Status Update: Esquire Theater
May23

Status Update: Esquire Theater

  Our Gold Coast spy sent in a photo tip yesterday.  It’s construction progress on the Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).  The building is in the middle of a difficult conversion from slanty-floor auditorium space into flat-floor retail space.  Soon it will be home to a Double Eagle steakhouse, a chain out of Dallas related to Sullivan’s in the Loop; and a Christian Louboutin boutique, the people who make those fancy...

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More Greystones Will Fall on Oak Street
Apr16

More Greystones Will Fall on Oak Street

Part of the charm of shopping on Oak Street is the way all of the high-end boutiques are squeezed into every available space of the stately greystones that line both sides. Over the years, those greystones have become fewer and fewer, replaced with buildings that add to, or subtract from, the total look and feel of the area. Now the company that is putting so much money and effort into saving the facade of the historic Esquire Theater...

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Status Update: Esquire Theater
Jan30

Status Update: Esquire Theater

There’s lots of work going on on Oak Street, as the former Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street) is hacked into storefronts and office space.  As part of the project, the old Esquire sign is supposed to be restored, and as you can see from these pictures — it needs...

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Esquire Under Construction

        Another big thanks to our Gold Coast Spy who e-mailed us this cameraphone shot of the construction on the Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).   You’ll recall that after several years of being empty, the former cinema is being chopped up into seven retail spaces.  We’ve heard a couple of names that are interested in space in the building, but are holding off on mentioning anything until we get...

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Mysterious Escada Quietly Constructs

    Unlike other stores in Chicago’s biggest shopping district, Escada’s move from the Magnificent Mile to Oak Street has been a very private affair.  In ditching its corner store on Michigan and Chestnut to pick up the former Yves Saint Laurent space at 51 East Oak Street  it completely covered the windows and doors so that no one can see what’s going on inside. We hear progress is being made, but no one...

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New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater
Jul24

New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater

It’s been many months since we heard about anything happening with the old Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).  Now, there’s word from Alderman Reilly’s office that a new rehabilitation plan is being floated. Previous plans included tearing the theater down and replacing it with a residential tower, tearing the theater down and replacing it with a boutique hotel, and rehabbing the property while shoehorning in both...

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Burch Leaves For Oak Branch

This past Friday, I was walking down Oak Street with our Gold Coast spy, and she said something interesting.  Going past 45 East Oak Street she pointed to the vacant space where Loro Piana once was and told me that Tory Burch is going to move into that location from its current space at 66 East Walton Street. Loro Piana moved down the block not too long ago. Tory hasn’t been on Walton Street very long, and did quite a lot of...

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Another Oak Street Boutique Goes Dark

Over the last few months we’ve told you how what was once Chicago’s premier shopping street has become quieter and quieter.  Some stores are moving to new quarters, while others are taking advantage of the recession to renovate. One of our readers e-mailed us photos of an empty store and of a sign taped to the window of Tod’s (121 East Oak Street) showing that it, too, is taking a break to rejuvenate itself....

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Slice of Life: A Little Something to Thaw Your Nards

I’m actually writing this on a warm day in the middle of August, but I’m scheduling it to auto-publish in the middle of January.  The reason is to remind everyone why we live in Chicago.  Why we endure the wind, the cold, and the occasional snow.  Just click on the picture and drink it...

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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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