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.”
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.
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!
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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.
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.