Just Off the Mag Mile: A Shop is Born
May09

Just Off the Mag Mile: A Shop is Born

Two years ago we told you that plans were afoot to double the size of the Magnificent Mile mall known as the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue).  Now those plans are being turned into reality. Near North Spy Harvey hit our Tip Line last week to alert us to the presence of soil sampling crews at 443 North Wabash Avenue.  That’s the former location of the Lakeshore Athletic Club, and the place where Macerich and the...

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Conrad Shown the Door; Gwen Is Here to Serve
Sep30

Conrad Shown the Door; Gwen Is Here to Serve

You know the Conrad Chicago Hotel in the old McGraw Hill building at 520 North Michigan Avenue?  Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore.  Instead, say “hello” to Gwen. Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago is the new and unnecessarily cumbersome name for the hotel that used to be the Conrad, which used to be the Le Meridian, and the Hotel 21 before that. The name “Gwen” is at least a nod to the...

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Mag Mile Mall Plans to Double in Size
Dec15

Mag Mile Mall Plans to Double in Size

The Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue) is putting together a huge growth plan that would see the Nordstrom-anchored mall at least double in size, and possibly grow even bigger than that.  North Bridge currently has 678,000 square feet of retail space across five floors.  It occupies portions of six downtown city blocks. The mall’s owner, Santa Barbara-based Macerich, made the announcement in a press release about...

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North Bridge Makes Historic Chicago Architecture More Public
Jan03

North Bridge Makes Historic Chicago Architecture More Public

 As cities evolve and change they frequently undergo growing pains.  One person’s idea of history can be another person’s idea of an impediment.  Negotiations are settled.  Tradeoffs are made.  And sometimes compromise turns out to be an ugly baby. One of the more common architectural compromises made in Chicago is known as the facade-ectomy — The process by which an old building’s skin is preserved while a new...

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Quickie: Kiehl’s Coming to Magnificent Mile

  Just a quick note since we got this photo in the mail from our Gold Coast spy.  It looks like Keihl’s is opening at the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue).  I believe this is the space that was formerly a Chicago-themed poster shop, and before that Oilily. The next nearest standalone Kiehl’s is in Lincoln Park at 907 West Armitage...

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Update: Burberry in Exile
Aug01

Update: Burberry in Exile

Just a quick update on the ongoing replacement of the Burberry Store on Michigan Avenue.  The shop has re-opened in its temporary location at the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue), as you can see in the picture above.  Construction of a new building is expected to take 14-16 months. Previous coverage: Burberry: Countdown to Tear Down Put on Your Prorsum, Burberry Has a Date With a Wrecking Ball Burberry to Move Across...

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Burberry: Countdown to Tear Down
Jul24

Burberry: Countdown to Tear Down

If the six-foot-tall mug of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley peering out at you from a second-story window at the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue) wasn’t hint enough, scaffolding (see above) recently went up next door to Chicago’s Burberry Store, heralding its impending doom. The Chicago flagship store at 633 North Michigan Aveue is closed now while employees move the last remaining inventory across the street....

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Put on Your Prorsum, Burberry Has a Date With a Wrecking Ball
Jun22

Put on Your Prorsum, Burberry Has a Date With a Wrecking Ball

The Burberry flagship store (don’t call it a “boutique”) at 633 North Michigan Avenue will be no more very soon. Our Gold Coast spy told us Monday night that demolition will begin the first week of August.  Yesterday, a first-time tipster corroborated that somewhat, saying that crews will begin tearing down the building August 2nd or 3rd.  Whether that means putting up scaffolding, or actually knocking the thing down...

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