BOKA Restaurants coming to the former Southport Lanes building

Chicago’s Boka Restaurant Group says it plans three operations in the space starting next summer.

The former Southport Lanes in Lake View will become home to three dining concepts operated by Boka Restaurant Group.

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North Belmont Red-Purple Reconstruction Information

The CTA will begin reconstruction of the Red and Purple Line track structures between W Cornelia and W Belmont soon. Click to register for the virtual public meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8. #CTARPM

The CTA will soon begin completely rebuilding the track structures between W Cornelia and W Belmont, replacing them with brand new structures as part of the RPM project. Residents can expect lighted underpasses, attractive designs, and reduced train noise when the project is completed in 2024. And CTA customers can expect more reliable and comfortable rides!

Join the virtual public meeting on Wednesday, December 8 to learn more. Register here:

Boka Restaurant Group opening three restaurants in the former Southport Lanes building

GG’s Chicken Shop is the first of three arrivals inside the 118-year-old building in Chicago's Southport Corridor

One of Chicago’s most successful restaurant groups, Boka, plans on opening three restaurants in Lakeview’s Southport Corridor neighborhood, inside the 118-year-old former bowling alley space that belonged to Southport Lanes before it closed last year in Lakeview.

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. Executive Chef Lee Wolen is a kind of a chicken whisperer known for his roast chicken at Boka. He’ll serve a version of the item at GG’s along with a full slate of sides. Wolen says he imagines adding a rotisserie and cooking veggies like cauliflower on the spit.

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New homes coming to West Lakeview

The parcel on West Wolfram is one of the last vacant sites in an area that has been made over from industrial to residential in recent decades.

The vacant parcel, most recently used by a plant nursery, was owned by an arm of Alto Manufacturing, a metal fabrication company on Ashland Avenue just east of the lots. In September, a legal entity headed by Giles and Mao Mei, a developer and builder based in Bridgeport, bought the lots for $4.72 million, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. 

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Abercrombie & Fitch Southport Corridor opening December 17, 2021

Abercrombie & Fitch will be opening a new store at 3551 N. Southport Avenue on December 17, 2021 according to their Instagram post.

The new store will be in the former Uncle Dan’s / Gearhead space, next to The Butcher’s Tap. Abercrombie joins many national retailers on Southport Avenue in Chicago, voted one of the best shopping streets in Chicago.

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Should the former Blue Bayou building be torn down?

A new listing brochure shows a new building rendering

The former Blue Bayou space has been vacant for years, and a new leasing brochure now shows a new concept for a future tenant. Is the old building worth saving or should it start from scratch to get a chance of a new life?

Comment below your thoughts, and see the full listing here.

Boka Restaurant Group leases Southport Lanes building

The Boka Group has officially leased the former Southport Lanes space, and is planning on bringing in a new restaurant concept to the Southport Corridor.

Move by Boka Signals Future Plans at Former Schlitz Tied House in Chicago's Southport Corridor neighborhood

One of Chicago’s best-known restaurant groups plans to move into a historic, Schlitz-built structure on the city’s North Side that has functioned at various times as a tavern, speakeasy, illegal off-track betting parlor, brothel and bowling alley.

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Your Southport Corridor for sale home of the day

Take a tour around your Southport Corridor for sale home of the day. Located at 1445 W. Wolfram Street and listed currently at $2,295,000 for this 5 BR 5BA.

City Council Approves new rules and Dogs now allowed in Chicago bars

Dog owners will be allowed to bring their pups into some Chicago bars without the bar owner fearing a health citation under an ordinance approved by City Council Wednesday.

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Framebridge Southport now open

Framebridge Southport is now open at 3453 N. Southport Avenue, next to Crosby’s Kitchen. Framebridge offers an affordable and hassle-free way to frame just about anything.

From their website:

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Claire’s is coming to 3530 N. Southport Avenue

3530 N. Southport, a mixed use condo building in the heart of Chicago’s Southport Corridor will have two new retail tenants coming soon, with one of them being Claire’s. Sunglass Hut was rumored to be in the second space but is now not coming per the broker. Two other national retail players are looking into the second space as of now (TBD on who they are).

Claire’s is now hiring and you can visit the job listings here.

What do you think of the newest national retail tenant coming to Southport Avenue?

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Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce calendar of holiday festivities

The Lakeview Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce has put out a calendar of holiday-themed activities that support local businesses.

From a neighborhood tree-lighting ceremony to ice sculpture demonstrations, the series of events will offer ways for neighbors to get into the holiday spirit while shopping local.

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