WTF?! Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Opens Tea Shop

The Pumpkin king brings culture, music and art together in a unique Chicago nook.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

After more than a year in the making, and now that the Smashing Pumpkins have fully proven the merits of their return to the limelight, frontman Billy Corgan is set to open Madame ZuZu’s teashop in Chicago. The shop, located at 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, opens for business on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 8:00 a.m. The teashop is designed to serve as a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts.

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Drawing from Corgan’s love of music from the 30’s, Madame ZuZu’s is a Chinoise inspired teahouse found in Paris during this period. “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,” describes Corgan. “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 boasts a gentle atmosphere featuring a rotating menu of teas from across the globe, plus light vegan pastries from all spheres. Inside the salon is a unique item that directly relates to Corgan’s music appreciation: a 1930’s Bösendorfer upright piano imported from Finland to give the salon a base for music performances.

For the opening, starting at 11:00 a.m. Corgan will be playing several acoustic sessions throughout the day. 

Madame ZuZu’s hours of operation will be Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Head over to for more information.