Friday, April 15, 2011

South Loop Roundup

It's Spring, Right?
This week the weather turned downright wintry. I couldn’t believe I was wearing earmuffs and down in mid-April. Still, I was out and about in and around the South Loop where there were some interesting sights to see.

The wood exterior of Gioco is sanded down
Closed for Renovations
Gioco's reopening date is a bit unclear, but what is clear is the space is getting a makeover. Workers were sanding down the wood exterior this morning. They updated the message on the restaurant’s answering machine; it says they’re closed temporarily for remodeling. This is an improvement over the previous message that said they didn’t know when they were reopening or why they were closed in the first place. The signs outside the restaurant and the new phone message encourage us to visit Gioco’s Web site, but it still hasn’t been updated to reflect the closure or renovations. Here’s hoping Gioco opens soon.

Construction is underway at Roosevelt and Wabash
Trader Joe's to Open in 2011
There are some rumors around town that the opening of the new Trader Joe’s coming to Roosevelt Rd. and Wabash Ave. has been delayed. I thought I’d contact Trader Joe’s corporate offices to check on the progress. In an e-mail response to my query they said, “We do not currently have a date set but are hoping for late this year [2011].” Not sure that clears things up, but the assumption from the start was that the store wouldn’t be open before the fall of this year.

Printers Row in bloom

Walking near Printer’s Row, I saw this burst of spring and had to take a picture of it. The day was cold and a bit blustery, but this flowering tree was in full bloom.

Just another bus on the sidewalk
Bus Stop, Bus Stop
It isn’t every day that you see a bus on the sidewalk, but this one parked at  the correctional facility on Clark and Van Buren.

The fountain at Chicago Women's Park and Garden
Bubbling Up
Buckingham isn't the only fountain in the city. The fountain at Chicago Women's Park and Gardens is open for the season and bubbling forth in the shadow of the Clarke House Museum.

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