So Oolong and thanks for all the tea: Billy Corgan to close his Chicago Tea Shop

Hold up… Billy Corgan had a tea shop in Chicago? And now it is closing.

The Smashing Pumpkins frontman has taken on a few passion projects over the years and in 2012, a tea shop called Madame Zuzu’s was it. He explained the mission statement for Madame’s;  “a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts.”

Well it looks like after 6 years of operation, Corgan will be closing it up…for now. The shop will remain as an online store and it may even reopen somewhere else.

Corgan says in an Instagram post, “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).”

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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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Well, I guess until the new Madame Zuzu opens up, I’ll have to settle for seeing Billy and the Pumpkins on their reunion tour.

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