News about 53rd St. in Hyde Park, Chicago

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AKIRA opening tomorrow

Fashion retailer AKIRA is set to open its newest store at 1539 E. 53rd Street tomorrow, Nov. 21. The Chicago-based boutique will bring a new option for women’s apparel to Hyde Park.

“This is going to be one of our larger stores and one of the first locations with both shoes and clothing,” said Eric Hsueh, co-owner of Akira, which operates about 20 stores in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. “There has been a lot of buzz about Hyde Park, and we are really excited to be in the neighborhood.”

Akira will open tomorrow from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and will reopen Friday, Nov. 23, at 6 a.m. for “Black Friday” shopping. Regular store hours will be 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday.

The opening of Akira, along with the redevelopment of Harper Court and other recent business openings, is part of a broader effort to revitalize the 53rd Street retail corridor. The new Akira is located in the former Borders building in Hyde Park, and the exterior of the building has been completely renovated. The University of Chicago announced the deal to bring Akira to 53rd Street in January this year.

New restaurant and concert venue coming to Hyde Park

The University of Chicago has reached an agreement to lease space to Chicago restaurant operators Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, who plan to open a new restaurant and concert venue on 53rd Street. The restaurateurs issued the following announcement:

Bruce Finkelman (Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe, Longman & Eagle, Beauty Bar) and Craig Golden (SPACE, UNION, Longman & Eagle,) have partnered to open The Promontory, a new restaurant, bar and concert venue, slated to open in early 2013. Named after Hyde Park’s beloved Promontory Point, the new venture aims to bring a similar energy, inventiveness and dedication to craft that that can be found in the partners’ current endeavors. Finkelman and Golden are excited to be the first of many exciting new business owners involved with the 53rd Street revitalization project being driven by the University of Chicago. Chef/partner Jared Wentworth, whose work at Longman & Eagle garnered a Michelin Star two years in a row among praise from GQ, Esquire, Bon Appetite, Condé Nast Traveler, Food & Wine, the New York Times and more, will helm this hearth driven kitchen. For further information please contact press@promontorychicago.com

The Promontory will be located in the former Borders building, which also will house the flagship store of Chicago-based fashion retailer Akira, scheduled to open this fall.