Billy Corgan's New Tea House Opens Thursday

Madame ZuZu's arrives in the Ravinia Business District in Highland Park this week, and the neighbors couldn't be more excited to see what the Smashing Pumpkins' frontman has in store.

The hip tea house owned by Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan and Ravinia Wine Shop owner Sharon Mackin-Norberg will open its doors in the Ravinia Business District on Thursday.

Madame ZuZu, located at the in the Ravinia neighborhood of Highland Park, will offer a dozen international teas as well as Intelligensia coffee, desserts from and swanky seating, according to Eater Chicago.

The renovated space includes "a long dark wood bar, black-and-white flooring, metal plating on the ceiling, red walls, deco lighting and a piano," Eater Chicago reports.

Ravinia residents couldn't be more excited.

"People have been waiting with bated breath for it to open," said. "It'll give local artists and performers a place to express themselves and just hang out."


"Everybody's very excited about it," Tarm told Patch on Tuesday. "We haven't had a place where you could just drop by casually with friends or neighbors."

Madame Zuzu's will be open Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Samantha Stolberg September 12, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Couldn't be more excited for MZZ to open. Billy Corgan is a creative genius and I'm hoping that vision will translate into a joint that oozes inspiration and edge. Best of luck Mr. Corgan!
alan donahue September 12, 2012 at 09:57 PM
this tea house will be the starting point of a revolution that brings down the communist chinese government, spread hope and and unity throughout the world, and cause unicorns to gracefully fall from the sky. also, it will have clean toilets.
Jacob Nelson (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Yes! Wait... what? I must have missed that part in the press release.
Aimee Shemano-Krupp September 13, 2012 at 02:26 PM
He's a great addition to the Ravinia Business District! As a 5 year store owner on the street I'm very happy to see more vibrant and interesting businesses move into our special downtown area. We are kind of a secret around here! While most Highland Park Residents only hear and learn about the stuff going on in stores in our CDB on Central, we've got alot going on in Ravinia. We are proud to be a quaint eclectic area. We have something for everyone from our newest Tea House, great cup cakes, amazing eateries, womens clothing, our own piano and violin stores, excellent hair salons, designer jewelry, , and of course I'm partial to my kids designer consignment store. Come celebrate the opening but also try out our stores up and down Roger Williams.
Linda Iovino September 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
What a great day in Ravinia!!! Today was most exciting with my visit to Madame Zuzu's Tea House. The place was packed with many excited patrons, both local and from out of town. I met two De Paul students that heard about the opening on Twitter and they were enjoying the ambience. The tea, coffee and desserts were excellent. The staff was very friendly and I know they will do well. Thank you for choosing Ravinia as your destination for this fabulous place.
Doug Purington September 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Welcome, Madame Zuzu's and Billy Corgan, to the Ravinia Business District! We applaud your addition to the vitality of our charming Ravinia and wish you much success. Doug Purington, Publicity Director Ravinia Neighbors Association


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