Ritz or Roast? Is This The New Rush Street Starbucks?

As the retail chess match on Oak Street starts to settle down a little, more pressure is being put on Rush Street to pick up the slack. The bad economy forced a lot of changes in Chicago’s premiere boutique shopping zone.  Those who could, traded up.  Others faded away.  Still there are lots of stores, both home grown and international, that would like a slice of what’s going on in 60611.   At first, the overflow landed on...

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New Shine For the Apple Store?

When Apple released its long-awaited white version of the iPhone 4, it wasn’t to the screams of thousands of faithful in line at the world’s malls and shopping streets. In fact, it was something of a whimper. Here in Chicago, the first intrepid soul in line showed up at 4:00am, and was largely alone until the store opened early at 8:45am. But while there wasn’t much going on outside, inside there was lots of...

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