Why are so many stores closing in Chicago?

The first to close was the video rental store. It had been there well over a decade, but who still picks up DVDs when you can stream everything? Then it was the picture framing shop—maybe the new owner didn't have the interest his dad did when he ran it—and then the Sportmart outlet when the chain went out of business, the interiors store that had stuff you couldn't find anywhere else in Chicago and, a few days ago, storied Melrose Diner.
August 14, 2017

Who’s Headed To The New Evergreen Market Place Development?

Retailers are lining up to open in the new Evergreen Market Place, a contemporary outdoor mall replacing the former Evergreen Plaza anchoring the corner 95th Street and Western Avenue in Evergreen Park. Leasing agent Lormax Stern has lined up an impressive array of retailers, many of them mall staples, set to open this fall.
August 9, 2017

Rent Hike Forcing Zberry Frozen Yogurt Shop To Close For Good, Owner Says

HYDE PARK— Frozen yogurt shop Zberry is closing for good after this summer, its owner said. Zenzile “Zenzi” Powell said her rent has doubled and she has no choice but to move from her location at 1368 E. 53rd St. after almost seven years in Hyde Park.
August 4, 2017

Adaptive reuse plan announced for two old warehouses in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood

A developer has tapped Chicago-based architect JGMA to rehab a pair of old lumber distribution warehouses in the Pilsen neighborhood into new loft space. Dubbed ‘Mural Park,’ the adaptive reuse project comes from Condor Partners who had purchased the twin properties at 1901 and 1911 S. Sangamon Street last year.
July 14, 2017

40 Acres Of Vacant Land Hold The Key To The Future Of The Illinois Medical District

The fencing around a 9.5-acre site at the corner of Ogden and Damen avenues and Harrison Street is wrapped with promises of a brighter future for the Near West Side.
July 14, 2017

Team tapped for Reese redevelopment

City officials have picked a group of firms to redevelop the former site of the Michael Reese hospital into tech and retail space, homes and a hotel, a long-awaited project that could bring billions of investment dollars to Bronzeville.
June 27, 2017

Englewood Whole Foods A Thriving Community Hub 8 Months After Opening

ENGLEWOOD — Michelle Rashad used to drive from her home in Englewood to the South Loop to do her shopping and socializing. But for the past eight months, the 25 year old has been a near-daily visitor to the new Whole Foods in Englewood. Not only does she live in the community, but she works as a program manager for the Resident Association of Greater Englewood too
June 7, 2017

As Chicago’s black population plunges, whites flock to near downtown

Though Chicago’s overall population fell for the third consecutive year in 2016, U.S. Census Bureau data shows new white residents are flocking to neighborhoods adjacent to downtown while black residents are fleeing some of the city’s most violent neighborhoods in droves.
June 1, 2017

Don’t Be Fooled: Retail’s Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated

OAK BROOK, IL—Students of the Bible—or at least of traditional spirituals—will remember that Joshua “fit” the battle of Jericho and toppled the walls with a single trumpet blast. Well, the expelled air behind the reports of retail’s demise are no match for that used in that long-ago battle.
May 9, 2017

Daley’s Restaurant Is Now Chicago’s Oldest Restaurant … And It Might Move

WOODLAWN — When Schaller’s Pump closed last week after 136 years in Bridgeport, it opened the door for a new holder of the title of Chicago's oldest restaurant. That crown now belongs to Daley’s Restaurant in Woodlawn, which opened at 809 E. 63rd St. in 1892 — 11 years after Schaller's.
May 9, 2017