Retail Rumors – Is Splendid Coming Back?

Splendid closed in 2019 and Johnny Was moved in. But new job listings are showing a possible return.

Splendid opened in Chicago’s Southport Corridor in 2014, and closed in 2019 at 3510 N. Southport Avenue. Johnny Was now occupies that space, but recent job listings show that Splendid could be making a comeback:

The job listings can be found at this link. What do you think about Splendid returning?

Winterland at Gallagher Way 2021

🎟️❄️ #WinterlandatGallagherWay activities are OPEN!

Spots for some of your favorite #WinterlandatGallagherWay activities are limited, so be sure to sign up early to enjoy the magic of our holiday activities.

Visit the following link to sign-up for these ticketed activities:

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Christmas season on Chicago’s Southport Corridor

Shop and enjoy, Merry and Bright!

How does ‘Just Walk Out’ technology work at Amazon Fresh?

Amazon Fresh grocery store is coming to Lakeview, Chicago.

An Amazon Fresh grocery store is coming to the Lakeview Connection development, and here is how the ‘just walk out’ technology works.

The Just Walk Out system uses overhead computer-vision cameras, weight sensors and deep-learning technology to detect merchandise that shoppers take from or return to shelves and track items selected in a virtual cart. At the store’s automated entry gates, customers are prompted to select Just Walk Out shopping or use the traditional checkout lanes.

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Boka Restaurant Rumors: Sugargoat and ‘Sushi’ (Momotaro?) possibly joining GG’s Chicken Shop

After Boka announced GG’s Chicken Shop this past week, rumors are swirling on the other two concepts to be announced in early 2022

BOKA restaurant group will be taking over the former Southport Lanes building, and the first of three restaurants was announced this past week.

“Boka should debut all three over the summer, but the company is only ready to reveal details about one of its entries. GG’s Chicken Shop, a fast-casual pop-up that debuted during the pandemic as a ghost kitchen operating out of the Boka’s Michelin-starred namesake in Lincoln Park, will serve fried chicken sandwiches, salads, and more.”

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Southport’s Holiday Stroll details for Friday, December 3, 2021

The Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-9pm at businesses along Southport Avenue from Belmont to Irving Park Road!

Enjoy holiday shopping at local businesses, special discounts, carolers, Santa, holiday-themed cocktails and more festivities!

The Southport Holiday Stroll is free to attend, and you can purchase a ticket for the Cocktail Crawl to taste 10 holiday-themed cocktails along one of two routes while you enjoy the festivities of the stroll!

Find business discounts and learn more at

Amazon Fresh Grocery Store coming to Lakeview

“Just Walk Out” grocery store coming to The Lakeview Connection

Amazon Fresh, the new grocery store from Amazon where you just “walk out” with you shopping cart is coming to 3179 N. Clark Street.

The former Fifth Third Bank’s site will include a smaller version of the branch, with several more retail spaces available.

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Coming soon to 3350 N. Ashland Avenue

The Chicago City Council has approved the rezoning for a residential development at 3350 N. Ashland Avenue in Lake View. Located just south of the corner with W. Roscoe Street, developer 3350 N Ashland LLC plans to demolish the existing two-story masonry commercial building built in 1988 and has sat vacant for multiple years.

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SoulCycle Southport now reopening in 2022

Originally slated to open during the summer of 2021, SoulCycle Southport is now reopening in 2022

After almost two years of being closed, SoulCycle will now reopen their Southport Avenue location sometime in 2022 (they were originally slated to reopen in August, 2021).

We reached out to their Old Town location and part of the reason is they cannot find staffing, after laying off folks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and plenty of job openings are listed online.

Are you ready to ride again?

The teens who hated Abercrombie are the adults shopping there now — and they can’t believe it either

Abercrombie & Fitch is opening at 3551 N. Southport Avenue in Chicago on December 17, 2021. It will be the city of Chicago’s only store as Water Tower Place has closed.

If you walk into an Abercrombie & Fitch, the first thing you’ll notice is this: It smells exactly the way you remember. It smells like a hot upperclassman leaning up against your locker, toying with his puka shell necklace, asking to “borrow” your algebra homework. It smells like popping the collar of not one but two polo shirts, worn one on top of the other. It smells like a ripped miniskirt that costs $98.

Abercrombie & Fitch Southport Avenue now under construction
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Chicago casino site could be selected in 2022

Rendering of Rivers The 78 proposal by Rivers Casino

New renderings and details have been revealed for the multiple casino bids in the city spread across various sites in the city.

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