Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Proposed for 3200 N. Southport Avenue

From West Lakeview Neighbors, next Monday there is a meeting at Butcher's Tap to discuss a new TOD development at 3200 N. Southport Avenue, former home to Flat Top Grill.  This corner has been vacant for quite some time, and many businesses have come and gone through the years (Burger Boss, Knitter's Niche, Flat Top to name a few). In addition to this newly proposed TOD, these Southport TODs have already been approved:

 Curbed Chicago has a write-up of the benefits of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) that you can read here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gemini Designs will get your Landscape or Rooftop complete for summer with Firetables, Furniture and Flowers

City lots can be challenging so Gemini Designs can design a garden to maximize the space and fit your style. They combine trees, shrubs, perennials and hardscape elements to create modern gardens that are low maintenance and beautiful. With LED outdoor lighting, they will add up-lights to highlight architectural trees and can even hide them in planter boxes for increased drama at night. Their colorful container arrangements add extra color and interest to each season from your front door to your rooftop. 

Now's the time to get the design process rolling so contact them today!

Phone Number: 773-368-2238

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tied House opens February 26

It's officially official!  Tied House from Schuba's will be opening February 26, and Eater Chicago has all the scoop on the Southport Corridor's newest restaurant and bar.

From Eater Chicago:

"Tied House, the new two-level restaurant next to Schubas Tavern — the divey Lakeview music venue that hosts indie rock, comedy, and more — finally has an opening date: February 26. The interiors are a drastic upgrade from the razed restaurant that once stood at 3157 N. Southport Avenue. Harmony Grill closed in January 2017 after 19 years.

Schubas been around since 1988 inside its 115-year-old building. Helming the kitchen for Tied House is a decorated chef. Debbie Gold is a James Beard Foundation award winner. She won the Best Chef: Midwest honor in 1999 when she worked at The American in Kansas City, Missouri. Gold’s first task was to develop a dinner menu for Tied House, creating an elevated and familiar experience.

“These foods are very approachable,” Gold said. “There’s nothing that’s going to scare anybody.”

A tied house is a vintage reference to a bar that was contractually obligated, or tied, to a specific brewery’s beer. The building, erected in 1903, was a tied house for Schlitz Brewing. Gold doesn’t face those restrictions at the restaurant. There’s a good mix of dishes like short rib (black garlic, blue foot mushroom, lemongrass), monkfish (kohlrabi, green apple, barley, bonito), and raviolo (duck egg, potato, seaweed, sesame seed).

The food gives Lakeview and the Southport Corridor an upscale option which is a rarity. Michelin-starred Entente, located just a five-minute walk away from Schubas, proves that if a pricier neighborhood restaurant that’s away from downtown is well-executed, locals will support it and diners will seek it out. Having lofty expectations is great, but Gold doesn’t want to alienate regulars.

“We hoping to bridge that gap, hoping that some Schubas people will come into Tied House to see what’s going on,” she said.

Schubas’s owners, which also own another music venue — Lincoln Hall in Lincoln Park — trusted her vision. For example, when Gold asked for an ice cream machine for the kitchen, the owners granted her request. Gold is a former pastry chef and desserts — like a chocolate mousse with brown butter, cocoa nib, and milk — will be made in the kitchen.

Tied House will eventually serve lunch, weekend brunch, and there’s also a children’s menu. Gold’s work isn’t done and she will also eventually revamp the menus at Schubas. They’ll have separate brunch and lunch options as well as late-night menus for both venues.

The new restaurant already feels like it’s been lived in and creates a comfortable atmosphere, Gold said. Her menu has inspiration from Italy and Korea, but Gold said she’s careful on how she uses those flavors. She wants to maintain integrity without cliches. An example of a cliche is wasabi potatoes: “No one wants to eat that,” she said."

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Taco Bell's Replacement on Addison includes Planet Granite Climbing Gym

Here are the latest renderings of what will be replacing Wrigleyville's Taco Bell at 1111 W. Addison Street. The first level will include street retail to be determined, and according to Tom Tunney's website and renderings, Planet Granite Climbing Gym based in California will occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Here are the latest renderings along with Planet Granite's mission statement:

"Planet Granite has been in business in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1994. We have 4 clubs, 3 in the Bay Area and one in Portland, Oregon. The climbing gyms offer climbing, yoga and the usual features of a regular heath club. At Planet Granite the best climbers in the country train for far away expeditions and newcomers to the sport can learn in a comfortable and safe environment. Being one of the first companies to open and operate indoor rock climbing facilities, we have brought climbing to the mainstream. Climbing keeps people fit and healthy and is inherently social - you have time to chat to the people around you between routes. We are fanatical about creating community and continuously host presentations by world class climbers, climbing movie nights, competitions, climb-a-thon fundraisers for various charities, “meet a new climbing partner” nights and a number of other events to bring people together. We are a major part of our member’s social life and help create strong communities in the places that we operate. In 2017 we merged with Earth Treks, a similar operator of climbing gyms in the Washington DC , and Denver, CO areas with the intention of growing our company by bringing our climbing offering and mission to new communities. We feel the Wrigley Field are is a perfect fit."
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