Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on February 12, 2010
After hanging on for as long as possible, Belgravia Group has decided to lower their prices at their remaining townhome development, Union Row Townhomes. Located just South of UIC in the University Disctrict/Pilsen neighborhoods, Union Row was in need of a nice boost and with some price reductions, it’s definitely the shot in the arm the development needed. In just a couple weeks, Union Row is down to its last 10 townhomes and there’s no sign of it slowing down.
Union Row’s sales center, located at 622 W. 16th Street, is open every day of the week from 10AM – 6PM. If you have any questions, give them a call at 312-829-4600. They’re great over there!
Posted by ChicagoismynewBlog! on November 13, 2009
I haven’t gone to the 2nd Friday’s art walks for the past few months but now that my mom is visiting from out of town, my sister and I decided to take her there. Go eat some dinner in the neighborhood then walk around and take a look at some weird and expensive art…luckily not all of the art is weird and expensive. Also note that this last sentence is coming from someone who is not very insightful and would rather spend money on things other than art.
If you have no idea what 2nd Friday’s is, there are a bunch of art galleries centered around 18th and Halsted Streets in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. This group of art galleries and shops is formally named the Chicago Arts District. Once a month, all of these art galleries open their doors to the public and people walk in and out of them looking at the artists’ pieces. Plus, there’s usually wine, beer, and snacks in each gallery…they accept donations for them so don’t be cheap.
After a second time eating at Little Mel’s Place, located at 1800 S. Jefferson Street, in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, I realized I should have posted about this place after my first visit. I’m all about no frills places where I can actually leave full and satisfied for not much money and where I know I’m contributing to a small neighborhood restaurant. A very nice, young couple were the ones to open up Little Mel’s and they will also be the ones to take your order and cook your delicious food…plus, they happily took my townhome brochures which was extra cool.
Both times I visited, I was lame and got the same thing but I swear I only did so because it was so good. I ordered a double bacon cheeseburger meal which includes a drink and fries. Let me tell you, the burger was massive and with the pickle spear, lettuce, tomato and onion, I could have died a happy man right there. BUT, I’m not one to turn down these fries because they taste similar to McDonalds fries but are a bit bigger. I also skipped the pop and went with a large strawberry shake which was perfect for the 95 degree day. All of this set me back a little over $7.00…not bad for being able to fill me up. Kudos Little Mel’s, kudos.
Thanks to “Yelper” Southside S. for the photo of Little Mel’s. I couldn’t find any picture of the place.
Union Row’s upcoming 2nd Fridays event is taking place on Friday, July 10th so we can’t wait to see you there! 2nd Fridays take place in the Chicago Arts District where dozens of unique art galleries open their doors to the public to showcase their hard work. What’s even better is that everything is free…unless you buy a piece of art, and the galleries always have some free wine and food too.
I FINALLY got to pay a visit to Simone’s Bar in Pilsen, the neighborhood’s most talked about new restaurant and bar. Luckily, I got to combine work with pleasure as well, due to a lunch meeting with a coworker and a great contact in the Pilsen neighborhood, Norma Alanis. Norma owns and operates Chocolate For Your Body Spa, located at 1743 S. Halsted Street.
Simone’s Bar, located at 960 W. 18th Street, opened a few months ago and already has quite the following throughout the area. The inside of Simone’s is decorated with recycled materials such as old bowling lanes for tables and the bar and glass bottles for light fixtures so it’s pretty unique.
Their outdoor patio recently opened so we all decided to eat outside because the weather was so nice. I ordered the Simone’s Burger which is a 100% hand pressed beef patty filled with bleu cheese and served with a mixture of hand cut regular and sweet potato fries ($9.00). Norma ordered the Cheeseburger with American cheese, also served with the mixture of fries ($8.00), and Zev ordered a cup of tomato soup and had a panini sandwich which was the special for the day (price not known).
Overall, our server was very attentive and the food came out very quickly and I’m always a fan of outdoor eating which made the experience even better. The food was great and I look forward to trying some other entrees the next time I pay a visit. Simone’s Bar is open from 11:30am – 2am daily so definitely check them out!
Normally, Belgravia Group’sUnion Row Townhomes teams up with Lush Wine & Spirits for a wine seminar but we decided to switch it up a bit and have a beer tasting. I, for one, am excited! The beer tasting will take place at Union Row’s model home, located at 644 W. 16th Street, and will go from 7:00pm -8:30pm. Like always, there will be good food and the seminars are free which is a perfect reason to invite friends to come along with you. If you plan on attending, just give Union Row a call at 312-829-4600 to RSVP.
These 2nd Friday’s art walks are located in the Chicago Arts District. At these art walks, dozens of different galleries open their doors to the public where you can literally walk in and take a look at some pretty unique art. Sometimes, the galleries will even have some more wine and food for visitors.
The event is totally free which is a perfect excuse to invite your friends and family…plus the weather is supposed to be really nice…another reason to go. If you do plan on stopping by, give Union Row a call at 312-829-4600.
Taco Palacio, located at 1700 S. Halsted Street in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, is my favorite place to go when I forget to bring my lunch to work. When you walk into Taco Palacio, you can either take an immediate right where you’ll find the kitchen and a bar with only five stools, or you can go straight back to a pool hall that is usually filled with local Pilsenites drinking Coronas at lunchtime. If you go to the right, you are immediately greeted by the sweetest lady who cooks some amazing, no frills Mexican food. The kitchen is at most 12×12 and she cooks right in front of you. The experience alone is so fun and you don’t HAVE to speak Spanish but it would probably make it easier.
Each time I paid a visit to Taco Palacio, I’ve ordered the steak burrito ($4.50) and a steak taco ($1.50). It’s topped with onions, tomatos, lettuce, cheese, and some hot sauce is optional but the simplicity makes the food so good. The food can be greasy and the meat is by no means fillet mignon but that’s all part of the experience and for the price, this food is really good and the food will fill you up too. Click here to check out the menu!