Thursday, August 25, 2016

Confirmed: Amazon Books is coming to Chicago's Southport Corridor

DNA Info Chicago has confirmed that Amazon Books is indeed coming to the Southport Corridor after we broke the news to you first from our blog post yesterday:
"Amazon will open a brick-and-mortar bookstore on the Southport Corridor next year. The online megastore confirmed that it will open an Amazon Books location on Southport Avenue in 2017, two years after its first physical store opened in Seattle."
From The Chicago Tribune:
"We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday. 
The store, targeted to open next year, will be at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the former location of the now-closed Mystic Celt bar." 
From Crain's Chicago Business:
"Amazon will soon be coming to a storefront near you. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the online megastore will open an Amazon Books location in Lakeview at the Southport Corridor in 2017, two years after it opened its first physical store in Seattle."

Our original blog post can be read here, and discusses what the Amazon Bookstore is all about, and photos below from Amazon Books Seattle location are pictured below.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amazon Books rumored to be coming to Southport's former Mystic Celt's space

Mystic Celt has been closed since the New Year, and's brick and mortar bookstore is rumored to be coming to 3443 N. Southport Avenue. Amazon currently has a store in Seattle, and is opening other outlets soon in San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon. Rumors are swirling on New York's Hudson Yards as well.

Amazon plans on opening hundreds of bookstores in the coming years.

A description of what Amazon Books is from's website:
Amazon Books in University Village, Seattle, is a physical extension of We’ve applied 20 years of online bookselling experience to build a store that integrates the benefits of offline and online book shopping. The books in our store are selected based on customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments. These are fantastic books! Most have been rated 4 stars or above, and many are award winners. 
To give you more information as you browse, our books are face-out, and under each one is a review card with the customer rating and a review. You can read the opinions and assessments of’s book-loving customers to help you find great books. 
Prices at Amazon Books are the same as prices offered by, so you’ll never need to compare our online and in-store prices. Nevertheless, our mobile app is a great way to read additional customer reviews, get more detailed information about a product, or even to buy products online. 
Amazon Books is a store without walls – there are thousands of books available in store and millions more available at Walk out of the store with a book; lighten your load and buy it online (Prime customers, of course, won’t pay for shipping); buy an eBook for your Kindle; or add a product to your Amazon Wish List, so someone else can buy it. 
At Amazon Books, you can also test drive Amazon’s devices. Products across our Kindle, Echo, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet series are available for you to explore, and Amazon device experts will be on hand to answer questions and to show the products in action."
Some photos of Amazon Books Seattle store:

What do you think if they come to Southport?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mint Julep closing in Chicago's Southport Corridor

Mint Julep announced that they are closing their doors on Southport at the end of the year via Facebook today. We wish Sarah the best of luck and are sad to see them leave Southport.

From Mint Julep:

Please read the following letter...
Dear Friends, Fans, and Shoppers,
Thank you to all of you who have supported me and my little boutique for the past 15 years. I have enjoyed getting to know you all and I am lucky enough to call so many of you my friends. I loved celebrating your engagements, holding your precious babies, congratulating you on new jobs, dressing you for vacations, and sending you off for big moves in your lives. For all these experiences I am forever grateful, but it is time for me to embark on the next chapter of my life. It is both with sadness and excitement that I announce I will close Mint Julep at the end of this year. There is sadness because Mint Julep is so much a part of who I am and has been an incredible learning and growing experience, but there is also so much excitement for my next adventure. I am working to develop a new concept to keep you all outfitted in our favorite lines. More details coming soon.
Thank you all of you for taking this wild ride with me. Stay tuned for fabulous closing sales and please continue to support all your local businesses. They are the heart and soul of every neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Southport Corridor Changes into 2017

Whether you are new to the area or a long-time resident, one thing is for certain: nothing is permanent except change. So if you can't keep up with all of the changes happening to Chicago's Southport Corridor, don't worry, we've got you covered.

Here is a summary of what to expect into 2017+:

  1. Amazon Books is coming to 3443 N. Southport
  2. Mint Julep is closing by the end of the year
  3. Hanna Andersson coming to 3452 N. Southport, the former Southport Suites building
  4. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors to be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  5. Chipotle eyeing the Southport Corridor, possibly in the Southport TOD
  6. 3424 N. Southport is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use space with retail and residential units
  7. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters is coming to Southport & Belmont in Bel-Port Liquors current location
  8. Capital One Cafe and Peet's Coffee coming to 3435 N. Southport
  9. Newport Bar & Grill is now closed
  10. Tuco & Blondie Tex-Mex restaurant from Four-Star Restaurant Group coming this September to the former Justin's location
  11. B. Rose Salon at 3341 N. Southport has closed and the space is now for lease
  12. Cafe Tola is expanding to Sweet Sensations former space
  13. The Eastman Egg Company is coming to Lakeview - location is TBD at this time
  14. 5411 Empanadas has opened at 3715 N. Southport
  15. Bahn Mi Baget has closed; location for rent
  16. Banana Republic is eyeing the Southport Corridor and trying to find a good location
  17. Dog-a-holics retail shop is now Bentley's Pet Stuff
  18. Addison & Clark development is underway
  19. Lush Cosmetics has opened on Southport
  20. Deleece Restaurant has re-concepted to Grassroots
  21. Elevare MD is opening next to Fleet Feet
  22. J. Crew has opened at 3423 N. Southport
  23. SoulCycle has opened at 3423 N. Southport
  24. Teavana closed, space actively being marketed for lease
  25. Williams-Sonoma/West Elm has interest in Southport
  26. Crosby's Kitchen is expanding with a new adult concept into the former Wrigleyville Dental space called Ella Elli
  27. Vivial Fine Comfort Food and Cocktails closed; space for lease
  28. LuluBelles Pancake House building was demolished and new retail/residences have been built and are for rent
  29. Burger Boss and Dojo Chicago are closed and is leased - tenant TBD
  30. FlatTop Grill former space is for rent
  31. Einstein's Bagel space is currently for lease
  32. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen's former space
  33. A new mixed-use development is coming to 3334 N. Southport Avenue with retail
  34. Bitter Pops now open, Reverb and Bareburger coming to L3's development project at 3345 N. Lincoln Avenue
  35. Whole Foods is under construction and coming in 2017 to Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont
  36. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with a Mattress Firm
  37. The Former "Uncle Fun" building is now a new mixed-use retail and residential development
  38. TOD development at 3400 N. Lincoln Avenue
  39. Mirador Restaurant has closed
  40. Indira moved to 3337 N. Southport
  41. 1342 W. Belmont is being demolished
  42. 3451-53 N. Southport actively being marketed for lease
  43. 3721 N. Southport for lease
  44. Target coming to Belmont and Clark
  45. And please, someone do something with this building!!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lakeview Crest Lighting Annual Store-wide Sale and Extra Special Tent Event August 13, 2016

Crest Lighting in Lakeview is holding their semi-annual Tent Sale August 13, from 10am – 5pm in the parking lot at 3300 N Sheffield before during and after their neighbors’ little game at Wrigley Field.

Chandeliers, pendants, flush and semi flush mounts, fans, sconces, bathroom fixtures and so much more will be at some of the lowest prices ever for one day only. And, many current fixtures in the showroom will also be marked down to make way for new releases arriving soon. “This is a perfect opportunity for our clients, neighbors and friends to upgrade their décor by adding lighting to a room,” said Amy Fimbianti, Director, Crest Lighting Stores.

Crest Lighting, the decorative lighting division of Paramont-EO has been a “fixture” in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago since 1987, is family owned and operated and is committed to making lighting decisions simple, satisfying and sensational.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Southport Corridor Chicago: This Week in Instagram

Remember to follow us on Instagram, and tag your photos with #SouthportCorridor and we'll regram our favorites.

Trick or Treat on Southport for 2016 will be on Sunday, October 30

Trick or Treat on Southport this year will be on Sunday, October 30, 2016 on Southport Avenue between Roscoe and Grace Street from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Here is a gallery of photos from previous years!

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