Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Chicago Firehouse restaurant on fire

South Loop landmark, Chicago Firehouse restaurant, 1401 S. Michigan, is on fire. According to the Chicago Tribune, the blaze started at about 10:30 a.m. Roofers doing repair work are being blamed for the fire. The roofers “had an accident,’’ said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford who was at the scene, again according to the Chicago Tribune report. Sections of the roof appear to have collapsed. Everyone inside was able to get out safely.

Fire started on the roof, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

The blaze brought heavy smoke billowing down South Michigan Ave. At times it looked like heavy fog with little visibility between 14th and 16th streets.

Smoke was thick at 16th and Michigan

The Chicago Firehouse has been a South Loop landmark since it opened in 2000 was a favorite of Mayor Daley’s. According to the restaurant’s Web site, “The building was erected in 1905 by a famous architect by the name of Charles Harmann. The firehouse was built to serve the Prairie Avenue Community and its surroundings.

Residents of Prairie Avenue consisted of many of the first families of Chicago, such as the Marshall Fields, the McCormicks, the Palmers and the Glessners. Prairie Avenue from 17th to 20th Street was filled with the many socialites of the day who had built homes following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.”

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from South Loop Connection!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Photos with Santa at MetroVet December 6, 2014Clic

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Metropolitan Veterinary Center, 1556 S. Michigan Ave. #100, will host free pictures with Santa on December 6, 2014 from 2 – 6p.m. Each participant with get a free 5” x 7” framed photo with Santa. Pets and children welcome.

Last year’s event was a hoot. People brought their pets dressed up as elves and reindeer. We expect this year to be just as much fun.

For more information, call MetroVet at 312.583.1921.

Friday, November 14, 2014

GSLA’s Annual State of the South Loop Meeting November 15, 2014

The Greater South Loop Association’s (GSLA) annual State of the South Loop meeting is set for Saturday at the Daystar Center, 1550 S. State St., 9 to 10:30 a.m.

One of the hot topics for this year’s meeting is the proposed Lucas Narrative Arts Museum. The museum site will encompass two parking lots just south of Soldier Field. Bob O’Neil from the Grant Park Conservancy and Cassandra Francis of Friends of the Parks will be discussing the museum proposal.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Big Move Day 2

The Harriet F. Rees House was successfully moved to its new location at 2017 S. Prairie. Moving 762 tons of house wasn’t an easy task, although from all accounts it went extremely smoothly. Next steps include completing and placing the house on its new foundation. For those of us who had the opportunity to watch, it was pretty amazing to see.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Big Move Day 1

The Harriet F. Rees House, formerly located at 2110 S. Prairie Ave. is on the move. Today was day one of the big move on it’s way to its new address: 2017 S. Prairie. To accomplish this feat (moving 762 tons of house), the movers (Bulley & Associates) “laid a series of 9-inch-thick stone on top of the asphalt paving and installed half-inch steel palates over that,” said Peter Kuhn, senior project manager, as reported in the November 9 edition of Chicago Tribune.

Locals gather to watch the big move.
Tonight the house will be perched in the middle of the street. Tomorrow it will be moved into place on a new foundation.

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