Elysian Chicago Officially Opens

One of the Gold Coast’s most anticipated buildings is officially open. The hotel portion of the Elysian Chicago (11 East Walton Street) opened Wednesday (December 9, 2009).  We’ve been invited to a lot of building openings lately, but somehow were left off the guest list of this one. Nevertheless, here is a video that the Elysian PR folk put out.  For some reason it has no...

Read More

The Amish Are Coming! The Amish Are Coming!

Summer’s farmers markets are over in Chicago, but it turns out there is still a place where you can get a taste of the rural life in the Loop. The shuttered Wolf Camera shop at 42 South Clark Street has reopened as the “Rise ‘n Roll Amish Market” — a store selling Amish goods from Shipshewana, Indiana. The store was closed when I went past on a recent morning, so I don’t know if this is a pop-up...

Read More

More on the Leonidas Chocolate Opening

A couple of weeks ago we noted the impending opening of a Leonidas chocolate shop at 59 East Chicago Avenue. One of our readers wrote in to let us know that this isn’t the first Leonidas in Chicago.  A Chicago Tribune article shows that there was once one on LaSalle Street back in the 1990’s.  We haven’t been able to track down why or when it closed, but at least it’s coming back to the...

Read More

Culti Looks Readi

The stock is in, the shelves are full, and it looks like the Gold Coast’s newest boutique is just about ready to open.  Culti is a home decor brand from Milan that appears to specialize in high-end nick knacks, though I’m sure Culti’s PR firm would disagree with that assessment.  Even though it’s the latest boutique to eschew the mallified Mag Mile in favor of the haughtier side streets, it’s...

Read More

Another Chocolate Shop Coming to Chicago

Leonidas has put up a sign in the vacant space at the base of The Chicagoan promising to bring Belgian chocolate delicacies to downtown Chicago.  It’s opening in what was formerly a Bank of America branch at 59 East Chicago Avenue.  The store is expected to open in time for Christmas with a selection of choccies imported from Brussels. This is the second Leonidas location in the United States.  The other is...

Read More

Status Update: Zara

The new Zara store on Michigan Avenue is almost ready for opening.  The scaffolding and shroud have been taken down and the corner boasts a new sign.  The official opening is October 30,...

Read More

Video: Winthrop Club in Evanston

This is the news conference for the new Winthrop Club condo block in Evanston.  It’s a little long, but there’s an interesting story about what the developers wanted to do versus what the city of Evanston would allow them to...

Read More

New Condo Block Ready to Open in Evanston

Evanston has a new condo block opening soon.  The Winthrop Club (1570 Elmwood Avenue, Evanston) is a project of Winthop Properties, which is located in the north suburb.  It’s the latest in a series of modern-looking mid-scale skyscrapers that are transforming the look of this ring city. Developers Ibrahim Shihadeh and Bob Horner of Winthrop Properties At a media preview held last week I was given the chance to tour...

Read More

Michael Kors Uncovered

One of our readers braved a windy, rainy Thursday morning to snap this picture of the new Michael Kors Collection store at the Shops at 900 (900 North Michigan Avenue): We walked down this block around 8:00 last night and didn’t see anything amiss, so the wooden shroud must have been taken off overnight. I can’t tell from the photo if the store, itself, is actually open or merely uncovered, but it appears that the window...

Read More

The Malling of Michigan Avenue

For the last few years I’ve heard occasional complaints about the “mallification” of Michigan Avenue. Glamorized in their own minds as the “Boul Mich” by people not old enough to have experienced its more genteel incarnation, Michigan Avenue was once lined with low-rise residential blocks and boutiques.  That started to change in the 1960’s as property values rose and construction technology...

Read More