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Indeed. Also, maybe Lego can open a Discovery Center or whatever the fuck they're called. Basically steal from Schaumburg...
Schaumburg won’t let that happen. It’s got too much going for it. Ask Steely Dan, he knows…
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Schaumburg won’t let that happen. It’s got too much going for it. Ask Steely Dan, he knows…
We're thinking of moving into one of those 2nd floor apartments over the stores on those cozy and quaint streets of woodfield.

Urban living, here we come!!!

(Close to the Lego store too)
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25 years ago, when IKEA was first thinking of coming to Chicago, I met with a group exploring their options. They were pretty sure they'd be opening a suburban 80,000 sq footer—same as they have all over the world—but I encouraged them to also do a flagship store on the Mag Mile (like one they have in central Stockholm) that's just housewares that can be hand-carried—no furniture. I think fashion-focused people miss how much of Mag Mile sales are "presents for the people back home," whether those people are in India, or Indiana.
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25 years ago, when IKEA was first thinking of coming to Chicago, I met with a group exploring their options. They were pretty sure they'd be opening a suburban 80,000 sq footer—same as they have all over the world—but I encouraged them to also do a flagship store on the Mag Mile (like one they have in central Stockholm) that's just housewares that can be hand-carried—no furniture. I think fashion-focused people miss how much of Mag Mile sales are "presents for the people back home," whether those people are in India, or Indiana.
Shipping and delivery is such a big market. Ikea opened up a store in Midtown Manhattan that consists of a design studio only. Nothing to buy, no meatballs, just a couple of rooms and then areas to design kitchens, closets, living rooms, etc. They are booked solid for appointments.

I agree that something like that with a small market would be pretty popular on the Mag Mile.
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2021, 4:26 PM
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It is funny to see all the hand wringing over the Mag mile - when I worked next to it ( NorthWestern ) it was a nice place to people watch, but a desert for anyone who actually worked in the area. The Chicago Plaza (?) had an almost reasonable food court, but everything else - even the Walgreens - had tourist prices.
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Old Posted Sep 25, 2021, 4:35 PM
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We're thinking of moving into one of those 2nd floor apartments over the stores on those cozy and quaint streets of woodfield.

Urban living, here we come!!!

(Close to the Lego store too)
Interestingly, the shopping mall near our house in Vernon Hills (Hawthorne Place) is undergoing a huge redevelopment to become just that. Create a “town center” type of retail with apartments.

A lot of struggling malls are undergoing this type of transformation, in a sense bringing a bit of the city to the suburbs
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I think it’s a great idea for Michigan Ave. An IKEA design center would be perfect in the old Gap flagship. Large windows to show off staged room displays.

No matter the day, Michigan Ave is bustling with activity. Even the malls have decent foot traffic. I’m not going fret about the futures of the malls, they’ll be fine, but a few of the retail only buildings need to be replaced with mixed use towers…Uniqlo/topshop, old Apple store, saks/Disney store. Those are the big 3 corner vacancies right now.
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I wish Eataly was on Michigan - even as a local it would make going to it a little more fun.
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I too am surprised there is no street-level Lego store on the Mag Mile, I do think it would be popular. NYC at least 2 prominent Lego stores despite having a Discovery Center out in the Meadowlands and a full Legoland theme park out in the exurbs.

IKEA is also an exciting concept for Mag Mile.

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I also wish Ikea would just make the leap and open a full store in the city. They have been toying with the idea of opening one in the South Loop or the Clybourn corridor for what seems like a decade or two now, they just can't seem to pull the trigger.
It's not like there is unlimited land in these areas... a full IKEA store has quite the footprint. They'd have to partner with a local developer too. Lincoln Yards has moved the conversation (and land values) in Clybourn Corridor away from big-box retail. I imagine if they did open a full store, it would go in some outlying industrial corridor. I-55 at Damen might be a good choice.
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A fancy dispensary - and dare I say smoking lounge - could be an interesting play on the Mag Mile as well. High rich people love to buy shit
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Old Posted Sep 26, 2021, 5:21 PM
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A fancy dispensary - and dare I say smoking lounge - could be an interesting play on the Mag Mile as well. High rich people love to buy shit
Yeah, I don't think the people who freaked out over a Target as too low rent wouldn't absolutely spit nails at a smoking lounge or dispensary proposal.

I'd be stunned if one was ever allowed east of State.
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