Drunken Bean soft opening, grand opening coming soon

By Nicole VandeBoom | Staff Writer

The Drunken Bean coffee and wine bar, formerly Lakeshore East Coffee, 400 E. South Water St. opened this week with a new menu. Owner Nick Papageorgiou opted to use the slower season in Lakeshore East as the time for a soft open for the newly remodeled space. Papageorgiou said, “for now we want to feature a limited menu and work out the kinks with the new staff [and] kitchen.” 

[The mural on the wall at The Drunken Bean a recently renovated coffee and wine bar, 400 E. South Water St. Photo by Nicole VandeBoom]

Dark colors, cozy seating, and industrial touches adorn the newly remodeled space, where the coffee counter is now a bar and a wine cooler is visible at eye level. Sofas, rocking chairs are paired with small wood side tables. The walls are a mixture of textured patterns, black paint and bricks with a painted mural.

“This is so cool,” said Jackson VandeBoom, 340 On the Park resident and young gelato aficionado when he opened the front door. When asked what he liked the best about the remodel VandeBoom said he liked the big, comfortable new chairs.

[The interior of the newly opened Drunken Bean coffee and wine bar. Photo by Nicole VandeBoom]

Papageorgiou said construction crews were still hard at work until 6a.m. the morning of the re-opening. Some of the finishing touches Papageorgiou is waiting on include rugs, completion of the mural, and some electrical work in the kitchen. When the weather improves, residents can expect a vestibule by the front doors to be installed.

The Drunken Bean’s wine list will range from $6-$12 per glass. For patrons wishing to sip on pricier reserves, those are in stock too.

In addition to wine and spirits, Papageorgiou has enlisted a chef and kitchen staff to create small plate meals serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner items throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch revolve around creative sandwiches and salads. Customers can choose from smaller plate options for dinner, like hummus and charcuterie boards, along with pastries and a gelato bar for dessert.

Current hours of operation are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays. Papageorgiou remains undecided about the weekend closing hours as of now, he said the bar might be open until 11 p.m. The Drunken Bean will have a grand opening event sometime in the near future, but the date is yet to be determined.

Plans for Lakeshore East high rises halted by Alderman

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly rejected the proposed development of three
buildings in Lakeshore East known as the “IJKL” parcels on Dec. 13 in an email to
constituents.

The highrises, proposed by Lendlease and Magellan Development Group earlier this year, would have added 1,400 residences throughout three new buildings. The project would also add 3,000 construction jobs and generate an approximate $20 million in annual revenue.

The statement from Ald. Reilly’s office said that “after reviewing the neighborhood
feedback, and discussing with the City Department of Planning and Development, Reilly determined to not move forward with the project.”

The development groups first proposed their plans to the community at a meeting
on July 10, showing renderings of the sleek new buildings. The meeting lasted three hours and drew more than 1,000 residents who gathered to voice their concerns. After the meeting, Ald. Reilly said his office “received hundreds of letters, emails and calls objecting the proposal.”

After requiring the developers to host public meetings with every residential building in the neighborhood and considering the many concerns raised by
locals, Ald. Reilly formally rejected the IJKL plans as presented.

Reilly sent several suggestions to the development companies, providing a list of changes that need to be made before he will consider future plans for the site. The list included more active, usable open space, elimination of a proposed grand staircase and zigzag pedestrian path, relocation of the Harbor Drive pedestrian access point and fencing between the parcels and lower Lake Shore Dr.

The alderman also called for tighter security. He suggested a staffed guard station on the lower level to monitor pedestrians, regular security patrols, installation of way-finding signage at the lakeshore access point and improved lighting and surveillance cameras that can tie-in to the City’s OEMC security camera network.

According to Rielly’s office, residents will be notified if the office receives an updated
proposal and a “transparent community process” will continue if the project moves
forward.

Shoreham and Tides change management companies

By Stephanie Racine and Taylor Hartz | Staff Writers

Magellan Development Group is out-sourcing the property management of the two oldest buildings in its portfolio—The Shoreham and The Tides.

The Shoreham, 400 E. South Water St., was the first building in Magellan’s Lakeshore East development in New Eastside and was completed in 2005. The Tides, 360 E. Randolph St., was completed in 2008. Both buildings had been managed by Magellan Property Management until December 12, 2017, when Lincoln Property Company—based in Dallas, Texas—took over management of the two residential buildings.

The Tides building, 360 E. South Water St. is now managed by Lincoln Property Company. Photo
by Stephanie Racine.

Irini Boeder, the assistant Vice President of Marketing for Lincoln Properties confirmed the change. “Lincoln Property Company, the second largest property company in the nation, has been selected as management by the existing ownership group,” Boeder said in December last year.

Staff of the two buildings were notified of the change by supervisors in early November. When the announcement broke, Shoreham and Tides desk and maintenance staff were uncertain if they would retain their jobs. Residents were sent an email right before the holiday season last year, informing them no checks would be taken for the annual staff holiday fund collection due to a change in management companies.

Shoreham resident Norma Alanis said she was upset about the loss of the holiday fund, but she was happy with the overall change. “[Lincoln Property Company]
maintains their properties very well, so I am looking forward to the changes they will make to the common areas” Alanis said.

In the confusion, Shoreham residents submitted a petition in a bid to encourage Lincoln Property Company and Titan Security Group, the company charged with employee management, to keep their beloved doormen on staff.

Doorman Fred Crocker, who worked the first shift on the opening day of the Shoreham 13 years ago, was one of the staff members who had to navigate the change
in management. “Residents went above and beyond. I think the petition worked,”
Crocker said. “I got a phone call from a representative at the new company saying
I’m not losing my job and that nothing is changing.” The phone call came a day after the petition was submitted in December.

James Hatter, a doorman at the Shoreham who manned the second shift on the day the Shoreham opened, said all desk staff now work for Titan Security Group, 616 West Monroe St. Hatter said he had a good first impression of Titan Security, describing it as a big company that runs a tight ship. The longtime doorman said the new management is a big change. “Everyone is a little afraid of change after so long being comfortable,” he said.

Still, Hatter’s goal is to remain optimistic. “I’m trying to keep positive,” he said. “I’m
happy to get the opportunity to stay on. We’re not just getting paid out and let go.”
Magellan Property Management and Titan Security did not respond to requests
for comment.

GEMS School built on hopes and dreams

By Nicole VandeBoom
Staff Writer

GEMS World Academy Chicago celebrated the laying of their Upper School foundation, 355 E. Wacker Dr., with a hope-filled building dedication ceremony on Dec. 14. The ceremony was attended by students, faculty, parents, and community members who gathered outside the construction site.

A Lucite box filled with messages illustrated and written by students and faculty about their hopes and dreams for GEMS was placed inside a wooden box and cement was poured over it—the new school will literally be built on the hopes and dreams of its community.

Siena Guccione speaking to the crowd. To the
right, Lileny Lone and Andrew Sherman. Photo
by Nicole VandeBoom.

To open the ceremony, music teachers Christopher Roebuck and Robert Mayfield, playing guitar, led the students in the performance of the Beatles song “Here Comes the Sun.”

Interim Head of School Andrew Sherman gave an opening speech about the
future of GEMS. “At GWA we recognize that non-cognitive skills such as cooperation, resilience, empathy and leadership along with the acquisition of academic material determine student achievement,” Sherman said.

Sherman explained that the new building is designed to allow a student-centered model for teaching and learning to prepare young people to engage in innovation. Other speakers included the CEO of GEMS Americas, Denise Gallucci, Director at Chicago Forum on Global Cities, Vanessa Vardon and two GEMS students, Siena Guccione and Lileny Lone. Guccione, a freshman, ended her speech by saying, “Different environments of a school really set the mood for the students. As for our school, a very positive one. I can’t wait to
spend my next few years learning in this new and outstanding environment.”

GEMS had been waiting on the approval of a building permit that they received the day after the ceremony. Director of Marketing, Alissa Calamino explained the dedication ceremony came to fruition as a desire to celebrate how far they’ve come in this process.

“It is important to celebrate. It’s exciting to have the permit in place and
we start building after this,” Calamino said.

The opening date of the Upper School has been pushed back, with no set date
announced. In order to accommodate their growing school body, GEMS is in the
process of seeking out a nearby temporary learning space for Upper School students.

Grades 2–9 were able to attend the ceremony outside, while the younger students watched a live-stream video from inside the warm gym. Several screens were set
up outside allowing spectators to witness cement being poured on top of the box.

BYODog to Yoga helps rescue animals

By Taylor Hartz | Staff Writer

Most yoga classes offer a somewhat zen experience with calming music, dim lighting and deep concentration, but a recent class held by Chicago based Rescue in Style
had a very different atmosphere. While holding the downward dog pose, yogis may have looked down to find an actual dog staring back at them.

Rescue in Style partnered with Joriki clothing and ALIVE Rescue to host a BYODog to Yoga class on Dec. 14, inviting yogis to bring their beloved pups along to the studio. As the humans stretched and twisted in an all–levels yoga practice, a group of furry friends ran excitedly around the studio.

BYODog to Yoga class brings pups to the mat. By Taylor Hartz.

As dogs barked and growled over the instructor and zen music, laughter erupted throughout the class as pups popped up all over. Animal lover Dannie Levine attended
the class with Zoe, her Beagle, and Tonks, her Beagle and Boxer mix. Levine adopted Zoe and Tonks, after she started volunteering at Paws in Lincoln Park.

“I love to bring the happiness of dogs and the love of animals to other people,” said Levine, who added that Zoe is an emotional support pet that helps her with anxiety and depression. Another help for anxiety and depression, said Levine, is practicing yoga.

Despite the chaos of the dog filled studio, Levine was able to stay focused and balanced—most of the time. “I mostly practice yoga at home so I’m used to having dogs around,” Levine said. “This is a fun way to bring that out of my home and into a new space.”

The class was held in a studio in Humboldt Park, at 2950 West Chicago Ave. Rescue in Style donated all proceeds from the class, which cost $20 per human and dog duo, to ALIVE Rescue, a no-kill non-profit shelter in Roscoe Village.

The mission at ALIVE Rescue is to save animals from Chicago shelters that have high euthanasia rates and may otherwise not be adopted.

“We follow through on our commitment that every animal deserves a full life by choosing to take in animals that other adoption organizations may overlook, including seniors, unpopular breeds, and pets with special needs,” said the organization, which opened in March 2008.

The rescue mission said events like this are a great way to raise awareness about the
pets awaiting adoption in their shelter. Christine Nendick, founder of Rescue in
Style, has volunteered in shelters around Chicago for years. She lives in the city with
her two adopted cats, Roni and Cheese. Christine founded Rescue in Style as a
way to combine fashion and adoption, and hopes the organization serves as a resource
for anyone hoping to adopt.

All proceeds from the BYODog to Yoga class went directly to the shelter. The partnership with Joriki clothes offered yogis a chance to shop for new athletic gear, with a portion of all proceeds also going to the shelter.

Christine said raising awareness for local shelters is also a main goal when hosting a
class like this. “I’ve partnered with many shelters in Chicago and truly admire all the work
ALIVE Rescue does for the animals in our city,” Nendick said. “I try to raise money
and awareness for rescue organizations across the city in hopes of showcasing all
the amazing work they are doing on behalf of our adoptable friends.”

On top of all the good this class will do for local animals in need, Nendick said she hopes it was also an active, enjoyable experience for yogis and their pups.

“It may not be the most serious yoga class, but I can guarantee it will be the most fun,” she said.

A new year, a new lifestyle

Take your New Year’s resolution to the next level with Lakeshore Sport & Fitness

What will you be resolving in 2018?

If you are like most people, your New Year’s resolution might include a health and wellness goal. Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, nestled in the heart of New Eastside at the corner of Lake and Stetson, 211 N. Stetson Ave., has some key tips to sticking to your
resolutions and achieving those goals.

New Year, new you!

Behavior based goals are easier to achieve and monitor. Instead of simply resolving to lose 10 pounds in one month, resolve to work out three times a week for four weeks, 30
minutes each time and limit meals after 6 p.m. “Failure happens when you aren’t able to monitor the behaviors that it will take to achieve your goal,” said Lakeshore Sport & Fitness General Manager, Stacey Coleman.

Keep it interesting
Boredom can also lead to failure. Now that you have your goal of working out three times a week for 30 minutes, how many dates with the treadmill can you go on and still stay
interested?

Lakeshore Sport & Fitness is one of the most robust and interactive health clubs in Chicago. With 120,000 square feet of sport, fitness and social space, the club never gets boring. Lakeshore Sport & Fitness makes mixing it up easy. Stop by for a heart pounding cycle class, scale the country’s tallest indoor rock wall, run on the indoor track, swim laps or relax during a candlelight yoga class. There is no need to have multiple memberships to get all of your needs. Lakeshore Sport & Fitness has it all under one roof.

Connect with like minded people
Relationships and community play a large role in living the lifestyle you want. Whether you want to play squash, golf, join a basketball league, or simply enjoy a nice dinner and drinks with friends, Lakeshore Sport & Fitness can connect you with a community of other
likeminded people.

Offering 100 weekly group fitness classes ranging from yoga and Pilates, to cycling, kickboxing, dance and HIIT, being around people that share similar interests helps
keep you excited and on track with your work out. Social Programming Director, Luis Davila, organizes club events and mixers that connect you with new and old friends, as well as team training groups that compete in races. “Being a part of a community really  helps motivate and encourage people to stay on their path,” Davila said. Make 2018 your year! Lakeshore Sport & Fitness is here to help.

Lakeshore Sport & Fitness
211. N Stetson Ave.
(312) 856-1111 / www.lakeshoresf.com

New Eastside coffee guide

By Jon Cohn | Community Contributor

Our highly caffeinated journey begins with a tour around Lake Shore East Park, with stops at The Drunken Bean 400 E. South Water St., Eggy’s Diner, 333 E. Benton Pl. and the 24-hour Subway, which also offers decent coffee.

Of course, Mariano’s grocery store serves up the java hot and fresh every morning, offering its Red Eye and Black Eye specials, with one and two shots of espresso respectively.

Radisson Aqua Blu coffee shop ‘Blu Bar’. Photo by Stephanie Racine

Additionally, Bockwinkel’s grocery stores, one located at the Harbor Point building and the other at the corner of Stetson and South Water Streets, offer up delicious Papa Nickolas brand coffee. The Fairmont Hotel, 200 N. Columbus Dr., has a neat little coffee stand right in the lobby featuring coffee, cappuccinos and lattés, as does Radisson Blu hotel at their
“Blu Bar,” which is open every morning.

Another great spot geared toward lovers of coffee is Swissotel, 323 E. Upper Wacker
Dr., which features The Amuse Bar and offers Valentine brand coffee. Moving on in our caffeine saturated venture, we head over to the lower plaza of the Aon building, 200 E. Randolph St., where the selections are nearly endless.

Coffee bar at Mariano’s Lakeshore East.

Just follow your nose down the stairs to find a food court inundated with coffee selections, including Sopraffino’s Italian blend coffee, Au Bon’s 100% Arabica beans, Market Thyme’s Intelligentsia brand, and the standard Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks.

Keep this list handy, folks. When the freezing winds blow off the lake,
you’ll be glad you have it.

 

The winter boot stop, Shoe Drop

Where to prep your boots for winter

By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer

Between snow, ice and low temperatures, our winter boots bear the brunt of the harsh Chicago winters. Though built for the task of getting us to our destination with warm dry feet, some boots don’t make it through more than a few seasons without tearing or being easily eroded by salt used for icy streets. To make sure winter boots last as long as possible, cleaning and repairs are a must.

At Shoe Drop, 233 N. Michigan Ave., you can have your shoes repaired, cleaned, and get replacement soles and heels. “I use Shoe Drop to set up a drop-off for my winter boots to be repaired,” said New Eastside resident Anthony Ivone of the store that opened in May 2017.

Shoe Drop’s brick-and-mortar location at 233 N. Michigan Ave. Photo by Stephanie Racine.

Duncan Davis, CEO of Shoe Drop, recommended the restorative cleaning service to keep winter boots fresh. “This [service] involves carefully removing salt stains and snow damage with a gentle cleaning solution. Once finished, we restore the leather or material to its original color,” Davis said.

Davis also recommended taking preemp-
tive measures to make winter boots last the season. He advised using a weather proof-
ing product, along with removing anything that gets on the shoes, like snow or salt,
immediately. “Many of our customers send
us their new shoes to weatherproof and
add a rubber sole guard before they wear them,” Davis said. Weatherproofing and a full restorative clean is $35. In-store shines are $8, or free with any repair service.

Most dry cleaners in New Eastside also offer shoe repair. The Lancaster Dry Cleaners, located at 201 N. Westshore Drive will waterproof suede boots. Short boots are $25, medium are $30 and tall are $35.

Regatta cleaners, located at 420 E. Waterside, will repair winter boots with pricing on request.

Shoe Drop
233 N. Michigan Ave. / (312) 445-5254
www.shoedrop.com

Lancaster Cleaners
201 N. Westshore Dr. / (312) 938-8959

Regatta Cleaners
420 E Waterside Dr. / (312) 228-0545

The Driehaus Museum: Ode to the Gilded Age

By Matthew Reiss | Community Contributor

On a recent stroll through Streeterville, I came upon a tourist attraction I had never seen before—The Richard H. Driehaus Museum, 40 E. Erie St. In truth, I have probably walked past it several times, but its proximity to the Magnificent Mile made me assume it was a restaurant or an upscale store, when in fact, tucked away in the heart of Chicago’s retail hub is an elegant museum that houses an impressive collection of Gilded Age art.

Chicago philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus founded the museum 2003 with a vision to influence today’s environment by preserving and promoting the architecture
and design of the past.

The museum’s palatial building was once one of the most expensive private homes
in Chicago, featuring ornate stained glass and 18 different types of marble. Elegant
furnishings and Driehaus’ prodigious collection of late 19th century art adorn each room, giving visitors a glimpse into the lives of the era’s wealthy. At the center of the home is a giant vault that was used to protect valuables. Marble statuary stands in the green-hued library, a round room topped with a green stainedglass dome and decorated with green glass chandeliers.

Driehaus Museum. Photo courtesy of Richie Diesterheft.

The home was built in 1883 for the
Nickerson family to replace a home that burned in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Owner Samuel Nickerson became wealthy by selling alcohol to the Union Army for use in explosives in the Civil War.

The Nickersons were so afraid of losing
their new residence to a similar fate that they attempted to build a fireproof house. Non-flammable materials such as marble were used, and the rooms were designed to contain any conflagration. The Nickersons sold the house in 1900 to Lucius Fisher, who redecorated the home with his collection of animal trophies, some of which can be viewed in the museum.

The second floor of the Driehaus Museum formerly housed family bedrooms. It is now the site of the museum’s special exhibitions. The museum will be featuring a new exhibition, beginning February 10.

The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design will display an array of chairs creat-
ed by noted designers, such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. This exhibition will explore how these artistic master-works were shaped by the cultural trends prevalent during their construction. The decorative rooms of the Driehaus provide the perfect backdrop for these special works of functional art.

Grocery delivery options in New Eastside

By Miriam Finder Annenberg and Stephanie Racine | Staff Writers

While in the past New Eastside residents had no choice but to shop at stores in
person, recent years have seen an uptick in grocery delivery services.
Mariano’s Lakeshore East rolls out its online ordering and delivery service this January with ClickList, a curbside pick- up service that can be downloaded as an app, or accessed via the Mariano’s website.

John Nelson, owner of Vroom and resident of
New Eastside. Photo by Daniel Lewis

ClickList includes some helpful features, such as leaving notes attached to specific items, so that preferred ripeness or freshness of items is assured.

“Compared to other Mariano’s, we serve a lot more delivery,” said Mariano’s Lakeshore East Store Manager, Megan Gleeson.

Across the Chicago River, Whole Foods offers customers the option of online orders and delivery through Instacart.

The convenience of grocery delivery can be worth the additional price for residents. Peapod offers similar online and app ser-
vices. “I have used Peapod for grocery de- livery for four years,” said resident Connie Mayse. “I find the food to be of excellent
quality and the service to be invaluable as an apartment dweller.” Door to Door Organics is yet another option, focusing primarily on fruits, vegetables and other staples like milk.

According to Carolann Samuels of Door to Door, the company sees an increase in
business in winter. “Depending on what you get in a box on any given week, you will also get some recipes for meal planning,” she said.

At Bockwinkel’s, customers shop for groceries in-store and both Bockwinkel’s
stores in New Eastside—at Harbor Point and at Park Millennium–will deliver within
Lakeshore East at no extra cost.

Delivery isn’t limited to food. Vroom, a new service in the area, delivers alcohol in addition to certain grocery store items.

“We’re excited to be working with a local business, Burnham Liquors, to bring quick,
on-demand delivery to Lakeshore East,” said owner John Nelson. Vroom delivery to New Eastside is particularly special to Nelson. “As a local resident myself, I appreciate the ability to order a case of beer or some last-minute grocery items delivered in under an hour,” Nelson says.

Mariano’s Lakeshore East
333 E Benton Pl. Suite 206,
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 228-1349 / www.marianos.com

Whole Foods – Streeterville
255 E. Grand Ave,
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-7900 / www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Bockwinkel’s
222 N. Columbus Dr. / 155 N. Harbor Dr.,
Chicago, IL 60601(312) 228-9920 / www.bockwinkels.com

Peapod
(800) 573-2763 / www.peapod.com

Door to Door Organics
www.doortodoororganics.com

Vroom
www.vroomdelivery.com

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