Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing
Jun24

Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing

The closed Sears store at North and Harlem in Chicago’s North Austin neighborhood is the latest to be turned into housing by a New York investment group. Seritage is a company that was spun off from Sears four years ago specifically to slurp up dead Sears stores and transform them into “revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations.” Seritage’s web site states that the company has 206...

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Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity
Dec05

Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will be renovated into a new entrance to the Great Hall from South Clinton Street.  But it will also have plenty of leasable retail space.  Hopefully this space will end up being another...

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Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation
Sep17

Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation

EQ Office continues its half-billion dollar renovation of Chicago’s tallest building from a place exclusively for office workers and tourists into something more integrated with the evolving neighborhood. To that end, it is including  a new food court in Willis Tower’s new retail space, expected to open in 2020.   That Gensler-designed retail space is now called “Catalog,” an acknowledgement of Sears, the...

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More Shipping Container Retail Coming to Chicago
Jun04

More Shipping Container Retail Coming to Chicago

A recent fad in retailing is getting a big expansion in downtown Chicago.  Related Midwest is going to open a miniature shopping mall made of shipping containers. You may recall in 2013, Starbucks opened a coffee shop in Rogers Park that was built out of shipping containers.  And in January of last year, Avondale’s 34/Ten Architecture proposed a farmer’s market made out of shipping containers for the renovation of the...

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Downtown Chicago Apple Flagship To Open October 20
Sep12

Downtown Chicago Apple Flagship To Open October 20

The opening of the new Steve Jobs theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California wasn’t the only architecture news of note today. During Apple’s annual iPhone presentation, a portion of the show was given over to the technology company’s Senior Vice President of Retail, Angela Ahrendts. She let the world know that the new Apple Store at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue will open October 20th. “Our team has...

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Macy’s Goes All Solomon on State Street Store Sale
May03

Macy’s Goes All Solomon on State Street Store Sale

We’ve known for a while that Macy’s was thinking about selling its State Street flagship store.  It has recently unloaded former flagship Macy’s stores from Minneapolis to Seattle as the struggling retailer tries to right its ship.  It turns out that worries about Chicago’s State Street outlet were only half-warranted.  The top half. That’s because thee Cincinnati retailer has decided to divide the...

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Another Oak Street Retail Upgrade About to Start
Feb15

Another Oak Street Retail Upgrade About to Start

The not-so-gradual transformation of East Oak Street from a collection of upscale retailers tucked inside a genteel street of Grey Gardens-esque townhouses into a  collection of slightly-less-upscle retailers preening themselves inside a gilded allée of modern box-shaped bird cages continues. The latest transformation comes at number 46, which was torn down late last year, and then late last week given permits to start construction on...

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Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark
Jan02

Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark

Wrigleyville has long been held up as an example of an urban neighborhood that lives and thrives in tandem with its Major League Baseball park.  It’s pretty much the opposite of the scene on the South Side at The Rate, where the stadium is an island in a sea of parking lots and gritty infrastructure.  And still Wrigleyville continues to evolve and grow, especially on the blocks adjacent to Wrigley Field. We’ve told you...

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Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market
Dec27

Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market

A quick glance at the calendar reveals that today is Tuesday. Which ends with the letter “y.” Which means it must be time for another industrial renovation project to get underway in Chicago’s former meatpacking district. Today’s permit is for the deliciously ornate Fulton Central Market Building at 936 West Fulton Market. EXISTING 2 STORY MEAT PACKING BUILDING WITH BASEMENT STEEL & MASONRY STRUCTURE....

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Lux Retail Acorn About to Germinate on Oak Street
Dec21

Lux Retail Acorn About to Germinate on Oak Street

Just as the greystone two-flats in Chicago’s neighborhoods are gradually being replaced with more modern versions of themselves, the tony walk-ups of Chicago’s Gold Coast are being swapped out with glittering boxes of luxury and utility. The newest high-end retail box about to arrive on the shore of Lake Michigan is at 57 East Oak Street. This building, and its neighbor at number 59, were torn down a few months ago after...

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