Thursday, February 22, 2018

Gemini Designs will get your Landscape or Rooftop complete for summer with Firetables, Furniture and Flowers


City lots can be challenging so Gemini Designs can design a garden to maximize the space and fit your style. They combine trees, shrubs, perennials and hardscape elements to create modern gardens that are low maintenance and beautiful. With LED outdoor lighting, they will add up-lights to highlight architectural trees and can even hide them in planter boxes for increased drama at night. Their colorful container arrangements add extra color and interest to each season from your front door to your rooftop. 

Now's the time to get the design process rolling so contact them today!

Phone Number: 773-368-2238






Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Tied House opens February 26

It's officially official!  Tied House from Schuba's will be opening February 26, and Eater Chicago has all the scoop on the Southport Corridor's newest restaurant and bar.


From Eater Chicago:


"Tied House, the new two-level restaurant next to Schubas Tavern — the divey Lakeview music venue that hosts indie rock, comedy, and more — finally has an opening date: February 26. The interiors are a drastic upgrade from the razed restaurant that once stood at 3157 N. Southport Avenue. Harmony Grill closed in January 2017 after 19 years.

Schubas been around since 1988 inside its 115-year-old building. Helming the kitchen for Tied House is a decorated chef. Debbie Gold is a James Beard Foundation award winner. She won the Best Chef: Midwest honor in 1999 when she worked at The American in Kansas City, Missouri. Gold’s first task was to develop a dinner menu for Tied House, creating an elevated and familiar experience.

“These foods are very approachable,” Gold said. “There’s nothing that’s going to scare anybody.”

A tied house is a vintage reference to a bar that was contractually obligated, or tied, to a specific brewery’s beer. The building, erected in 1903, was a tied house for Schlitz Brewing. Gold doesn’t face those restrictions at the restaurant. There’s a good mix of dishes like short rib (black garlic, blue foot mushroom, lemongrass), monkfish (kohlrabi, green apple, barley, bonito), and raviolo (duck egg, potato, seaweed, sesame seed).

The food gives Lakeview and the Southport Corridor an upscale option which is a rarity. Michelin-starred Entente, located just a five-minute walk away from Schubas, proves that if a pricier neighborhood restaurant that’s away from downtown is well-executed, locals will support it and diners will seek it out. Having lofty expectations is great, but Gold doesn’t want to alienate regulars.

“We hoping to bridge that gap, hoping that some Schubas people will come into Tied House to see what’s going on,” she said.

Schubas’s owners, which also own another music venue — Lincoln Hall in Lincoln Park — trusted her vision. For example, when Gold asked for an ice cream machine for the kitchen, the owners granted her request. Gold is a former pastry chef and desserts — like a chocolate mousse with brown butter, cocoa nib, and milk — will be made in the kitchen.

Tied House will eventually serve lunch, weekend brunch, and there’s also a children’s menu. Gold’s work isn’t done and she will also eventually revamp the menus at Schubas. They’ll have separate brunch and lunch options as well as late-night menus for both venues.

The new restaurant already feels like it’s been lived in and creates a comfortable atmosphere, Gold said. Her menu has inspiration from Italy and Korea, but Gold said she’s careful on how she uses those flavors. She wants to maintain integrity without cliches. An example of a cliche is wasabi potatoes: “No one wants to eat that,” she said."



Saturday, February 10, 2018

Taco Bell's Replacement on Addison includes Planet Granite Climbing Gym

Here are the latest renderings of what will be replacing Wrigleyville's Taco Bell at 1111 W. Addison Street. The first level will include street retail to be determined, and according to Tom Tunney's website and renderings, Planet Granite Climbing Gym based in California will occupy the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Here are the latest renderings along with Planet Granite's mission statement:





"Planet Granite has been in business in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1994. We have 4 clubs, 3 in the Bay Area and one in Portland, Oregon. The climbing gyms offer climbing, yoga and the usual features of a regular heath club. At Planet Granite the best climbers in the country train for far away expeditions and newcomers to the sport can learn in a comfortable and safe environment. Being one of the first companies to open and operate indoor rock climbing facilities, we have brought climbing to the mainstream. Climbing keeps people fit and healthy and is inherently social - you have time to chat to the people around you between routes. We are fanatical about creating community and continuously host presentations by world class climbers, climbing movie nights, competitions, climb-a-thon fundraisers for various charities, “meet a new climbing partner” nights and a number of other events to bring people together. We are a major part of our member’s social life and help create strong communities in the places that we operate. In 2017 we merged with Earth Treks, a similar operator of climbing gyms in the Washington DC , and Denver, CO areas with the intention of growing our company by bringing our climbing offering and mission to new communities. We feel the Wrigley Field are is a perfect fit."

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

D'Agostinos Southport Corridor is being remodeled

Don't worry folks, DAG's at Southport and Addison is not closed for good, just undergoing a massive remodel of the interior.  Takeout and delivery are still available and construction should last 5-6 weeks according to Open Table's reservation system.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Three New Destinations in Lakeview and Lakeview Party Bus Information

Lakeview is an excellent area with opportunities for fun that all ages can enjoy. This is why it's a popular place to visit. Whether you're a tourist or simply a resident of the Chicago area looking to get to know Lakeview better, there are a few ways to do so. Anybody who is in a new spot wants to know where all of the best gems are for sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Like we said, there's a little something for everybody to enjoy, so here are three of the newest places to check out.

Lago Wine Bar
3207 N Sheffield Ave
This Italian wine bar is a contemporary, calming place to sit down and have dinner. The wide subway tiles and lighting makes it feel very modern. The black truffle macaroni and cheese is something that you must try! If you're not a wine person, there are also great varieties of beer to consider.

Moccozy
3333 N Broadway St
Korean food is the name of the game at Moccozy. This family owned restaurant is warm and comforting, and so is the food. The bibimbap comes loaded with fresh vegetables, the protein of your choice, and a fried egg. From bulgogi to fried dumplings, there's a lot of hearty options to choose from.

Chill N2
2935 Broadway St
This unique dessert spot offers nitrogen ice cream as well as other creative delicacies. There's a coffee menu to choose from with cappuccinos and lattes. There are also board games here for entertainment, and the staff is incredibly helpful if it's your first time visiting!


Whether you're looking to dine in luxury or hit the bar scene to dance the night away, be sure to consider your mode of transportation. With a Chicago Luxury Car Provider, limousine, or party bus rental, you can focus on having fun instead of dealing with traffic and directions. Reservations are handled by phone at 312-725-2871.  


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