Rock Star Opens Highland Park Tea House

September 13, 2012

This is a celebrity real estate alert, and you don’t have to be a potential Chicago new home buyer to spend time in it.

Highland Park resident and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is opening a spot for tea in Highland Park on Thursday, September 13.

Chicago HomeownersMadame Zuzu’s Tea House is located inside a former post office at 582 Roger Williams in the North Shore’s Ravinia neighborhood. Corgan had the galley space completely remodeled to resemble a 1930’s Chinese-style tea house, complete with red walls, metal plating on the ceiling, black-and-white zig-zag flooring, a 1930’s Bosendorfer upright piano, a long, dark wood bar and enough seating for 30 patrons.

The shop — co-owned by Sharon Mackin-Norberg, owner of the Ravinia Wine Shop across the street — will feature tea from around the world, pour-over coffee from Intelligentsia and a selection of vegan desserts from Bent Fork Bakery in Highwood, but eventually there will be more featured than just the menu items. There are plans to include art exhibits and live performances from music to poetry readings.

Corgan himself will be playing some acoustic sets throughout the day Thursday for the grand opening, which will include free tea.

“I’m a tea guy and living in Highland Park since 2003. I’ve always wanted to open a salon like this for everyone to enjoy,” Corgan told Crave Online. “This is a place with no age boundaries. We hope to attract everyone from young students to seniors. With a blend of music, photo galleries, art displays and speakers, I think Madame ZuZu’s offers something for everyone.”

Madame ZuZu’s Tea House is open from Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Let us know if you go!

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