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and read--a panoply of South Loop tidbits

04/22/2011 2:10 PM

By Bonnie McGrath

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When is Gioco on South Wabash going to re-open? If ever. That seems to be the big news lately in the South Loop. But there are some other interesting sideshows in the neighborhood of late--and here are a few worth noting:

--Sugar Buzz Judy (my best friend since we met during our first week of college 44 years ago) reports in her blog that you can eat a ton of scrumptious sweets tonight for charity at ARTrevolution, 600 W. Cermak, from 6 to 10 PM. Details and all the information are here. Don't know whether to tell you to go hungry and pass out from the sugar--or eat a lot of real food beforehand and not have the ravenous appetite needed for a full and productive grazing.

--Here's something I would never have imagined: Apparently the tattooing business at 11th Street's Code of Conduct (and other parlors of the same nature) are buzzing with business because customers are spending their tax refunds getting themselves artistically adorned. That's good because there have been a number of small businesses that have come and gone from that 11th Street spot just east of State--from scuba gear sales to fancy tea drinking--and I would love to see a stable business prevail in that sweet storefront.

--If you like the Cooking Channel and/or Eleven City Diner on Wabash (just north of Roosevelt) you can catch a segment about it on the show, Unique Eats, in a deli-themed program. Owner Brad Rubin discusses his outstanding matzo ball soup--as well as what he calls a "Jew-Poo Platter" of some of his popular appetizers.

--According to one South Loop blogger (Solo Living), the Jewel at Roosevelt and Wabash has tremendous potential for reconnecting with a lost love because everyone goes there--and so, you are apt to run into people you know. But Dominick's at Roosevelt and Canal is better for finding someone new, she says. Now that the famous dating site is being accused of not screening their men, and hooking women up with rapists, Dominick's may be peopled with singles looking for love somewhere between the Cheerios and the fresh asparagus.

--Buddy Guy's employees did the honors for the Greater South Loop Association's party last night at the (still like) new venue. Early in the evening, while GSLA members chomped on appetizers, drank some booze and chatted away between 6 and 8 PM, the Buddy Guy's guys played folky-type guitar in the South Wabash Avenue venue. And they were good!

--Wednesday night it was a pleasure to see several South Loopers who write fiction, nonfiction and poetry read from their books at Jazz Showcase during a South Loop Neighbors literary night of "Books and Jazz." Reading came first; then came the music (John Moultrie presents Saxophonist Marqueal Jordan's Quintet). Poet and therapist Nina Corwin read from her latest book of poetry, The Uncertainty of Maps; Writer and Chicago history expert Greg Borzo read from his sturdy guidebook, Where to Bike Chicago; Psychoanalyst Dale Moyer read a love letter from a book he wrote about the Freuds' marriage, The Flash and Outbreak of a Fiery Mind; Life Coach Mary Ivory read an excerpt from the book she co-wrote about child-rearing, Parenting by Strengths; Debra Mancoff (prof at the Art Institute of Chicago) read from one of her many books, 50 American Artists You Should Know; and broadcaster Dave Schwan read a chapter from his novel--In Good Time--that just so happened to take place in part at Jazz Showcase, when it was in the old Blackstone Hotel.

--Last but not least, it looks like there may be a full blown and very glizty farmer's market this year in Grant Park, right in our very own front yard between Balbo and 11th Street! How's that for news?

--OK, OK, so you really want to know when Gioco will reopen? Here's some back-and-forth and here-and-there information. You decide what the heck's going on.

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By Daniel from South Loop
Posted: 04/24/2011 10:49 PM

Bonnie, went to the Buddy Guy event...boy I will never make that mistake again. There must have been a whole 11 people there. ouch.