SoulCycle Southport now reopening in 2022

Originally slated to open during the summer of 2021, SoulCycle Southport is now reopening in 2022

After almost two years of being closed, SoulCycle will now reopen their Southport Avenue location sometime in 2022 (they were originally slated to reopen in August, 2021).

We reached out to their Old Town location and part of the reason is they cannot find staffing, after laying off folks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and plenty of job openings are listed online.

Are you ready to ride again?

Schoolyard Tavern’s not reopening; space for lease

Schoolyard Tavern closed in October, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but some glimmer of light on Twitter appeared throughout the past year making us hopeful for a return.

This past week, Schoolyard Tavern’s space hit the market for lease, so it’s official that it is not coming back. Schoolyard joins other Southport favorites that are no longer here, including Southport Lanes, Mystic Celt, Justin’s and Newport Bar and Grill among others.

Highly desirable corner location near the center of the Southport Corridor. 2,500 SF of space with a large outdoor patio. Bring your concept to an area with numerous national tenants and to a location that is 2 blocks from the Southport L stop.”

See the full listing here, and the full brochure below:

COVID-19 Cases are up, so Chicago’s Mask Mandate will Remain

Ever since Gov. J.B. Pritzker teased the state that he’d like to eliminate the indoor mask mandate by Thanksgiving, restaurant and bar owners have awaited an update. With the thermometer sinking and the end of daylight saving time, patio business has predictably tanked. However, early fall stats from health experts show the mandate won’t be banished anytime soon. The mask mandate was reinstated in August.

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Cubs Cancel Fan Convention Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Every baseball off-season provides optimism for fans looking forward to next year as hope for their respective teams springs eternal.

But for the second straight year, both the White Sox and Cubs have canceled their annual fan gatherings in January due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Cubs made the announcement Saturday that they had again canceled their popular Cubs Convention, which offers fans the chance to speak with players and mingle with other fans just ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training.

The Cubs’ announcement came a day after the Sox canceled SoxFest for the second straight year, citing the uncertainty of holding an indoor event as positive COVID-19 cases continue around Chicago and Illinois. As of Friday, Chicago health officials announced a daily average of 343 new positive cases of COVID-19 per day, which was up from 297 new daily cases the week before.

Sox fans perhaps the most to look forward following a season when the team captured the American League Central Division championship for the first time since 2008. However, hopes for a lengthy postseason run were cut short when the Sox dropped the league division series in four games to the Houston Astros.

Scheduled to take place in mid-January at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Like the Sox, the Cubs had hoped to go ahead with resuming the popular fan events after canceling last year due to COVID-19-related concerns.

Although both fans had safety protocols in place this past season at their respective ballparks, Cubs officials said that bringing people together in an indoor setting while the pandemic is on-going made canceling the event the right thing to do with a team spokesman telling the Chicago Tribune that as Chicagoans begin to get their COVID-19 booster, the city isn’t yet “out of the woods” in regard to the pandemic.

“Winter months, an indoor environment, where you’re talking about 10,000 people or more in closed quarters where you can’t technically social distance,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Saturday, according to the Tribune. “It’s for safety reasons. It’s just a little more difficult to manage.”

Zip codes 60657, 60613 over 80% vaccinated (12+)

Currently as of October 5, 60657’s rate is 80.3% according to the City of Chicago’s Covid dashboard. 60613 is even higher at 82% with at least one does, 12+ in age. This would mean Lakeview is one of the most vaccinated areas in the entire country.

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Town Hall Pub in Lakeview closes after owner dies from COVID-19

One of Chicago’s best-known dive bars has closed its doors for business.

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Trick or Treat Southport 2021 is Monday, October 25

It’s Back!

From the Lakeview / Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce, the tradition is back after skipping 2020 due to Covid-19.

“Trick or Treat on Southport is a free annual community event featuring family-friendly activities, a pumpkin patch, pet parade and trick or treating at local businesses. Enjoy food trucks and a beverage tent featuring beer from Corridor Brewery.

All children under 12 and those who are unvaccinated will be required to wear a mask at this event.”

  • Monday, October 25, 2021
  • 4:00 PM  8:00 PM
  • Southport Ave from Roscoe to Grace – 3500 N. Southport Avenue
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Aldermen want proof-of-vaccine rule to enter Chicago restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment venues

Several Chicago aldermen are calling for the city to mandate proof of vaccination for people visiting public indoor settings, a move already adopted in other cities like New York.

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Lakeview is one of the most vaccinated areas in the country

The Lakeview zip codes, 60657 and 60613 are some of the most vaccinated in the country according to the CDC.

And from the Chicago Covid Tracking database, 60657 has 79.8% “at least one dose 12+” and 60613 has 81.5% “at least one dose 12+” vaccinated against Covid-19.

Cubs’ David Ross, Jed Hoyer Test Positive for COVID-19

Chicago Cubs manager David Ross and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer have tested positive for COVID-19.

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A spokesman for the team said Ross and Hoyer are feeling fine and quarantining. Both of them are vaccinated.

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Chicago’s Pride Parade canceled for second year in a row

Chicago’s 2021 Pride Parade has been canceled.

In May, organizers announced the parade would be held October 3.

The parade, traditionally held on the last weekend in June, was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. In May of 2021, organizers announced the parade would be held on Oct. 3.

But on Wednesday, coordinator Tim Frye said they had to cancel the parade for a second time.

“We really wanted and hoped that there could be a parade in 2021. We don’t feel, though, that we can do it safely for everyone in the parade and the people watching,” Frye said in a statement posted to the event website. “We must cancel the parade for the second year.”

Frye said 2022’s Pride Parade has been scheduled for Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Vaccine Policy for the Vic Theatre

From the Vic Theatre:

Vaccine Policy and Mask Mandate for the Vic Theatre:


With our return to live concerts and our commitment to producing safe events, all patrons will need to show proof of vaccination (must be 2 weeks past final dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours from the time of entry along with a government issued photo ID.

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