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Billy Corgan’s Chicago tea shop, Madame ZuZu’s, is closing

on March 08, 2018, 3:50pm

All of Billy Corgan’s endeavors could be classified as “passion projects,” but one of his most idiosyncratic undertakings has been his Chicago teahouse, Madame ZuZu’s. First opened in 2012, the Smashing Pumpkins mastermind envisioned the place becoming “a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts.” While it’s been fairly successful over nearly six years in business, the Madame’s doors will close this month, as Corgan announced via Instagram.

According to the shop owner, the current location of Madame ZuZu’s will be shuttered on March 18th. Corgan says the business is being “forced to move for various reasons which involve tenancy but certainly nothing to do with the strength of the business…” Though he’s currently preparing for the Pumpkins’ underperforming reunion tour, Corgan says he hopes to relocate Madame ZuZu’s soon, preferably to somewhere else within the Highland Park area.

As far as “ZuZu’s Teahouse 1.0” goes, a goodbye party will be held on March 18th with free tea and “special last day sales.” Read Corgan’s complete statement below.

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So, a little announcement. Zuzu's Teahouse 1.0 will be closing it's doors March 18th, as we are forced to move for various reasons which involve tenancy, but certainly nothing to do with the strength of the business (which thanks to all our great customers has been robust and steady). So for now our focus moves to madamezuzus.com and the online store, and when I'm home next around my birthday (March 17th) I will be looking at even more spaces. Unfortunately, Highland Park doesn't have a lot of ideal spots at this time, which is part of the holdup. So again, thanks again to all our patrons. You have my gratitude for your support. And come party with us on the 18th as we say goodbye. There will be free tea that day for everyone who comes by, and special last-day sales. (And as far as @madamezuzus 2.0 goes, we hope to open a new location very soon, remaining in Highland Park if possible)

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