Confirmed: Splendid is coming back to Chicago’s Southport Corridor

Splendid opened in Chicago’s Southport Corridor in 2014, and closed in 2019 at 3510 N. Southport Avenue, where Johnny Was is today. Over the past month, Splendid has started listing job openings again throughout the Internet. We reached out to Splendid and they have confirmed they will be reopening a store on Southport Avenue, but would not disclose the address.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Here is what is coming to 3001 N. Southport

The mixed-use development located in the intersection of Lincoln, Southport and Wellington is almost complete, after years of stop and go construction.

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More renderings for 1225 W School Street in Lakeview’s Southport Corridor neighborhood

Developer Lexington Homes reveals plans for a new residential development at 1225 W School Street. The local company bought the land that once held the Craftsman Plating & Tinning office and plant from a previous developer whose similar plans were cancelled earlier this year.

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