August 2014

There are 8 blog entries for August 2014.

An interesting and unique concept is coming to River North, and if you grew up playing games like pinball and Frogger, you might want to read on. Opening tomorrow is the River North version of Headquarters Beercade—an adult sanctuary that combines everything great about the 80s and early 90s with lots and lots of beer.

The décor of the new two-floor, three-bar space is decked out with preserved and repurposed items that may just bring back some not-so-recent memories for some of us—phone booths behind the bar and cassette tape covers and Shel Silverstein book pages lining the walls—but there's no doubt it’s the awesome arcade video games and pinball machines that will make this new River North hotspot full of fun, the old school way.

The original

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Over the past several years, downtown Chicago’s rental market has been, in a word, crazy. From the development and opening of buildings like 500 N. Lake Shore Drive, 111 W. Wacker, and Optima to the construction and planning of a handful of others that are still in the pipeline, there doesn’t seem to be a slowdown in the luxury rental craze coming anytime soon.

If you’re like many Chicagoans who are opting to rent rather than buy in the downtown area, there’s certainly a lot to consider, as the apartment landscape seems to be changing and evolving constantly. News for an apartment tower that will replace the old Howard Johnson Inn at LaSalle and Superior broke yesterday, while other projects nearing completion like Madison at Racine in the West Loop will

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Mercadito Counter

For months, River North residents haven been awaiting news on when they can expect the debut of Medcadito Counter—a small, deli-style concept that puts a Mexican spin on American comfort food like hot dogs, burgers and onion rings, in addition to serving up some traditional Mexican classics like tacos and burritos. But according to a report from Eater Chicago, the wait is finally coming to an end, and Mercadito Counter is set to make its Grand Opening this coming Monday.

For those still unfamiliar with the timeline of Mercadito Counter, it first took over the former Bel 50 space at 738 N. Clark last fall and was expected to open around that same time. But due to what we can only assume were some unexpected delays in the restaurant planning process and

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Divvy Bike Sharing Expansion Details Released

Earlier this month, stats were released for Chicago’s very popular Divvy bike sharing program, with news also coming out about a possible expansion to bring even more Divvy bikes to Chicago’s neighborhoods in addition to 3,000 that are already part of the fleet.

Yesterday, even more details were released about the Divvy expansion, which is set to get underway in the spring of 2015. Once completed, the additional bikes and Divvy bike stations added next year would bring the system total to 475 stations, with 4,750 bikes in all.

As for possible locations for the new Divvy bike hubs, the company promises many will be in parts of Chicago that don’t already have a strong Divvy presence, claiming that

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RPM Steak Chicago IL

We’ve heard about it for quite some time and as the fall season rapidly approaches, the closer we get to RPM Steak finally becoming a reality. It seems hard to believe, but it’s already been over two years since celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Chef Doug Psaltis, and the creative minds over at Lettuce Entertain You brought us RPM Italian—a chic Italian-centric concept with a bit of a new-age twist.

But since its debut in 2012, many of us who have experienced the mouth-watering pasta and fabulous modern ambiance on display over at RMP Italian have been anxiously, and patiently, awaiting the arrival of RPM Steak since the idea first blossomed early last year.

The new RPM Steak will be located at 60 W. Kinzie, also in River North, and despite

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55 E. Erie Condos For Sale

While Trump Tower Chicago and a host of ultra-luxury rental buildings that have exploded onto Chicago’s real estate scene seem to dominate many of today’s headlines, has anyone been paying attention to what’s going on over at 55 E. Erie? An extravagant 56-story high-rise situated in the heart of downtown’s River North neighborhood, it’s hard to argue the pure luxury on display over at 55 E. Erie when each of the four condos currently listed are priced well over $1 million.  

As noted in a telling piece yesterday on Chicago Real Estate Daily, a 55 E. Erie condo for sale came to market this week with an asking price that would set a record for the entire building; and while that certainly seems impressive, the standing record has only been held for about

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Divvy Bike Sharing Stats

If you live in nearly any part of Chicago, it’s hard to miss all the new Divvy bike sharing stations that have seemingly been placed ALL over town. Launched back in June 2013, Divvy is a federally funded bicycle sharing program that provides Chicagoans and visitors alike an additional transportation option for getting around the city in an efficient and practical manner that’s easy, fun, and most importantly—affordable.

Today, Divvy has over 3,000 bikes across 300 stations city-wide, with an expansion planned for 2015 that would add roughly 1,000 more bikes to the fleet. In an interesting article posted on the Sun Times website today, local residents got a first-hand look at how the program is doing, and where in Chicago the most Divvy bikes are being

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The West Loop is quite possibly Chicago’s hottest location for authentic and stylish lofts for sale. But along with all the classic interior finishes usually associated with loft conversions, which typically includes timber ceilings, exposed brick and duct work, huge windows, and expansive open floor plans, the West Loop has also transformed itself into one of the most walkable and livable neighborhoods in all of downtown Chicago, making it the most sought-after location for those only searching one-of-a-kind Chicago lofts for sale.  

Restaurant Row on Randolph Street continues to expand and feature some of Chicago’s finest restaurants, bars and eateries, while development all along Madison Street and throughout many of the West Loop’s side streets

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