Crate and Barrel-Shaped C&B Building to Become Verismo-Shaped Starbucks Building
Apr26

Crate and Barrel-Shaped C&B Building to Become Verismo-Shaped Starbucks Building

The transformation of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from a string of exclusive boutiques and unique shopping experiences into a suburban mall continues with the arrival of a mega Starbucks. The Seattle caffeinator is the latest international homogenized brand to bigfoot its way onto the Boul Mich with a flagship store. This one taking over the Crate and Barrel building. As is often the case on Michigan Avenue,...

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2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide
Dec08

2015 Chicago Architecture Blog Christmas Gift Guide

The number of shopping days until Christmas is dwindling and, if you’re not careful, before you know it, you’ll be at an IDOT oasis trying to figure out if little Suzie would rather have a pecan log or a fist full of scratch-off lottery tickets in her stocking. Don’t be that person. Instead, here are some ideas for Chicago-themed and Chicago-based Christmas gifts that will make you seem smart, interesting, and...

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Flagship Starbucks Opened in Gold Coast Yesterday; Serves Booze Tomorrow
Dec05

Flagship Starbucks Opened in Gold Coast Yesterday; Serves Booze Tomorrow

It’s been a few months since we last checked in on the new flagship Starbucks going up in the Gold Coast, and guess what — it’s open! The store at 1003 North Rush Street opened Tuesday, December 4th and brings the coffee chain’s latest design iteration to downtown Chicago. Like the Starbucks stores we’ve written about in Seattle, this one goes heavy on recycled, reclaimed, and reused. The walls are lined...

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Status Update: Flagship Starbucks
Jun24

Status Update: Flagship Starbucks

Work is progressing nicely on the new flagship Starbucks store at 1003 North Rush Street.  Back in January the original structure there was torn down so the space could be transformed from a Geneva Seal watch store into an upscale version of the ubiquitous coffee shop chain. Starbucks is building six flagship stores around the world, and this will be one of them (the others are in New York, Seattle, Seattle again, Los Angeles, and...

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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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