West Loop Upgrading From Walmart To Porsche

Not too many years ago, there used to be a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the West Loop.  It was on the corner of Jefferson and Monroe, attached to Presidential Towers.

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers
The Walmart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers in 2011

When we lived at the Towers, we used the mini grocery store for its convenience.  And with its secret residents-only entrance, we were able to get the full Walmart experience by buy cat food and milk at 7am in our sweatpants and slippers.  It has a certain appeal.

May 2020 rendering of Porsche of Downtown Chicago (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly)
May 2020 rendering of Porsche of Downtown Chicago (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly)

That Walmart is gone, but the retail space remains, and according to a proposal submitted to the city, could become a Porsche dealership.  Napleton Automotive Group wants to open Porsche of Downtown Chicago in the space at 570 West Monroe.  

The Chicago Plan Commission will consider the request on Thursday.  We don’t expect any fireworks, as there have been other car dealers in the area before.  We once bought a Fiat from the now deceased Fiat of Chicago just a couple of blocks away.  And Napleton has a long history in town, selling cars to Chicagoans for 89 years, according to its web site.

Still, we have to wonder if the residents-only entrance will remain. And if so, what would happen if we wandered through the door in sweatpants and slippers early one morning.

Location: 570 West Monroe Street, West Loop


Author: Editor

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

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