Status Update: Bucktown’s Flagship Walgreen’s
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Status Update: Bucktown’s Flagship Walgreen’s

A few years ago, Walgreens started rolling out a fleet of new “flagship” stores. Not surprisingly one of them landed in The Loop. The second one is going to open in Bucktown next month. It’s being built inside the landmark Noel State Bank Building (1601 North Milwaukee Avenue) on the corner of North Damen and North Milwaukee Avenues. A reader sent in some construction pictures showing the inside of the building about...

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (2011 edition, part 12)

The top of the Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue) is all lit up in red and green an anticipation of Christmas.  But notice how the windows just below, and the clock face, aren’t illuminated.  At one time I read a magazine article showing it as one of Chicago’s great secret residences.  However, there was a Chicago Tribune article a few years ago that indicated that a law firm occupies those levels....

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Building Out a Bucktown Landmark

We have a new spy on board.  It’s Bucktown Spy, and he’s sent us a photograph of the construction now going on at the former Noel State Bank Building (1601 North Milwaukee Avenue – You may know it as the Midwest Bank Building).   It’s a beautiful building inside and out, and we can see there’s scaffolding up to the ceiling right now.  Hopefully that ceiling will be restored and visible, and not just...

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How Chicago Gained a Park and a Strip Mall, but Lost a College

A recent series of articles in the Chicago Tribune highlighted the fact that much of Chicago lacks adequate parks and greenspace.  One way to deal with that problem is through the creation of pocket parks.  One such park exists along Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park. Mautene Court (1260 North Milwaukee Avenue) is unfortunately mostly paved, but it’s at least a small chunk of public space slightly away from the noise and commotion...

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Slice of Life: Eating and Drinking

  It’s not much to look at.  It only has one table for seating.  It has holes in the floor.  The building leans at alarming angles.  But as far as I’m concerned, Eat and Drink, in the parking lot at 212 West Randolph Street, is the best Chinese food in Chicago.  It’s New York-style, not Midwest style. A very close second place goes to 65 Restaurant at 336 North Michigan Avenue.  Its Singapore noodles are really...

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Slice of Life: The Polish Alma Mater

The great thing about signs carved in stone is that they so often outlive those for whom they were carved, and thus leave us a trail back into history.  This sign for the “Polish Alma Mater” was spotted above the door of a commercial building built in 1896 at 1643 West Milwaukee Avenue in Bucktown.  It reminds us that this section of Chicago used to be a lot more Polish than it is now.  This building once...

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