Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Trick or Treat Southport 2017 is Monday, October 30 from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Trick or Treat on Southport this year will be on Monday, October 30, 2017 on Southport Avenue between Roscoe and Grace Street from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. More information from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Paperchase Southport Corridor now under construction

It was announced early in 2017 that Paperchase, a UK based upscale stationery store would be coming to Chicago on Southport and the West Loop.  7 months later, Paperchase is now under construction and coming to 3420 N. Southport Avenue, the former Einstein Bagels shop.

From earlier this year:

After two years of the former Einstein Bagels location being vacanta permit has been issued to renovate the spacePaperchase, a store similar to Paper Source based in the UK, will be moving into this location. 

From Paperchase's website:
WHO WE ARE: Paperchase is the UK’s number 1 shopping spot for exciting and innovative design-led stationery. For over 40 years we’ve inspired with stylish stationery, unique greeting cards, distinctive gifts as well as quality art and craft materials.
WHAT WE DO: Always ready with fresh and inventive ideas, Paperchase is constantly bringing you new products with many new products launching in our stores and website every single week.Many of these are created in-house by our talented team of designers, so you can enjoy ranges exclusive to us. Alongside innovation, we maintain a great variety of essentials too, tried and tested by our loyal customers.
Currently, Paperchase has stores around the world but only one other US location in Overland Park, KS. They are in the process of rapidly expanding in the United States.

In addition, the store is currently hiring, and you can read and apply to the job descriptions here.

Paperchase Kansas Store Front.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Schuba’s Tied House to open in early 2018

Tied House from Schuba's will be opening in early 2018, and Eater Chicago has all the scoop on the Southport Corridor's newest restaurant and bar.

From Eater Chicago:

"The new restaurant next to Schuba’s, the bar and concert hall at the corner of Belmont and Southport, should open early next year, according to co-owner Adam Thurston. However, customers will get a sneak preview of Tied House’s menu when staff begins serving food from a truncated menu in September inside Schuba’s, 3157 N. Southport Ave. Schuba’s old restaurant, Harmony Grill, closed in January as crews demolished it to make room for Tied House. Thurston has also revealed that former Longman & Eagle executive chef Matt Kerney is developing the new restaurant’s menu as a consultant.
Kerney, who left Longman in January, brings aspirations of wowing Lakeview with the type of elevated cuisine that he said the neighborhood hasn’t seen. While he will be a bit more restrained compared to what he served at Longman & Eagle in Logan Square, he still expects to test the locals’ tastebuds. They won’t serve veal brains, but sweetbreads aren’t out of the question. The menu and the cocktail list will showcase Midwestern ingredients.
A rendering of Tied House’s exterior. Courtesy of Schuba’s:

When demolition began, Thurston and his team thought it would be six to eight weeks before opening the new restaurant; they intended to keep Harmony’s old kitchen. However, inspectors discovered mold which forced a demolition and pushed the opening back to next year: “It has to be done right,” Thurston said.
The restaurant’s name is a callback to the building’s history as a Schlitz tied house, serving beer only from that brewer. Five years ago, the 114-year-old building earned distinction as a Chicago historic landmark. Tied House is connect to Schuba’s and will be two levels. There will be a bar and outdoor seating downstairs. The massive courtyard will feature a fireplace and space for horseshoes. The space takes up 4,800 square feet with 359 seats upstairs and 159 downstairs. Patrons won’t need an event ticket to hang out, and the extra room will reduce crowds that gather before shows inside Schuba’s narrow bar area. Curbed Chicago featured one of the renderings in June. Gensler is handling the space’s design.
This rendering shows Tied House’s courtyard. Courtesy of Schuba’s:
Schuba’s has been an independent venue since 1988, and concerts bring a captive audience that needs to be fed. While Harmony Grill had its following, Tied House won’t use frozen products and will be a little bit more adventurous (they still want to be family friendly). Thurston thinks the neighborhood has an appetite for better food. Kerney wants to cultivate regulars who will dine at Tied House two or three times a week. Also, Kerney said will not be musical puns on the menu. The appetizers won’t be called “the openers.”
Thurston knows music fans will draw a parallel to Schuba’s/Tied House and Dusek’s/Thalia Hall in Pilsen. The scale of the project in Lakeview is a bit smaller, but Thurston has high hopes of making a big impact on the neighborhood."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sam Adams Taco Fest - Saturday, September 16 - Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ready for Taco Fest for 2017?  Here are the event details!

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
Date:  Saturday & Sunday, September 16-17
Time:  11am to 10pm Daily
Location: On Southport between Addison & Roscoe in Chicago

The glorious taco will again be in the spotlight when the tortilla-wrapped fave is celebrated at this annual flavor-filled food happening that returns for its fifth year in 2017. It’s also a celebration of seasonal beers as well as the start of autumn.
Whether one prefers their shells filled with traditional chicken, steak, chorizo and beef, or stuffed with imaginative ingredients such as mushrooms, seafood, goat and duck, this September fest in the bustling Southport Corridor has become a wildly popular fixture to the Windy City’s food fest scene. Each year well over a dozen local eateries challenge themselves to make the tastiest tacos.
The fest also features special beer and taco pairings, two music stages, crowd-pleasing Mexican wrestlers, activities for kids, and visitors can text vote for Chicago’s “Best Taco.”
A $10 suggested donation benefits the Friends of Lakeview & the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce.

Southport Corridor Changes into 2018

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 2018:

  1. Ivivva by Lululemon is closing. Space currently for lease
  2. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
  3. Taco Bell and an auto body shop on Addison by Wrigley Field will be replaced by new developments
  4. 1035 W. Addison to be redeveloped 
  5. The former Blue Bayou space is for lease
  6. Schuba's Tied House to open in early 2018
  7. Paperchase is coming to Southport Avenue
  8. Leahy and Ladue is closed, 312 Estates Real Estate Office is coming
  9. Capital One Cafe with Peet's Coffee will open in the fall 2017 at 3435 N. Southport
  10. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen's former space
  11. Mint Julep is now closed, national retail coming in
  12. A new mixed-use TOD development is coming to 3334 N. Southport Avenue
  13. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for redevelopment in 2019-2020
  14. Target is moving into the former Whole Foods space on Ashland in October
  15. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with an American Mattress store (stalled)
  16. Addison & Clark development is underway; Shake Shack, Cinemex Movie Theater, Harley Davidson and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  17. Hotel Zachery with Big Star Chicago, McDonald's and several other restaurants coming to Wrigleyville
  18. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  19. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters was coming to Southport & Belmont (But who knows what will happen now)
  20. F.I.S.H. Poke Bar, Milk MoneyBlue Crown WingsMac Royale and Melt 35 delivery/pickup only kitchen have all closed at 3208-10 N. Southport
  21. LuluBelles Pancake House building was demolished and new retail/residences have been built; blo dry bar coming in
  22. FlatTop Grill former space is for lease
  23. Please, someone do something with this building!!!!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

1035 W. Addison Development Brochure

Taco Bell is closing and making way for a mixed-use commercial development, and down the street at 1035 W. Addison (Luis Auto Repair and Box Office Tickets) is being marketed as well. See the full brochure below and at this link. What would you like to see here?

Taco Bell Wrigleyville to be demolished, Auto Body Shop & Ticket Resale Shop to Shutter

It's a sad day for Chalupa fans. Wrigleyville's Taco Bell will be shutting its doors to make way for a new development. Also on the chopping block is Luis Auto Repair and Box Office Tickets across from Wrigley Field in the middle of the Addison & Clark development.

Renderings here:

From Crain's Chicago:

"The days of Cubs fans eating at the Taco Bell across from Wrigley Field are numbered.
In one of two newly proposed additions to the rapidly changing landscape around the ballpark, a developer that recently bought the site of the Wrigleyville fast-food staple unveiled plans for a three-story retail and restaurant complex on the property.
The proposal just steps from the stadium's famous marquee has nearly 40,000 square feet of retail space, including a 7,300-square-foot rooftop area and a patio along Addison Street just west of the Cubbie Bear bar, according to a marketing flyer for the property.
A timeline for the project could not be determined, but the Taco Bell franchise has a lease through July 2018, according to a source familiar with the property.
West Addison Development paid $8.9 million in June for the property, 1111 W. Addison St., financing the acquisition with a $7.5 million loan from Signature Bank, Cook County property records show.
Representatives for Mid-America Real Estate Group, which is marketing the Taco Bell site for the developers, did not return messages seeking comment.
The complex would add to an array of new retail and restaurant options near Wrigley Field spurred by the team's ongoing stadium renovation and redevelopment of its surrounding area.
The Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, will open a 175-room hotel just north of the Addison site next year and recently debuted a 50,000-square-foot plaza adjacent to Wrigley Field known as the Park at Wrigley. Those projects are designed to transform the area around the 103-year-old stadium into a playground of restaurants, retail and hospitality.
A rendering of a proposal to turn a body shop and ticket resale store at 1035 W. Addison St. into a bar with a rooftop patio.
A rendering of a proposal to turn a body shop and ticket resale store at 1035 W. Addison St. into a bar with a rooftop patio.

While the Taco Bell will soon be on its way out, so will the body shop and ticket resale store Cubs fans have come to know even closer to the ballpark.
In a separate deal, Wilmette-based developer Terraco has agreed to buy the property at 1035 W. Addison St. that houses those businesses, Terraco CEO Scott Gendell confirmed.
Gendell declined to reveal his plans for the roughly 5,000-square-foot site just south of the stadium but said the property is "well-suited" for restaurants and entertainment development.
A recent marketing flyer for the property obtained by Crain's showed plans to turn the building into a bar with a rooftop patio.
The owner of the building, which includes Luis Auto Repair and Box Office Tickets, did not return a message seeking comment on the sale. Keely Polczynski, senior vice president in CBRE's Chicago office, represented the seller on the deal.
The body shop, ticket resale store and the neighboring Sports World Chicago team apparel store were the sole businesses that remained along Addison between Clark Street and Sheffield Avenue, while another developer demolished surrounding properties to make way for a new $150 million mixed-use retail and residential complex, formally known as Addison & Clark.
That joint effort from M&R Development and Bucksbaum Retail Properties is under construction on 2.3 acres of land that surrounds the two businesses. That development will include a Lucky Strike bowling alley, a Shake Shack and 148 apartment units."

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Capital One Cafe Permits for signs get approved; Opening in the Fall

The Cafe will be approximately 7,500 sq. feet, will offer 3 nooks and 2 meeting rooms for customers, neighborhood and community members/partners to utilize should they need a work or meeting space. The Southport Café is slated to open in a few short months.
Looking South

Rendering: Capital One Cafe with Peet's Coffee in Chicago's Southport Corridor
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