Burberry’s Beautiful Boulevard Building Battered, Bruised and Bandaged
Aug26

Burberry’s Beautiful Boulevard Building Battered, Bruised and Bandaged

It’s not easy being beautiful.  Sienna Miller may fly first class, but she still has bad hair days, breaks the occasional nail, and can get her stiletto stuck in a subway grate just like the rest of us. Such is the case with the beautiful Burberry Flagship Store at 633 North Michigan Avenue.  Since its opening last year, we’ve received several complaints about the shiny store from employees who speak of its physical...

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Burberry Flagship’s Flag Flagging
Nov16

Burberry Flagship’s Flag Flagging

We hear from our Gold Coast Spy that things have been going gangbusters at the new flagship Burberry Store (633 North Michigan Avenue) since it opened earlier this month.  This is good news, since we also hear that Burberry is in a hurry to make back the $10 million it spent on the five-story retail experience, putting the 75 new sales people under extraordinary pressure, even by Gold Coast standards. But while things are going great...

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First Pictures Inside Chicago’s Flagship Burberry Store
Oct28

First Pictures Inside Chicago’s Flagship Burberry Store

Chicago’s new flagship Burberry store (633 North Michigan Avenue) is just days away from opening, and people seem to be genuinely excited about the building. With the scaffolding and most of the protective plastic removed, the stainless steel square absolutely shimmers over Michigan Avenue.  Knots of tourists have been clogging the sidewalks staring, and we’ve received several pictures from locals who are infatuated with...

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Wraps Start To Come Off, Revealing Burberry Store’s Shiny Surprises
Oct17

Wraps Start To Come Off, Revealing Burberry Store’s Shiny Surprises

The new Burberry flagship store at 633 North Michigan Avenue is less than a month away from opening, and we’re starting to see it shine. Today construction crews peeled off some of the protective white plastic strips that have been shrouding the building’s check pattern and revealed two interesting things: First, it turns out that the stripes that accent the facade’s shiny black panels aren’t brown or grey or...

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Status Update: Burberry Flagship Goes All Glassy on Michigan Avenue
Sep10

Status Update: Burberry Flagship Goes All Glassy on Michigan Avenue

After a year of anticipation, we’re finally seeing the glass panels that will be the final skin on the new flagship Burberry Store at 633 North Michigan Avenue. Most of the black glass pieces are in place, with the accent stripes soon to follow.  The vertical channel of showcase windows down the front of the building is also taking shape.  Are those shiny metal platforms a temporary or permanent fixture?  We’ll find out...

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Status Update: Burberry Flagship Store Taking Shape on Michigan Avenue
Aug02

Status Update: Burberry Flagship Store Taking Shape on Michigan Avenue

Are you tired of the status updates on the new Burberry Flagship store going up on the Magnificent Mile?  Apparently not, because every time we post updated photos we get several thousand extra readers.  So, here’s the latest batch. You can really get a sense of the context the building will be in, and in spite of the fact that it’s more than double the height of the previous building, it’s still dwarfed by the Gold...

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Tartan Up Burberrys New Chicago Flagship Store
Jul18

Tartan Up Burberrys New Chicago Flagship Store

  Our Gold Coast spy e-mailed us this picture of the latest progress on the new Burberry flagship store being built at 633 North Michigan Avenue. The silver insulating skin is now getting some diagonal bands resembling the clothier’s signature check pattern.  Don’t get your hopes up that the building will have an old-school brown Burberry exterior.  The final skin will be black and only subtly checked, which makes sense...

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Status Update: Burberry Flagship Store
Jun27

Status Update: Burberry Flagship Store

The skin is on the new Burberry flagship store.  You can see the tall vertical shaft in the middle of the Michigan Avenue side that will be display windows in Chicago, and a giant video wall when this design is built in every other city around the world. You can also see how the right side will be all glass looking onto a monumental staircase.   Status Update: Making Burberry Fire Re-Tartan-t Burberry Flagship Status Update Lighting...

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Week Links: June 15, 2012
Jun15

Week Links: June 15, 2012

Bloomberg News is quoting Alderman Fioretti as saying that an Apple Store could be the first retail tenant in the South Loop’s Roosevelt Collection (1127 South Delano Court East).  Apple Stores are trophies to developers and politicians because they tend to bring a flood of other retail to the area.  A while ago I wrote about how I love going to the Roosevelt Collection to see movies because I almost always have the entire...

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Week Links: April 27, 2012
Apr27

Week Links: April 27, 2012

It’s been a pretty quiet week.  Anyone else ready for Summer?  Here’s a few notes: We hear the new Burberry Flagship Store (633 North Michigan Avenue) will open November 11, 2012. There’s a plan to turn the old factory/warehouse at 113 North Green Street in the West Loop into a boutique hotel called SoHo Hotel Chicago.  Crain’s mentioned this back in January, but it looks like the project is finally moving...

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