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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New Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets Full Construction Permit
Oct31

New Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets Full Construction Permit

It’s time for construction on the new Apple Store at 401 North Michigan Avenue to go full steam ahead. The city has issued a “full building permit for proposed 1-story retail space addition.” Previously, though the site looked busy, progress was restricted to certain phases of the project. Back in March, work was permitted on the foundations. Then in April, the elevator shaft got a green light. A month later, full...

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More Pix Inside Chicago’s Only Egyptian Revival Building
Oct28

More Pix Inside Chicago’s Only Egyptian Revival Building

Two months ago we brought you the good news that the lobby of the Reebie Storage Building at 2325 North Clark Street was being renovated, preserving its exquisite Egyptian Revival architecture. Now we’ve got a few post-renovation photographs to share with you. The Lincoln Park building was renovated because the New Elephant Resale Shop moved in to part of the lobby space. The store opened in September, and manager Heidi Olson...

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A Better Look at State Street’s Newest Retail Building
Oct10

A Better Look at State Street’s Newest Retail Building

A few days ago Tishman Realty announced that it had signed Champs Sports as the anchor tenant for the renovated building at 100 South State Street. In a previous life, 100 South State was the Amalgamated Bank Building – a dark glass cube that sat lurking on the southwest corner of State and Monroe. It was bad enough that the building got hardly any sunshine because of its towering neighbors, the Palmer House Hilton, The Citadel...

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Margie’s Candies Building Sold for Redevelopment
Sep14

Margie’s Candies Building Sold for Redevelopment

It’s the news that put lumps in throats across Chicagoland — The building at 1960 North Western Avenue that’s housed Margie’s Candies since 1921 has been sold.  To redevelopers.  With big plans. Now, before you blow your coolant over the loss of yet another Chicago icon, this is not an Eli’s/Dominick’s/Goldblatt’s/Red Streak situation.  Margie’s isn’t going anywhere.  That’s the...

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