Thursday, August 25, 2016

Confirmed: Amazon Books is coming to Chicago's Southport Corridor

DNA Info Chicago has confirmed that Amazon Books is indeed coming to the Southport Corridor after we broke the news to you first from our blog post yesterday:
"Amazon will open a brick-and-mortar bookstore on the Southport Corridor next year. The online megastore confirmed that it will open an Amazon Books location on Southport Avenue in 2017, two years after its first physical store opened in Seattle."
From The Chicago Tribune:
"We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday. 
The store, targeted to open next year, will be at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the former location of the now-closed Mystic Celt bar." 
From Crain's Chicago Business:
"Amazon will soon be coming to a storefront near you. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the online megastore will open an Amazon Books location in Lakeview at the Southport Corridor in 2017, two years after it opened its first physical store in Seattle."

Our original blog post can be read here, and discusses what the Amazon Bookstore is all about, and photos below from Amazon Books Seattle location are pictured below.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Amazon Books rumored to be coming to Southport's former Mystic Celt's space

Mystic Celt has been closed since the New Year, and's brick and mortar bookstore is rumored to be coming to 3443 N. Southport Avenue. Amazon currently has a store in Seattle, and is opening other outlets soon in San Diego, California and Portland, Oregon. Rumors are swirling on New York's Hudson Yards as well.

Amazon plans on opening hundreds of bookstores in the coming years.

A description of what Amazon Books is from's website:
Amazon Books in University Village, Seattle, is a physical extension of We’ve applied 20 years of online bookselling experience to build a store that integrates the benefits of offline and online book shopping. The books in our store are selected based on customer ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads, and our curators’ assessments. These are fantastic books! Most have been rated 4 stars or above, and many are award winners. 
To give you more information as you browse, our books are face-out, and under each one is a review card with the customer rating and a review. You can read the opinions and assessments of’s book-loving customers to help you find great books. 
Prices at Amazon Books are the same as prices offered by, so you’ll never need to compare our online and in-store prices. Nevertheless, our mobile app is a great way to read additional customer reviews, get more detailed information about a product, or even to buy products online. 
Amazon Books is a store without walls – there are thousands of books available in store and millions more available at Walk out of the store with a book; lighten your load and buy it online (Prime customers, of course, won’t pay for shipping); buy an eBook for your Kindle; or add a product to your Amazon Wish List, so someone else can buy it. 
At Amazon Books, you can also test drive Amazon’s devices. Products across our Kindle, Echo, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet series are available for you to explore, and Amazon device experts will be on hand to answer questions and to show the products in action."
Some photos of Amazon Books Seattle store:

What do you think if they come to Southport?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mint Julep closing in Chicago's Southport Corridor [Update: Now Closed]

Mint Julep announced that they are closing their doors on Southport at the end of the year via Facebook today. We wish Sarah the best of luck and are sad to see them leave Southport.

From Mint Julep:

Please read the following letter...
Dear Friends, Fans, and Shoppers,
Thank you to all of you who have supported me and my little boutique for the past 15 years. I have enjoyed getting to know you all and I am lucky enough to call so many of you my friends. I loved celebrating your engagements, holding your precious babies, congratulating you on new jobs, dressing you for vacations, and sending you off for big moves in your lives. For all these experiences I am forever grateful, but it is time for me to embark on the next chapter of my life. It is both with sadness and excitement that I announce I will close Mint Julep at the end of this year. There is sadness because Mint Julep is so much a part of who I am and has been an incredible learning and growing experience, but there is also so much excitement for my next adventure. I am working to develop a new concept to keep you all outfitted in our favorite lines. More details coming soon.
Thank you all of you for taking this wild ride with me. Stay tuned for fabulous closing sales and please continue to support all your local businesses. They are the heart and soul of every neighborhood.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Southport Corridor Changes into 2017

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 2017+:

  1. F.I.S.H. Poke Bar Sushi is coming to 3208 N. Southport (former Burger Boss location)
  2. Amazon Books is coming to 3443 N. Southport
  3. Mint Julep is closed
  4. Shake Shake coming to Addison and Clark development in Wrigleyville
  5. LensCrafters coming to 3428 N. Southport, the former Teavana location
  6. Hanna Andersson coming to 3452 N. Southport, the former Southport Suites building
  7. Real Good Juice Co. is coming to 3548 N. Southport, site of the former Bahn Mi Baget space
  8. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors to be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  9. Chipotle eyeing the Southport Corridor, possibly in the Southport TOD
  10. 3424 N. Southport is currently being redeveloped into a mixed-use space with retail and residential units
  11. Frio Gelato is coming to 3721 N. Southport
  12. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters is coming to Southport & Belmont in Bel-Port Liquors former location
  13. Capital One Cafe and Peet's Coffee coming to 3435 N. Southport
  14. Newport Bar & Grill is now closed
  15. Tuco & Blondie Tex-Mex restaurant from Four-Star Restaurant Group is now open in Justin's former location
  16. B. Rose Salon at 3341 N. Southport has closed and the space is now for lease
  17. Cafe Tola is expanding to Sweet Sensations former space
  18. 5411 Empanadas has opened at 3715 N. Southport
  19. Banana Republic is eyeing the Southport Corridor and trying to find a good location
  20. Dog-a-holics retail shop is now Bentley's Pet Stuff
  21. Addison & Clark development is underway
  22. Hotel Zachery with Big Star Chicago among many other changes in Wrigleyville
  23. Lush Cosmetics has opened on Southport
  24. Deleece Restaurant has re-concepted to Grassroots
  25. Elevare MD is opening next to Fleet Feet
  26. J. Crew has opened at 3423 N. Southport
  27. SoulCycle has opened at 3423 N. Southport
  28. Williams-Sonoma/West Elm has interest in Southport
  29. Crosby's Kitchen is expanding with a new adult concept into the former Wrigleyville Dental space called Ella Elli
  30. Vivial Fine Comfort Food and Cocktails closed; Tango Sur taking over the space as a Tapas Wine Bar
  31. LuluBelles Pancake House building was demolished and new retail/residences have been built and are for rent
  32. Burger Boss and Dojo Chicago are closed and leased - tenants TBD
  33. FlatTop Grill former space is for rent
  34. Einstein's Bagel space is currently for lease
  35. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen's former space
  36. A new mixed-use development is coming to 3334 N. Southport Avenue with retail
  37. Bareburger now open on Lincoln Avenue, part of L3's new development including Bitter Pops
  38. Whole Foods is under construction and coming in 2017 to Lincoln, Ashland and Belmont
  39. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with an American Mattress store
  40. The Former "Uncle Fun" building is now a new mixed-use retail and residential development
  41. TOD development at 3400 N. Lincoln Avenue
  42. Mirador Restaurant has closed
  43. Indira moved to 3337 N. Southport
  44. 1342 W. Belmont is being demolished
  45. 3451-53 N. Southport actively being marketed for lease
  46. Target coming to Belmont and Clark
  47. And please, someone do something with this building!!!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Lakeview Crest Lighting Annual Store-wide Sale and Extra Special Tent Event August 13, 2016

Crest Lighting in Lakeview is holding their semi-annual Tent Sale August 13, from 10am – 5pm in the parking lot at 3300 N Sheffield before during and after their neighbors’ little game at Wrigley Field.

Chandeliers, pendants, flush and semi flush mounts, fans, sconces, bathroom fixtures and so much more will be at some of the lowest prices ever for one day only. And, many current fixtures in the showroom will also be marked down to make way for new releases arriving soon. “This is a perfect opportunity for our clients, neighbors and friends to upgrade their décor by adding lighting to a room,” said Amy Fimbianti, Director, Crest Lighting Stores.

Crest Lighting, the decorative lighting division of Paramont-EO has been a “fixture” in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago since 1987, is family owned and operated and is committed to making lighting decisions simple, satisfying and sensational.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Southport Corridor Chicago: This Week in Instagram

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Trick or Treat Southport 2016 is Monday, October 31 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Trick or Treat on Southport this year will be on Monday, October 31, 2016 on Southport Avenue between Roscoe and Grace Street from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. More information can be found here from The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

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Don't Miss the Neighborhood's Favorite Fall Tradition!

Monday, October 31, 2016  |  4 - 8 pm  |  Southport from Belmont to Irving Park

The neighborhood's favorite fall tradition returns in 2016! Presented by the Chicago Cubs, Trick or Treat on Southport celebrates Halloween with free, family-friendly activities and trick-or-treating at local businesses.
  • Art + games
  • Beer garden
  • Live music
  • Pop-up pumpkin patch
  • Smilebooth photo booth
  • And other surprises!
This year's event will take place on Halloween instead of our traditional Sunday due to the MLB postseason home game schedule and in order to ensure both trick-or-treating and the postseason games can proceed smoothly. We value this tradition and are excited to continue offering this free and fun community program.


Want to help make Trick or Treat on Southport happen? Email

Getting There

Trick or Treat on Southport takes place on Southport from Belmont to Irving Park, with free, family-friendly activities happening between Roscoe and Grace. The event is easily accessible via the CTA's Southport Brown Line station.
Please note that a full street closure will be in effect on Southport from Roscoe to Addison and Waveland to Grace from 2-9 pm on October 31, 2016.

Thank You To Our Partners!

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Here is a gallery of photos from previous years!

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