Shopping small on Southport Avenue

The news of Abercrombie & Fitch has been one of the biggest commenting events on our social media platforms, and one of the highest views on the blog. However, many of you have commented about chain stores taking over and that you would rather shop small. Here’s some of the favorite small businesses on Southport Avenue in Chicago. Which one is your favorite(s)?

Small fire at Cafe Tola

There was a small fire at Cafe Tola Southport on Thursday, September 23. Thankfully it was not major, and on Friday, Cafe Tola was back open. Support small businesses!

From Yesterday:

Photos were documented on Instagram by @jaclynackergarland:

Touring Chicago’s Southport Corridor – Addison to Grace Street

A tour around Lakeview’s Southport Corridor neighborhood in Chicago during the Early Fall of 2021

Tour Time! Shopping, eating and playing between Addison and Grace Streets along Southport Avenue during the early Fall of 2021.

Spring 2019 on Chicago’s Southport Corridor

We had an endless winter and cold, dreary spring, but the sun is finally shining and the Southport Corridor is getting ready for Summer. Here’s a tour around the ‘Port during the Spring of 2019.

Lush, Warby Parker, Bonobos

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Cafe Tola

📷 @judaay_laayy
They aren’t lying when they say “the best empanadas” 😋#yummyinthetummy #cafetola #southportcorridor #bestempanadas #foreverfat #alwayshungry (at CAFE TOLA Southport Ave. #bestempanadas)

Southport Corridor Changes into 2018

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 2018:
  1. Kai Sushi is coming to 3819 N. Southport
  2. Digits Nail Salon has closed, new nail salon coming in
  3. Capital One Cafe is now open
  4. Ivivva by Lululemon is closed. Space currently for lease
  5. Rise Sushi and Galleria Liquors will be replaced by this Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Chase Bank and Chipotle could be possible tenants
  6. Taco Bell and an auto body shop on Addison by Wrigley Field will be replaced by new developments
  7. 1035 W. Addison to be redeveloped
  8. The former Blue Bayou space is for lease
  9. Tied House is coming to the former Harmony Grill location
  10. Paperchase is coming to Southport Avenue
  11. Leahy and Ladue is closed, 312 Real Estate Office is now open
  12. Venus Restaurant is coming from The Mercury Theater in Cullen\s former space
  13. Mint Julep is now closed, national retail coming in
  14. A new mixed-use TOD development is under under construction at 3334 N. Southport Avenue
  15. Basics Salon at 3542 N. Southport is currently for lease or for redevelopment in 2019-2020
  16. Target has opened in the former Whole Foods space on Ashland
  17. Large-scale mixed-use development coming to 1356 W. Wellington Avenue with an American Mattress store (stalled)
  18. Addison & Clark development is underway; Shake Shack, Cinemex Movie Theater, Harley Davidson and Lucky Strike will be anchor tenants
  19. Hotel Zachery with Big Star Chicago, McDonald’s and several other restaurants coming to Wrigleyville
  20. Cafe Tola is expanding into the Sweet Sensations former space
  21. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters was coming to Southport & Belmont (But who knows what will happen now)
  22. 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
  23. FlatTop Grill former space is for lease

#bestempanadas + #bestcustomers at Cafe Tola

🤗📷 @cafetola
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#bestempanadas + #bestcustomers 🔥Thank you @chloegartonn @carmenmarshalll @eunhaelillig and friends from @ccsc_gocity for showing the family #hustle some #love 💙 (at CAFE TOLA Southport Ave. #bestempanadas)

Always thankful for @cafetola for an afternoon pick me up!

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Always thankful for @cafetola for an afternoon pick me up! #shopsmall #shoplocal #shopsouthport #southportcorridor #coffee #empanadas #bestempanadas #cafetola #loveourstreet #ourneighborhood #southport (at Southport Corridor News and Events – Chicago, Illinois)

Guess where I am…

#Repost @funwithfindlay
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Guess where I am…. #southportcorridor #sopoco #dogsoflakeview #dogsofchicago (at CAFE TOLA Southport Ave. #bestempanadas)

Shout out to all the #womanowned #smallbusiness of the #southportcorridor

#Repost @cafetola
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Shout out to all the #womanowned #smallbusiness of the #southportcorridor @stellabluedesign @dogaholics @southportgrocery @m2chicago @cafetola #bizchampion #ladiestothefront #chicagomade #southportsmostwanted #supportlocal #eatlocal #shoplocal #bestempanadas #thisislakeview #lakeview #chicago #support #love Thank you #cubs @cubs @chicagocubsnation for the hospitality and the reminder to continue to be our best advocates! (at Southport Corridor News and Events – Chicago, Illinois)

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