Whole Foods West Loop Opens With Greek Influenced Design Touches
Mar25

Whole Foods West Loop Opens With Greek Influenced Design Touches

The West Loop today welcomed its newest anchor store—a 42,000 square foot Whole Foods at 1 North Halsted. It’s the third of seven new Whole Foods markets scheduled to open in Chicago this year. It also marks the reopening of the ground level space of Skybridge where Dominick’s was the previous tenant. Premium grocery stores tend to each have common design elements—like Treasure Island’s “we are the world” flag motif. Whole Foods...

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JeffJack Nearly Ready To Take Off The Wraps And Welcome Tenants
Mar23

JeffJack Nearly Ready To Take Off The Wraps And Welcome Tenants

Construction worker-bees are painting, polishing, and burnishing the West Loop’s newest amenity-laden rental development. JeffJack Apartments, at 601 West Jackson Boulevard is in the home stretch preparing for an April 1 opening. The name is memorable and a directional aid since it sits at the intersection of Jefferson and Jackson. It started as an internal shorthand name for the property. But even a marketing firm hired to come up...

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Ten Cool Facts About The New Virgin Hotel Chicago
Feb02

Ten Cool Facts About The New Virgin Hotel Chicago

Sir Richard Branson—in addition to being an adventurer, bon vivant, and tycoon—does a pretty decent job as a host. His Virgin Hotel Group launched its first property last month in Chicago in the former Dearborn Bank Building at 203 N. Wabash Street. It’s unlike most any other hotels you’ll see. Virgin Hotel Chicago boasts functional and whimsical architectural elements. The design team at the Rockwell Group made every decision for the...

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Astellas Pharma Opens New Office Complex in Northbrook
Jul13

Astellas Pharma Opens New Office Complex in Northbrook

The PR firm for our friends over at Goettsch Partners sent over a release last month that somehow slipped between the cracks. A new Goettsch building has opened in Northbrook.  It’s the U.S. headquarters of Japanese drug maker Astellas Pharma.  You can read the full press release after the gallery. Photo courtesy of Jim Summaria Photography, www.jimsummariaphoto.com Pictured from left to right: Masao Yoshida, President &...

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West Loop Welcomes Wal-Mart

I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks, but that hasn’t stopped devoted Chicago Architecture Blog readers from sending in tips. Our West Loop spy sent along a photograph of the shiny new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market (570 West Monroe Street), now open for business at Presidential Towers. She tells us the store is heavy on “Mart” and very light on the “Wal,” meaning this place is almost entirely...

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The Grass is Always Greener on Michigan Avenue

I was looking through some old photographs recently, and came across some CrappyCameraPhone™ shots of the opening of the Columbia Sportswear store (830 North Michigan Avenue) that I didn’t publish back when they were timely or relevant. So, here they are — just four months late. The reason they’re interesting, is because for the event, Columbia put down artificial grass on the sidewalk, with a miniature hiking trail...

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More on Columbia College’s New Media Production Center

A couple of days ago I published an article here about Columbia College’s new Media Production Center (1600 South State Street).  Although the location is starting to get a little off the beaten path, the building is very well done.  More importantly, it preserves a piece of Chicago’s silent film history — a chapter of the Windy City’s evolution that is too often overlooked or forgotten. In that...

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Madison Street Gap Has Been Filled

Back in April we talked about the Gap store closing at Three First National Plaza (70 West Madison Street). The good news is… the vacant retail space has been filled. The bad news is… it’s yet another cell phone store. Granted, I haven’t shopped at a Gap store since I was a kid in the 1970’s and it was the place where poor people went to buy dungarees.  But I think we’re pretty close to the...

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Follow-up: Hermes and Little Miss Matched on Oak Street

As a follow-up to an article earlier this week, I went by the Little Miss Matched boutique that’s opened in the former Chelsea Passage space at 39 East Oak Street.  I haven’t received any answer to my inquiry with Little Miss Matched, but based on what I saw, I’d say this is a temporary pop-up store just for Christmas.  The floors are damaged and scarred and there’s white sheets instead of walls in...

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Old Barneys New York Space Gets Its First Tenant

One of our eagle-eyed readers snapped this photo of a new Little Miss Matched boutique taking space in what used to be the Chelsea Passage portion of the old Barneys New York building (25 East Oak Street) before it moved across the street to its new building (15 East Oak Street). Little Miss Matched is a girl’s and cute young woman’s clothing, bedding, and accessories store with a theme of encouraging mismatched patterns...

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