Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sensational Bites Closing August 1

Get your yummy cupcakes and bakery goods fast as Sensational Bites at 3751 N. Southport is closing it's doors for good.  It looks like the owner simply wants to spend more time with family.  We wish them the best of luck and will miss them!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Stanley Cup Visits the Southport Corridor!

The Stanley Cup made its way to the Southport Corridor at Patrick Sharp's house, where a number of team members joined him on his rooftop on Tuesday.  Gotta love our neighborhood and neighbors!

Wrigleyville Celebrates the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Victory!

It was quite the party on June 15, 2015 as the Chicago Blackhawks won The Stanley Cup!  Here are some of the amazing photos around Wrigley Field.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jeni’s Ice Cream shuts down production again after more listeria detected

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream has voluntarily shut down production because Listeria has been detected in their production facility.

CEO John Lowe posted on the company’s blog today that the Listeria was detected through routine swabbing. Production was halted earlier this week and Lowe reports that the company is investigating where and how the bacteria got into the facility. He says that they do have a theory as to why and are testing that theory, but can’t say when they will resume production of their ice cream.

All of their scoop shops have closed because there is not enough ice cream to stock them.
In April of this year, Jeni’s issued a recall and closed their scoop shops after Listeria was detected in the facility. They resumed production last month, but reiterated that since then, no ice cream served in the shops was contaminated:
Since resuming production in our kitchen on May 13, 2015, wehave been testing every batch of ice cream we have made and holding it until welearned that the testing did not detect any Listeria. So it is with completeconfidence that I can say all of the ice cream that has been served in ourshops since reopening on May 22 has been safe and is 100% Listeria-free.
The company traced the first Listeria finding to a machine in its Columbus kitchen and cleaned and reworked production to prevent future contamination. $2.5 million worth of ice cream had to be destroyed then.
Listeria is a bacterium that causes vomiting, fever and weakness. It can be serious for the elderly and children.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

L3 Capital buys Mystic Celt

"The owner of the Mystic Celt bar sold its single-story building on Southport Avenue to a real estate investor that has redeveloped several properties on the Lakeview shopping avenue.
Chicago-based L3 Capital paid $6.3 million for the property, 3441-3443 N. Southport Ave., according to the buyer and Cook County records. The Irish bar and grill will stay and lease back the property, said L3 Director Matthew Schreiber. 
The seller was a venture of Vaughan Hospitality Group, which owns several Irish bars in the Chicago area, including the Emerald Loop downtown. The Vaughan family bought the 7,200-square-foot building for $4.3 million in 2008, according to county records. 
Schreiber did not specify how long Mystic Celt is expected to remain as a tenant, and Vaughan Hospitality owner Kevin Vaughan did not return a call requesting comment.
“Mystic Celt is our tenant and will be for the foreseeable future,” Schreiber said.
“We're excited to add a great piece of real estate on what we think is one of the best streets in the city for retail,” he said. 
Vaughan Hospitality also owns Vaughan's Pub locations in Lakeview and on the Northwest Side, Corcoran's Grill & Pub in Old Town, Monty Gael's in North Center and Square Celt Ale House & Grill in Orland Park. 
L3 has been one of the most active developers on Southport, most recently leasing a two-story building it is constructing at 3423 N. Southport to clothing chain J. Crew and a SoulCycle studio. 
That structure replaces buildings L3 bought in 2013 and demolished last year after leases expired with a Candyality candy store and Coobah restaurant. 
L3 owns eight properties in the 3400 and 3500 blocks of Southport, with retail tenants including Lululemon, Southport Grocery & Cafe, Free People, Lou & Grey and Lole."

Sunday, June 7, 2015

B. Rose Salon's Space moving two doors north to Pure Nirvana's former space

B. Rose Salon is moving two doors north and their current space is for lease.  Pure Nirvana Spa closed several weeks ago and B. Rose is taking over the new space. No word yet on what may replace the current B. Rose location.

Say goodbye to the former Lulu Belle's Pancake House Building

3819 N. Southport Avenue, former home of Lulu Belle's pancake house is being torn down for a mixed use development. More information as we receive it, but expect condos and retail in this location.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crosby's Kitchen Expanding with an Adult-Themed Dinner Concept

Good news for all of you who have been asking for an adult wine-bar type of space on the Southport Corridor. Crosby's Kitchen has recently purchased the Wrigleyville Dental space, and will begin a new-concept build out in the spring of 2016. We've been told it will be an over-21 space, most likely a Wine Bar/Dinner Bistro establishment. We're also hearing the possibility / wishlist of a rooftop deck on the space, and the possibility of a tear-down to the old dental space with reconstruction.  So, kid-friendly up front, adult-friendly in the back.  Like?

Lole Southport has a new look

New signs are up and the store at 3434 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago looks great!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Southport's TOD could begin development late this year

We reached out to Alderman Tom Tunney on the status of the proposed TOD at 3401 N. Southport Avenue as far as when development would take place.  Per the Alderman, the developers still need to go through the planning commission and zoning committee, and then once approved, construction could start later in 2015 or early 2016.  Galleria Liquors will be coming back as a tenant, but it is unlikely that Rise Sushi will be (the owner is looking to retire). 

From May's WLVN meeting, the group voted yes (27-18) in recommending the Southport TOD mixed-use building at 3401-09 N. Southport. See the floor plans below, and more detailed designs can be found at this link.

Visiting Lakeview's Lincoln Hub

The "Lincoln Hub" is located in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood at the intersection of Wellington, Lincoln and Southport Avenue. It is almost complete, and we took a visit there on Memorial Day.

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