Tuesday, September 1, 2015

South Loop Businesses to launch Chamber of Commerce

South Loop businesses are coming together to form a chamber of commerce called South Loop
Alliance. The Alliance will officially launch on September 24, 2015 at 6 p.m. at 1550 S. State Street. All South Loop business leaders are invited to this free event to include networking, cocktails hors d’oeuvres, and community building.

The South Loop Alliance’s mission is to expand and strengthen a healthy business climate, contributing to a vigorous South Loop community. So far, a small working group of business leaders have formed to the bones of the organization.

The Launch Party is an opportunity for all South Loop business leaders to hear more about the Alliance’s plans and be invited to become founding members, volunteers, and beneficiaries of the Alliance’s work.

More details are available at www.southloopalliance.org. Business leaders are encouraged to RSVP at the Web site.

Mariano’s hires chef to oversee in-store dining options

According to Crain’s, Mariano’s has hired chef Ryan LaRoche as its first executive chef and vice president of culinary. La Roche was the former head chef at NoMi Kitchen.

LaRoche will begin working at the local grocery chain this month.

To see the complete article from Crain’s, click here.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Is the Roosevelt Road streetscape an improvement?

As anyone who lives in the South Loop has observed, Roosevelt Road, especially between State and Michigan, has gone through a transformation over the past two years. With its raised sidewalk bike lanes, to its east and west facing metal benches, the area has been transformed.

Metal benches were ripe for vandalism as soon as they were installed.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

South Loop restaurants get noticed

Time Out highlighted 11 restaurants in the South Loop. Included in the mix were a good variety that included Eleven City Diner, Acadia, and Spoke & Bird among others. The article noted that getting to the South Loop became a little easier when the Cermak-McCormick Green Line stop opened.

Pasta special from Flo & Santos, one the the restaurants that made the list.

For the full list of restaurants, click the link.

Did this list include your favorite South Loop restaurant? What would you add to the list?

Thursday, August 6, 2015

“As you wish”: The Princess Bride at Daniel Webster Park August 11, 2015

The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) and Lakeside Bank will sponsor the screening of The Princess Bride, the 1987 classic, at Daniel Webster Park, 1401 S. Indiana Ave., Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

As a grandfather reads his sick grandson a story, a story that has been passed down from father to son for generations, the tale comes alive. Directed by Rob Reiner, the cult classic stars Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Fred Savage, and Billy Crystal.

The Princess Bride is so popular that it has its own Facebook fan page, Web site, and Twitter account almost 30 years after it was first released.

The movie will begin at dusk (roughly 8 p.m.).

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Massage Envy opens in the South Loop

Massage Envy Spa, 1136 S. Delano Court, located in the The Shops at Roosevelt Collection, is open. The upscale spa had its grand opening party last night. Guests had the chance to tour the facility, get a complimentary mini massage, and facial skin evaluation.


Monthly membership dues are $59.99, which gets you discounts on spa services.

1136 S. Delano Courtt West Suite E201 (2nd floor)
Chicago, IL 60605

Waiting area

Hours of Operation:
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Monday-Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Saturday

Typical massage room

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Urban Remix closing shop in the South Loop

Mari Ann Weiss
After four years in the South Loop at 1468 S. Michigan Ave., Urban Remix, the up-scale furniture consignment store will close at the end of August.

According to owner and operator, Mari Ann Weiss, the reason she’s closing shop is because they’ve lost their lease. Weiss hopes to find a warehouse location where she can continue offering the “highest quality in furniture consignment.”

Closing sale going on now.

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