Friday, September 4, 2015

Is Chipotle Coming to 3430 N. Southport?

We have heard the rumors for quite time now, and L3's building at 3430 N. Southport has suddenly appeared with Chipotle construction plans in the window (the top says St. Charles but the bottom looks identical to the gut rehab at the former Homemade Pizza Co. space). Would you welcome Chipotle on the Southport Corridor?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Tween Fashion Frankie's on the Park Coming to Southport

Lincoln Park and Santa Monica, CA's Frankie's on the Park, a tween fashion store is coming to 3708 N. Southport Avenue, across the street from the new Coalfire Pizza and next door to Subway.  You can read more about Frankie's here from their website.

From Crain's Chicago Business:
Frankie's on the Park, a boutique marketplace for tween and teen girls, is opening its second Chicago store in September at 3708 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview. Founded by Lisa Burik in 2008, Frankie's on the Park also has locations at 2322 N. Clark St. in Lincoln Park and in Santa Monica, Calif. Crain's Chicago Business reported on Frankie's in a 2010 story about entrepreneurs serving the tween market.
Think this will be a good addition to the neighborhood?

The Southport Corridor in the early 1900's

A look at Chicago's Southport Corridor looking south at Grace Street in the early 1900's.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lincoln Hub's bollards keep getting smashed

Another day, another bollard (or three) knocked down at the Lincoln Hub (and as you can see, no one is sitting in front of Pockets on this perfect August day).  Wonder how much this will cost to fix each time?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A new restaurant is coming to 3335 N. Southport

B. Rose Salon made a move a few door north this summer, and we have confirmed that a restaurant is coming to their former space at 3335 N. Southport. A permit has been issued to gut the interior which is taking place now, and the general contractor is Chas Bender Co., who has built-out many restaurants including The Stray Dog, Bar Toma, Chicago Cut, Hopleaf and Flaco's Tacos (just to name a few).

We reached out to the new owners and they told us know that "the concept and menu are still being developed but it will be an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant that will focus on high quality food in a comfortable and lovely atmosphere." The partnership of the new restaurant includes Gemini Bistro's Ryan O'Donnell and The Gage's Billy Lawless.

The space now is completely gutted, so more to come soon!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Southport's Taco Fest 2015 Details

Southport's successful Taco Fest is back for 2015, and this year, it will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, from noon until 10pm (and yes, the Mexican wrestlers will be back)!
"Chicago's hottest new festival (trust us!) is back for its third year. The glorious taco will again get the spotlight it has long deserved when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this food and music festival that also kicks off the first official weekend of autumn.  
Whether one prefers theirs with a hard or soft shell and filled with a meat, chicken, guacamole, fish or other imaginative ingredients, this September happening in the bustling Southport Corridor is a mega-hot addition to the Windy City's food fest scene.  
There will also be special beer and taco pairings, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, and visitors will be able to text-to-vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."

See photos from the past Taco Fests here:

Mystic Celt's current space could be divided for up to three tenants

A new marketing brochure has hit the Internet for Mystic Celt's current space. L3 Capital purchased the building earlier this year, and Mystic Celt is currently leasing back the space.  Currently, the space is being marketed into 1, 2 and 3 different sections depending on the tenant(s) interested.

See the full listing from Cushman & Wakefield here.

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