What follows, is a countdown of the top-ten SLC reads for 2010. See if you remember some of these stories or if they somehow passed you by.
Number 10—Board Holds Annual Election—The Greater South Loop Association (GSLA) held board elections in October, and many folks were interested in finding out who the new members were and who was still on the board.
Number 9—Rent a Piece of History: The Historic Keith House—In September, I did a piece on the Keith House and how it is available to rent for weddings, showers, and private parties or meetings. The Keith House is one of the surviving mansions from the heyday of Prairie Ave. The home was completed in 1870 and reminds us how the “sifted few” lived in nineteenth-century Chicago.
Number 8—“Chicago Code” Filming at 444 N. Michigan Ave. on Monday—This post from December 5, received the most reads out of all the posts about this new Fox TV series starring Chicago native, Jennifer Beals. I’ve been posting stories about Chicago Code all summer, while they were filming around town, but this one topped them all.
|Cast of Chicago Code|
Number 6—Donna’s Cafe is Coming Along Nicely—Many readers were interested to learn about Donna Adams’s new cafe opening in the New Year. Adams originally planned to open in October, but permitting and construction delays, prevented this from happening. I’ve chronicled Adams’s progress for quite some time and her cafe should be a great addition to the South Loop. The space is cool, warm, and comfortable. Just the kind of place we need to get us through these cold winter months.
|Donna Adams poses in her new cafe opening soon|
Number 4—Trader Joe’s Coming to Roosevelt and Wabash?—Man, did this post get a lot of attention on November 24, 2010. Since I moved to the South Loop over six years ago, there were a ton of rumors about Trader Joe’s coming to the area. For most of those years, it seemed to be wishful thinking, but when Second Ward Alderman Fioretti dropped a hint about an “upscale supermarket” opening in the old Sam’s Wine store at the State of the South Loop meeting November 20, 2010, the rumors were soon confirmed. Almost 300 people have read this post and it still gets looked at almost daily. Some of us still can’t believe our good fortune!
Number 3—The Psychology of Packing a Suitcase—When originally posted on November 5, 2010, it didn’t garner that much attention. But as we got closer and closer to the holidays (both Thanksgiving and Christmas), the reads were off the charts. Speaker, author, and Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance (PDNA) Vice President, Jackie Walker, instructed us how to methodically pack a suitcase without stress. Over 330 readers found this post helpful.
Number 2—Prairie Pointe Park Plaza Plan—Perhaps the most controversial in SLC history, this September 20, 2010 post also garnered the most amount of reader feedback. Some of it was quite colorful, requiring me to create some “rules of the road,” on the fly, for posting comments. The Park Plaza plan was also the most controversial topic at the Second Ward community meeting on September 22, 2010. The PDNA, lead by Tina Feldstein, president and Jeffrey Ayersman, treasurer, campaigned hard against this plan before and at the community meeting. Few will forget Feldstein’s “one last question” of Alderman Fioretti as he was bringing the meeting to a close: “Did you take any developer money?” With that, the meeting came to a fiery conclusion.
|The park at Prairie Pointe|
|Standing room only for the State of the South Loop meeting|
Thanks for your continued support. Have a wonderful New Year; may it be filled with prosperity and success.
South Loop Connection