Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mysterious Brown Paper on the Windows of Old Grant Park Cleaners (State & Roosevelt)

The mysterious brown paper has now gone up on the windows at the little retail building at the corner of State and Roosevelt (3 E. State).  This was the old space of Grant Park Cleaners, which closed last year.

It's some primo real estate and seems perfect for a coffee shop or some sort of convenient food joint.  We're not sure if this means that something is coming or if the owners simply put this up so peepers don't creep on the space.  

Anyone have insight?

This seems like a big opportunity for this intersection.  If they could get a good tenant, it would really be a boon for this intersection.  In our opinion this stretch of State street is really lacking compared to Wabash which seems to continually get better. 

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last I heard a Garrett's type popcorn shop was seeking to lease this space.

Christina said...

I hope Anonymous 7:10am is right. With the Roosevelt CTA stop being such a large hub for those locals & tourists attending Bears games and going to the museums, a Garrett's would do really well.

Anonymous said...

On a similar note, America's Dog looks like it has closed up shop in the parking lot of the BP.

Maxwell Billings said...

Walked by and a piece fell down, as of now it looks like cleaning crews are gutting it. I couldnt see anything to indicate what was going up in there.

Anonymous said...

Oh, gawd... I sincerely hope it's not another Garrett Popcorn shop. We really don't need that nauseating, wafting smell of burnt caramel-cheese-crap in the neighborhood and in our homes 24/7.

Anonymous said...

Would be nice to have an Einstein Bros. Bagels there or something similar.

ErikB said...

I heard Donna's is expanding there.

Anonymous said...

Erik B. Either you are quite witty and sarcastic or that is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. Please clarify.

BearDown said...

Sorry to burst everybodys bubble but it has been confirmed that this is going to be an expansion of the Bears Team Shop in soldier field.

Target to open up is December 1st.

I work in guest services for suite owners at Soldier thats how I know.

Enjoy!

Sloop Girl said...

I can affirm that ErikB is quite witty and sarcastic.

TonyG said...

If BearDown is correct, I guess the Bears didn't learn the lesson from their failed attempt at a Bears Shop in the 1212 Michigan building - where the Subway store is now. It "bearly" had any business on game days, let alone during off-days, and off-season - and only lasted a few months.

Or might this just be a "pop-up" store - and it'll close up shop once the season is over?

bearDown said...

It is affiliated with Chicago Sports Depot and will feature Bulls/Hawks/Sox gear as well. No word on when the turnover is but I assume it will be right after NFL season is over.

Plan is to also have shuttle stations to and from bears home games located just outside the store for those in the southloop and obviously those coming off of the L platform. it will be a nice addition you'll be happy with it.

Anonymous said...

"...it will be a nice addition you'll be happy with it."

I'm not happy with it already. Not everyone in the South Loop are Bears fans. It would be nice to have something that everyone can benefit from not just sports fans.

Anonymous said...

Um...having shuttles picking up people there to go to the stadium which is RIGHT down the street will only cause more traffic issues than there are already. Also...sports store there is something residents will not be able to utilize. It's not like on my walks home every night...I'm like..."hmmm...maybe I need some more Chicago sports crap for my place". How often will a resident in the area frequent a place like that???? Hope they build it out and it fails.

BearDown said...

Sorry you dont approve but this isnt JUST for residents just like Soldier Field isnt JUST for residents. It will be better than a dry cleaners or a vet so just deal with it, its not like your opinion matters anyway. Money talks and BS walks, get over it.

Anonymous said...

True...not my money anyways so if someone with extra money wants to waste it...that's fine.

And my opinion doesn't matter...and neither do the opinions of many in Chicago...that's partially why the city and state are in a massive blackhole of debt and also why taxes go up while property values go down.

Soldier Field at least brings money to the area so no arguement there...people come to see the game, park, pregame at local establishments, etc. But having a sports apparel shop is just dumb (I already know...my opinion doesn't matter) but I do agree...it's better to have something there other than a dry cleaner or vet.

PS...people with common sense purchase sports apparel from other places like the internet or places where you'e not paying MSRP or inflated prices (like in the stadium). How much is a luke warm beer or a hotdog? But it's ok...I don't expect someone that says other people's opinons don't matter especially when they work in guest services for suite owners. With all the millions that are made revolving around football...I'm sure they pay the grunt workers huge dollars as they so like the share the insane revenues and profits they bring in.

Happy Friday.

Anonymous said...

anon @ 1:23

stop being bitter. My son in law was an account manager at u.s. cellular field for 8 years, believe me it isnt grunt work. Please respect others..

With that being said, I am at many sporting events and I can tell u from experience that many people shop at these types of stores. X-mas, birthdays, on gameday, green versions for St Pattys,etc maaaany people shop at these places. Ask the owners of Chicago Sports Depot, grandstand, HawkQuarters and they will tell you its a year round business ( especially for an NFL franchise like the Bears with many out of town fans/visitors). Im not sure its the best location but Im sure it will do well. eaze up though, you sound like a PO'd lezbo

Anonymous said...

anon @ 3:52

youre my hero! hahahaha

Frank Pizzo said...

For a while a few investors were in negotiations to make this a 5am bar, the only one in the SLoop! This would have been very good for ththis area because of all the young people moving in! However, due to Chicago's red tape and difficulty obtaining all alcohol licenses plus late hours alcohol licenses, they gave up for now, and let the sports place lease it. But rest assured, once they get past the red tape, Chicago's SLoop will finally get a late night bar somewhere!

Anonymous said...

I have from a very reliable source that the old cleaners will be a mattress store.....BORING

Anonymous said...

I have from a very reliable source that the old cleaners will be a mattress store.....BORING

Anonymous said...

anon @ 3:52 PM

Nice job preaching "respect to others" while ending your comment with "you sound like a PO'd lezbo"

Practice what you preach.

Another place selling t-shirts, novelties, and souveniers. Last time I checked...Midway and O'Hare weren't located at State and Roosevelt.

PS...Account Manager @ a baseball field is grunt work (aka...he sells space, advertising, tickets, services or something else that really has no intrinsic value for billionaires and millionaires for a fraction of pennies on the dollar which you yourself also help fuel.
How's that hockey strike make you feel?? Maybe like buying some hockey merchandise??
It's ok...a fan ship there will be redistribution of wealth when it fails since someone will get paid for putting that horrible idea together.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA anon @ 10:58 is a little baby.

I just read your comment now and its obvious you are a scared little person who never played sports. I suppose you would want it to be another vet for your cats, or wait--- maybe an espresso shop. LOLOLOL-- please keep up the whining, it makes my day!

Anonymous said...

wow...there are a lot of bright people on here from what I'm reading.

I think a shop at that location...no matter what is positive since the place is sitting vacant now like many other places in the area.

There are enough vets in the area and Chicago needs another coffee place like the city needs more dumb people like some of the people posting on this blog. Hopefully I'm not paying for any of your foodstamps, govt subsidized internet/cell phone, or housing.

Anonymous said...

Please turn that spot into a Chic-Fil-A

Nom Nom Nom

BRENDAN said...

more insightful gold thanks to sloopys anon idiot posts.

Yeah that was a realllly great idea.

Bekki said...

There are Tempurpedic signs being installed inside the store today, so whoever says mattress store wins. Yay.