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Publicity machine: Activate!  Our 2 Sparrows project was featured in Eater Chicago.  Check out the progress here.

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Check out this sweet panoramic of 2 Sparrows in Lincoln Park.  Wall framing is complete, mechanicals are installed, and bench seating is under construction.  Wood is stained and ready for installation.  We even picked paint colors.  More photos inside

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Our very own Dill Pickle Food Coop in Logan Square was named first runner up for best local grocer in the Chicago Reader’s annual ‘Best Of’ Edition.  Flashback to our dreaming about a coop in Chicago here, its design here, and opening here.

The de-apartmentizing sequence is almost complete.  The space will fully revert back to loft status in a couple of weeks.  Construction photos inside. Read the rest of this entry »

Our new Downtown restaurant has just entered the permitting process at City Hall.  The existing structure has been incorporated into the interior design with exposed masonry wall, sloped concreted ceiling, and sealed concrete floor.  That will be contrasted with reclaimed wood, exposed ductwork, and lighting placement.  Construction is expected to begin in early February. More drawings inside. Read the rest of this entry »

We have an unused driveway in front of our office that only gets used occasionally to load and unload materials.  It is pretty useless.  After recent water main work under our street the City even repoured the driveway that they tore up to install a new sidewalk ramp.

As part of our reclamation of the urban right-of-way project we have installed a raised planter bed, designed and built by moss with 100% reclaimed framing lumber from the Rebuilding Exchange.  Now flourishing are tomatoes, basil, oregano, thyme, brussels sprouts, strawberries, and sage.  Construction and current photos after the break. Read the rest of this entry »

I am very happy to confirm that Filter is open for business!

We have been working with Jeff, the owner, to open this new space since the old Filter closed in 2007.  It has been a long, arduous journey but we are very happy to have Jeff open.  Filter was an old hangout for me when I was living in Bucktown in the 00’s and I was very disappointed to see Filter be replaced by another ubiquitous commercial bank installation.  After I heard the news I thought, I wish there was something I could do to help Filter reopen.  Turns out, there was.  Knowing how cumbersome the Chicago building and zoning codes can be, I contacted Jeff and asked if he needed help, free of charge, to assess new Filter locations.  It was the least we could do for a cafe that means so much to the neighborhood.  Three spaces and 18 months later we found the building at 1373 and knew it was the one.  The raw quality of the space was very reminiscent of the old Filter and had a couple of other built-in, cool features.  For instance, the old, metal shutters covering the windows at the back of the seating area were revived to their original luster.  Photos after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

The shelves are being stocked and final inspection is mere days away (see update below).  Good food coming to Chicago soon NOW!

UPDATE: We have passed our final building inspection!!!  Opening imminent!  Celebration ensues.

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