Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring
Sep08

Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring

It was just over a decade ago that luxury retailer Barneys New York opened its new Chicago flagship store at 15 East Oak Street. The international retail press fawned. Customers oohed and aahed. And as the city coped with what we thought was the worst recession in our lifetimes, this building was seen as a sign of confidence in Chicago’s retail market, and that the Windy City was more than the capitol of just another “hay...

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Throwback Thursday: Memories Writ in Neon and Cheese
Mar12

Throwback Thursday: Memories Writ in Neon and Cheese

Chicago doesn’t have a minimum neon requirement in its business signs like Las Vegas does. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t prominent examples of the illuminating art around town. This sign for Papa Milano’s (951 North State Street) was a landmark in the Gold Coast neighborhood for decades, though the original restaurant opened on Diversey Parkway in 1933 (or maybe the other way around; the Tribune and the...

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Shuffling the Acorns on Oak Street

Another move is being made in the ongoing retail chess match that is the Oak Street corridor. With Barneys New York now across Rush Street in its new building, the old Barneys New York building is going to…. Hermes. The French luxury retail is going to move from its nice but narrow location at 110 East Oak Street and into a portion of the former Barneys New York building on Oak and Rush (25 East Oak Street, to be precise)....

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Bits on Barneys

Here are a few more notes about Barneys New York’s move across Rush Street to its new store. The workers don’t have to work weekends for a change as they help ferry the inventory across the street. Barney’s cosmetics department is going to start carrying Bobby Brown and La Mer.  Before now those were considered “lower class” brands relegated to the likes of Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue.  If...

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