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Flagship Walgreens: My dream home

Forget fancy Lincoln Park condos and grand estates in North Shore.

I want to move into the new Walgreens drugstore on State Street.

For those who haven’t heard everyone freaking out, Walgreens has opened a two-level flagship store in the former (RIP) Loehmann’s space. And it’s pretty amazing.

Seriously, if I didn’t have to earn a paycheck or see my husband, I could spend all of my waking hours here. And I pretty much could. It has everything a gal could need.

Fantastic wines on heavy rotation (literally)

Cheese heaven

Nail salon

Frozen yogurt on tap

And let’s not forget the sushi bar, espresso bar, Freestyle Coke machine, humidor, international newsstand, virtual make-up artist display and virtual bartender.

Excuse me while I start packing now…

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Carhartt: Urban chic?

Recently, Carhartt opened a store on Milwaukee Avenue.

“Carhartt?” you may ask. Yeah, I asked the same thing, too.

In most places, like Indiana where I’m from, Carhartt clothing is worn mostly for practical reasons like staying warm or clean, often while doing construction work, farming or hunting. So it was confusing to see the store being perused by cool kids in the crux of Wicker Park’s shopping district, which is home to trendy chains like Urban Outfitters, Aldo, Levi’s as well as hip boutiques like Eskell and Una Mae’s. No offense, but it is hard to imagine that many customers in that neighborhood do the work or have hobbies that are commonly associated with Carhartt clothing.

What’s interesting, though, is that advertising for the new store seems to embrace the brand’s utilitarian roots.

I suppose the Carhartt brand is evolving a la Levi Jeans, which also has practical, utilitarian roots. I first heard about Carhartt’s urban presence on my recent trip to Amsterdam. A visiting pal from Oxford noted Carhartt’s European stores, and lo and behold, we came across one in Amsterdam. I didn’t go in this store to see what it offered, however, the Chicago store sells clothes you may expect from Carhartt like overalls, coveralls and coats, right alongside graphic t-shirts and hoodies.

When you think about it, wearing coveralls in Chicago during the winter could be a pretty smart way to keep warm. Maybe that should be Carhartt’s marketing angle instead of “Be a tough guy and wear these clothes.” No?

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Incredible deals

I’m beginning to think that no one in my neighborhood has heard of Salvation Army. In case it’s a new concept to anyone reading, Salvation Army is a place where you take clothes or housewares when you don’t want or need them any more. It’s also the place you take your skinny pants when you realize you’ll never fit into them again.

Instead of dropping off clothes at the good ol’ Salvation Army, I’ve noticed that people often abandon them on the street or in alleys. True story. I saw these things happen within a 24-hour period.

Strolling across Damen and Division, I noticed bleach-stained flair pants and cut-off white jeans with a few of their other friends. If only there would have been a shirt on this bench, you could have had a complete outfit.

Strolling across Damen and Division, I noticed bleach-stained flair pants and cut-off white jeans with a few other friends. If only a shirt had been on this bench, you would have had a complete outfit.

The next morning, there was this treasure chest in the alley behind my apartment building. Shop for your choice of jeans and fall jackets!

The next morning, there was this treasure chest in the alley behind my apartment building. It looks like someone had already gone shopping by the time I arrived.

I’ve definitely also seen random t-shirts here and there, hanging out on the sidewalk. You’d be surprised. At any rate,  I don’t understand, if not Salvation Army, why not have a yard sale instead? Who couldn’t benefit from a few extra bucks?

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