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Lakeview Mariano's Site Plan UPDATE

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo

LAKEVIEW — Plans for a long-awaited development featuring a Mariano's at 

3030 N. Broadway also call for a health club, a park and a new street that would separate two buildings.

Barrett and Porto Real Estate and Antunovich Associates presented plans for a five-story complex on the property, which also is owned by a city pension fund, to nearly 50 people at a South East Lake View Neighbors meeting Monday night.

Mariano's would be the anchor tenant, with a 24-hour XSports Fitness gym above it. A separate building could house up to four more retail tenants, and land behind the property — which edges up to Waterloo Court — would feature a small park.

Two floors of parking and one small ground floor area would provide a total of 280 parking spots.

Developers looked at previous renditions of proposals on the lot and adjusted according to past neighbor feedback on loading and parking, Joe Antunovich said.

"I think we made vast improvements over that for you," he said. "And we're thrilled we can bring this marvelous tenant to your neighborhood."

The same team also designed and built the Mariano's stores in the West Loop and Ravenswood.

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Mariano's Officials and New Developers to Talk About Latest Lakeview Plan

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo

LAKEVIEW — A new set of developers for the long-empty former Dominick's site 

 in Lakeview will present a plan for a new grocery store on Broadway Monday night — and representatives from Mariano's will be on hand to talk, too.

Though no documents are signed, Mariano's has long been interested in the opening on the site and continues to be, said Bennett Lawson, Ald. Tom Tunney's (44th) chief of staff.

Officials from the chain have not commented on the Broadway site.

An updated agenda from South East Lake View Neighbors sent out Monday morning showed that developers will be showing initial plans for a new building at 3030 N. Broadway, a lot that's had years of false starts since a 2005 fire.

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Rep. Feigenholtz Hosts Condo 101 Workshop

By Lorraine Swanson of Lakeview Patch


Do you have the condo neighbors from hell? Does your association 

struggle with enforcing covenants and association rules? Setting policies that are fair to all owners? Understanding state statutes?

To help ensure that area condo owners and associations know their rights and responsibilities, state Rep. Sara Feigenholtz is hosting a Condo 101 Workshop on Thursday, April 24 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Olson Auditorium at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, located at 836 W. Wellington in Lakeview.

“Our area has one of the highest concentrations of condominiums and high-rises in the city,”Feigenholtz said in press release. “This workshop is a crash course in condo ownership and association management for anyone who wants to learn more about holding their neighbors accountable and making sure their association is running effectively.”

Sima Kirsch, an attorney with extensive experience in condominium law, will lead an informative presentation for condo owners and board members. Topics of discussion will include: fundamentals of ownership, owner and board rights and responsibilities, and helping associations go from good to great.

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Chicago Style Hot Dog Burger: Can you use Ketchup?

By Kyla Gardner and Jackie Kosteck of DNAinfo

LAKEVIEW — To purists, the toppings that go on a Chicago-style hot dog are of vital importance.


But what about serving the dog itself as a topping? What could it go on?

At ROCKS bar and restaurant, the answer is a hamburger.

The staff at ROCKS dreamed up the "Ballpark Burger" to celebrate the start of baseball season.

"Everyone enjoys a good Chicago dog, everyone clearly loves our burgers, and we just took those two loves and put them together," ROCKS co-owner George Manta said.

The sacred toppings are all there: sport peppers, tomato, onions, celery salt, mustard and "neon-green relish." Those top a Vienna Beef hot dog, split down the middle and laid on ROCKS' half-pound burger, all sandwiched between a bun.

"Until you have it, you don't realize how awesome it is together," ROCKS co-owner Tim Shepardson said. "If liking it is wrong, I don't want to be right."

And then there's the crucial question: If it's technically a burger, can you put ketchup on it?

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Bobtail Ice Cream Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo


LAKEVIEW — Bobtail Ice Cream may feel like an old-school ice cream 

parlor, but the local ice cream shop actually started 10 years ago as a business school competition idea.

And that homey, nostalgic feel is exactly what founders Jeff Wilcoxon and Chris Hill were going for when they pitched Bobtail at a University of Chicago business school challenge. The flavors are based on Wilcoxon's grandfather's recipes, born at Johnson's Ice Cream in 1950 in Columbus, Ohio.

"My whole life, I've been told that my family makes the best ice cream," Wilcoxon said. "I believed that. Chris and I saw an opportunity to replicate those flavors."

Now, the Lakeview ice cream shop, 2951 N. Broadway, is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and despite hundreds of flavors tested, the core of the shop has stayed the same — "making the best ice cream available in Chicago," Wilcoxon said.

"It's really paid off," he said.

Bobtail is celebrating this spring by offering a different signature flavor each week, some of which are usually only offered for a couple of weeks a year. Customers who buy a scoop of the week's signature flavor can get a second scoop for free as part of the celebration.

By June 16, the shop will be holding its annual ice cream flavor contest, where fans can dream up their own flavors.

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Good in the Hood: DryHop Brewers

LAKEVIEW — DryHop Brewers is this week's stop for "Good in the Hood with Ted Brunson."

Stop in for craft beer, including Batch 001, plus food that pairs with the beverages at the brewery at 3155 N. Broadway in Lakeview. Mussels with coconut milk and curry, pork chops and Caesar salads are among the featured dishes.

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Mfk. to Bring Summer Cuisine To Lakeview

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo

LAKEVIEW — Credit this year's dreary winter with planned new restaurant mfk.'s feel.

Husband-and-wife team Scott Worsham and Sari Zernich Worsham want the new seafood spot, 432 W. Diversey Parkway, to be "a place that feels like summer all the time," Worsham said.

"We’re trying to make it as light and summery feeling as we can," he said. "It might be kind of a subconscious reaction to the winter we just had."

A lot of people in town veer toward dark woods, bourbon and pork — and he doesn't have anything against that. But they wanted the small, 28-seat mfk. to focus on light, fresh seafood and wines to bring a different flavor to the city.

Think fresh prawns, anchovies and veggies instead of big filets of sea bass, he said.

"It’s going to be very unfussy and simple, clean interpretations," he said.

Most of the wines will be "biodynamic," or wine made from grapes grown in a self-contained farmland, without pesticides, said Worsham, a former sommelier. Once the grapes go to the winery, no chemicals are added.

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Upcoming Construction in Lakeview

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo

LAKEVIEW — Warmer weather also means more construction — and  in Lakeview, residents will see at least 50 percent more infrastructure projects and double the number of light installations this year.

Ald. Tom Tunney's (44th)office already has 12 capital improvement projects planned for this year, versus eight in 2013, said Sougata Deb, Tunney's director of infrastructure and special projects.

That includes water main repair, sewer main repair and street resurfacing, Deb said. More projects may still be announced, as Tunney has finalized how he will spend his discretionary infrastructure budget.

Road work is mostly planned for residential streets.

This year's bump in construction activity is happening after the ward finally received funding for several projects officials had been aiming to complete for years, Deb said.

"Nobody likes construction, but we were thrilled," Deb said. "It was nice to get additional funding, especially with the streets in shambles this year."

In addition to more street resurfacing and water main projects, the alderman is using more than $1 million of his discretionary budget to add residential street lights to 24 blocks in the ward — double last year's amount, Deb said.


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Thai Day Street Cafe Opening on Halsted

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo.com


LAKEVIEW — Another Thai restaurant is opening Lakeview, this time from

 owners with ties to Savannah, Ga.

Thai Day Street Cafe, 3113 N. Halsted St., has posted signs over the storefront window announcing that the restaurant is "coming soon."


It will be offering Thai classics like noodle soup, pad thai, curries and stir fry dishes, according to a sign.

The restaurant window also displays a review from South magazine about Kao Thai, a now-shuttered restaurant in Savannah, Ga.

In it, the magazine recommends the Thai Steak, a fired up dish from Chef Woratep Khamdaeng's mother featuring a secret sauce.


"The combination of tastes and textures of this Thunderbolt restaurant offers a truly unique taste experience you won't soon forget," the review said.

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DryHop to Replace Head Chef and Unveil New Menu!

By Serena Dai of DNAinfo.


LAKEVIEW — Popular local brewery DryHop is changing up its menu in April amid a change in kitchen leadership.

Chef Pete Repak, a Charlie Trotter alum, is leaving on "good terms," 

 Dryhop owner Greg Shuff said in a statement. The new executive chef, Joel Pillar, started at the brewery as lead cook and quickly rose to be Repak's sous chef.

Pillar's new menu aims to "convey craft beer culture on a plate," according to the brewery at 3155 N. Broadway.

New items include green curry mussels, bone-in pork chop, fish tacos and a sweet corn panna cotta.

Changes will start on April 3.

Pillar has also worked at Michelin-starred Oceana in New York and The Purple Pig in River North.

Food has always been a popular draw to DryHop since it opened in June. On its grand opening weekend, the restaurant and brewery had to close after running out of ingredients.

"We’re excited to have Joel step into the executive chef role and can’t wait to unveil his new version of our menu next month," Shuff said.


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