Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores
May12

Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores

“We really want to send a new message. Especially in this neighborhood, and this city; and this is the place to do it.” -Dean Klein, Starbucks I’m not one who supports the baseless speculation that goes on in blogs.  It’s a big part of what separates blogging from real journalism.  But every once in a while I’ll go off the deep end, as I did a couple of weeks ago when we did our story about 1003 North...

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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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Status Update: The Shops at Lakeshore East

It looks like the long-awaited supermarket at Lakeshore East is inching closer to reality. When I moved to LSE in January, 2004 the leasing agents were all excited about the supermarket that would open “within months.” I continued shopping with Peapod, and by the time I left in 2007, there was still nothing but a mud hole where the store was supposed to go. Today I stopped by to see if anything had changed in the year...

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More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper
Jan07

More Details About the New Roosevelt University Skyscraper

A meeting was held today to provide the public with more information about the new skyscraper that Roosevelt University is building in the Loop (421 South Wabash Street).  You can read more about the new Roosevelt University “vertical campus” building here. Nothing earth-shattering came out of the information session, but there was one thing that came up that we failed to notice before — the building is only shiny...

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Northern Illinois Food Bank Needs a New Building

With the economy squeezing many families tighter and tighter, more and more people are turning to food banks for help. The demand has gotten so great that the Northern Illinois Food Bank is raising money to build an entire new building to help meet the needs of 287,000 poor people in the 13 counties of northern Illinois. T-60 Productions, run by Emmy award-winning journalist Tony Gnau (my former colleague),  has put together a...

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Status Update: Almost Done at 930 North Rush

We’ve been following the lot at the corner of Rush and Walton streets for a while  here, here, here and here) as it was transformed from a condemned Gino’s East pizza restaurant into what is almost but not quite yet the district’s latest retail boutique. Today 930 North Rush Street looks pretty good, and went up in what felt like record time once construction finally began. The wood, glass, and steel exterior...

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Status Update: 930 North Rush

it’s hard to tell from this CrappyCameraPhone™ picture, but there’s a welder working on the steel beams that form the third floor of the new 930 North Rush Street.  The former Gino’s East location, shut down by the city’s health department years ago, is finally being replaced by something. It’s supposed to be upscale retail, of the sort that has fled the mallification of Michigan Avenue for the side...

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Stony Silence in Streeterville

It was with minor hoopla last year that a surface parking lot and a beloved neighborhood hot dog stand were razed to make way for a residential condominium project at 560 North Fairbanks.  Since then, some dirt was trucked away, some bright yellow machinery moved some dirt around, and then it was covered with stones and apparently forgotten. The stones remained silent for so long that the chain link fence was taken down and a...

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Kiosks Vanish in the Gold Coast

Editor’s note:  This article was scheduled to run on Monday, but since Crain’s moved its version tonight, I pushed this up as well.—————-One of the few 24-hour stores in downtown Chicago is gone.  Not just closed — but actually GONE. This past Wednesday (July 15th), city crews dismantled the newspaper kiosk on the corner of Michigan and Chicago Avenues next to the...

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Sticking Bricks Together at the Old Gino’s East

After nearly a year as one of Chicago’s most prominent vacant lot, workers are plowing ahead with earnest on 930 North Rush. The retail development on the corner of Rush and Walton was formerly the location of Gino’s East Pizza, which was torn down several years ago.  After that it was used as a storage lot for construction equipment from the Elysian Chicago skyscraper going up across the street. Now that the Elysian...

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