Status Update: Flagship Starbucks
Jan31

Status Update: Flagship Starbucks

Demolition is underway at 1003 North Rush Street, the future home of Chicago’s Flagship Starbucks store.   We were the first people to tell you that the store is intended to be upscale, serving wine, craft beers, and better food in Starbucks’ new store layout and materials, tested over the last couple of years in Seattle. The Chicago flagship will have a balcony hanging over the sidewalk on the second floor, a green roof,...

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Public Park Privatized in Chicago’s Gold Coast

In the last couple of months, we’ve received two inquiries from people asking what’s going on with Connors Park.  If you’re not familiar with the name, you may know it as the triangle-shaped slice of open space in front of the Sofitel (20 East Chestnut Street), bounded by Rush, Delaware, Chestnut, and Wabash. It’s a very small space (about 17,000 ft²), and features a small pergola, a nice little fountain, a few...

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New Flagship Starbucks Cuts Wood, Stacks Bricks

Our recent series of articles on the flagship Starbucks to be built at 1003 North Rush Street have been very popular (previous coverage here, here, and here). According to Google Analytics, tens of thousands of people have read them. So when someone e-mailed me a revised drawing of the building, I thought I should post it here right away, and using some fancy schmancy special effects. If you have an up-to-date web browser, you should...

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Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores
May12

Chicago to Get One of Six Starbucks Flagship Stores

“We really want to send a new message. Especially in this neighborhood, and this city; and this is the place to do it.” -Dean Klein, Starbucks I’m not one who supports the baseless speculation that goes on in blogs.  It’s a big part of what separates blogging from real journalism.  But every once in a while I’ll go off the deep end, as I did a couple of weeks ago when we did our story about 1003 North...

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Status Update: What’s Going on at Ikram?

Progress is swift at the new location of Chicago fashion house Ikram.  Ikram Goldman’s new location for her eponymous boutique at 15 East Huron Street is coming together nicely.  You may remember this as the location of a Japanese restaurant that closed years ago, and remained vacant since. Goldman purchased the property and is moving from her current location at 873 North Rush Street.  But why would she move farther away from...

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Would You Like Some Booze With Your Latte?

When the design for Starbucks’ new Gold Coast store was made public, it struck a familiar chord with us. (See our previous coverage here)  What it reminded us of is this: This is the “Olive and Summit” Starbucks in Seattle. You see, Starbucks operates a pair of skunkworks cafes (700 Broadway East and 328 15th Avenue East) in one of Seattle’s hippest neighborhoods, Capitol Hill. Capitol hill is like a smaller,...

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Ritz or Roast? Is This The New Rush Street Starbucks?

As the retail chess match on Oak Street starts to settle down a little, more pressure is being put on Rush Street to pick up the slack. The bad economy forced a lot of changes in Chicago’s premiere boutique shopping zone.  Those who could, traded up.  Others faded away.  Still there are lots of stores, both home grown and international, that would like a slice of what’s going on in 60611.   At first, the overflow landed on...

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Cedar Tower Axed

The proposed hotel tower to be built at the site of the Cedar Hotel in the Gold Coast is dead. We’ve been following the attempted renaissance of the Cedar Hotel/Hotel Cedar (1118 North State Street) for a while (here, and elsewhere).  The most recent plan included plopping a 20-story hotel on top of the current block right in the heart of Viagra Triangle. Who killed it?  Alderman Reilly.  He’s started the...

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Status Update: Almost Done at 930 North Rush

We’ve been following the lot at the corner of Rush and Walton streets for a while  here, here, here and here) as it was transformed from a condemned Gino’s East pizza restaurant into what is almost but not quite yet the district’s latest retail boutique. Today 930 North Rush Street looks pretty good, and went up in what felt like record time once construction finally began. The wood, glass, and steel exterior...

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A Date With Marc Jacobs

New signs have gone up at the Elysian Chicago (11 East Walton Street) at the corner of Walton and Rush streets in the Gold Coast.  Click on the CrappyCameraPhone™ picture above and you’ll barely be able to read the declaration “Marc Jacobs Opening Spring 2010” in the windows.  That’s news to us.  Last we heard, MJ was slated for Fall, 2009.   Of course, the hotel itself still has signs up...

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