Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Plan to build offices above historic West Loop loft building clears key city vote

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By: Jay Koziarz | 5/21/19 | Chicago.Curbed.com

The West Loop’s office boom is showing few signs of slowing down after the Chicago Plan Commission approved a nine-story, 160,000-square-foot project at 1230 W. Washington Boulevard on Thursday. Developed by RCG Longview and CLK Properties and designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), the plan will incorporate an existing 1920s-era loft building at the corner of Washington and Willard. The three-story structure once housed the headquarters of Prairie Farmer magazine as well as radio production facilities for WLS Studios. The structure most recently served as a self-storage facility. Read More....

Monday, May 20, 2019

Grateful Dead Singer’s Estate Officially Opening a Chicago Music Venue and Restaurant

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By: Ashok Selvam | 5/20/19 | Chicago.Eater.com

It’s official, as confirmed by a liquor license application: the West Loop’s getting a new jazz club-like music venue that will serve food and drink from the estate of Jerry Garcia, the late singer for the Grateful Dead. Concert promoter Peter Shapiro, who also owns Brooklyn Bowl in New York, is teaming up with the estate to bring Garcia’s to the West Loop inside the former Wishbone space at 1001 W. Washington Boulevard. Shapiro told Eater that Garcia’s could open in early 2020. “We’re moving along,” Shapiro said. “We’re very excited about how the plans are coming together.” Read More....

A Canadian Crowd-Favorite Ramen Spot is Coming to Chicago's Fulton Market

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By: Oset Babur | 5/17/19 | foodandwine.com

Kinton Ramen, the crowd-favorite Toronto-based ramen shop with more than thirty locations across Canada, Korea, and Japan, touches down in the United States today with its first location inside Chicago’s Fulton Market. Given that so many ramen brands have already opened up locations in the U.S., Kinton founder James Hyunsoo Kim says he believes it’s broth that will set his brand apart from the competition. For the four styles of pork broth––original, shoyu, miso, and spicy garlic––pork bones are cooked for over twenty hours, and with chicken, the same process applies. “Our broth is very traditional,” Kim says, “We’re making what you had when you were a child that your mom or grandma made for you.” Read More....

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Uber eyeing massive Post Office lease

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By: Danny Ecker | 5/15/19 | Crain's Chicago Business

Uber is in talks to lease about 450,000 square feet at the redeveloped Old Main Post Office, where the rapidly growing company could soon locate thousands of employees. The San Francisco-based company is closing in on a deal for a massive office at the 2.8 million-square-foot behemoth at 433 W. Van Buren St., a source familiar with the negotiations confirms. Read More....

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Randolph Row’s Highly Anticipated Fine-Dining Indian Restaurant Opens Next Week

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By: Daniel Gerzina | 5/15/19 | Chicago.Eater.com

The modern Indian restaurant renaissance continues in Chicago with the debut of one of 2019’s most highly anticipated openings next week. Rooh, the San Francisco fine-dining import with fancy cocktails, truffled flatbread and fried chicken, will open in the two-floor space at 736 W. Randolph Street on May 23, management announced, and reservations are live via Resy. Read More....

Latest West Loop Restaurant to Feature Tater Tots Topped With Caviar

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By: Ashok Selvam | 5/14/19 | Chicago.Eater.com

A giant burger that tears into sliders and tater tots topped with caviar will be part of the menu at Bandit, a new Randolph Street restaurant opening next month in the West Loop. From the company behind Bar Siena, Prime & Provisions, and Barrio, the restaurant and bar takes an irreverent approach in a stretch of the city that features restaurants from famous chefs like Rick Bayless and Stephanie Izard. Bandit’s ownership at DineAmic Hospitality also named former Sable and Bin 36 chef Shane Graybeal as its opening chef. Read More....

Monday, May 13, 2019

Office Tower With Sprawling Retail Space Planned For Fulton Market Buildings

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By: Mauricio Pena | 5/10/19 | BlockClubChicago.org

After scooping up a block-long stretch of Fulton Market Street earlier this year, Chicago-based private equity firm Domus Group hopes to add office and retail space to Fulton Market. On Wednesday night, Phillip and Sam Ciaccio of Domus Group pitched a pair of proposals to residents that would bring more than 160,000 square feet of office and retail space to the neighborhood. Read More....