Whole Foods West Loop Opens With Greek Influenced Design Touches
Mar25

Whole Foods West Loop Opens With Greek Influenced Design Touches

The West Loop today welcomed its newest anchor store—a 42,000 square foot Whole Foods at 1 North Halsted. It’s the third of seven new Whole Foods markets scheduled to open in Chicago this year. It also marks the reopening of the ground level space of Skybridge where Dominick’s was the previous tenant. Premium grocery stores tend to each have common design elements—like Treasure Island’s “we are the world” flag motif. Whole Foods...

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Quickie: New Stores For North Bridge and Wabash

While in the Shops at North Bridge (520 North Michigan Avenue) today I noticed two stores being built out. First, is the Art of Shaving store, which we mentioned was coming on this blog back in the fall.  It looks like it’s finally coming to fruition, and if it’s anything like the one I visited in San Francisco, it will be quite nice. The other is on the second floor, and called “Teavana” — some kind of...

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Elysian Chicago Officially Opens
Dec10

Elysian Chicago Officially Opens

One of the Gold Coast’s most anticipated buildings is officially open. The hotel portion of the Elysian Chicago (11 East Walton Street) opened Wednesday (December 9, 2009).  We’ve been invited to a lot of building openings lately, but somehow were left off the guest list of this one. Nevertheless, here is a video that the Elysian PR folk put out.  For some reason it has no...

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Another Halsted Street Deli in the Loop

It looks like Halsted Street Deli is opening another location in The Loop.  One of our readers sent this photo in, but didn’t quite remember where he took it.  Franklin Street near Sears Tower was his best guess. There are no clues on the company’s web site about new locations.

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The Malling of Michigan Avenue

For the last few years I’ve heard occasional complaints about the “mallification” of Michigan Avenue. Glamorized in their own minds as the “Boul Mich” by people not old enough to have experienced its more genteel incarnation, Michigan Avenue was once lined with low-rise residential blocks and boutiques.  That started to change in the 1960’s as property values rose and construction technology...

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The Nichols Bridgeway: More Than a Massive Downspout

Over the weekend, two of the city’s newest tourist attractions opened: The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing , which we talked about Thursday, and the attached Nichols Bridgeway.  “Bridgeway,” by the way, is not a word. The “bridgeway,” for lack of a better description, looks essentially an overgrown PVC drainage pipe drawing human runoff from the Art Institute and depositing it across Monroe...

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Best Buy’s Date With John Hancock
Apr15

Best Buy’s Date With John Hancock

Buy has set a date to open its bi-level boutique in the John Hancock Center .  According to a news release on its web site, the electronics store will open Saturday, May 16th, 2009 at 10:00am. The Hancock Center Best Buy isn’t supposed to be like every other store.  It’s supposed to be closer to an Apple Store in its boutique style, and it won’t try to stock every little crappy gadget under the sun.  Instead, it will...

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Returning the Power to LaSalle Street

If you’ve been around Chicago for a while, you might remember that Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan once had a restaurant.  You might have even wondered, “What ever happened to that?”  Well, it’s gone.  Long gone.  Replaced by Lalo’s, a Mexican restaurant. Now Lalo’s is gone.  Being replaced by something called LaSalle Power Co.  The logo’s tagline reads, “Rock Bar • Stage • Retro...

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State Street Gets Popular

Ontario Place is getting a little Puerto Rican flavor.  Not, it’s not another hot-today-gone-tomorrow gastrospot.  It’s a branch of Banco Popular.  The bank branch has opened on the corner of State Street and Erie Street that used to house part of Ontario Place’s leasing office. The leasing office has shrunk, but maintains a presence in the building on the Erie Street...

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Inside the Michigan Avenue Best Buy Before it Opens
Mar15

Inside the Michigan Avenue Best Buy Before it Opens

Much to the delight of some, and the horror of others, a new Best Buy store is going to open inside the John Hancock Center just hours from now. The intrusion of yet another mall-class store into the formerly posh Magnificent Mile isn’t being taken lightly by nearby residents, but they have to admit — it’s better than a massive vacant space at the base of one of the city’s iconic skyscrapers. We’ve been...

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