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 theater to myself. That brought an angry reaction from South Loop boosters who claim that the theater is always packed. To make sure I wasn’t imagining things, I went back three times since then and even on the night I went to see a brand new movie on a Friday, there was still only three other people in the theater with me.
- Word on the Boul Mich is that construction is ahead of schedule at the new Burberry Flagship Store (633 North Michigan Avenue), and it may be open by the middle of October instead of the November 11th, 2012 date we’d previously heard.
- The Daily Herald brings us news that the suburban shopping mall The Streets of Woodfield (601 North Martingale Road) in Schaumburg has been sold to a Dallas company for $118 million.
- BisNow has an interview with the guy in charge of turning the train lines and surface parking lot at 444 West Lake Street into the new River Point office tower. There’s nothing new in the interview you haven’t read here or elsewhere before, except what sounds like firm commitment to a December, 2012 construction start.
- Crain’s has a story about a local athlete starting a gym in East Garfield Park. We’d link to it here like we’ve linked to hundreds of Crain’s articles in the past, but that would be unfair to our readers since Crain’s is now behind a paywall.
- The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the city wants local firm SOM to help it figure out what to do with the controversial site of the former Michael Reese Hospital.