Thankful for new South, West Loop amenities
11/23/2011 3:00 PM
Itís been a great year for developments in the neighborhoods around downtown. Despite the recession, lots of fantastic things have happened this year, and itís time to give thanks for them.
We give thanks for:
- All the great bars and restaurants that have opened this year, from The Scout to Maudeís Liquor Bar. These places have made their mark on the city and are thriving. They promise to be big draws for years to come, continuing to invigorate the neighborhoods around them.
- The South Loopís burgeoning new independent coffee shop scene. Donnaís Cafť and Overflow Coffee Bar are both great places to relax and get a delicious drink, and their proprietors are always happy to chat. Our reporting team will be sure to take advantage of their warm facilities as the weather turns foul.
- The push for vacant condo buildings to turn into rentals. This may finally fill up the vacant spaces that have plagued Chicago Journalís turf since the dawn of the recession. More people means more vibrant neighborhoods, and developers who invested in the area can hopefully regain solvency in the process.
- New retail. Roosevelt Collection needs tenants. Ownership says theyíre coming. Thank God.
- New schools. STEM Magnet Academy seems to be off to a roaring success. Letís hope they can keep that momentum going ó itís a promising program with a great principal. On that note, John M. Smyth Magnetís test scores improved this year, too. They seem to be moving in the right direction.
- Rushís new hospital. Itís not opening until next year, but itís pretty darn cool on the inside. Anyone who has the time should take a tour on Dec. 10. If we get maimed on the job, someone tell the ambulance to go there, please.
What are you thankful for? Send us a letter, and weíll run the best ones in these pages next week.