Southport and Roscoe in 1975

From Explore Chicago, here is a photo from 1975 at Southport and Roscoe.

And the same view today:


Here comes Lush Cosmetics

As we mentioned previously, Lush Cosmetics is coming to 3430 N. Southport Avenue, and construction has officially started. This is the former Homemade Pizza Co. space that has been closed since May, 2014, and is an L3 property. Ready to be LUSHed?

The annual Susan G. Komen Mother’s Day Race for the Cure is approaching on Sunday, May 8th, 2016

Celebrate the special women in your life at the Susan G. Komen Chicago Mother\’s Day Race for the Cure! Bring your friends and family and help create a world without breast cancer on Sunday, May 8th, 2016 in Downtown Chicago. The Race Site opens at 6:30 am, and the Race begins at 8:00 am. Register for the 10K or 5K Timed Run, 5K or 1 Mile Fun Walk at
75% of funds raised will go to provide breast health and breast cancer care, treatment and support here in our local community; the remaining 25% will provide global research to find the cures.

Pop-Up Shop Event at Two Penny Blue on Southport Avenue

Two Penny Blue has an exciting pop-up shop and kick-off event coming up at their Southport flagship shop + studio space in Lakeview.  They are welcoming another local philanthropic brand for a limited time, Le Coeur Watches.

The Le Coeur Pop-Up shop will begin Wednesday, Feb 10 from 6pm-9pm with a fun night of freebies & wine at the Two Penny Blue Flagship + Studio located at 3738 N. Southport Avenue, across the street from the Music Box Theatre.
The pop-up shop will feature the Le Coeur watch collection alongside the permanent flagship + studio merchandise at Two Penny Blue — including the Two Penny Blue jacket and blazer collection with fun add on\’s like candles, blanket scarves, jewelry and home decor pieces.
Specials for the Opening Night include complimentary engraving for all Le Coeur watch purchases, and the first 10 will receive a complimentary additional leather strap of their choosing. For all Two Penny Blue customers, they will be gifting a free earring while supplies last. 

The pop-up will continue Friday & Saturday, Feb 12-13 from 10am – 6pm each day.  For every blazer purchased, Two Penny Blue donates a school uniform to a girl in Africa, opening the door to her education, increasing her self esteem and creating the opportunity for a brighter future. 

4-Star Restaurant Group’s Expansion Plans for the Southport Corridor

4-Star Restaurant Group, parent company of Crosby’s Kitchen, Smoke Daddy, Frasca’s Pizzeria and D.O.C. Wine Bar (and others) is expanding in Chicago’s Southport Corridor, and here is the scoop:

  • Wrigleyville Dental Space  The building behind Crosby’s Kitchen will be developed and will open in early 2017 as an adult restaurant and full bar.  The name of the new restaurant will be Ella Elli (and not Three Sisters).
  • Justin’s Space. The former Justin’s Bar & Grill space is currently gutted (take a peek when you walk by), and 4-Star is hoping to get in there this month to start the process. There is no name as of yet for the new space, but they are looking to have it open by fall of 2016.  Per 4-Star, “It will be a very comfortable family style restaurant (similar to Crosby’s Kitchen, but different food).”
  • Timings are all dependent on the permit processing times from the City of Chicago for both restaurants.

As we hear more from 4-Star, we will be sure to let you know.

3424 N. Southport Avenue Will Be Redeveloped into a New Mixed-Use Building with Retail

We reached out to the real estate brokers on the status of 3424 N. Southport Avenue, and they have confirmed that the buyers will be creating a new mixed-use development with retail, and either apartments or condos above.  No word on timing as of yet, but we will keep everyone posted as we hear more.

See the press release below.

Free Pizza February 9th at Zoom Pizza Factory

Tuesday, February 9, 2016,  Southport and Clybourn\’s newest pizza spot, Zoom Pizza Factory will be dishing out free hand pressed, stone fired pizza all day in honor of National Pizza Pie Day.  You can craft your own gourmet pizzas which are then fired in a matter of minutes. They are located at 2156 N. Clybourn Avenue, and opens at 11am.

Mirador Restaurant Closed Quietly Over the Weekend

Can any restaurant survive in the space? Mirador Restaurant, located at 2834 N. Southport has quietly closed over the weekend, after being in business for only 1 year. Did you frequent there often?

Kids Treat Their Parents to Heart-Shaped Pizzas This Valentines Day at Zoom Pizza Factory

On Valentine\’s Day, kids are invited to treat their parents to free pizzas for lunch or dinner at Zoom Pizza Factory (located at Southport and Clybourn)  Plus, diners can feast on heart-shaped pizzas available for dine-in, pickup or delivery.

More information can be found here:

Construction Approved for 1418 W. Addison Apartment Complex

After a couple of years of permits and processing, the 1418 W. Addison Avenue apartment redevelopment project has been approved.  The development will consist of 10 apartments but will keep the original facade of 100+ year old mansion.

Photo is from Curbed Chicago

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