Lyneir Richardson, ’90: Applying Entrepreneurial Thinking to Urban Neighborhoods

Not long after he arrived at the Law School, Lyneir Richardson, ’90, selected the library cubicle where he preferred to study. “It looked out across the parking lot to Woodlawn,” he recalled. “I was always very aware that there were two worlds there, Hyde Park on one side and Woodlawn on the other. And people perceived more value in one than in the other.”
April 24, 2018

Lake Effect Brewing unveils taproom plans for 112-year-old Jefferson Park firehouse

Neighbors mostly embraced a proposal Thursday night to transform a vacant 112-year-old firehouse into a brewery taproom with added upstairs apartments next to the Jefferson Park Transit Center. Developer Tim Pomaville asked to buy the property from the city, whose stewardship of the plot at 4841 N. Lipps Avenue dates back to 1874. Pomaville’s company, Ambrosia Homes, requested a zoning change from B3-2 to C1-3 in order to build an extra two floors atop the existing two-story building, sitting nine new apartments above the taproom.
April 8, 2018

Target plans more small-format stores in NYC, Chicago

arget has chosen three New York neighborhoods — the Upper East Side, Staten Island and Astoria, Queens — as home to three new small-format stores, the company announced Tuesday in press materials emailed to Retail Dive. Target also announced the opening of another small-format store in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, slated to open this summer.
April 8, 2018

Small-format’ Target to open at former site of Logan Square Discount Mega Mall

Target plans to open another of its smaller stores in the Logan Square neighborhood, just a little more than a mile and a half from an existing store in Avondale. The new 27,400-square-foot store, expected to open in 2020 at the former site of the Discount Mega Mall on the southwest corner of Sacramento and Milwaukee avenues, will be Target’s 10th “small-format” store in the Chicago area, the retailer said in a news release. Two others, both in Lakeview, are even closer neighbors at 1.2 miles apart.
April 4, 2018

Hot spots to buy: Bronzeville and Forest Park

A south side neighborhood rich in African-American history that is experiencing a booming revival and a near-west suburb with a lively, funky downtown strip and home prices that are affordable (but rising fast) are this week's stops on Crain's ongoing tour of great places homebuyers should check out.
March 2, 2018

U. of C.’s new dorm could transform Woodlawn into a college neighborhood

The University of Chicago is starting the final phase in a decade-long plan to pull its undergraduate students out of apartment buildings in Hyde Park and move them to new dorms closer to campus. On Tuesday night, the university announced plans for a new 1,300-bed residence hall on the corner of Woodlawn Avenue and 61st Street. When the Woodlawn Residential Commons opens in 2020, it will mean that for the first time ever more U. of C. undergraduates will live in Woodlawn than in Hyde Park.
February 22, 2018

On Far South Side, a small bakery tries to keep pace with its own big dreams

Laine’s Bake Shop is almost undetectable from the street in the Far South Side neighborhood of Morgan Park. The windows of the brick storefront, a former post office, are covered with dark curtains. The smells of vanilla, ginger and peanut butter don’t quite reach the sidewalk. Inside the tiny bakery, though, business is booming.
February 6, 2018

County agency plans to redevelop site near Obama Center

A Cook County agency designed to give new life to distressed houses is getting into the commercial property game, with its first such project just blocks from the site of the future Obama Presidential Center.
January 30, 2018

The Death of Retail Is Greatly Exaggerated

The retail industry is alive and well, despite the stories of doom and gloom that have dominated headlines. Yes, some sectors, namely the big box, department stores and some apparel-focused retailers, are in doom-and-gloom territory. And “alive and well” does not mean that any sector can avoid the fundamental strategic and structural transformation necessary to survive.
January 3, 2018

7 Best Retail Blogs Of 2017: Must-Reads For Brick And Mortar Retailers

As a retail consultant, speaker, and trainer for some of the best retail brands in the world, I get on a lot of lists. 2017 was no exception. I was included on lists put out by Fit Small Business' Best Retail Blogs, Vend’s Top Five Retail Influencers, Shopify’s Top Four Retail Blogs Every Small Business Entrepreneur Should Be Reading, RIS’s Most Influential People For 2018, and my personal favorite, Feedspot’s list of Top 100 Retail Blogs And Websites for Retail Industry Professionals ... where my blog and website are listed as number one on the planet.
January 3, 2018