Monday, May 25, 2015

Southport's TOD could begin development late this year

We reached out to Alderman Tom Tunney on the status of the proposed TOD at 3401 N. Southport Avenue as far as when development would take place.  Per the Alderman, the developers still need to go through the planning commission and zoning committee, and then once approved, construction could start later in 2015 or early 2016.  Galleria Liquors will be coming back as a tenant, but it is unlikely that Rise Sushi will be (the owner is looking to retire). 

From May's WLVN meeting, the group voted yes (27-18) in recommending the Southport TOD mixed-use building at 3401-09 N. Southport. See the floor plans below, and more detailed designs can be found at this link.






Visiting Lakeview's Lincoln Hub

The "Lincoln Hub" is located in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood at the intersection of Wellington, Lincoln and Southport Avenue. It is almost complete, and we took a visit there on Memorial Day.

Let's hear your thoughts in the comments.

















Thursday, May 14, 2015

Your Southport Corridor Dream House of the Day: 1455 W. School Street

Listed for $2,350,000 - see the full listing here.









KRUGER GALLERY CHICAGO ANNOUNCES [MY BUSINESS IS CIRCUMFERENCE] NEW PAINTINGS BY JEFFLY GABRIELA MOLINA


CHICAGO – [My Business is Circumference], a solo exhibition of new paintings by Chicago-based Venezuelan artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina, will be on view at Kruger Gallery Chicago, 3709 North Southport Avenue, from May 15 – June 27, 2015.

Molina employs trompe-l’oeil to develop fanciful perspectives, architectural passages, and curious environments as she conceptually considers the plurality of female identity. Specifically, she reflects on both, Venezuelan and US cultures to question notions of womaness, and to further understand not only the complexities of interpersonal relations, but the effects culture and society provoke on one's relation to oneself and to reality.

Inspired by Emily Dickinson’s 1982 letter to T.W. Higginson, Molina considers each painting to be a part of a larger narrative that delves deep into personal and universal interpretations of the female experience. By further exploring the traditions of female writing in English, she has transformed some of her favorite literary works into visual paraphrases, likening individual artworks to stories, poems, essays and letters. The objects and figures—the patterns within—and the structure of her paintings embrace the “hidden” to juxtapose outward appearances with a psychological awareness. While Molina’s painted surfaces are complex and sometimes obscure, they possess amusing qualities that makes them even humorous. According to gallery director, Mikelle Kruger, “Molina’s paintings are accessible, personal, sophisticated and vulnerable engaging a viewer in an intimate way much like one is engaged when curled up with a good book.”

According to prominent Chicago art collector, Larry Levy, speaking at an Art Institute panel on serious art collecting, “It is fun and interesting to discover a brilliant, emerging, affordable artist like Jeffly Gabriela Molina. We own more of her wonderful paintings and sculptures than any other artist.

There will be an opening reception for the artist on Friday, May 15 from 6 PM - 9 PM.

About the Artist, Jeffly Molina

Jeffly Gabriela Molina was born San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela in 1989. She came to the United States in 2007 to attend the New World School of the Arts and to help her aunt with her restaurant in Miami, Florida. While there, a prominent Chicago family discovered Molina’s paintings, and they subsequently sponsored her BFA studies at the Art Institute of Chicago.

In 2013, she was commissioned by The Rebury South Beach to permanently install her sculpture Nest at the southwest corner of 18th Street and Collins Ave in Miami Beach, and her work is part of several private collections. She is currently a first-year MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute and is expected to graduate in 2016. For more information about Molina or her work, visit www.jefflyart.com.

About Kruger Gallery Chicago

Kruger Gallery Chicago is committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change, Kruger Gallery Chicago represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design. Gallery hours are Tuesday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday 2 p.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; or by appointment.

Gallery owner and director, Mikelle Kruger was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1978 and holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Iowa and a master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University. She lives in Chicago and Marfa, Texas. Her husband, Matt Kruger, owns Big Bend Brewing Company, a microbrewery outside Marfa, which was just named the most remote brewery in the United States. Big Bend Brewing’s Tejas Lager will be available at all Kruger Gallery Chicago opening receptions.

For additional information, visit www.krugergallerychicago.com or call 312.995.0776. Follow the Kruger Gallery Chicago on Facebook at Kruger Gallery Chicago and Instagram at Kruger_Gallery_Chicago.

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Molina Full Bio:

Jeffly Gabriela Molina was born San Cristobal, Tachira, Venezuela in 1989. She came
to the United States in 2007 to attend the New World School of the Arts and to help her
aunt with her restaurant in Miami, Florida. While there, a prominent Chicago family
discovered Molina’s paintings, and they subsequently sponsored her BFA studies at
the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2013, she was commissioned by The Rebury South
Beach to permanently install her work Nest at the southwest corner of 18th Street and
Colins Ave in Miami Beach, and her work is part of several private collections. She is
currently a first-year MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute and is expected to
graduate in 2016. For more information about Molina or her work, visit
www.jefflyart.com.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Upcoming May Events at Butcher's Tap

May 2015 events at The Butcher's Tap!
  • May 14 - 24: Chicago Craft Beer Week - The Butcher's Tap will be featuring a different local craft beer for $4 every day!
  • May 24th: Sunday Sessions- The second of our monthly wine class. This month is 'Game of Rhones'. Our in-house sommelier will teach you about the different styles from the Rhone Valley. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Signs of the Southport Corridor

Fun signs around Southport...

Jeni's Southport 
D'Augustino's

Southport CTA 

DavidsTea

BlueMercury

Splendid

U.S. Apothecary

Lou & Grey

Lole Southport

Teavana

Gap

Justin's

Fleet Feet Southport

Francesca's

U.S. Apothecary

Lou & Grey

Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods

Leahey Consignment

Candyality

Music Box

Mercury Theater

Click Shoes & More

Persona

Cafe Tola

Dog-a-holics

Lole

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