Friday, May 18, 2018

For Rent in the Southport Corridor: 1441 W Waveland Ave #2

Stylish top floor corner condo in vintage building. Spacious and updated. Located on a tree-lined street in Southport Corridor steps from Jewel and all the new shopping, the new restaurants/bars and the El (Southport Brown)! Offering killer kitchen and bath mixed with charming vintage detail. Grilling deck, great spacious closets. Free laundry in basement and large storage space. Easy street parking. Only 1 block away from Blaine Elementary School! Mov in by 8/1 —Possibly 7/15. $1890/mo. 

No smoking. No pets (but we can talk).

Ask any questions.


Carlos A Gonzalez
Cell: 817.703.3373

Friday, May 11, 2018

An update to the upcoming 3401-09 Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

ICYMI, Rise Sushi and Galleria Liqueurs will be replaced with this mixed-use Transit Oriented Development (TOD). This development was first proposed in 2014 and approved by Tom Tunney and was originally slated to start construction in 2017.
We now hear this project will begin in 2020, so you have a few more years to enjoy Rise and Galleria (Galleria will be one of the retailers in this new building, TBD on whether Rise will find a new location). 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Southport Corridor changes into 2019

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 2019:

  1. SheOne is closing
  2. TOD development at 3200 N. Southport now coming (Former Flattop Grill space)
  3. TOD development coming to 3647 N. Southport
  4. TOD development is under under construction at 3334 N. Southport Avenue
  5. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  6. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue 
  7. 1342 W. Belmont retail space for lease
  8. Kai Sushi is now open at 3819 N. Southport
  9. Frankies on the Park at 3708 N. Southport is closed and looking to sublet their space
  10. 3740 N. Southport (Formerly Chaz's Real Estate Space) is now a nail salon
  11. GNC is closed and is now for lease
  12. Taco Bell on Addison will be replaced by Planet Granite and additional retail
  13. Digits Nail Salon has closed, new nail salon is now open
  14. Ivivva by Lululemon is closed. Space currently for lease
  15. The auto body shop on Addison by Wrigley Field will be replaced by a new development
  16. 1035 W. Addison to be redeveloped 
  17. The former Blue Bayou space is for lease
  18. Tied House is now open
  19. Paperchase is coming to Southport Avenue
  20. Venus Restaurant is now open
  21. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for redevelopment in 2019-2020
  22. Addison & Clark development is underway; Shake Shack, Cinemex Movie Theater, Harley Davidson and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  23. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  24. And please, someone do something with this building!!!!
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Monday, April 23, 2018

The Wellington/Southport and Lincoln development looks to be back on track

After years of starting and stopping construction, along with rendering changes, it appears that the stalled mixed-use development has started the marketing process for obtaining new retailers. The rendering has greatly changed since 2017, and construction should be restarting soon. 

From the leasing brochure:
"Newly renovated, magnificent Lake View retail space on the prominent CORNER of Southport, Wellington, and Lincoln Avenues. This property sits in the doorway of one of Chicago's busiest retail corridors. Retail spaces are 1,566 sf., 1,800 sf., 2,015 sf. or 3,581 sf. Office space on the 2nd floor is 6,600 sf and divisible to 2,600 sf. Ideal uses include retail, restaurant, service retail, salon, school, daycare, co-working, medical etc. Steps from the Wellington and Diversey Brown/Purple line platforms. Be a part of the incredible revitalization of the Lincoln and Southport intersection which has seen an explosion in new businesses and property development."
See the full listing here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

What a difference almost 100 years can make at Wrigley Field

The 1930's to today - a remarkable difference at the Friendly Confines!  The Park at Wrigley now known as Gallagher Way, was once a coal yard with train tracks running directly through it.

From The Digital Research Library of Illinois History Journal:

"The land where Wrigley Field itself stands was never itself a coal yard, but it was actually surrounded by coal yards, as well as freight rail lines and lumber yards, at the turn of the century and well into its history. And even earlier, the site of the ballpark itself was home to a Lutheran seminary, which is where Seminary Avenue got its name.

Wrigley Field - Clark Street looking North. 1935

The Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary opened there in 1891. Despite the fact that there was already one coal yard right across the street, the Lutheran minister who built the seminary thought it would be a peaceful place for his students’ quiet contemplation. But soon, coal and lumber yards took over much of the area, attracted by the Chicago and Evanston railroad (later the Milwaukee Road). The young seminarians complained of the coal yard’s “smoke, dust, grime, soot, dirt, foul gases; railroading by night and day; whistles, ding-donging of bells late and early and in between times…the unsanctified men in charge sending the unsterilized particles, odors and speech into the homes, eyes and ears of the seminary habitats.” The seminary abandoned the site and moved to Maywood in 1910.

That same year, Federal League founder and Chicago Federals (later named the Chicago Whales) ball-club owner Charles Weeghman decided to build his team’s new ballpark at Clark and Addison.

Sahara Coal

The ballpark was completed in 1915 and Weeghman’s Whales won the Federal League pennant that same year. In what was perhaps a harbinger for future occupants of the stadium, the Federal League folded shortly after, and the Cubs moved into the park in 1916 under owner William Wrigley Jr. and Weeghman Park became Wrigley Field in 1926.

1945 World Series at Wrigley Field.

Still, the coal yards stuck around for longer than you might think. The Wright and Company coal yard across Clark Street operated until 1938, and the coal yard Collins and Wiese Coal Company with five hulking silos on Seminary Avenue and Clark Street operated until 1961."

Monday, April 2, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest will be Saturday, September 15 - Sunday, September 16, 2018

Everyone's favorite Southport Street Fest will be back for 2018 on both Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, 2018!



Date:Saturday, September 15 - Sunday, September 16
Time:11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location:On Southport between Addison & Roscoe
Get Directions
Address:3500 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary:Friends of Lakeview

Chicago Festivals & Events Guide 2018

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