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Food options proliferate near new 1345 Wabash condos

Trader Joe's South Loop

Residents at the new condos currently under construction at 1345 Wabash in the South Loop will find a dizzying array of food shopping and dining options nearby – just part of the location’s allure as one of the most convenient and vibrant in Chicago. Jewel-Osco and Trader Joe’s are a block north at Roosevelt Rd. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 24, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A brief look inside the new Plum Market in Old Town

Plum Market

I dislike grocery shopping and I dislike cooking even more. The ultimate apartment amenity for me would be having a full-service grocery in the building. Residents at the new 1225 Old Town apartments have a pool, a fitness center, a theater, party rooms, a business center and more. They also have the one amenity I’d ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 5, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is Chicago’s Loop a food desert?

South Loop Market

The official boundaries of the Loop Community Area are from Roosevelt Rd (1200 S) north to the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River. The Loop is more commonly thought of as the area bounded by the El tracks and the streets that border the El: Van Buren St (400 S) to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 3, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Side markers on South Loop Mariano’s

Mariano's, S Clark St

From north to south the previous boundaries of Chicago’s impressively-gerrymandered 3rd Ward extends from 14th Pl to 59th St. North of 31st Street the ward was only several blocks wide, and included the site where Mariano’s is building a new store at 1625 S Clark St in the South Loop. The signage on the Mariano’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Mariano’s updates – Bucktown and Ravenswood

Mariano's

Foundation work appeared to be nearly complete on the new Ravenswood Mariano’s Fresh Market when I stopped by last Saturday. The site is on the north side of Lawrence and is bounded on the east by the Metra tracks. The site of the Bucktown Mariano’s, pictured above, is at Webster and Ashland, just east of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will the new West Loop Mariano’s raise nearby condo prices?

West Loop Mariano's

Within the past week two of Chicago’s more successful Realtors, both Prudential Rubloff agents, called my attention to the new West Loop Mariano’s. Christine Hancock, who lives in the West Loop, suggested a need for “a twelve-step program to overcome” her developing addiction to Mariano’s. Francesca Rose emailed that she found herself eating regularly at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 20, 2012
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Neighborhood grocery store shakeouts and shakedowns

Proposed Mariano's

We’ve recently looked in on a number of new grocery stores that are underway or proposed – a South Loop Mariano’s, a West Loop Mariano’s, a West Loop Target, a Plum Market in Old Town and a Pete’s Fresh Market on the Near West Side. Two days ago we stopped by the site of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 27, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Looking down on South Loop development sites

South Loop

The yellow and white tower cranes in the above photo mark the sites, respectively, of the new Jones College Prep building and a new dorm under construction for East-West University. The car-filled vacant lot just east of the tracks at the lower left of the photo is the site of a proposed two-tower 398-unit apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 25, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Pete’s breaking ground six months after its groundbreaking

Madison & Western, Chicago

Six months ago, several weeks after the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Pete’s Fresh Market, there was no sign of activity at the site, at the southeastern corner of Madison and Western. According to 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti’s most recent email newsletter, construction will start next month: Pete’s Fresh Market, has been granted a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2012
Downtown / Loop

Affixing the first Target to the West Loop Target

New West Loop Target

Early yesterday afternoon workers were guiding the first Target sign into place on the north façade of the store on Jackson Blvd. The store appears to be on track for its scheduled October opening, just over a year after breaking ground. It will have parking on the first level, a pharmacy, a health clinic, a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the archives: Fox & Obel in the South Loop

Trader Joe's

Five years ago today we mentioned a Sun-Times story suggesting that Fox & Obel might open a South Loop store at the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Wabash. We asked what a Fox & Obel opening would mean for the South Loop and commenters responded that it would be a positive development and “exactly what ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 5, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

West Loop update – Target and Mariano’s

West Loop Target store

Two major retail developments that are likely to have a positive impact on the West Loop are well underway. Target broke ground at Jackson and Aberdeen last September, at which time it was slated for completion in July of this year. Mariano’s Fresh Market on Halsted, pictured above, will be opening in what one observer ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 13, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An update on Lakeshore East from The Chicago Architecture Blog

Lakeshore East

The Chicago Architecture Blog recently stopped by the newly-opened

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 13, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Loop Market opening in September at 235 Van Buren

South Loop Market

I met Jimmy, one of the owners, at the South Loop Market this morning. It’s a family-run business, and Jimmy’s wife and 8-month old daughter looked on as we talked. The South Loop Market will be opening a second location, at the new 235 Van Buren high-rise, in September. The existing store carries “all the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 28, 2011