Catalyst Ranch is lucky to be situated in one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Chicago!  The West Loop is bustling with tried and true favorites and hip new dining concepts and boutiques.  Lately, it seems that another cool shop or restaurant opens up every day, so to keep you posted, we’ll continue our occasional In the Neighborhood blog series.  Here’s a look at an awesome new business and two exciting restaurants coming to the neighborhood this summer!  You can learn more about the lodging, transportation, and dining options available in our neighborhood here and make your next meeting at the Ranch as lively, fun, and memorable as possible!


1010 W. Monroe

live grit logoLiveGrit  is a new triathlon shop “dedicated to helping you fulfill your athletic passions—running, cycling, swimming and triathlons.”   In addition to a full-service bike shop, LiveGrit offers bicycles, helmets, and clothing and shoes so you can be sporty and fashion forward.  They just had their grand opening party on April 26 and will continue to host group training events, educational workshops, and social mixers throughout the year.  LiveGrit will bring people together so they can learn useful skills like basic bike maintenance and connect with other like-minded athletes.  “Live Grit believes that when you live a life with passion and inspiration, you can do amazing things—in your sport, in your community and in your life.”  We agree!

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621 W. Randolph

Franco Gianni, the former owner of Tank Sushi and current owner of Wood is opening Salero, a Basque restaurant in the West Loop!  Karen Herold, who designed Girl & the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, and Embeya, will design the two-story space.  The front of the building will get a complete redesign and expand to be in line with its neighbor, Blackbird.  Chef Ashlee Aubin, Winner of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Award in 2013 and 2014, currently runs the Wood kitchen and will also run Salero.  The menu will utilize Spanish techniques on flat-top plancha and wood-fired grills. Expect to see dishes such as ajo blanco, a chilled white soup with marcona almonds, grapes, Jonah crab and Blis trout roe; foie gras flan with sherry vinegar caramel and poached quince. “It’s going to be a change of pace, using olive oil instead of butter and embracing the Mediterranean warmth,” says Gianni.  Salero is projected to open in early July.  I can’t wait!

Native Foods Cafe

14 S. Clinton

Native-Foods-Café-logoThe Ranch Hands are stoked that a new Native Foods location is moving in right down the street!  Native Foods Café has become a very popular fast-casual vegan restaurant group serving fresh chef-crafted food that is 100% plant-based!  They make their own tempeh and seitan, Native Cheese, sauces, dressing, drinks, and – most importantly – desserts!   Try one of the Chef’s Favorite, Ensalada Azteca Salad, which is made with fresh avocado, jicama, currants, toasted pumpkin seeds, and cucumber salsa atop quinoa and romaine lettuce served with an award-winning mango lime vinaigrette.  Is it lunch time yet?

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Do you have the insider scoop on what is coming to the West Loop next?  Please share in the comments!