The Pillaging of Oak Street: A Visual Tour
May31

The Pillaging of Oak Street: A Visual Tour

Last night, Chicago’s toniest shopping district rang with the sounds of shouting thugs, cracking glass, and a U-Haul truck used as a battering ram. While people in other parts of Chicago and the nation protested for justice, the bands of smash-and-grab thieves that habitually prey on 60611 used the police distraction to ramp up their barbarism and ransacked the neighborhood. By way of background, there are bands of hoods who...

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Summer Brings New Life to Chicago Retail
Jun28

Summer Brings New Life to Chicago Retail

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything good about Oak Street (or, indeed anything at all), so it is with much delight that I recap some of the recent events that have been happening in the neighborhood. The big news is, of course, the opening of the new Hermès store.  After seeing a raft of other boutiques set sail for other shores, it’s great that this has finally come to fruition.  The old Barneys New York...

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More Acorns Fall From Oak Street

It’s been a painful couple of years documenting the long series of closures that have turned Chicago’s Oak Street into a shadow of its former self.  The economic crisis has hurt boutiques along the street, and the hit keep on coming. The latest bit of bad news — Crain’s Chicago Business notes this week that Liz Claiborne is trying to sublease it’s Lucky Jeans space at 47 East Oak Street.  Liz has been...

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Would The Last Boutique on Oak Street Please Turn Off The Lights?

Another Oak Street boutique is taking advantage of the crummy economy to re-tool. The Yves Saint Laurent store at 51 East Oak Street closed last Friday (January 23, 2010).  Word is that the interior is being completely renovated.  The new design is based on plans from Paris and is intended to upgrade the Chicago location to flagship status. When will that be?  At this time it’s anyone’s guess.  Estimates are running two to...

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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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