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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
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Extraordinary new townhomes at Cornelia on the Park

Cornelia on the Park

The townhomes under construction at Cornelia on the Park boast extraordinary access to outdoor space. The homes are arrayed around a private park, with a second-level deck fronting the park, and Juliet balconies off the kitchen and master bedroom. The 20-foot wide homes have 3 bedrooms, a den, 3 full baths, a 2-car garage, an ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Visiting six new construction sites

Target on Division

A new 150,000 square foot Target store at the northwest corner of Division and Larrabee is slated to open later this year. An Oregon-based developer has acquired a site across the street for the construction of an 18-story, 240-unit apartment tower. A new Plum Market grocery store and Intelligentsia Coffee opened last month in the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An iron walker at Target on Division

Iron worker at Target

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a discussion about Chicago’s iron workers in which the word “crazy” didn’t surface. If you talk to iron workers, however, some will contend that people are crazy to think that way about the risks they routinely undertake. This t-shirt captures their sentiment. I stopped by yesterday for an updated ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 13, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Is Target targeting the Lakeview Collection?

Lakeview Collection

The Roscoe View Journal reported yesterday that Target may be purchasing the site that was once targeted for the Lakeview Collection, a 6-story mixed-use development of loft condos and retail. We’ve written often about the Lakeview Collection since it was announced half a dozen years ago, but it dropped off our radar after our retrospective ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 5, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Target, where once there were many

Target groundbreaking

I missed the ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday morning for the new Target at Division and Larrabee, the site where the next-to-last of the Cabrini high-rises was demolished just over two years ago. Two workers from Novak Construction were still in the groundbreaking tent, and they told me that construction would begin “in a week or two” ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 19, 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

The West Loop Target stands out

Target aerial

As you approach downtown Chicago from the air, or along the Eisenhower Expressway, one building is a clear, colorful standout. It’s the huge new West Loop Target, which is slated to open in October. The store, on a 4-acre site at Jackson and Aberdeen, will have nearly 400 parking spaces at ground level, bike racks, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 13, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A West Loop Target update

West Loop Target site fence

I stopped by the corner of Aberdeen and Van Buren in the West Loop yesterday for a look at the state of the new Target store that’s scheduled to open in July of 2012. Site activity was at a standstill at lunch break, but it’s clearly progressing. Real estate developers have been touting the new ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 29, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Catching up on the Cabrini Target

Target retail store

There’s been talk of a new Target replacing the recently demolished Cabrini-Green high-rise at 1230 N Burling St. CHA confirms that it’s in talks with the retailer, and the Sun-Times has published some details about the store’s size and location, but Target itself hasn’t said much about the plan. You can catch up on what’s ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 12, 2011