Who would like to buy Blue Bayou?

“Rare opportunity to acquire a single-tenant retail building in the Southport Corridor.”

Want to own a piece of history? The business has been shuttered since 2013, efforts to re-lease the space failed – and it’s now in foreclosure.

Now, the Blue Bayou building is currently for sale, and the listing can be found here.

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No more townhomes, Craftsman Manufacturing Site In Lakeview’s Southport Corridor Will Become 12 Single-Family Homes

City Council approved a plan to convert the Craftsman site in Lakeview into a series of single-family homes

Originally slated to be townhomes, the former Craftsman site on School Street will now be single-family homes.

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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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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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This is what is replacing Tenenbaum True Value Hardware

Pam and Steve Lipshutz had several offers for the building, but they didn’t take the highest bidder. Instead, they chose a developer who will keep the neighbors in mind as they develop what is likely to be apartments.

Everything is for sale at Tenenbaum True Value Hardware, a family-owned business in Lakeview that is closing after 98 years.

“Every day I come to work, it gets harder and harder to keep it together because this is my other home, this is my family, my customers are my family, my employees,” said Pam Lipshutz, owner

Those loyal employees include Christine Potthast, bookkeeper since 1959.

“I started after I graduated from high school,” she said. “My dad was a janitor here and he said, ‘Maury, give my daughter a job!’ and I’ve been here ever since.”

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Coming soon to Lakeview’s Lakefront

The project would have 333 apartment units, including 11 affordable housing units

19-Story Apartment Building On Lake Shore Drive In Lakeview Approved By Key City Panel

From Blockclub Chicago:

CHICAGO — A proposal for two Lakeview apartment buildings — one 19 stories tall and the other six stories — connected at the base cleared a key city panel Thursday.

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Southport Lanes not reopening; Liquidation to start July 20 – for everything

Everything including the iconic door sign will be available

Southport Lanes at 3325 N. Southport will not be reopening, and everything inside and out will be liquidated.

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Say hello to Lakeview Connection

A new development is currently being marketed at the corner of Belmont and Halsted called Lakeview Connection. This is currently the site of Fifth Third Bank’s drive through, and will include a smaller version of the branch, with several more retail spaces available. A grocery store tenant has taken the second floor, and the rumor is that it will be Amazon Fresh. More information can be found here at this link from CBRE.

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Your last look at 3347 N. Southport Avenue

As we reported last year, proposed plans came out on a new TOD development replacing an abandoned building at 3347-49 N. Southport.  As of March, 2020, the development had been approved according to Ald. Tom Tunney\’s website, and this week, construction fencing went up with demolition imminent.  What do you think of this upcoming development?


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3714 N. Southport Retail / New Development for Lease

Looks like it could be the end to this classic building on Southport Avenue. According to this listing, 3714 N. Southport is next in line for redevelopment where Stella Blue is currently located.

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Updated Development Plans for 3347-49 N. Southport

Earlier this summer, proposed plans came out on a new TOD development replacing an abandoned building at 3347-49 N. Southport.  The original proposal was not received too well by the community, and the developer came back with a new plan, going from 6 floors down to 5.

From Ald. Tunney’s office:

“Hi Folks, I apologize for the short notice but the proposal for 3347-49 N. Southport will be presented and the West Lake View Neighbors (WLVN) meeting on Monday, November 18th on the second floor of The Butcher’s Tap, 3553 N. Southport Ave. A meet-and-greet begins at 6:30 p.m. before each meeting. I had hoped to have our website updated by today but we’ve hit a snag so I\’m attaching the updated plan set we received. We\’re also in the process of updating the narrative on our website (I hope to have it complete by tomorrow morning).
“The applicant has revised the proposal based on community feedback and is now requesting a zoning change from B3-2 to B3-3 to allow for a five-story mixed-use building. The building would contain 4,230 square feet of ground floor commercial space along with 28 dwelling units, 4 parking spaces and 28 bike parking stalls.” We hope you can join the WLVN meeting next week but we will also take comments, questions and feedback via email.
Sincerely, Bennett R. Lawson
Chief of Staff to Alderman Tom Tunney – 44th Ward

fax 773.525.5058”

The updated development:

The originally proposed development: