2015's most exciting store openings
Block 37 seems to be coming up in the world. The beleaguered Loop mall is getting the first U.S. location of this French jewelry store chain, which specializes in intricate, nature-inspired designs for its rings, necklaces and earrings.
Athletes and people who like to dress like athletes will have a new place to shop on Michigan Avenue this spring when Under Armour opens its largest "Brand House" yet. The 30,000-square-foot megastore is taking over the space Eddie Bauer vacated at 600 N Michigan Ave.
If you or any of your friends wears glasses, you know—and probably love—this brand already. The online retailer of affordable, fashionable frames set up a pop-up shop at 837 W Armitage Avenue this fall, which will stay open until the permanent space opens this spring.
The affordable Japanese chain has been teasing us with a Chicago location for so long, we almost don't believe it's true. But if the signs in the windows at 830 N Michigan Ave are to be believed, we are getting our very own Uniqlo in the fall. That's still a long time to wait, but we'll take it.
Chicago Real Estate Daily posted in November that the online store, which allows you to rent fancy dresses and accessories, is setting up a brick-and-mortar shop in the Gold Coast. We have no idea when this shop wil open, as reps for the company are keeping mum, but we'll look forward to being able to try on those gorgeous gowns before renting rather than choosing blindly online and hoping for the best.
As reported in Crain's, Rag & Bone is looking to open up shop in the former Goddess & Grocer space at 25 E Delaware Place. It's a high-rent district fitting for the brand, which charges a pretty penny for well-made basics like pullovers and jeans.