Last Wednesday (January 20, 2010) I was standing at a Loop bus stop waiting for any CTA vehicle beginning with a "1" to come by and take me home when a thought struck me. "Aren't I supposed to be under a scaffold right now?"
I turned around and discovered that the scaffolding surrounding the State Street facade of the Sullivan Center (33 South State Street) was gone. Years after Carson Pirie Scott abandoned the heart and soul of its home town, the building that made it famous is emerging from its construction cocoon.
If you haven't been by in a while, you should make a trip. The exterior is magnificent. Hopefully something good happens to the interior, too. There have been a few small shops that opened on the Wabash Street side, but the bulk of the retail space remains unclaimed. A hoped-for grocery store fell through, and the latest out of Crain's Chicago Business is that Target might be interested in opening there -- probably the final nail in the coffin of the flagship Sears store across the way.