Monday, June 20, 2016

Southport and Wellington mixed-used development construction finally starting

Construction has finally started on 1356 W. Wellington in what will become a new mixed-use retail and apartment development.
Rendering of 1356 W. Wellington from DNA Info Chicago

From our blog post in 2015:

From Crain's Chicago Business, a mixed-use development is coming to the former Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home with about 10 apartments and full retail on the first level.
"A venture led by Chicago-based developer Stonestreet Partners bought a former funeral home in Lakeview that it plans to redevelop into retail space and apartments. Stonestreet paid $3.8 million for the Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home property at the northeast corner of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington avenues, a 12,500-square-foot building on 0.33 acres, according to a statement from Mid-America Real Estate, the Oakbrook Terrace brokerage that sold the property. Stonestreet CEO David Trandel said he aims to keep the brick building, which dates back to 1918, and find a retail or restaurant space to lease its street-level space. Trandel, who is teaming up on the project with Barrington apartment developer Rick Cavenaugh, also plans to redevelop the property with about 10 apartments. Mid-America Principal Paul Bryant and Vice President Andrew Becker represented the seller, the Herdegen family."
And more from the Chicago Sun-Times, apartments will rent between $2,500 to $3,300 per month, and national retail tenants are eyeing the spot for it's prime location.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bánh Mì BáGet Southport is closed

Banh Mi Baget on Southport is officially closed. On June 9, a sign was posted that locks will be changed immediately. Consider this the final nail in Banh's coffin. Will you miss the Pho?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bel-Port Liquors closing mid-July, not coming back to Bow Truss side location

As you have heard, Bow Truss Coffee is coming to Southport and Belmont in the space currently occupied by Bel-Port Liquors. Joe, long-time owner of Bel-Port was rumored to move to an adjacent space but according to him, rent is too high and he will not be relocating. Make sure to say hi to Joe and Sashi before he closes up shop for good, most likely by early to mid-July.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Registration is now open for summer classes with Third Space at LVPC, a program of Lake View Presbyterian Church

Registration is now open for summer classes with Third Space at LVPC, a program of Lake View Presbyterian Church. Six-week sessions for preschoolers through senior citizens will begin July 18, with veteran instructors leading creative courses in music, art, movement and discussion.

“These pilot programs are a sample of the kinds of offerings that may be available in the Third Space building in a couple of years,” said Pastor Joy Douglas Strome. “As we continue our capital campaign, we are also looking at what activities will help us realize our vision of Third Space as an intergenerational community building that builds community.”

Classes in music, art and wooden toy-making will allow parents and children to work together. Other, age-level, art classes will be designed for those age 6 through adult, and seniors may opt for yoga, exercise, book discussion and storytelling classes.

Classes are very affordably priced to accommodate everyone in the Lakeview community, and will end August 26.

Plans are for a Third Space Community Center slated to replace the existing Parish Hall immediately west of Lake View Presbyterian Church at Broadway and Addison.  Third Space will be the only intentional, inter-generational gathering space in the Lakeview neighborhood. It won’t regulate different populations, it will integrate them.

A full class listing, including dates and times, is available at To register, visit the website or phone 773-281-2655.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The 2016 Low-Line Market is Back!

2016's Low-Line Market on Southport kicked off again on June 2, and will run through early October. The weather was perfect for opening day! Detailed information on Southport's Low-Line Market can be found here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blaine School on Southport in 1895

Southport Flashback to the late 1800's, when Blaine Elementary School was first built, along with it's first class photo.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Turning Back Time - The Southport Corridor in 1995

Posted on our Facebook page, these photos show the grand opening of Kinko's (FedEx) and Mail Boxes, Etc., and Leon Engels, which is now Anthropologie.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Major Construction: 4-Star Restaurant's Tex-Mex Restaurant on the Southport Corridor

Major construction is underway at the former Justin's Bar and Grill site.  4-Star Restaurant Group's new Tex-Mex concept construction is underway, with full and open windows in the front and side. Enhancements include expanding the space into the patio area and a complete gut of all three floors. Scroll down to see the rendering from the original lease brochure.

Original rendering from leasing brochure:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Sola Salon now open on Lincoln Avenue

Sola Salon Studio is a concept of 25 salon/spa studios in one location, located at 3355 N. Lincoln Avenue.  For new clients, they are offering 20% off of a hair/skin/waxing/massage/nail service. You can visit their Facebook page at for more information!   

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Coda di Volpe from Billy Lawless and Ryan O'Donnell with Executive Chef Chris Thompson is opening in July

Billy Lawless and Ryan O'Donnell with Executive Chef Chris Thompson are opening Coda di Volpe this July at 3335 N. Southport Avenue

The Coda di Volpe Team


TEAM:  Restaurateurs Billy Lawless and Ryan O’Donnell with Executive Chef Chris Thompson

ABOUT:  Opening summer 2016 in the Lakeview neighborhood, Coda di Volpe will be a neighborhood favorite and also a dining destination serving Southern Italian fare. Coda di Volpe will bring casual sophistication to the neighborhood. Restaurateurs Billy and Ryan have been friends for years and have always discussed the idea of working on a project together; first they found the space and then joined forced with Chef Thompson and the vision for the restaurant came to life. Chef Chris Thompson, previously at the helm of nationally acclaimed restaurants including A16 and Spruce in San Francisco and The Nickle in Denver, spent an extensive amount of time in Italy doing research and development for the menu, which will focus on the lighter fare of the South.

Coda di Volpe is a white Italian wine grape variety that has been historically grown in the Campania region around the town of Naples, it also translates to “tail of the fox” in Italian. Chef Chris Thompson is passionate about bringing Southern Italian cuisine to Chicago so Coda di Volpe, a grape from that region, fit perfectly with the team’s vision for the restaurant.

MENU:  Chef Thompson’s menu will showcase Southern Italian cuisine in a menu that offers something that will appeal to everyone, including Neapolitan pizza, for which Thompson has his VPN certification, and house-cured meats. Southern Italian cuisine encompasses regions south of Rome, which incorporates less dairy, heavy cream, and butter, and highlights more seafood, vegetables, and olive oil.

DÉCOR: The Coda di Volpe team is working with 555 International on the design and décor for the restaurant, which will have a Mid-Century Italian vibe.

HOURS: The restaurant will be open 7 days per week. To start, Coda di Volpe will only be open for dinner service, with lunch and weekend brunch following shortly after.

LOCATION: Coda di Volpe is located at 3335 N. Southport Ave.

PRICING: The pricing will be accessible and competitive for the neighborhood.

CAPACITY:  100 seats in dining room; 25 seats at the bar; 65 seats on the patio

"The Southern Italian restaurant will open at 3335 N. Southport Ave. under the direction of Executive Chef Chris Thompson, known for his San Francisco eateries A16 and Spruce. 
 "We want to bring a little sophistication to the Southport Corridor, which we feel is really up-and-coming," O'Donnell said Tuesday. "We'll bring some of what Billy does downtown and what I do in Lincoln Park."
From Eater Chicago:
"O'Donnell wants the restaurant to be a "neighborhood go-to," with a coziness that reminds diners of Gemini. They'll bring that to Southport along with the downtown hospitality from Lawless, breaking up the monotony of Lakeview's sport bars. 
They want to open within two months with 100 seats inside the dining area plus a U-shaped bar with 25 seats. There's also sidewalk seating that will wrap around the intersection of Southport and Henderson and a five-seat pizza counter. They've enlisted 555 International for the design: "Think Italy in the 1950s or 60s," O'Donnell said." 
We are very much looking forward to this great addition to The 'Port!

Future home of Coda Di Volpe on Southport

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