Status Update: Loop Coffee Barn
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Status Update: Loop Coffee Barn

  It’s hard to see behind the tarps and barricades and scaffolding, but progress is being made on one of the more unusual conversions to come down the pike in recent years — the conversion of an old 1800’s barn in the center of The Loop into a coffee house. The work on the Pickwick Stable (22 East Jackson Boulevard) is being done for Chicago’s Asado Coffee Company plans to open a cafe/coffee shop in the building...

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Chicago’s Greenest Alley?

A while ago we posted a photo from suburban Lake Forest of an alley between buildings that is converted into a farmer’s market each Summer.  It seems like a great civic and commercial use of an urban space, and an environmentally friendly one, too. Here in the city, the block of Couch Place between North State and North Dearborn Streets may be Chicago’s greenest alley.   It was renovated in 2007, shortly after the...

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Slice of Life: Vegetable Alley

This is one of my favorite signs of Spring: Amidei Mercatino getting set up for the season. Amidei Mercatino is an outdoor fruit and vegetable stand tucked into an alley in downtown Lake Forest.  This is a fantastic use for an alley.  It’s remarkable that this business is able to survive in this location that is relatively low-traffic compared with much of the rest of Chicagoland. If it can work in Lake Forest, imagine vegetable...

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Slice of Life: Our Favorite Alley

Historic cobblestones?  Check!Overflowing vegetation?  Check!Dark tunnel?  Check!Trains rumbling above?  Bonus check! This little stretch of cobbles linking West Grand Avenue with West Hubbard Street is our new favorite Chicago alley.  Of course, visiting with the noonday sun at our backs is easy.  Coming back after dark is where the challenge...

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