Friday, January 20, 2017

New Business Alert: Paperchase is coming to 3420 N. Southport Avenue

After two years of the former Einstein Bagels location being vacant, a permit has been issued to renovate the space. Paperchase, a store similar to Paper Source based in the UK, will be moving into this location. 

From Paperchase's website:
WHO WE ARE: Paperchase is the UK’s number 1 shopping spot for exciting and innovative design-led stationery. For over 40 years we’ve inspired with stylish stationery, unique greeting cards, distinctive gifts as well as quality art and craft materials.
Paperchase UK Store Front.
WHAT WE DO: Always ready with fresh and inventive ideas, Paperchase is constantly bringing you new products with many new products launching in our stores and website every single week.Many of these are created in-house by our talented team of designers, so you can enjoy ranges exclusive to us. Alongside innovation, we maintain a great variety of essentials too, tried and tested by our loyal customers.
Currently, Paperchase has stores around the world but only one other US location in Overland Park, KS. They are in the process of rapidly expanding in the United States.

In addition, the store is currently hiring, and you can read and apply to the job descriptions here.

Paperchase Kansas Store Front.

3420 N. Southport Avenue - former location of Einstein Bagels is now under construction and will be home of Paperchase.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

3542 N. Southport Avenue For Lease or Redevelopment

Looks like Basics Salon could be on it's way out of the Southport Corridor according to this listing.
"Operating Salon on Southport Retail Shopping Corridor next to Anthropologie. Salon usage license could be made available to new operator of under new lease. Located in the Lakeview area of Chicago near Brown Line L Stop & Wrigley Field. Owner would consider redevelopment / built to suit space of 1,800 to 2,800+ sf occupancy in 2018/2019. Please do not disturb tenant. See agent for viewing of property."
This space was for lease back in 2015, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Real Good Juice Company opening in late January in Chicago's Southport Corridor

From Eater Chicago, Real Good Juice Co.’s second stand-alone location should open in two weeks. Construction delays have pushed back the opening date, according to a rep. It was originally scheduled to open on Jan. 5 at 3548 N. Southport Ave.

Ella Elli set to open March 6, 2017

Construction is moving full-steam ahead for Crosby's Kitchen's newest restaurant in the Southport Corridor and opening date will be March 6.  From DNA Info Chicago:
The vibrant Southport Corridor will have another dining option in a few short months, as Ella Elli set its opening date for March 6. The 75-seat restaurant will feature "globally influenced" cuisine featuring pizza, pasta, seafood, and charcuterie and toasts, with an emphasis on French, Italian and Spanish flavors.
You can read more on Ella Elli from The Chicago Tribune and DNA Info Chicago.

Friday, January 6, 2017

New Southport Corridor Pickup/Delivery-Only Restaurants are Now Open

The former Burger Boss at 3208-10 N. Southport has been turned over to a full-time delivery/pickup only kitchen.

Earlier in January, F.I.S.H Poke Bar started taking delivery orders and now, the kitchen has expanded with Milk Money, Blue Crown Wings, Mac Royale and Melt 350.  All menu items can be ordered online via Doordash, Grubhub, Uber Eats and Postmates.

Lole Southport Chicago closing January 15, 2017

Lole Women's Southport location at 3434 N. Southport Avenue announced that they are closing their pop-up shop on January 15 via Facebook. Lole's space is owned by L3 Capital, so it will be interesting to see what take it's place. Did you shop at Lole?

Friday, December 30, 2016

F.I.S.H. Poke Bar Southport Corridor Details

F.I.S.H. Poke Bar is now open for delivery / pickup from Uber Eats, Doordash and Postmates.  They are located at 3208-10 N. Southport in the former Burger Boss location, and here are the details:

Monday, December 26, 2016

Southport Corridor Changes into 2018

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 2018:

  1. Amazon Books is coming to 3441-3 N. Southport
  2. Ella Elli by 4-Star Restaurant Group (Crosby's Kitchen, Tuco & Blondie) is opening this spring
  3. Paperchase is coming to 3420 N. Southport Avenue
  4. Lole Women is now closed, new national tenant leased but not announced yet
  5. F.I.S.H. Poke Bar, Milk MoneyBlue Crown WingsMac Royale and Melt 35 delivery only kitchen has opened at 3208-10 N. Southport
  6. Real Good Juice Co. is coming to 3548 N. Southport
  7. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Chase Bank and Chipotle possible tenants
  8. Mint Julep is now closed, national retail coming in
  9. LensCrafters is now open at 3428 N. Southport
  10. Hanna Andersson is coming to 3452 N. Southport
  11. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for redevelopment in 2019-2020
  12. 3424 N. Southport is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use space with retail and residential units
  13. Frio Gelato is coming to 3721 N. Southport
  14. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters is coming to Southport & Belmont (But who knows what will happen now)
  15. Capital One Cafe with Peet's Coffee is coming to 3435 N. Southport
  16. B. Rose Salon at 3341 N. Southport has closed and the space is now leased to a new nail and hair salon
  17. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  18. Banana Republic is eyeing the Southport Corridor and trying to find a good location
  19. Addison & Clark development is underway, Cinemex Movie Theater and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  20. Shake Shack is coming to the Addison & Clark development in Wrigleyville
  21. Hotel Zachery with Big Star Chicago, McDonald's and several other restaurants coming to Wrigleyville
  22. Starbucks Reserve is coming to Wrigley Field
  23. Elevare MD is now open next to Fleet Feet
  24. Williams-Sonoma/West Elm has interest in Southport
  25. Tango Sur has expanded into Vivial's former location as as a Tapas Wine Bar called Bodega Sur
  26. LuluBelles Pancake House building was demolished and new retail/residences have been built and are for rent
  27. FlatTop Grill former space is for lease
  28. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen's former space
  29. A new mixed-use development is coming to 3334 N. Southport Avenue with retail
  30. Whole Foods is under construction and opening in March at Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont
  31. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with an American Mattress store
  32. The Former "Uncle Fun" building is now a new mixed-use retail and residential development
  33. Indira has moved to 3337 N. Southport
  34. 1342 W. Belmont mixed-use is under construction
  35. 3451-53 N. Southport actively being marketed for lease
  36. Target coming to Belmont and Clark
  37. And please, someone do something with this building!!!!

F.I.S.H. Poke Bar coming to 3208 N. Southport

The former Burger Boss location at 3208 N. Southport has a new delivery-only restaurant coming in called F.I.S.H. Poke Bar.  You can see their menu via Postmates here.  We will keep you posted as we hear more including opening dates. Thoughts?

Friday, December 9, 2016

Lakeview Author Surprises Southport Diner’s With Holiday Gifts at Crosby's Kitchen

If you and your family were dining at Crosby’s Kitchen Thursday night, you were in for an early Christmas present.  Oliver the Ornament, a new Christmas book about one family’s collection of ornaments was given out to all family’s dining at the restaurant.  

The books author, Todd Zimmermann from Lakeview decided to surprise the diners with the gifts as a way to say thanks to Chicago for all their support in launching this book, and as a way to spread kindness this holiday season. His campaign, The Kindness of Christmas is promoting daily acts of kindness that children and their families have submitted from across the country.  

Since launching the book last year, Zimmermann has added an entire line of Oliver-related merchandise to his offerings and is now available in nearly 200 stores nationwide as well as at

Monday, November 21, 2016


Chicago is a great town for family Christmas traditions. And if you like fun family movies and great singalongs, then the long standing Christmas movie traditional at the Music Box should be on your list.  This year we are adding another classic movie!

On December 9th, The Chicago Help Initiative is sponsoring a screening of “Miracle on 34th Street” at the Music Box Theater.  The event dubbed “Miracle on Southport” will feature the original 1947 movie (starring Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara, and Edmund Gwenn), as well as a great local choir leading the sing along, a fabulous organist , a special guest appearance by Santa Claus (of course), holiday libations, and laughter.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., with showtime and singalong starting at 7:00 p.m. in the big theater. Tickets are only $20, available at

The show benefits the Chicago Help Initiative’s supper program – providing hot meals and life-changing resources to homeless individuals in downtown Chicago.

The event is open to the public. The Music Box Theatre is located at 3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613. Please join us for a wonderful evening for a good cause to help those in need.  If you’re unable to attend the event but would still like to contribute, Candyality located a 3737 N. Southport Ave. (4 doors down from the Music Box) will be selling candy filled stockings from November 23-December 10, for $10 to be distributed to the homeless at the holiday dinner.

Learn more about The Chicago Help Initiative at

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Capital One Cafe Southport Corridor Official Renderings

As you recall, Capital One Cafe with Peet's Coffee is coming to 3435 N. Southport AvenueConstruction is moving ahead and the Cafe is slated to open in the Spring or early Summer, 2017. The Cafe will be approximately 7,500 sq. feet, will offer 3 nooks and 2 meeting rooms for customers, neighborhood and community members/partners to utilize should they need a work or meeting space. Below are the official renderings provided to us by Capital One.  

Construction of Capital One Cafe, November 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Southport Holiday Stroll is December 2, 2016

It's that time of year again!  The annual Southport Holiday Stroll will be held on December 2, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Southport Avenue from Belmont to Irving Park Road. More information can be found here from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wrigley Field, after The Chicago Cubs win the World Series

November 3, 2016 around Wrigley Field was quite the buzz, and watching Theo Epstein walking around the ballpark was the icing on the cake.  Congratulations, Chicago Cubs! -Your neighbors and friends in The Southport Corridor!

Theo Epstein hanging around Wrigley Field after The World Series win

Hey Neighbor!

Theo Epstein with The Chicago Fire Department at Wrigley Field

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