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Our new marquee is up and shining bright! We had to replace the entire bottom portion (the vertical neon is unchanged) and tried to keep it as close to its previous incarnation as well as the original 1929 marquee as possible. A bit of a facelift for our saggy old self. #musicboxtheatre (at Music Box Theatre)

Southport Corridor changes into 2019

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 2019:
  1. Kai Sushi is coming to 3819 N. Southport
  2. 1342 W. Belmont retail space for lease
  3. Frankies on the Park at 3708 N. Southport is looking to leave and sublet their space
  4. 3740 N. Southport (Formerly Chaz\’s Real Estate Space) is for lease
  5. GNC Space is now for lease
  6. Taco Bell on Addison will be replaced by Planet Granite and additional retail
  7. Digits Nail Salon has closed, new nail salon is now open
  8. Ivivva by Lululemon is closed. Space currently for lease
  9. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Chase Bank and Chipotle could be possible tenants
  10. The auto body shop on Addison by Wrigley Field will be replaced by a new development
  11. 1035 W. Addison to be redeveloped
  12. The former Blue Bayou space is for lease
  13. Tied House is coming to the former Harmony Grill location in February
  14. Paperchase is coming to Southport Avenue
  15. Leahy and Ladue is closed, 312 Real Estate Office is now open
  16. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen\’s former space this spring
  17. Mint Julep is now closed, EZRA Boutique now permanent
  18. A new mixed-use TOD development is under under construction at 3334 N. Southport Avenue
  19. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for redevelopment in 2019-2020
  20. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with an American Mattress store (stalled)
  21. Addison & Clark development is underway; Shake Shack, Cinemex Movie Theater, Harley Davidson and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  22. Hotel Zachery with Big Star Chicago, McDonald\’s and several other restaurants coming this spring to Wrigleyville
  23. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  24. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters was coming to Southport & Belmont (But who knows what will happen now)
  25. F.I.S.H. Poke Bar, Milk Money, Blue Crown Wings, Mac Royale and Melt 35 delivery/pickup only kitchen have all closed at 3208-10 N. Southport, space for lease
  26. FlatTop Grill former space is for lease

Schuba’s Tied House opening in late February

It\’s officially official!  Tied House from Schuba\’s will be opening in late February, 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.\”

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