Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Save $25 off a Ring Security Doorbell for Lake View Residents

From our Facebook post, a local resident caught a criminal going through his mail using his Ring Security Doorbell, and now you can get one and receive $25.00 off one for your home using the code in the graphic below at www.ring.com for Chicago's Lake View residents only.

The details on the product:

Our Facebook post from a local Lake View resident:
"At 6:32 pm on Monday, June 27, my new motion sensing ring.com brand doorbell alerted me that there was motion on the front porch.  I opened the front door to find the person in the video with my mailbox open.  He seemed startled and immediately claimed that he was dropping off advertisement and then quickly walked off the porch and down Lakewood toward Grace.  It seemed very suspect to me and I immediately reviewed the video and could clearly see that he was lying.  As is clear from the video, he walked up onto our porch empty handed and opened the mailbox and immediately began rummaging through our mail.  When I opened the door, he was clearly startled and made up the story that he was dropping off advertisements which he clearly was not.  I immediately called 911 with a description.  CPD dispatched a unit to my house to review the video which I am providing to them copies which will be distributed to officers at roll call.  Keep a look out for this guy as he is clearly up to no good.  He is probably looking for pieces of mail to steal (bank checks, etc.) and may have also been intent on taking the package that was delivered.  He is a male white, approximately 35-45 years old, about 5’9” and 165 pounds.  Call 911 if you see him."
The video:

Monday, June 27, 2016

4-Star's new Tex-Mex Restaurant will be named Tuco & Blondie

4-Star's new restaurant name at the former Justin's Bar and Grill location at 3358 N. Southport will be named Tuco & Blondie.

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 (http://www.tucoandblondie.com/).  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.

B. Rose Salon closes on Southport, joins the Colour Room on Lincoln Avenue

B. Rose Salon has left its Southport location at 3341 N. Southport, and has joined the Colour Room Salon at 3517 N. Lincoln Avenue. All the B. Rose Salon signs are down today, and the website states We Are Moving! As you may recall, Indira Salon is moving directly next to their existing location shortly.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Southport and Wellington mixed-used development construction finally starting

Construction has finally started on 1356 W. Wellington in what will become a new mixed-use retail and apartment development.
Rendering of 1356 W. Wellington from DNA Info Chicago

From our blog post in 2015:

From Crain's Chicago Business, a mixed-use development is coming to the former Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home with about 10 apartments and full retail on the first level.
"A venture led by Chicago-based developer Stonestreet Partners bought a former funeral home in Lakeview that it plans to redevelop into retail space and apartments. Stonestreet paid $3.8 million for the Herdegen-Brieske Funeral Home property at the northeast corner of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington avenues, a 12,500-square-foot building on 0.33 acres, according to a statement from Mid-America Real Estate, the Oakbrook Terrace brokerage that sold the property. Stonestreet CEO David Trandel said he aims to keep the brick building, which dates back to 1918, and find a retail or restaurant space to lease its street-level space. Trandel, who is teaming up on the project with Barrington apartment developer Rick Cavenaugh, also plans to redevelop the property with about 10 apartments. Mid-America Principal Paul Bryant and Vice President Andrew Becker represented the seller, the Herdegen family."
And more from the Chicago Sun-Times, apartments will rent between $2,500 to $3,300 per month, and national retail tenants are eyeing the spot for it's prime location.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bánh Mì BáGet Southport is closed

Banh Mi Baget on Southport is officially closed. On June 9, a sign was posted that locks will be changed immediately. Consider this the final nail in Banh's coffin. Will you miss the Pho?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bel-Port Liquors closing mid-July, not coming back to Bow Truss side location

As you have heard, Bow Truss Coffee is coming to Southport and Belmont in the space currently occupied by Bel-Port Liquors. Joe, long-time owner of Bel-Port was rumored to move to an adjacent space but according to him, rent is too high and he will not be relocating. Make sure to say hi to Joe and Sashi before he closes up shop for good, most likely by early to mid-July.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Registration is now open for summer classes with Third Space at LVPC, a program of Lake View Presbyterian Church

Registration is now open for summer classes with Third Space at LVPC, a program of Lake View Presbyterian Church. Six-week sessions for preschoolers through senior citizens will begin July 18, with veteran instructors leading creative courses in music, art, movement and discussion.

“These pilot programs are a sample of the kinds of offerings that may be available in the Third Space building in a couple of years,” said Pastor Joy Douglas Strome. “As we continue our capital campaign, we are also looking at what activities will help us realize our vision of Third Space as an intergenerational community building that builds community.”

Classes in music, art and wooden toy-making will allow parents and children to work together. Other, age-level, art classes will be designed for those age 6 through adult, and seniors may opt for yoga, exercise, book discussion and storytelling classes.

Classes are very affordably priced to accommodate everyone in the Lakeview community, and will end August 26.

Plans are for a Third Space Community Center slated to replace the existing Parish Hall immediately west of Lake View Presbyterian Church at Broadway and Addison.  Third Space will be the only intentional, inter-generational gathering space in the Lakeview neighborhood. It won’t regulate different populations, it will integrate them.

A full class listing, including dates and times, is available at third-space.org. To register, visit the website or phone 773-281-2655.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The 2016 Low-Line Market is Back!

2016's Low-Line Market on Southport kicked off again on June 2, and will run through early October. The weather was perfect for opening day! Detailed information on Southport's Low-Line Market can be found here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blaine School on Southport in 1895

Southport Flashback to the late 1800's, when Blaine Elementary School was first built, along with it's first class photo.

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