Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Southport Corridor Parents - Chime is here for on-demand babysitting needs

Chime is a new, on-demand babysitting service in Chicago from the creators of Sittercity. Childcare professionals have personally handpicked the best sitters, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, including the Southport Corridor. And they've made it incredibly easy to find, book and pay your favorites. 

With Chime, parents can simply log on to the website or app to watch video profiles and read reviews of great local sitters nearby—all have been thoroughly vetted and screened, including in-depth background check, social media scraping and in-person meeting. So now anytime a need arises, all you have to do is pick a time, choose a sitter and you’re all set. From school holidays to date night, Chime is available. And the best part, payment is processed automatically by credit card, and you can rebook your favorites.

The people at Sittercity are so confident you'll love Chime sitters, they will make your first booking free (up to $100). Just sign up at and use promo code SOUTHPORTCORRIDOR.

Chime is now live in Chicago, NYC, DC and Boston—with more cities on the way.

J. Crew opens on Chicago's Southport Corridor

J. Crew opened in Chicago's Southport Corridor district on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 and here are photos of the new store.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Flat Top Grill at Southport and Belmont Closes

Long-time staple Flat Top Grill at the corner of Southport and Belmont Avenue closed its doors on Tuesday, January 26.  It had been located in that location since 1995. We contacted Flat Top via Twitter and they responded that they had to close due to economic factors outside of their control (assumption: the landlord wanted more money for their lease).

This development has always had issues holding tenants, so we'll see what happens next. Would be a good site for a mixed-use development perhaps?

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Chicago's Southport Corridor 2016

SoulCycle Southport opens Saturday, January 30, 2016

Finally ready for SoulCycle?  Opening date is set Saturday, January 30, 2016 beginning with an 8:30 AM class at 3423 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago.

For more information and to sign-up for classes, SoulCycle's Southport website and classes can be found here.

2016 Water Main Project on Southport

From Tom Tunney's website:

Southport Water Main Project

Project: City of Chicago Department of Water Management and Joel Kennedy Construction Corp. crews will be installing approximately 2,830 feet of new 8-inch water main in N. Southport, from W. Addison to W. Belmont.
Reason: The old water main dates back to 1892 and needs to be replaced.
Timing: Crews will begin installing the new water main early-February 2016, and expect the project to be completed in mid-March 2016.  Final restoration will follow the completion of the water main installation. Dates may change depending on weather and other factors. If you would like to receive regular email updates about the progress of the project, please go to to register for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address and the project identification number: 1501362
By signing up for the WaterALERT emails, you will be notified as the project enters each new construction phase – from crew mobilization of equipment onto the site, to the installation of new pipes, to the final restoration of the street.

Traffic: We will allow traffic to flow on N. Southport outside of our working hours. During working hours, we will limit traffic flow on to one lane in each direction. Traffic flow may be altered from time to time with the use of flaggers, but you will always be able to reach your home or business.
Parking: Signs will be posted within work area for “No Parking” as needed, during work hours (7am- 4pm). We are agreeable to parking outside of those hours, but will have to insist that cars be moved by the start of the next workday. We will try to preserve as much parking as we can.

Can I park when you’re not working? 
We have no problem with you parking outside of our working hours. We have to insist that cars be out of our way at the start of the workday.
Will you shut my water off?  Yes, maybe a couple of times. When we switch over the services from the old main to the new main, we interrupt service. We give you 24-hour notice when this is to happen.  In any construction project, there is also a risk that an old pipe will break. They can be fragile. This may necessitate an emergency shutdown.  If we do this, we will let you know what is happening, even though we may be unable to give prior warning.
After your old water main has been replaced and you have been connected to your new water main, please open all your water faucets and hose taps and flush your water for 3 to 5 minutes. Sediment and metals can collect in the aerator screen located at the tip of your faucets. These screens should be removed prior to flushing. This flushing will help maintain optimum water quality by removing sediment, rust, or any lead particulates that may have come loose from your property’s water service line as a result of the water main replacement. If you have any questions or concerns about your water quality, please call us at 312-744-8190.

Friday, January 22, 2016

J. Crew Southport Corridor's Grand Opening Party

J. Crew Southport opens Wednesday, January 27, 2016 and is having a grand opening celebration.

From J. Crew's Facebook page:

"Stop by for a night of shopping at our new Southport Ave. store to benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Wednesday, January 27th, 6­-8pm
J. Crew 
3423 N. Southport Ave.

Join us and our friends from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for an evening of cocktails, snacks and shopping (obviously) to celebrate our new space. 

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the hospital."

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Southport in 1940

Take a look at what is now Coalfire Pizza on the Southport Corridor in 1940!

Friday, January 8, 2016

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