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Southlake Mall

Southlake Mall has landed a trendy Chicago restaurant, lingerie shop, and clothing store.

A trendy Chicago barbecue restaurant, a high-fashion lingerie shop and a New York City-based urban clothing store are coming to Southlake Mall in Hobart. 

Hip southern comfort food restaurant Porkchop, "famously sexy, infamously naughty" La Senza, and streetwear retailer Jimmy Jazz are all opening at the super-regional mall at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street.

Porkchop is an "urban interpretation of a Southern backwoods experience" with locations in the Loop, the West Loop, the South Loop, Hyde Park, Navy Pier and Glenwood. It features edgy music, high-end whiskeys, and a menu that includes a wide array of barbecue, chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, beignets and po' boys.

Paris native Jovanis Bouargoub developed the fast-growing chain, which will open its latest outpost in a 4,200-square-foot space next to Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant at the mall. In addition to brisket, burnt ends and of course pork chops, Porkchop is known for its food truck and a popular weekend brunch that has an ambiance that Bouargoub says evokes "the quirkiness of rural counterculture."

“We’re thrilled to welcome another dining option for our shoppers when Pork Chop opens this fall,” Southlake Mall General Manager Peter Karonis said.

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The activity uptick at Southlake seems to be driven by the new confidence evident in U.S. consumers generally. Consumers spent $401 billion last month, as compared to $395 billion the previous August, according to U.S. Census data. Median household income grew 5.2 percent last year, the highest increase since 2007. The National Retailers Association says emboldened consumers have broken or are projected to break spending records this year on holidays like Easter, Father's Day and Halloween.

Quebec-based La Senza also will open one of its first five U.S. stores at Southlake Mall this September in a 3,500-square-foot space on the second floor near Carson Pirie Scott.

Similar to Victoria's Secrets, La Senza sells women's fashion with a focus on "the world's sexiest lingerie at seriously hot deals." The value retailer has locations all over the world and focuses on flirtatious, youthful styles. 

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