Cartography Returns to Michigan Avenue

People who have lived in Chicago for a little while may remember that there was once a Rand McNally store on the Magnificent Mile.  It was one of two travel stores on Michigan Avenue, both of which have closed leaving folks smitten with wanderlust to cruise the internet for even basic supplies.

A new store just south of the river doesn’t fill that gap, but the globe emporium can at least inspire the desire to travel.

We don’t now the name of the shop, because it has no sign.  But it occupies the space next to the London Accident and Guarantee Building that was once filled by the jeweler C.D. Peacock.

In the spirit of its predecessor, the globes on offer are illustrated not with paper and varnish, but with semi-precious stones and highly polished metal.

It’s an unusual store, but certainly better than yet another vacant storefront between the river and Millennium Park.

Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at

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