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West Loop Famers Market opens steps from K2 Apartments

West Loop Farmers Market

Residents at K2, the new full-amenity luxury apartment tower in the Fulton River District, have access to great grocery shopping options. What’s arguably the city’s best Jewel-Osco is connected to the building by a bridge. Mariano’s and the year-round indoor French Market are a few short blocks away. Whole Foods is slated to open a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 12, 2014
ChicagoFar North

An update on Ravenswood Terrace apartments

Ravenswood Terrace

The new Sears Auto Center and LA Fitness on Lawrence Ave are already open. The new Mariano’s was running a well-attended job fair at the time of my visit on Monday and is slated to open next Tuesday. Work was continuing on the new Metra station on Lawrence Ave. The final piece of the Ravenswood ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The LEX’s great views focus on the new South Loop Mariano’s

View from The LEX

The LEX has sweeping views in all directions, but residents of the new luxury apartment tower might narrow their focus to one spot a few blocks to the northwest: the recently-opened South Loop Mariano’s. Mariano’s has generated a lot of buzz and excitement wherever one of its groceries has opened, and the South Loop outlet ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 28, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The South Loop’s best apartments – Most convenient grocery shopping

South Loop Trader Joe's

The first post in our series on the best South Loop apartments spotlighted the buildings with the best views. We recognize that some of you are indifferent to proximity to grocery stores because you do most of your shopping online via Peapod, or rely on Whole Foods’ personal shopper / delivery service – or eat ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 10, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Construction update: Ravenswood Station Mariano’s, Ravenswood Terrace

Mariano's Ravenswood

Ravenswood Station will host a new Mariano’s, LA Fitness and Sears Auto Center on Lawrence Ave in Ravenswood. The building is closed in, and appears to be nearing completion amid a flurry of activity. This video tour of a Mariano’s store with pastry chef Sarah Jordan is a good glimpse into why the chain has ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2013
ChicagoFar North

A Ravenswood Station update: Mariano’s and apartments

Ravenswood Station apartments

Foundation work has begun on the first phase of the 150 apartments that are part of the new Ravenswood Station development at Lawrence and Ravenswood, adjacent to the Metra stop. The exterior of the building on Lawrence that will house a new Mariano’s, an LA Fitness and a Sears Auto Center is nearly complete. You ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 21, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

South Side markers on South Loop Mariano’s

Mariano's, S Clark St

From north to south the previous boundaries of Chicago’s impressively-gerrymandered 3rd Ward extends from 14th Pl to 59th St. North of 31st Street the ward was only several blocks wide, and included the site where Mariano’s is building a new store at 1625 S Clark St in the South Loop. The signage on the Mariano’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 9, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Mariano’s updates – Bucktown and Ravenswood

Mariano's

Foundation work appeared to be nearly complete on the new Ravenswood Mariano’s Fresh Market when I stopped by last Saturday. The site is on the north side of Lawrence and is bounded on the east by the Metra tracks. The site of the Bucktown Mariano’s, pictured above, is at Webster and Ashland, just east of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will the new West Loop Mariano’s raise nearby condo prices?

West Loop Mariano's

Within the past week two of Chicago’s more successful Realtors, both Prudential Rubloff agents, called my attention to the new West Loop Mariano’s. Christine Hancock, who lives in the West Loop, suggested a need for “a twelve-step program to overcome” her developing addiction to Mariano’s. Francesca Rose emailed that she found herself eating regularly at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 20, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A West Loop grocery glut?

West Loop grocers

With the recent opening of a Mariano’s at 40 S Halsted St, residents of the near West Loop have ready walking access to four major grocers. The choices include a Dominick’s at 1 N Halsted St, a WalMart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers and what’s probably the city’s nicest Jewel, at 370 N Desplaines St. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 7, 2012
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Neighborhood grocery store shakeouts and shakedowns

Proposed Mariano's

We’ve recently looked in on a number of new grocery stores that are underway or proposed – a South Loop Mariano’s, a West Loop Mariano’s, a West Loop Target, a Plum Market in Old Town and a Pete’s Fresh Market on the Near West Side. Two days ago we stopped by the site of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 27, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Looking down on South Loop development sites

South Loop

The yellow and white tower cranes in the above photo mark the sites, respectively, of the new Jones College Prep building and a new dorm under construction for East-West University. The car-filled vacant lot just east of the tracks at the lower left of the photo is the site of a proposed two-tower 398-unit apartment ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 25, 2012
Downtown / Loop

Affixing the first Target to the West Loop Target

New West Loop Target

Early yesterday afternoon workers were guiding the first Target sign into place on the north façade of the store on Jackson Blvd. The store appears to be on track for its scheduled October opening, just over a year after breaking ground. It will have parking on the first level, a pharmacy, a health clinic, a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

West Loop update – Target and Mariano’s

West Loop Target store

Two major retail developments that are likely to have a positive impact on the West Loop are well underway. Target broke ground at Jackson and Aberdeen last September, at which time it was slated for completion in July of this year. Mariano’s Fresh Market on Halsted, pictured above, will be opening in what one observer ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 13, 2012