Friday, June 30, 2017

Hanna Andersson opens on Chicago's Southport Corridor July 21, 2017

Hanna Andersson will open its fifth store in Illinois on Friday, July 21 in Chicago's Southport Corridor. The newest addition to the Hanna family marks its eight-second retail store in the United States.

Doors will open at 10 a.m. to the public at the new store, 3452 N. Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. Customers are encouraged to get there early since historically lines have been over one hundred people.

Hanna will be providing free gifts to customers throughout the grand opening weekend. On Friday, July 21, the first 500 customers will receive a free pair of long johns. The first 100 customers on Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23 will receive a free $20 Hanna gift card. Along with free gifts, customers will be able to take advantage of buy one, get one free on all baby and kids sleepwear and 30% off the rest of their purchase (not including the buy one, get one free sleepwear).

"We are excited for Hanna to open its fifth store in Illinois. Our new store will bring Hanna quality to life for our loyal catalog and website customers along with new customers to engage with the brand" said Joelle Maher, President and CEO, Hanna Andersson.

This brand new store concept is inspired by a modern Scandinavian design aesthetic that combines simplicity and function. The design eye is minimalist, with sightlines straight from the storefront to the interior, giving a light- filled welcome to customers who step in and experience the brand.

Long time Hanna catalog customers and new to Hanna shoppers in the Chicago area will be able to explore and engage with what makes Hanna special from the pure organic cotton to the exceptional craftsmanship that goes into every garment. Hanna is a children’s lifestyle brand that allows kids to be kids with a mom approved hanna- me-down quality. And finally, Hanna’s Unconditional Guarantee is simple and loved by Hanna customers: If you are unhappy with any product, at anytime they will offer a full refund or replace the item.

About Hanna Andersson: For over 30 years, kids have played and laughed in Hanna Andersson’s clothing, which is often recognized by its classic bold stripe sleepwear, iconic dresses and tees. Since its beginning in 1983, the uniquely Swedish inspired brand has developed into one of the leading premier children’s Omni-channel lifestyle brands in the United States. Hanna offers clothing for babies through preteens; a women’s collection, Love Hanna; and Hanna Home. Besides its iconic catalog, Hanna currently has 67 retail stores and 13 outlet stores in 26 states. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Chicago Cubs and Alderman Tom Tunney Announce Major Donations to Playlot, Urge Residents to Join in Final Push

CHICAGO, June 10, 2017 – Due to the generosity of the Chicago Cubs, 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney, the Chicago Park District and neighborhood businesses and residents alike, the Juniper Park Advisory Council (JPAC) broke ground today on the playlot located at the corner of Waveland and Greenview Avenues. The park will be the premier nature play park in the city, featuring several “nature play” elements unlike anything currently in the area.  Some the of elements include a new water feature, a sand play area with buried fossils, two slides, a revolving carousel climber, a modern basket swings for all ages, nature and sensory paths, a statue of Clark the Cub and more. 

“We are so grateful to the Chicago Cubs organization, Alderman Tunney, other major donors and this incredible community for working together to achieve the funding needed to renovate this great little park,” said Council President David Genc. “Our plan has been to provide a world-class playground. Not only will it be safe, but it will be an unbelievable place to build memories, be active and connect as a community. Thanks to the support we’ve received, we are making this vision a reality.”

Alderman Tunney turned the Council’s vision into a reality in less than a year. Not only did he first identify the need to renovate Juniper Park, he secured the initial contribution of $250,000 from M&R Development and Bucksbaum Retail Developers, the developers behind Addison & Clark and arranged for the Park District to contribute $250,000.  The Cubs’ generous donation of $200,000 closed the gap, allowing the project to break ground this year. 

“Juniper Park was in dire need of repair. Not a day goes by when the park is not filled with young families enjoying the outdoors.  I am proud to say that it will soon be one of the premier nature play parks in the City,” said Alderman Tunney.  

The latest designs can be found on the playlot’s website, Renovations will begin mid-July and are slated to last 12 weeks.

The Chicago Cubs have generously donated $200,000, which includes a permanent bronze statue of Clark the Cub.

“Cubs Charities is proud of our record of giving to the Lakeview community,” said Cubs Executive Vice President of Community Affairs Mike Lufrano. “The Southport Neighborhood is home to many of our fans and a revitalized Juniper Park will help keep our community vibrant and provide a safe space to play year-round. We look forward to seeing the renovations completed and to watching families enjoy this community asset for years to come.” Cubs Charities is among the largest private annual donors to the Chicago Park District.

Dairy Queen (at 3811 N. Southport Ave.) was the first local business to support the cause, donating net profits during Saturday sales at the Southport Arts Festival, held in July, 2016. Jeff Lowe, of the Lowe Group, and Jenny Ames, of Coldwell Banker, also made significant contributions to the renovations.

“The leadership of our Alderman, and the generosity of the Cubs, other businesses and residents has been tremendous, and we will all benefit from the improvements this playground will make to our neighborhood,” said Jill Peters, Council Secretary.  

If residents would like to still participate in the renovation via a brick or bench order, they are urged to do so immediately. Order forms will only be accepted until June 30, 2017, and can be found at  


About Juniper Park
This small park is located in the Lakeview neighborhood (two blocks east of Ashland Avenue, ½ block north of Addison Street). Before the creation of Juniper Park, the surrounding section of the Lakeview neighborhood had suffered from a shortage of parkland. In 1973, the Chicago Park District acquired the park property from the Waveland Avenue Congregational Church, designating it Juniper Park shortly thereafter. Juniper Park was one of a number of properties the park district named for trees and plants at this time. Junipers are small, pyramid-shaped evergreen trees or shrubs. More:
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Kendra Scott's Grand Opening Party is Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 5-8 PM

Celebrate Kendra Scott on Southport's grand opening party on Thursday, June 22nd from 5-8 PM at 3426 N. Southport Avenue. The shop will have light bites from Crosby's Kitchen, champagne and a big celebration of the new store. 20% of all sales will be going to Misericordia as well!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Something will finally go into the old Blue Bayou space

The former Blue Bayou space at 3734 N. Southport (which has been closed since 2013) is finally being marketed for new space. What would you like to see at this location?

Friday, June 2, 2017

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