charlotte, N.C., in 2017, a roving grass-roots cultural festival devoted to immigration, race and other political hot potatoes unveils its third annual edition in April, this time in downtown Chicago. The Define American Film Festival (DAFF) is the brainchild of author, journalist, activist and documentary filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

2 days ago

LOOP: Jimmy John's Worker Tried To Rob Subway, Cops Say

...in a “gourmet sandwiches” t-shirt, Cherene Slue, 27, allegedly walked into the Subway at 604 South Wabash shortly

    LOOP: Jimmy John's Worker Tried To Rob Subway, Cops Say
    Police say a woman wearing a Jimmy John's sandwich shop uniform tried to rob a competing Subway restaurant in the Loop on Monday, but her plan was half-baked. Decked out in a "gourmet sandwiches" t-shirt, Cherene Slue, 27, allegedly walked into the Subway at 604 South Wabash shortly after 8 p.m.
    http://www.cwbchicago.com

2 days ago

The [Friday] Papers

Where: Columbia College, 624 S. Michigan Ave. (only a block from the start location!)

    The Beachwood Reporter - The [Friday] Papers
    Beachwood Bookmarks K-Tel Classics WKRP in Cincinnati So You've Decided To Be Evil St. Paul Saints Nye's Polonaise Room The Arcata Eye Roadside USA
    http://www.beachwoodreporter.com

2 days ago

Las Vegas concert shooter had searched multiple Chicago events

While not named in Friday's police briefing or records, the I-Team confirmed last fall that Paddock's hotel-of-choice was the Blackstone at 636 S. Michigan Ave. "The reservation was cancelled two days prior to the check-in date" according to the police report.

    Las Vegas concert shooter had searched multiple Chicago events
    Prior to committing the deadliest mass shooting in American history, Las Vegas sniper Stephen Paddock researched several Chicago music festivals according to a newly-released police report. During Friday's Las Vegas police briefing on the attack, the first since October when Paddock opened fire on a concert from his hotel perch across the street killing 58 people, authorities revealed the gunman had researched Grant Park and at least two Chicago music events.
    http://abc7chicago.com

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

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Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

    Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets
    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Underground Pedway

How safe is the underground pedway near the museums? I know there's an entrance near 1100 S. Columbus Drive near the Aquarium. Input greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Sheila A. Donovan Have been an owner at the Stratford since 2001.

    I've used the underpass to the museum campus countless times without a problem. In fact, I've never heard of anyone having a problem there, though like anywhere there might have been a few incidents. I consider it to be quite safe.

  • Thanks so much, everyone! I thought it was going to be completely underground, but it ended up being an open underpass as folks have mentioned. I'm curious to try the actual underground Pedway. I guess I should explore one of these days!

3 days ago

Oct 17

Updated 4 days ago

Steve's Bite Opens at 80 E. Cermak

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Steve's Bite Opens at 80 E. Cermak

Looks like a new diner type of restaurant has opened at 67 E. Cermak (between Michigan and Wabash).  We can't find much online in the form of a website or yelp reviews.  A reader sent us the following pic of their menu:

    Steve's Bite Opens at 80 E. Cermak
    Looks like a new diner type of restaurant has opened at 67 E. Cermak (between Michigan and Wabash). We can't find much online in the form of a website or yelp reviews. A reader sent us the following pic of their menu: Additionally, we noticed that Chef Luciano has done some additional renovations and has opted for a very clean, modern look for their restaurant.
    http://www.sloopin.com

  • Was going to get a slice of pizza .As I was walking past Steve's Bite, the food smelled great. They menu looked delicious, I tried the Gyro bowl & Chicken Bowl. I could not resist the taffy apple grapes. I was offered a sample of the chili, it was awesome....

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    Was going to get a slice of pizza .As I was walking past Steve's Bite, the food smelled great. They menu looked delicious, I tried the Gyro bowl & Chicken Bowl. I could not resist the taffy apple grapes. I was offered a sample of the chili, it was awesome. a great balance of spices. It was quite delicious, am i am super picky.
    I enjoyed both entrees, the gyro & chicken was nicely seasoned , on a bed of rice & mixed salad , lightly drizzled vinagarette.
    Overall Steve"s Bite is a wonderful change from the same old fast food cycle. You have got to try a meal, you will not be disappointed.

4 days ago

Our First Jazz Showcase Experience Prompts a Desire for a Second

Late last year, we made our first ever visit to the venerable Jazz Showcase in Dearborn Station (806 S. Plymouth).  It's slightly embarrassing that it's been this difficult for us to go, but enough about that...

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Fashion Geek Closes at 69 East 16th

    Our First Jazz Showcase Experience Prompts a Desire for a Second
    We finally made it! Late last year, we made our first ever visit to the venerable Jazz Showcase in Dearborn Station (806 S. Plymouth). It's slightly embarrassing that it's been this difficult for us to go, but enough about that...
    http://www.sloopin.com

4 days ago

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Jan 13

Updated 5 days ago

Launch Announcement:  Visit our NEW GSLA Website!

Launch Announcement:  Visit our NEW GSLA Website!

    Launch Announcement: Visit our NEW GSLA Website! - Greater South Loop Association
    We at the GSLA love to bring neighbors together, and are excited to announce the launch of our refreshed website, greatersouthloop.org! Here's a rundown of some of our favorite features: News: Here you'll find our blog, with summaries of our events and other pertinent information about the South Loop.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

5 days ago

Singer Paul Marinaro recovering from severe health scare: 'I was very close to kicking the bucket'

Sheila Jordan and Dee Alexander will headline a benefit concert for Paul Marinaro on Feb. 28 at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; 312-360-0234 or www.jazzshowcase.com.

    Singer Paul Marinaro recovering from severe health scare: 'I was very close to kicking the bucket'
    Last July, the singular Chicago jazz singer Paul Marinaro sang a 44th birthday concert at Winter's Jazz Club that announced his return to the spotlight.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com

5 days ago

Missing 16yrs old Young Girl

Missing from the Chicago Grand Crossing Neighborhood.(Dial 911/311 with Any Information) Thanks!!!

5 days ago

16 Year Old GIRL MISSING???

(16YRS.OLD YOUNG GIRL MISSING)Call 911/311 with any Information. Thanks!!!

5 days ago

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6 days ago

South Loop Neighbors is at Bulldog Ale House ...

Join the South Loop Neighbors for FRIDAY NIGHT FISHFRY this Fri Jan 19th @ 7P. ALL YOU CAN EAT FISHFRY for $10.99. $5 Jameson and Guinness. $6 Irish Car Bomb. Email Christine@southloopneighbors.org to RSVP!

    South Loop Neighbors
    Join the South Loop Neighbors for FRIDAY NIGHT FISHFRY this Fri Jan 19th @ 7P. ALL YOU CAN EAT FISHFRY for $10.99. $5 Jameson and Guinness. $6 Irish Car Bomb. Email...
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6 days ago

MLK Events to go to in the Chicago Area

• Mikva Challenge MLK Youth Summit at Jones College Prep, 700 South State St. at 10 a.m.; Mayor Emanuel Rahm is scheduled to deliver remarks.

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• The City Year Chicago’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Opening Ceremony at Gale Elementary Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.; Governor Rauner is said to attend as well as Senator Dick Durbin

• Willie Wilson’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will host Governor Rauner at the New Convenant Missionary Baptist Church at 754 E. 77th St. at 11 a.m.

               o Pack lunches and make blankers for youth and families with                            Honeycomb for La Casa Norte, at the Obama Foundation Offices,                      1538 East 53rd St.

    MLK Events to go to in the Chicago Area
    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored in a variety of ways across the nation on Monday. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Memphis, Tennessee, Illinois is just one of the many states partaking in a series of gatherings this holiday to commemorate his memory as an advocate for equality and justice.
    https://www.nbcchicago.com

6 days ago

Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal

Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal

    Good neighbor reminder: Snow Removal - Greater South Loop Association
    Chicagoans are very fortunate to experience a winter that has it all - cold temps, biting wind chills, freezing rain, and of course, snow. And speaking of snow, now is a good time to remind everyone to clear their sidewalks after it snows.
    https://greatersouthloop.org

6 days ago

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