Retail Rumors – Is Splendid Coming Back?

Splendid closed in 2019 and Johnny Was moved in. But new job listings are showing a possible return.

Splendid opened in Chicago’s Southport Corridor in 2014, and closed in 2019 at 3510 N. Southport Avenue. Johnny Was now occupies that space, but recent job listings show that Splendid could be making a comeback:

The job listings can be found at this link. What do you think about Splendid returning?

Christmas season on Chicago’s Southport Corridor

Shop and enjoy, Merry and Bright!

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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Southport’s Holiday Stroll details for Friday, December 3, 2021

The Southport Holiday Stroll & Cocktail Crawl on Friday, Dec. 3 from 5-9pm at businesses along Southport Avenue from Belmont to Irving Park Road!

Enjoy holiday shopping at local businesses, special discounts, carolers, Santa, holiday-themed cocktails and more festivities!

The Southport Holiday Stroll is free to attend, and you can purchase a ticket for the Cocktail Crawl to taste 10 holiday-themed cocktails along one of two routes while you enjoy the festivities of the stroll!

Find business discounts and learn more at https://www.lakeviewroscoevillage.org/southporthscc

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?

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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Abercrombie & Fitch Southport Corridor opening December 17, 2021

Abercrombie & Fitch will be opening a new store at 3551 N. Southport Avenue on December 17, 2021 according to their Instagram post.

The new store will be in the former Uncle Dan’s / Gearhead space, next to The Butcher’s Tap. Abercrombie joins many national retailers on Southport Avenue in Chicago, voted one of the best shopping streets in Chicago.

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Framebridge Southport now open

Framebridge Southport is now open at 3453 N. Southport Avenue, next to Crosby’s Kitchen. Framebridge offers an affordable and hassle-free way to frame just about anything.

From their website:

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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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