Want to dine in restaurants and bars in North Halsted like DS Tequila and Sidetrack? Get vaccinated.

The city is working on a way for people to digitally prove their vaccination status.

If you want to dine in restaurants and bars in North Halsted like DS Tequila and Sidetrack, you better have proof of COVID vaccination, as it’s now required to get in.

More and more restaurants and nightclubs around Chicago area making that move as COVID cases once again surge, driven by the spread of the delta variant, especially in unvaccinated populations.

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Bonus Round Game Cafe reopened

The restaurant and bar at 3230 N. Clark St. offers a large selection of board games for customers to play while they eat and drink

Bonus Round Gaming Cafe has reopened for indoor service with board games, cocktails, coffee, and sandwiches, according to Block Club Chicago.

Game-focused spots like Bonus Round dealt with special challenges during indoor service bans, as they were forced to refocus on takeout food and retail game sales to stay solvent. Now that patrons can hang out inside, reservations via Tock are strongly encouraged.

 Bonus Round Gaming Cafe, 3230 N. Clark Street, Open 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 4 p.m. to midnight Friday; noon to midnight Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet shops coming soon

In addition to the fire-sale of Baez, Bryant and Rizzo, everything must go at Wrigley Field to make room for the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlets

After a Cubs firesale, everything must go at the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet coming soon

Its growth fueled by the trend toward shopping at home, Alabama-based Mills Outlet Group will open as soon as September an in-person outlet mall in the space formerly known as Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The 2,000,000-square-foot outlet mall will occupy the former Wrigley Field Stadium after the 2021 destruction of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Next to Dollar Tree, it will be the only brick-and-mortar retail space in the country for former Cubs jerseys that say Rizzo, Bryant and Baez.

Offering such items as jewelry, clothing, electronics, home goods, small kitchen appliances and games, the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet outlet is expected to benefit from the Lakeview community.

You can buy shirts

Although retailers such as Kmart and Toys R Us have fallen victim to the shop-at-home trend, the Mills Outlet Group believes there is room in the local retail environment for an outlet mall, and the one at the former Wrigley Field stadium will soon open.

“The trend nationally is away from brick-and-mortar stores,” The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers. said, “but there are still stores that are thriving.”

A rendering of the new Wrigleyville Mills Outlook Mall (but it won’t looks this nice)

The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers.

“We’re opening an outlet mall that will be more like the experience you would find at a traditional mall,” the Mills Outlet Group said. “It will be really cool like a Sears or Montgomery Ward Mall from the 1980’s.”

Many clocks will be able to tell you the time

The Mills Outlet Group expects the store will appeal to bargain hunters.

“We’ll be able to offer some deals that you might not be able to find online,” they said.

The the Mills Outlet Group said the mall’s location is another asset.

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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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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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Lakeview rental complex advances despite design criticism

“I’m not confident that it is worthy of our lakefront,” said Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox

3636 N. Lake Shore Drive

A plan to redevelop a rare vacant lakefront lot is moving forward despite a lack of enthusiasm from the city’s top planning official over the project’s architecture. Planning Commissioner Maurice Cox voted in favor of the proposal for 3636 N. Lake Shore Drive at July’s Plan Commission meeting but criticized the design and questioned whether it belonged on Chicago’s lakefront. 

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The Cubs could be getting closer to opening a DraftKings sports book betting facility at Wrigley Field

In September 2020, the Cubs and DraftKings announced a partnership to open a sports book at Wrigley Field

In September 2020, the Cubs and DraftKings announced a partnership to open a sports book at Wrigley Field sometime in the future according to Bleed Cubbie Blue.

Proposed DraftKing area at Wrigley Field

There was at least one catch to that announcement:

There are still quite a few things that have to happen before this sportsbook opens, according to this ESPN article. The article notes that regulatory approval has to come from the city of Chicago and the team and DraftKings will have to get a license from the Illinois Gaming Board.

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X-Golf coming to 3551 N. Sheffield in Wrigleyville

If the city signs off, the virtual golf franchise could open as soon as late this year in the two-story former Starbucks across from Wrigley Field

National indoor Golf Simulator Franchise, X-Golf is taking over the former Starbucks space at 3551 N. Sheffield in Wrigleyville.

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Gallagher Way Christkindlmarket at Wrigley Field Details for 2019

It’s that time of year again at Gallagher Way Chicago!

From NBC 5 Chicago:

It will be a winter wonderland at Chicago’s Wrigley Field over the next few months, and all of the action kicks off on Friday as two of Gallagher Way’s biggest attractions open to the public.
Friday marks the first day that the Christkindlmarket at Wrigleyville will open its gates to the public, and those looking for some fun activities to participate in while around the ballpark will also be able to skate around the Winterland Ice Rink, which will open to skaters on Friday.
“It is our biggest rink yet,” Eric Nordness, Senior VP of Hickory Street Capital, said. “You can rent skates or bring your own, we have skating lessons, and you’ll even be able to do some curling this winter.”
Management at Gallagher Way says the gaol is to be the North Side’s town square, even in the offseason when the Cubs are in hibernation.
“As you look around and see everything, you see it is all very family friendly,” Nordness said.
A tree lighting ceremony is set for Dec. 2 at the iconic ballpark. For more information, visitors can check out the Gallagher Way website.

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Say goodby to Southport and Irving and hello to Port & Park Bistro

Say goodby to @southportandirving and hello to Port & Park Bistro 🍷 (at Southport & Irving)
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That feeling when #muralmonday and Labor Day fall on the same day 🤩 (📸: @southportgolden ) (at Tuco and Blondie)
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