Want to dine in restaurants and bars in North Halsted like DS Tequila and Sidetrack? Get vaccinated.

More and more restaurants and nightclubs around Chicago area making that move as COVID cases once again surge, driven by the spread of the delta variant, especially in unvaccinated populations.

If you want to dine in restaurants and bars in North Halsted like DS Tequila and Sidetrack, you better have proof of COVID vaccination, as it’s now required to get in.

More and more restaurants and nightclubs around Chicago area making that move as COVID cases once again surge, driven by the spread of the delta variant, especially in unvaccinated populations.

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Rizzo rebukes Hoyer’s ‘frustration’ over no extensions

Anthony Rizzo pushed back on Cubs team president Jed Hoyer’s contention the club’s failure to reach extensions with its former All-Star core is on the players.

“I’m kind of confused on why,” Rizzo said ESPN 1000’s “Kap & J Hood” Tuesday morning. “Why say that? It sounds like a bad breakup and the person saying that they’re fine when they’re not fine.”

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These Southport Corridor businesses are now hiring

Practically every business up and down Southport Avenue are currently hiringLooking for work in the neighborhood? Plenty of places are hiring, and here is a direct link to all the opportunities in and around the Southport Corridor. Details at this link.

Looking for work in the neighborhood? Plenty of places are hiring, and here is a direct link to all the opportunities in and around the Southport Corridor. Details at this link

When will M2 Boutique be leaving Southport? And more national retailers coming

New national retailers are coming to the former DavidsTEA, Gearhead spaces as well

M2 unfortunately has lost their lease, and will vacate their current space “30 days after “new” tenant signs.”

And even more national retailers are coming to Southport including the former DavidsTEA location and Uncle Dan’s/Gearhead space – with “large, complicated build-outs.”

See the listing for M2 here from Loopnet.

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SoulCycle to require proof of vaccination starting in September

SoulCycle parent company Equinox Group said Monday that its members, riders and staff will be required to show one-time proof of vaccination in order to enter its facilities, beginning early next month.

The company will kick off this effort in New York City, it said in a press release.

To get a sense of vaccination status, Equinox said it recently conducted a survey and found that 96% of its members reported having already been vaccinated against Covid-19, along with 89% of employees.

The high-end fitness chain added that an “overwhelming majority” of its paying customers are in support of mandating vaccines in order to enter its clubs and cycling studios.

“We have a responsibility to take bold action and respond to changing circumstances with urgency,” said Equinox Group Executive Chairman Harvey Spevak. “We encourage other leading brands to join us in this effort to best protect our communities.”

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Tom Ricketts issues letter to Chicago Cubs season ticket holders after ‘difficult’ moves at the trade deadline. Read it here.

He commended Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the joy they brought to fans and as ambassadors to the franchise and city as well as their successes that included awards, franchise records and a World Series title.

From The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued his first extended comments since the organization dismantled its core at the trade deadline in an email to season ticket holders Monday morning.

Ricketts, who called this past week extremely hard on everyone, stated “while we believe the decisions we took were right for our organization, they were nonetheless difficult to make.” He commended Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the joy they brought to fans and as ambassadors to the franchise and city as well as their successes that included awards, franchise records and a World Series title.

“Their individual and collective contributions to our organization cannot be overstated. They are forever etched in Cubs history and the hearts of our fans.”

Ricketts said the last few weeks made it clear the direction the franchise was heading, prompting decisions be made with a focus on the future and not the past.

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Bonus Round Game Cafe reopened

The restaurant and bar at 3230 N. Clark St. offers a large selection of board games for customers to play while they eat and drink

Bonus Round Gaming Cafe has reopened for indoor service with board games, cocktails, coffee, and sandwiches, according to Block Club Chicago.

Game-focused spots like Bonus Round dealt with special challenges during indoor service bans, as they were forced to refocus on takeout food and retail game sales to stay solvent. Now that patrons can hang out inside, reservations via Tock are strongly encouraged.

 Bonus Round Gaming Cafe, 3230 N. Clark Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet shops coming soon

In addition to the fire-sale of Baez, Bryant and Rizzo, everything must go at Wrigley Field to make room for the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlets

After a Cubs firesale, everything must go at the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet coming soon

Its growth fueled by the trend toward shopping at home, Alabama-based Mills Outlet Group will open as soon as September an in-person outlet mall in the space formerly known as Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The 2,000,000-square-foot outlet mall will occupy the former Wrigley Field Stadium after the 2021 destruction of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Next to Dollar Tree, it will be the only brick-and-mortar retail space in the country for former Cubs jerseys that say Rizzo, Bryant and Baez.

Offering such items as jewelry, clothing, electronics, home goods, small kitchen appliances and games, the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet outlet is expected to benefit from the Lakeview community.

You can buy shirts

Although retailers such as Kmart and Toys R Us have fallen victim to the shop-at-home trend, the Mills Outlet Group believes there is room in the local retail environment for an outlet mall, and the one at the former Wrigley Field stadium will soon open.

“The trend nationally is away from brick-and-mortar stores,” The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers. said, “but there are still stores that are thriving.”

A rendering of the new Wrigleyville Mills Outlook Mall (but it won’t looks this nice)

The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers.

“We’re opening an outlet mall that will be more like the experience you would find at a traditional mall,” the Mills Outlet Group said. “It will be really cool like a Sears or Montgomery Ward Mall from the 1980’s.”

Many clocks will be able to tell you the time

The Mills Outlet Group expects the store will appeal to bargain hunters.

“We’ll be able to offer some deals that you might not be able to find online,” they said.

The the Mills Outlet Group said the mall’s location is another asset.

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Tom Ricketts releases a statement after Rizzo, Bryant and Baez trades

The end of an era.

“I want to personally thank Anthony Rizzo, Javy Báez and Kris Bryant. Together they played critical roles for one of the most successful runs in Chicago Cubs history. They each secured a place in the hearts of Cubs fans everywhere. While their days taking the field together as Cubs have come to an end, they gave us memories we will hold forever.

I also wish to acknowledge Jed and his team for making the tough decisions necessary to build the next great Cubs team.”

In His First Game With the New York Yankees, Of Course Anthony Rizzo Homered to Break a Tie

Anthony Rizzo is making his debut with the New York Yankees tonight, and while I wish him nothing but instant and tremendous success, here’s the reality: it’s a little tough to see him in the Yankees gear. And it’s tough to see him hit his first homer, in a tie game, to give the Yankees the lead.

It’s a big moment with a team that is no longer the Cubs:

From Bleacher Nation

End of an era: The Cubs trade Kris Bryant to the Giants

From Bleed Cubby Blue:

Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant.

All free agents-to-be after 2021, none signed to contract extensions before the season, and with the team not doing well, a fire sale seemed likely.

Now it’s happened, and KB is the final domino to fall:

Kris Bryant was NL Rookie of the Year in 2015, NL MVP in 2016, and he started the play that clinched Game 7 of the 2016 World Series for the Cubs. He’ll always be a World Series champion Cub, along with the other two traded in the last two days.

As is the case with these deals as they are reported, we do not yet know the return from the Giants for Bryant. There had been rumors earlier in the week that Giants catching prospect Joey Bart might be part of a KB return, but those were debunked.

From NBC 5 Chicago

The Chicago Cubs came into the 2021 season with three players entering the final year of their contracts, and now all three have been traded away, as third baseman Kris Bryant has reportedly been sent to the San Francisco Giants.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan confirmed the trade, which had been speculated about for weeks.

According to reports, the Cubs will receive outfield prospect Alexander Canario and pitcher Caleb Kilian from the Giants in the Bryant deal.

Kris Bryant’s mural in Wrigleyville
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