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Old February 19th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #321
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That part you're talking about at the corner of Rush and State (where Papa Milano's was) is going to be part of the new building. It's going to be where Citibank lands.

On a completely different topic....

We've heard for a couple of years now that Best Buy wants to move in to a location on Michigan Avenue or nearby. Originally it was going to be the vacated CompUSA/American Girl space. But for some reason that fell apart. I guess because of the high rent in that building (it's the highest retail rent in the Midwest according to Crain's).

Well, now it looks like Best Buy wants to move into the John Hancock center. It's looking at setting up shop where the Paul Stuart store is now on the ground floor.

There's a meeting to discuss it on Monday night. It's not open to the public, but I'll try to be there and let you know what happens.
That is one thing Michigan Ave is lacking, an electronics store. A BB would kill there.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #322
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anyplace but on michigan/oak

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That is one thing Michigan Ave is lacking, an electronics store. A BB would kill there.
the LAST thing Michigan Ave "magnificent mile" needs is a Best Buy

if Daley and the city where smart... they would be actively pursuing global luxury brands and unique department stores

Takishimaya
Dior
Marc Jacobs
Fendi
Valentino
Dolce & Gabbana

Why not an Akira ON the Mag Mile and not in the watertower place mall??

what's next???

Claire's Boutique??
Dollar General Store???
Bombay Company???
Lane Bryant??

the very concept of the "magnificent mile" will become a joke if we are not careful to protect the image

we must NOT let Best Buy move into the Hancock Bldg!!

Best Buy belongs over by the jewel/sports authority/marshall's

but NOT street level Mag Mile!!!
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Old February 19th, 2008, 10:43 PM   #323
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I generally agree, but think of the residents too, not just tourists. Where do residents of Streeterville and River North go for electronics? I think the Comp USA location is much better than the Hancock for a BB. A BB would frankly look pretty stupid there.

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Old February 19th, 2008, 11:48 PM   #324
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river north location OK

I think Best Buy would be great somewhere else in river north... just not on the mag mile... and that comp usa/American Girl location deserves something better than Best Buy... it would just be too noticeable from that vantage point.

Why not a West Elm store in that location next to Polo/RL?? Honestly I have to wonder about the people running the commercial leasing offices of these properties.

I certainly hope that when the Ritz Carlton project is underway they don't sign up stupid mall stores.

Mag Mile and OakRush/Walton need to be upscale and yes..somewhat exclusive.... that is what image is all about folks.. have the side streets coming off of michigan and into river north have all the other stores....

I may sound like a snob but I'm not... it's all about marketing chicago globally and as having style and $$$$. I love that we have marshalls and bed bath beyond right around the corner; however, we need to keep the focus of Mag Mile as an INTERNATIONAL shopping mecca.

What would YOU think visiting from sheboygan and seeing a Best Buy in the Hancock Bldg???

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I generally agree, but think of the residents too, not just tourists. Where do residents of Streeterville and River North go for electronics? I think the Comp USA location is much better than the Hancock for a BB. A BB would frankly look pretty stupid there.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 11:56 PM   #325
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The Comp USA is not bad for a BB because it at least could front on Rush St. (althought I'm sure Park Hyatt wouldnt be too happy about it)

Is American Girl gone from that location? That place is packed everyday!

I do agree with you about the Mag Mile. But Streetvile/River North desperately needs one.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 03:03 AM   #326
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^ Yeah, I don't see why they can't put it over by northerly island or something where all the other museums are. There's space and parking there. Everytime I walk over to NI, there are virtually no people there. Does the city have other plans for the lifeless island that only sees activity in the summer when charter one pavilion is hosting concerts?
Can you say, "Casino?"
  • Waterfront location adds to the glitz.
  • Water taxis to and from the convention center and its new hotels
  • Lakefront view of the skyline and downtown proximity make it ripe for a casino+major hotel+restaurant complex.
  • Slightly isolated location keeps the gambling-related drunkenness, crime, and riff raff away from the Loop that Daley's trying to hard to clean up.
  • It also keeps the casino somewhat isolated from the Museum Campus and its Lincoln Park/suburban soccer mom clientele.

Conventioneers would go nuts for it. And the location wouldn't place a huge burden on the transportation infrastructure.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 06:49 PM   #327
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the LAST thing Michigan Ave "magnificent mile" needs is a Best Buy
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If Fifth Avenue in New York can live with a Best Buy, there's no reason Michigan Avenue can't.

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Why not an Akira ON the Mag Mile and not in the watertower place mall??
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There's an Akira on State Street. And given all the other lux brands you spouted off, I'm a bit confused by your mention of Akria. It's nice, but I wouldn't call it much of a lux brand myself - it fits more on State Street than Michigan Ave.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 05:37 AM   #328
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Also keep in mind international visitors who find American electronics prices and availability very attractive.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 01:19 PM   #329
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Also keep in mind international visitors who find American electronics prices and availability very attractive.
doesn't the bargain basement US dollar make them even more so?
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Old May 7th, 2008, 10:12 PM   #330
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Old May 11th, 2008, 07:04 AM   #331
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Taken today:

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Superior 110
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Old May 14th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #332
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=29422

RREEF to invest in planned River North apartment tower
By Andrew Schroedter, May 14, 2008


Chicago developer Daniel McCaffery has partnered up again with RREEF on a luxury River North apartment high-rise project.

RREEF, the investment advisory unit of Germany’s Deutsche Bank, has agreed to invest an undisclosed amount in Mr. McCaffery’s proposed $80-million Flair Tower development at Erie and Franklin streets, setting the stage for construction to begin this summer on the 201-unit building.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 09:34 PM   #333
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Nice! The tower is ok but maybe it will help spur other development out in that area.
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Old May 14th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #334
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Nice! The tower is ok but maybe it will help spur other development out in that area.
that tower sucks so bad and I hope it is not built. River North has enough of those PoMo monstrocities. It is brutal.

110 Superior is looking great. That glass is so awesome.
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Old May 15th, 2008, 05:48 AM   #335
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The rendering shown in the article is not up-to-date.

This is the most recent design, AFAIK:

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Old June 7th, 2008, 08:40 AM   #337
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Wow I love that dark blue color on the building!
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Just an FYI on the mid rise at the corner of Orleans and Chicago. The 757 No. Orleans midrise is finished and the crane was down as of today. I think that this one didnt get any attention when it helps to give some density over in this area.
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Just an FYI on the mid rise at the corner of Orleans and Chicago. The 757 No. Orleans midrise is finished and the crane was down as of today. I think that this one didnt get any attention when it helps to give some density over in this area.
I used to work across the street from there, but I changed jobs before this one got started. I have to say that it is turning out better than I had anticipated. For filler, it's not too bad at all.
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Old July 30th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #340
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Chicago Shawn on SSP said Flair Tower is now in site prep
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