Thursday, July 30, 2015

A new restaurant is coming to 3335 N. Southport

B. Rose Salon made a move a few door north this summer, and we have confirmed that a restaurant is coming to their former space at 3335 N. Southport. A permit has been issued to gut the interior which is taking place now, and the general contractor is Chas Bender Co., who has built-out many restaurants including The Stray Dog, Bar Toma, Chicago Cut, Hopleaf and Flaco's Tacos (just to name a few).

We reached out to the new owners and they told us know that "the concept and menu are still being developed but it will be an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant that will focus on high quality food in a comfortable and lovely atmosphere." The partnership of the new restaurant includes Gemini Bistro's Ryan O'Donnell and The Gage's Billy Lawless.

The space now is completely gutted, so more to come soon!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Southport's Taco Fest 2015 Details

Southport's successful Taco Fest is back for 2015, and this year, it will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, from noon until 10pm (and yes, the Mexican wrestlers will be back)!
"Chicago's hottest new festival (trust us!) is back for its third 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-to-vote for Chicago's "Best Taco."

See photos from the past Taco Fests here:

Mystic Celt's current space could be divided for up to three tenants

A new marketing brochure has hit the Internet for Mystic Celt's current space. L3 Capital purchased the building earlier this year, and Mystic Celt is currently leasing back the space.  Currently, the space is being marketed into 1, 2 and 3 different sections depending on the tenant(s) interested.

See the full listing from Cushman & Wakefield here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Southport Corridor Resident Launches 'Oliver the Ornament' Celebrating Christmas in July

Local Lakeview resident, Todd Zimmermann has written a children's holiday book entitled Oliver the Ornament, and charity is at the heart of the book.

Oliver the Ornament is the first in a seven book series. All subsequent books will introduce readers to each of the family’s Christmas ornaments.

After the Kickstarter campaign, a portion of proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to various children’s charities. Starting with 5% from the first book, 10% from the second book, and increasing to 100% of the seventh book, Oliver the Ornament is committed to making a difference in children’s lives throughout the world.

Via Kickstarter, you can purchase the book here!

From the Author:
"Oliver the Ornament is a heartwarming tale of one family’s cherished Christmas ornaments. The story centers on Oliver, who has been with this family since Mom and Dad's very first date. Years later, Oliver, now injured and bullied, still has the magic of Christmas in his heart. The story follows Oliver's excitement for Christmas, his heartbreak, and his determination to overcome all odds to save the day. Oliver, along with his scores of friends, will warm your heart with his kindness, humility, and love for his family and friends. We hope the story will bring families together to tell the stories of their own ornaments and the special meaning that so many of them possess."
Oliver the Ornament is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign, and you can purchase a copy of the book and receive an Oliver the Ornament here!

Your Southport Corridor "For Sale" Townhome of the Day: 1157 W Newport Ave Unit M

Listed for $375,000 - see the full listing here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Summer on Chicago's Southport Corridor

The rain has finally stopped long enough for us to get our annual photos of the Southport Corridor during summertime. Some of these view will look quite different next summer with the addition of SoulCycle and J. Crew coming, along with the proposed Southport TOD.

Past tours: 2014, 2013

Evereve and Lou & Grey

Jeni's Ice Cream




Schoolyard Tavern

Starbucks and the Southport CTA

Jeni's Ice Cream, Gap, Southport CTA

Galleria Liqueurs, Rise Sushi

Jeni's Ice Creams 


Upcoming J. Crew, SoulCycle and Noodles & Company

J. Crew and SoulCycle under construction



J. Crew and SoulCycle 


Lou & Grey, Corridor Brewery (under construction)

Benefit, That's Amore Flowers, Krista K

Crosby's Kitchen

Lange's Lounge

Pinky, The UPS Store

She One




Splendid, Blue Mercury

D'Agostino's, Butcher's Tap, Uncle Dan's, Southport's People Spot



Dogaholics, Cafe Tola

Julius Meinl

Que Syrah, Massage Envy

Southport's Jewel-Osco

Red Balloon Company

Dogaholoics, Red Balloon Company

Cafe Tola

The Music Box

European Wax Center, Chase

Two Penny Blue

The Mercury Theater

Froyo Chicago

Namaskar Yoga

New Construction Development

Blaine School

Casa Barcelona

Floyd's Wrigleyville

Southern France Patisserie Bakery

Southport & Irving, SIP

Toon's Bar & Grill

Dairy Queen Southport

Fuga Salon

Tango Sur

Spencer's Jolly Posh Foods


Candyality, Klein True Value, Al Pasta Gusto, Music Box Theater

Music Box Theater

Coalfire Pizza Southport

Hair Cuttery, Kruger Art Gallery

Kruger Art Gallery

Click Shoes, Baby Dolls

The Music Box

Coalfire Pizza Southport

Growing Smiles, Coalfire Pizza


The Red Balloon Company

Sushi Mura

D'Agostino's Pizza

The Butcher's Tap


Julius Meinl

Southport's Jewel-Osco

Southport's People Spot

Southport's People Spot

Uncle Dan's

Paper Source

Custom Eyes, Francesca's

U.S. Apothecary, Free People, Mystic Celt

Suvarna Chiropractic, U.S., Apothecary

Crosby's Kitchen

Crosby's Kitchen

M2 Boutique, State Street Barbers 

Free People, Mystic Celt

Mystic Celt

Indira Salon

Indira Salon

Galleria Liqueurs, Rise Sushi

Southport CTA

Athleta Southport

Athleta Southport

Future J. Crew and SoulCycle

Rise Sushi, Fleet Feet Southport

Rise Sushi


Rise Sushi, Fleet Feet

b. rose Salon, TG Nails

Southport Lanes

Southport Lanes

Southport Lanes

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