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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Cubs Send Shortstop Javier Báez to Mets as Sell-Off Continues

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly made another huge move before the MLB trade deadline, sending shortstop Javier Báez to the New York Mets.

The deal was finalized just before 2 p.m., an hour before the deadline, according to MLB Insider Mark Feinsand:

Báez, a two-time All-Star with the Cubs and a member of the 2016 World Series championship-winning squad, has a .248 batting average with 22 home runs and 65 RBI’s in 361 plate appearances this season.

The Mets will team him up with fellow Puerto Rican All-Star Francisco Lindor, giving themselves a potent mix of talent up the middle of the diamond.

Anthony Rizzo is officially a New York Yankee

Treat him well, New York.

With these tweets from the Cubs and Yankees, it’s a done deal.

There was no doubt the Cubs were going to be sellers at the trade deadline, but they didn’t wait until the deadline to make a seismic move, trading franchise cornerstone Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees for a pair of prospects.

The trade officially closes the chapter on the golden era of Cubs baseball as moving the face of the franchise signals the dawn of a new day at the corner of Clark and Addison.

When the former president Theo Epstein and current president Jed Hoyer were building their championship core, one name was the foundation of the roster they envisioned for years to come.

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Anthony Rizzo leaves Wrigley Field for the last time

Anthony and Emily Rizzo leave Wrigley Field with the dog Kevin after being traded to New York. July 29, 2021.

From NBC Sports:

After 10 seasons, five postseason appearances, four Gold Glove Awards, three All-Star appearances and a World Series championship, Anthony Rizzo’s time with the Cubs has come to a close.

The Cubs traded Rizzo to the Yankees on Thursday, dealing away the longest-tenured player on the team and one of the biggest fan favorites in recent memory.

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Anthony Rizzo and his family – a last walk around Wrigley Field

A collective cry is in order as Anthony Rizzo has been traded.

Anthony Rizzo leaving Wrigley Field for the last time:

Anthony Rizzo with pup Kevin walk through Wrigley Field that last time. July 29, 2021
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Cubs Reportedly Set to Trade Anthony Rizzo to Yankees (receiving outfielder Kevin Alcantara and pitcher Alexander Vizcaino)

One of the most beloved players in the history of the Chicago Cubs is likely on the move, as multiple reports have indicated that first baseman Anthony Rizzo is close to being traded to the New York Yankees.

According to YES Network’s Jack Curry, the Yankees are “moving closer” to acquiring Rizzo:

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Amazon Studio’s Paper Girls filming in Chicago’s Southport Corridor Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Paper Girls will be filming on Chicago’s Southport Corridor north of Waveland this upcoming week.

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The history, and now dismantling of Southport Lanes

Southport Lanes was built by the Schlitz brewery in 1922 as one of the hundreds of “tied houses” in the Midwest

Southport Lanes is officially closed, and the auction of items has ended. Signs have begun to be taken down and for the first time in decades, you are able to see the old facade.

Leo’s Southport Lanes in the 1960’s and 1970’s

Excerpts from the Chicago Bar project from several years ago:

Southport Lanes was built by the Schlitz brewery in 1922 as one of the hundreds of “tied houses” in the Midwest (only Schlitz beer could be served). Once Schlitz sold the bar, the menu offered fornication to help fund the transitional purchase to its new owners in addition to its nobler alcohol distribution efforts. Because prostitution was, and still is, illegal in Chicago, the owner had to subtly advertise the delights to be found upstairs. He did this by having M.K. Siegner paint murals on the walls depicting nymphs frolicking in negligees. 

Southport Lanes – 1990’s

Because prostitution was, and still is, illegal in Chicago, the owner had to subtly advertise the delights to be found upstairs. He did this by having M.K. Siegner paint murals on the walls depicting nymphs frolicking in negligees. These murals can still be seen today, both in the front room and above the bowling pins. Additional murals of these nymphs, sans clothing, could be found along the staircase and in the second floor bedrooms but those have since been painted over. 

Southport Lanes – July, 2021

In 1991, the bar was purchased and renovated by the same owners that later brought us the Daily Bar & Grill, and such now-defunct dillies as Corner Pocket (now Victory Liquors), Hudson Club, and Lucky Strike (now Seven Ten, which also offers bowling and billiards).

Ownership of Southport Lanes has since transitioned to the Spare Time empire, who also owns Seven Ten, Firehouse, Riverview Tavern, Robey Pizza Company, and Popkin Tavern (Richmond, Virginia). Fortunately, the new owners did not mess with the formula that made the original, “Leo’s Southport Lanes,” an excellent tavern. Leo’s was run by Leo and Ella Beitz dating back to 1960, who took over from Leo’s parents who ran it since 1946.

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1118 W. Patterson Avenue ready to rise by Wrigley Field

Building permits are good to go for 1118 W. Patterson Avenue

Construction could soon begin on a new four-story, 18-unit development in Wrigleyville. An estimated $12 million permit was issued Monday for the property at 1118 W. Patterson Avenue, located just steps from Wrigley Field. 

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Southport Moms Get Tangled up, Create Mom King

On the ground reporting: The Chicago Genius Herald’s eyewitness report of the Stroller Mom’s tangled in the Southport Corridor.

“Over the past few years, the Southport Corridor in Lakeview has become a haven for local affluent families. With amenities like an Anthropologie, Lush cosmetics and a Jeni’s Fine Ice Creams all within a stone’s throw of each other, it’s safe to say this block is nothing short of a rich mom’s paradise. And its reputation as a monied mommy Mecca was further bolstered this weekend, when several Southport moms got tangled up and created a Mom King.

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Chicago Party Aunt heading to Netflix, premiering September 17, 2021. “If life gives you lemons, turn that shit into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.”

Chicago Party Aunt getting her own show on Netflix: “Holy shit! Netflix just bought the rights to my life! Anybody have a password I can borrow?”

Our favorite Twitter account, Chicago Party Aunt has just announced that Netflix will be launching a new animated show based on her! Congrats to all involved and we can’t wait to watch every last minute of this!

Chicago Party Aunt – our favorite Twitter account is heading to Netflix

From Variety Magazine:

Netflix has ordered the adult animated series “Chicago Party Aunt,” inspired by Chris Witaske’s Twitter account of the same name.

Netflix has ordered 16 episodes of the half-hour series, with the first eight slated to drop on Sept. 17. Lauren Ash will lead the voice cast in the role of Diane Dunbrowski, AKA The Chicago Party Aunt, as she stays true to her mantra “If life gives you lemons, turn that shit into Mike’s Hard Lemonade.”

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This is what is coming to 3714 N. Southport Avenue

Construction is continuing at 3714 N Southport Avenue in Lake View.

“Filed under owner Charles Stewart, the development will yield one commercial unit at ground level, with three residential units above. Parking will include three outdoor spaces in the rear of the building. The new structure is set to replace a two-story masonry building with one additional level of below-grade retail.

Possible design for 3714 N Southport Avenue

Possible design for 3714 N Southport Avenue. Rendering via 42floorsPossible storefront design for 3714 N Southport Avenue

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