Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chicago's Southport Corridor - Fall 2017

A picture-perfect November day on the Southport Corridor!

Tuco & Blondie

Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, Southport CTA Station

Quiroga's Car Wash


M2 Boutique

K. Hall Design, Free People, Amazon Books

J. Crew and SoulCycle

Galleria Liquors, Rise Sushi

Coda Di Volpe

Southport Lanes

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tied House from Schuba's to open in early 2018

Tied House from Schuba's will be opening in early 2018, and Eater Chicago has all the scoop on the Southport Corridor's newest restaurant and bar.

From Eater Chicago:

"The new restaurant next to Schuba’s, the bar and concert hall at the corner of Belmont and Southport, should open early next year, according to co-owner Adam Thurston. However, customers will get a sneak preview of Tied House’s menu when staff begins serving food from a truncated menu in September inside Schuba’s, 3157 N. Southport Ave. Schuba’s old restaurant, Harmony Grill, closed in January as crews demolished it to make room for Tied House. Thurston has also revealed that former Longman & Eagle executive chef Matt Kerney is developing the new restaurant’s menu as a consultant.
Kerney, who left Longman in January, brings aspirations of wowing Lakeview with the type of elevated cuisine that he said the neighborhood hasn’t seen. While he will be a bit more restrained compared to what he served at Longman & Eagle in Logan Square, he still expects to test the locals’ tastebuds. They won’t serve veal brains, but sweetbreads aren’t out of the question. The menu and the cocktail list will showcase Midwestern ingredients.
A rendering of Tied House’s exterior. Courtesy of Schuba’s:

When demolition began, Thurston and his team thought it would be six to eight weeks before opening the new restaurant; they intended to keep Harmony’s old kitchen. However, inspectors discovered mold which forced a demolition and pushed the opening back to next year: “It has to be done right,” Thurston said.
The restaurant’s name is a callback to the building’s history as a Schlitz tied house, serving beer only from that brewer. Five years ago, the 114-year-old building earned distinction as a Chicago historic landmark. Tied House is connect to Schuba’s and will be two levels. There will be a bar and outdoor seating downstairs. The massive courtyard will feature a fireplace and space for horseshoes. The space takes up 4,800 square feet with 359 seats upstairs and 159 downstairs. Patrons won’t need an event ticket to hang out, and the extra room will reduce crowds that gather before shows inside Schuba’s narrow bar area. Curbed Chicago featured one of the renderings in June. Gensler is handling the space’s design.
This rendering shows Tied House’s courtyard. Courtesy of Schuba’s:
Schuba’s has been an independent venue since 1988, and concerts bring a captive audience that needs to be fed. While Harmony Grill had its following, Tied House won’t use frozen products and will be a little bit more adventurous (they still want to be family friendly). Thurston thinks the neighborhood has an appetite for better food. Kerney wants to cultivate regulars who will dine at Tied House two or three times a week. Also, Kerney said will not be musical puns on the menu. The appetizers won’t be called “the openers.”
Thurston knows music fans will draw a parallel to Schuba’s/Tied House and Dusek’s/Thalia Hall in Pilsen. The scale of the project in Lakeview is a bit smaller, but Thurston has high hopes of making a big impact on the neighborhood."

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The 22nd Annual Southport Holiday Stroll is December 1, 2017

It's that time of year again! The Southport Holiday Stroll will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM this year from Belmont to Irving Park Road. More information can be found here from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Trick or Treat on Southport this upcoming Monday

Trick or Treat on Southport this year will be on Monday, October 30, 2017 on Southport Avenue between Roscoe and Grace Street from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. More information from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce!

Name: Trick or Treat on Southport
Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT

Event Description:
The neighborhood's favorite fall tradition returns in 2017! Trick or Treat on Southport celebrates Halloween with free, family-friendly activities and trick-or-treating at local businesses.

For more information, visit

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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. Kai Sushi is coming to 3819 N. Southport
  2. Digits Nail Salon has closed, new nail salon coming in
  3. Capital One Cafe is now open
  4. Ivivva by Lululemon is closed. Space currently for lease
  5. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Chase Bank and Chipotle could be possible tenants
  6. Taco Bell and an auto body shop on Addison by Wrigley Field will be replaced by new developments
  7. 1035 W. Addison to be redeveloped 
  8. The former Blue Bayou space is for lease
  9. Tied House is coming to the former Harmony Grill location
  10. Paperchase is coming to Southport Avenue
  11. Leahy and Ladue is closed, 312 Real Estate Office is now open
  12. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen's former space
  13. Mint Julep is now closed, national retail coming in
  14. A new mixed-use TOD development is under under construction at 3334 N. Southport Avenue
  15. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for redevelopment in 2019-2020
  16. Target has opened in the former Whole Foods space on Ashland
  17. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with an American Mattress store (stalled)
  18. Addison & Clark development is underway; Shake Shack, Cinemex Movie Theater, Harley Davidson and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  19. Hotel Zachery with Big Star Chicago, McDonald's and several other restaurants coming to Wrigleyville
  20. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  21. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters was coming to Southport & Belmont (But who knows what will happen now)
  22. F.I.S.H. Poke Bar, Milk MoneyBlue Crown WingsMac Royale and Melt 35 delivery/pickup only kitchen have all closed at 3208-10 N. Southport, space for lease
  23. FlatTop Grill former space is for lease
  24. And please, someone do something with this building!!!!

Capital One Cafe Southport Corridor Now Open

Capital One Cafe with Peet's Coffee has opened at 3435 N. Southport Avenue.  The Cafe is approximately 7,500 sq. feet, offers 3 nooks and 2 meeting rooms for customers, neighborhood and community members/partners to utilize should they need a work or meeting space. 

You can read more information about what the Cafe has to offer here.

Official Renderings: 
Looking South

Rendering: Capital One Cafe with Peet's Coffee in Chicago's Southport Corridor

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Target School/Ashland opening October 22, 2017

Target will be opening into the former Whole Foods space at 3300 N. Ashland on Sunday, October 22 . As you know, Whole Foods moved a block south on March 22.

From Crain's:
"The Minneapolis-based retailer today said it plans to open a 31,000-square-foot store at 3300 N. Ashland Ave. in the North Side neighborhood.
Previously, Target had planned a larger store a block away at 3201 N. Ashland, before pulling the plug on those plans and deciding to sell the site to Chicago-based Novak Construction in 2014. Novak then signed a lease with Whole Foods to move to a new, 66,000-square-foot store at 3201 N. Ashland.
Whole Foods' new building is at the intersection of Ashland, Lincoln and Belmont avenues.
The grocer is set to move there in March, and Target said it plans to move into the 3300 N. Ashland space this October.
The switch of sites reflects a change in thinking by grocery stores, many of which are adding larger flagship locations in the city, and retailers such as Target that are adding smaller urban stores to cater to heavily populated neighborhoods.
It will be Target's eighth smaller store, which it calls flexible-format stores, in the Chicago area. Also in 2017, Target plans to open another Lakeview location, at 3200 N. Clark St., and in Skokie and Oak Park. Target also plans a Rogers Park opening in 2018.
Nationally, Target has 32 flexible-format stores open now and has announced 33 more for openings in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The store at 3300 N. Ashland will include items such as men's and women's apparel, health and beauty products, home décor and a pharmacy, according to Target."

Monday, September 25, 2017

NYC Celebrity Photographer Relocates to The Southport Corridor

Are you looking for new family photos, expecting a new family member or have an event coming up?

After six years on the east coast and a new niece in Lincoln Park, Robin has moved her business to Chicago, Southport Corridor to be specific and would love to get to know the community! She has experience photographing weddings, families and events and has a special deal to Southport Corridor readers, she is doing family portraits at a discounted price of $275 for an hour session during the month of October.

Robin Marchant grew up in Indianapolis and earned a degree in Photojournalism before moving out to New York City to become a celebrity photographer for Getty Images. She was the youngest female to join the team and has since covered events like Super Bowl, Fashion Week, Oscars, SXSW, Art Basel, and Sundance Film Festival. Over the years she has photographed the best of the best in Entertainment, from George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Jay- Z, and the late Robin Williams. In addition to celebrities she has traveled the world, seeing 5 continents and over 15 countries.

Instagram: robinmarchant

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Kai Sushi coming to 3819 N. Southport

Rise and Sushi Mura buildings will be demolished to make room for two new TODs, but a new Sushi Restaurant is on its way to the Southport Corridor. Kai Sushi, also located at 1255 S. State Street is coming to 3819 N. Southport. Take a look at their menu here on GrubHub. Excited?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Taco Fest is this Weekend

Ready for Taco Fest for 2017?  Here are the event details!

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
Date:  Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17
Time:  11am to 10pm Daily
Location: On Southport between Addison & Roscoe in Chicago

The glorious taco will again be in the spotlight when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this annual flavor-filled food happening that returns for its fifth year in 2017. It’s also a celebration of seasonal beers as well as the start of autumn.
Whether one prefers their shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this September fest in the bustling Southport Corridor has become a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City’s food fest scene. Each year well over a dozen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos.
The fest also features special beer and taco pairings, two music stages, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, activities for kids, and visitors can text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco.”
A $10 suggested donation benefits the Friends of Lakeview & the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.
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