Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chicago's Southport Corridor

Barebuger Chicago opens on October 3, 2016

Finally! Bareburger will officially open in Lakeview October 3, at 3357 N. Lincoln Avenue. This is part of L3's new complex including Reverb and Bitter Pops.

From The Chicago Tribune:

"Bareburger, the eco-conscious burger chain out of New York, will open its first Chicago location within the next two weeks. The restaurant, at 3357 N. Lincoln Ave., opens its doors the public Monday, Oct. 3.

You'll find burgers from various protein sources; there are elk, bison, boar, duck and turkey burgers, in addition to good-old beef. Animals are pasture-raised and free of added hormones and antibiotics. 
The menu also includes sandwiches and salads, along with a full bar. The eco-friendly interior will feature reclaimed materials.
Bareburger plans to open three additional Chicago locations. The chain already has restaurants in New York, Philadelphia, Toronto, Hoboken, N.J., Columbus, Ohio, and Stamford, Conn."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Frio Gelato is coming to 3721 N. Southport

Another small business is coming our way.  Frio Gelato (which currently has a location in Evanston) is coming to 3721 N. Southport Avenue according to Chris Irwin, broker from Jameson Commercial, who leased the space for MBT Management.

About Frio Gelato:

"While many gelato manufacturers use pre-made bases and add artificial powdered flavorings to make their gelato, FRÍO Gelato® pasteurizes and produces a homemade recipe that is made with hormone-free milk.

Here’s how we make gelato based on the Argentine dairy tradition:
1. Mix our home-made base gelato recipe from hormone-free milk, cream, and pure cane sugar.
2. Pasteurize and homogenize our artisanal recipe in small batches at our allergen-friendly Evanston kitchen.
3. Add in natural ingredients, including seasonal fruit, imported Argentine dulce de leche, or high quality chocolate, to create different flavors. No artificial flavorings added.
4. Churn.
5. Add on specialty toppings, such as raspberry preserves, merengue crumbs, or sprinkles.
6. Serve delicious FRÍO Gelato® in either a cup, a 'Cucurucho Swirl', or any other FRÍO specialty."

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Tuco And Blondie Southport Corridor Opening September 26, and a First Look at their Menu

We have a confirmed opening date of September 26 for Tuco And Blondie!  Scroll down below for full information on the Southport Corridor's newest restaurant from 4-Star Restaurant Group!

Tuco and Blondie's Menu

Here is the rendering from Space Architects + Planners:

And a sneak peak of Al pastor tacos ala Chef Todd Stein:

From 4-Star:
4 Star Restaurant Group today revealed the name and design details for their tenth Chicago restaurant opening this September in Lakeview (3358 N Southport Ave).  Introducing Tuco & Blondie, an American spin on Mexican cuisine (  With branding and design development headed by Chicago-based Grip, and culinary operations led by Corporate Executive Chef Todd Stein, the full service cantina concept is destined to be a “Mexican-style, fajitas-eatin’, margarita-drinkin’, good time in the heart of Southport.”  Like other 4 Star restaurants, Tuco & Blondie is designed as a neighborhood gathering place, serving food hot for brunch, lunch and into the night, with sides and sips for sidekicks.

“If you’re hungry, chow down. If you’re thirsty, drink up. We’ll have room for all,” said 4 Star Restaurant Group partner Josh Rutherford.   “From a walk up indoor patio for grub with a view to a lively outdoor back patio scene, it’s bound to be a good time!”

With 3,000 square feet of inside space and 3,000 square feet outside, the 250-seat Tuco & Blondie will invoke a multi-faceted, fun atmosphere where families or groups of friends can linger and laugh over drinks and a meal cooked in Chef Stein’s scratch kitchen.  Drawing inspiration from its naming origin (Clint Eastwood’s landmark film, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly), Tuco & Blondie aspires to be an original classic – where neighbors return for another take time and time again.      

“Rooted in the warm tones of the Southwest, our design approach reflects the joy of a raucous family meal where the ‘family’ is extended and the cuisine is extensive,” said Grip partner Kevin McConkey. 

Grip’s brand aesthetic is evident in all facets of the interior design direction.  The layout calls for a “dinner in the front, party in the back” setting.    Once inside, guests will be greeted with exposed brick walls, an inviting bar and pops of color throughout.  Outside, patrons will enjoy a picturesque bodega, brick fireplace, engaging courtyard and other fun aspects that will keep them coming back.

Chef’s Stein’s interpretation of Mexican food will feature unique spins on Mexican-American dishes.  Menu highlights planned range from signature fajitas to what Chef Stein swears will be the “best chicken salad you will ever eat (to be named later)!”  Hand-crafted cocktails inspired by The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, including The Man with No Name, Angel Eyes, and the One-Armed Bounty Hunter, will play second fiddle to an extensive margarita menu featuring a variety of distinctive options, from the Cadillac (top shelf) to the classic Strawberry, frozen or on the rocks. 

4 Star Restaurant Group focuses on creating experiences. Fresh, made-from-scratch dishes concepted by Chef Todd Stein serve neighborhood families and friends in comfortable environments.  Founded by Doug Dunlay, Michael Dunlay, Derek Rettell and Josh Rutherford in 2003, 4 Star Restaurant Group has ten entities with more on the horizon.

Todd Stein is the Corporate Executive Chef at 4 Star Restaurant Group. He currently heads all 10 restaurants. Stein started out his career studying under two chefs, Keith Korn of Chicago’s Gordon Restaurant and Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin. After spending some time in France at Moulin de la Vierge, Stein built a name for himself at a multitude of critically acclaimed restaurants throughout the country. Formerly the Executive Chef at Concentrics Hospitality, Stein moved back to Chicago and immediately immersed himself in 4 Star.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

Real Good Juice Co. is coming to 3548 N. Southport Avenue

Love juice?  The Real Good Juice Co. is taking over the former Bahn Mi space at 3548 N. Southport Avenue.  We are looking forward to this great new addition to Southport!

 From their website, a bit about who Real Good Juice Co. is all about:

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Southport Corridor's Taco Fest Information for 2016

Ready for Taco Fest for 2016?  Here are the event details!

Date:  Saturday & Sunday, September 17-18
Time:  11am to 10pm Daily
Location: On Southport between Addison & Roscoe in Chicago
Beneficiary: Lakeview Chamber of Commerce

Chicago's hottest new festival is back for its fourth 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 vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."

$7 suggested donation benefits the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Photos from previous Taco Fests:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Flick Lit at the Music Box Theatre - Tuesday, September 13th, 8:00pm

Tuesday, September 13th, 8:00pm

We are Chicago’s movie-centric storytelling show, where performers tell real-life tales prompted or inspired by the films they care about.
Each show also features a musical guest and a “Love-Hate” debate on an iconic film.
This show isn’t just for cinephiles or movie nerds — it’s for anyone who cares about understanding life through narratives (text, image, and sound).

September’s show includes:

STORYTELLING: (Theme: “A Movie That Made Me”)

Lily Be: JACKIE BROWN (1997)
Paul Freitag-Fey: THE ICE PIRATES (1984)
James Gordon: THE DARK KNIGHT (2008)
Amber Hargroder: INTERNATIONAL VELVET (1978)

Tamara RozofskyLOVER
Rebecca Fons: HATER

The Blue Ribbon Glee Club

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at at the door.

Doors open at 7:45pm. Show begins promptly at 8:00pm. Seating is limited.

See you at the Music Box Lounge!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Confirmed: Amazon Books is coming to Chicago's Southport Corridor

DNA Info Chicago has confirmed that Amazon Books is indeed coming to the Southport Corridor after we broke the news to you first from our blog post yesterday:
"Amazon will open a brick-and-mortar bookstore on the Southport Corridor next year. The online megastore confirmed that it will open an Amazon Books location on Southport Avenue in 2017, two years after its first physical store opened in Seattle."
From The Chicago Tribune:
"We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday. 
The store, targeted to open next year, will be at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the former location of the now-closed Mystic Celt bar." 
From Crain's Chicago Business:
"Amazon will soon be coming to a storefront near you. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the online megastore will open an Amazon Books location in Lakeview at the Southport Corridor in 2017, two years after it opened its first physical store in Seattle."

Our original blog post can be read here, and discusses what the Amazon Bookstore is all about, and photos below from Amazon Books Seattle location are pictured below.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amazon Books rumored to be coming to Southport's former Mystic Celt's space

Mystic Celt has been closed since the New Year, and's brick and mortar bookstore is rumored to be coming to 3443 N. Southport Avenue. Amazon currently has a store in Seattle, and is opening other outlets soon in San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon. Rumors are swirling on New York's Hudson Yards as well.

Amazon plans on opening hundreds of bookstores in the coming years.

A description of what Amazon Books is from's website:
Amazon Books in University Village, Seattle, is a physical extension of We’ve applied 20 years of online bookselling experience to build a store that integrates the benefits of offline and online book shopping. The books in our store are selected based on customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments. These are fantastic books! Most have been rated 4 stars or above, and many are award winners. 
To give you more information as you browse, our books are face-out, and under each one is a review card with the customer rating and a review. You can read the opinions and assessments of’s book-loving customers to help you find great books. 
Prices at Amazon Books are the same as prices offered by, so you’ll never need to compare our online and in-store prices. Nevertheless, our mobile app is a great way to read additional customer reviews, get more detailed information about a product, or even to buy products online. 
Amazon Books is a store without walls – there are thousands of books available in store and millions more available at Walk out of the store with a book; lighten your load and buy it online (Prime customers, of course, won’t pay for shipping); buy an eBook for your Kindle; or add a product to your Amazon Wish List, so someone else can buy it. 
At Amazon Books, you can also test drive Amazon’s devices. Products across our Kindle, Echo, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet series are available for you to explore, and Amazon device experts will be on hand to answer questions and to show the products in action."
Some photos of Amazon Books Seattle store:

What do you think if they come to Southport?

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