A Store Forgotten, But Not Gone


What's become of the Chicago Tribune Store

What's become of the Chicago Tribune Store

Depending on the type of friends and relatives you have, buying Christmas presents can be difficult.  For out-of-towners I like to come up with some Chicago-themed items when I can.

Fortunately, lots of Chicago companies have their own interesting gift shops (the Boeing Store at 100 North Riverside Plaza is always a favorite for guy gifts).

When the Tribune Company went into bankruptcy, it decided that it needed the money from leasing out the Tribune Store space more than it needed a Michigan Avenue gift shop.  The store became an Argo Tea, and I switched to the Chicago Sun-Times Store in the building known as 350 West Mart Center (350 North Orleans Street) for my newspaper-themed gifts.

But while picking up some Carolina Honey Tea the other day I noticed that in the back of the Argo Tea in the Tribune Tower, the old Tribune Store still exists.  Barely.

It’s been shoved down a small hallway, reduced in size, has no outside access, and barely carries any Tribune items, but it’s there.  At the time I was there, I was the only customer, and a chat with the staff revealed that hardly anybody goes in there because no one knows it’s there.


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