It’s only obliquely related to new homes, but we couldn’t resist this item.
New Homes Magazine contributor Dana Dubriwny snapped this photo of the shuttered American Apparel outlet at 837 W Armitage Ave in Lincoln Park. As the scribbled messages suggest, shoppers were a little confused as to why the trendy clothier wasn’t open for business.
Crain’s solves the mystery today: Apparently all four Chicago-area American Apparel shops had been operating without a Chicago business license.
The Lincoln Park violation was uncovered in November during a routine inspection along Armitage Avenue, the spokeswoman said. American Apparel was issued a warning and given 30 days to apply for the $250 license, which lasts for two years. The store failed to produce the license during a December follow-up visit, she said.
American Apparel submitted its application last week and paid for all four licenses on Tuesday, the spokeswoman said.
The store re-opened today.
Surely we can tie this amusing little item into residential real estate, right? Maybe some thoughtful readers can suggest a few angles.