Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Warby Parker now hiring for their new Southport Avenue shop in Chicago

You may recall that Warby Parker had rented space on the Southport Corridor earlier this summer, and now they are looking to hire for a number of positions:

This would make the 4th Optician shop on the Southport Corridor, including LensCrafters, CustomEyes and Big City Optical. Do you think the Southport Corridor can support four optician shops?

Southport Corridor changes into 2019

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 2019:

  1. The Denim Lounge for Men is coming to SheOne's former location
  2. Foxtrot Delivery Market coming to the TOD development at 3334 N. Southport Avenue
  3. Warby Parker is coming to 3420 N. Southport
  4. Condos coming to 3150 N. Southport, Byline Bank location to move during construction
  5. TOD development at 3200 N. Southport now coming (Former Flattop Grill space)
  6. TOD development coming to 3647 N. Southport
  7. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  8. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue 
  9. 1342 W. Belmont retail space for lease
  10. Big City Optical has moved into the former Frankies on the Park location at 3708 N. Southport
  11. 3740 N. Southport (Formerly Chaz's Real Estate Space) is now a nail salon
  12. GNC is closed and is now for lease
  13. Taco Bell on Addison will be replaced by Planet Granite and additional retail
  14. Ivivva by Lululemon is closed. Space currently for lease
  15. The auto body shop on Addison by Wrigley Field will be replaced by a new development
  16. 1035 W. Addison to be redeveloped 
  17. The former Blue Bayou space is for lease
  18. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for for a possible TOD redevelopment in 2019-2020
  19. Addison & Clark development is underway; Shake Shack, Cinemex Movie Theater, Harley Davidson and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  20. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  21. And please, someone do something with this building!!!!

Neighbors for a Better Lakeview Statement and Mission

Statement issued from Neighbors for a Better Lakeview explaining why this group was formed in order to help solve neighborhood issues. Statement posted on our Facebook page. 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Monday, July 30, 2018

Major Condo Development coming to 3150 N. Southport Avenue

A large condo development is coming to the corner of Southport and Belmont, current location of Byline Bank. Mavrek Development will be constructing 2-3 bedroom condos at 3150 N. Southport Avenue, with Byline Bank coming back as a tenant. Construction will begin this fall across the street from Schuba's / Tied House and the upcoming Transit Oriented Development at 3200 N. Southport Avenue. The development should finish in the fall to early winter 2019.

From Mavrek's Instagram Page:

"The Mavrek Team is VERY excited to announce our latest development project! A few steps from our office will be 3150 N. Southport (Southport & Belmont) - featuring 2-3 bedroom residential condos for sale, with garage parking. Byline Bank will remain as the ground floor commercial tenant, with temporary offices at 1362 W. Belmont during  construction, which is scheduled to begin mid-September. Stay tuned for more details!"

Current building on this site:

Thursday, July 5, 2018

TOD Construction has started at 3200 N. Southport Avenue

Construction has started at 3200 N. Southport Avenue, a new Transit Oriented Development that has been approved by Ald. Tom Tunney. This Transit Oriented Development is replacing the former Flat-Top Grill location at the corner of Southport and Belmont. In addition to this development, these Southport TODs have already been approved:
Curbed Chicago has a write-up of the benefits of Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) that you can read here, along with an article on this particular development. 

Scroll down to see the renderings of the new Transit-Oriented development.  

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Denim Lounge for Men is coming to the Southport Corridor

Roscoe Village's locally owned business, The Denim Lounge is coming to Chicago's Southport Corridor with a second location. The new boutique will be called The Denim Lounge for Men, and will be opening this September in the former SheOne space at 3544 N. Southport Avenue.

The store will cater to men's denim, shirts, hats and will offer custom made jeans. According to the owner, the store will be a "small fun store with a casual vibe, and will offer free alterations." They are very excited to be joining the other small businesses along Southport Avenue and are currently hiring. You can contact them directly for information on sales positions at 773-935-2820.

From their website, The Denim Lounge Roscoe Village carries the following brands for men:

·       47 BRAND
·       7 DIAMONDS
·       AG
·       BENSON
·       BUGATCHI
·       DL1961
·       EDWIN
·       FAHERTY
·       GRAYERS
·       HUDSON
·       JOES JEANS
·       JOHNNIE-O
·       PENGUIN
·       WRK

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

3300 N. Clark St. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) under construction

We reported this several months ago, and construction is now underway at 3300 N. Clark. 
"The applicant is proposing a 7.5 story mixed used building that is designed in consideration of the city's Transit Oriented Development ordinance. 
The building will include 140 rental units, 20 parking spaces and approximately 10,000 sf of ground floor commercial space which is designed to enliven both the Clark and School Street frontages. The residential entrance will be off of School Street and all loading and parking ingress/egress will be accessed off of the alley. The modernist design will feature solid masonry (brick) on all elevations.
The development team has agreed to secure 20 additional parking spaces within two blocks of the development and utilize the space under the CTA and adjacent to the property when it becomes available.  Additionally, the alley to the west of the project, that abuts the property, will be upgraded in concrete as opposed to asphalt."
Additional information can be found on Tom Tunney's Website

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Foxtrot Delivery Market coming to the Southport Gateway Development

Foxtrot Delivery Market, with locations in Lincoln Park, River North, West Loop and Wicker Park is coming to 3334 N. Southport Avenue, across the street from Coda Di Volpe as part of The Southport Gateway apartment building.  More information below the graphic about the Southport Gateway development.

Pre-Leasing Begins at Southport Gateway Apartments in Chicago’s Southport Corridor

CHICAGO (June 13, 2018) — Chicago-based Spaces Real Estate today announced pre-leasing is underway at Southport Gateway, an upscale transit-oriented rental development at 3334 N. Southport Ave., along Chicago’s Southport Corridor. Located at the corner of Southport Avenue and Henderson Street, one block south of the Southport CTA station, the four-story building features nine units and three different floor plans. First move-ins are scheduled for Aug. 1.

“With its luxury finishes and well-designed floor plans, Southport Gateway offers a condominium-level living experience, but with a rental lifestyle in one of the city’s best areas,” said Bentley Phillips, founder of Spaces Real Estate, the exclusive leasing firm for Southport Gateway. “The property’s boutique size will appeal to renters seeking the quiet intimacy of a small building, yet with all the conveniences of this highly walkable neighborhood right outside their door.”

Designed by Chicago-based Jonathan SPLITT Architects and developed by Harris Development & Properties with MNS, LLC, as the contractor, Southport Gateway includes two- and three-bedroom apartments measuring 918 to 1,117 square feet, with rents starting at $2,875 and $3,775, respectively.

The open-concept floor plans feature chef’s kitchens with quartz countertops, moveable islands and stainless steel appliances; floor-to-ceiling windows; hardwood floors throughout; Nest thermostats; and smartphone-enabled entry systems. Each apartment has two baths, including an en-suite in the master bedroom, and in-unit laundry.

Residents at Southport Gateway will enjoy outdoor space on the building’s rooftop deck, which has unobstructed views of the Chicago skyline, a built-in gas grill and seating area. One three-bedroom unit on the second floor has a private 12-by-15-foot deck, while five other two- and three-bedroom apartments have private balconies.

Foxtrot, a modern corner store and delivery service, has signed a lease to occupy approximately 3,200 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, adding a convenient amenity for Southport Gateway residents as well as the surrounding neighborhood.

“The Southport Corridor neighborhood continues to evolve and has become a true destination thanks to its terrific mix of restaurants, retail and entertainment,” said Lee Harris, president of Harris Development & Properties, who built Southport Gateway on a property he has owned for more than 30 years. “Residents at Southport Gateway will have nearly anything they want or need within a radius of just two blocks, not to mention being a quick walk from the L for easy access to downtown and other neighborhoods.”

Southport Gateway is steps away from numerous local retailers along Southport Avenue and two blocks from a new Whole Foods Market and small-format Target, both on Ashland Avenue. Proximity to the CTA Brown Line and the Belmont and Addison CTA bus routes provides access to downtown, the Lake Michigan shoreline and other vibrant North Side neighborhoods.

For more information on Southport Gateway, visit To schedule a showing, call or email Spaces Real Estate at (773) 698-8850 or

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