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New Chicago Target wants to serve booze

Written by
Nick Kotecki

A downtown Target in Streeterville has applied for a liquor license, which means you might be able to have a cocktail when you run errands. Whether you'll be able to roam the aisles with an adult beverage in hand (or special cart cup holder) is yet to be determined. Why wouldn't you be able to, though?

Don't get too excited though. The store isn't open quite yet. Chicago's newest Target, located at 401 E Illinois Ave, is slated to open October 7. The store will fill a previously vacant space, that of the former Fox & Obel upscale grocery store, and will be a smaller version of its big-box self, branded as Target Express.

Perhaps inspired by the new Taco Bell in Wicker Park, this Target would be the first to serve alcohol across its chain of stores. Another motive could be to dip into the success of the Whole Foods just down the street that serves alcohol to its shoppers, like many of the organic food giant's existing stores have for years.

Let's just hope we don't forget our shopping lists on the bar when this Target finally opens its sliding doors.

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