Crime Creeps Into Chicago Suburbs As Groups Of Thieves Rob Bloomingdale’s Louis Vuitton
Chicagos historic crime wave appears to be creeping into the suburbs as two high-end retailers were hit by groups of thieves this week.
Fox 32 Chicago reported that seven to eight men stole several purses from a Bloomingdales store in the Westfield Old Orchard mall in Skokie, located roughly 15 miles north of Chicago.
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Cellphone footage captured the incident, showing hooded individuals sprinting towards the exit with the merchandise. They were gone by the time police arrived.
No one is in custody and the incident is still under investigation, according to local police.
On Tuesday evening, another store was struck, this time at a Louis Vuitton in the upscale Northbrook Court mall in Northbrook, located just ten miles north of Skokie.
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The incident was also captured by cellphone video, showing at least eight individuals running out of the store with purses and what appears to be a mall security official trailing behind.
It is unknown whether any of the thieves behind the Bloomingdales robbery were also behind the Louis Vuitton incident.
The two incidents follow last weeks robbery of an Ulta Beauty store in Norridge, located about 15 miles northwest of Chicago.
The video shows at least three culprits wearing masks as they stuff beauty products into black bags.
Landmark Medinah Temple To Be Redeveloped Again By Mayor Of River North
Sixteen years after completing a redevelopment of the historic Medinah Temple, Al Friedman is ready to do it again.
The Chicago developer confirmed he has bought the landmark at 600 N. Wabash Ave. from retail chain Macys, which plans to move its Bloomingdales home goods store out of the building next year.
The deal was completed Thursday, Friedman and Macys confirmed. They did not disclose a price, which was believed to be about $25 million, according to sources.
The Moorish Revival structure, known for its distinctive onion domes, attracted interest from a range of retailers and real estate investors.
But the building wound up in the hands of the firm that knows it best: Friedman Properties, which already owns the land beneath the approximately 140,000-square-foot structure after helping save it from the wrecking ball in 2001.
Its personal to me, Friedman said. This is my lifes work.
Friedman has yet to decide what will go in the space once Bloomingdales moves out next year. But he said its important that the new use, or uses, be complementary to the mix of shops, galleries, artist spaces, restaurants, bars and other retail that his firm has spent almost two decades curating on an entire block that includes the Medinah Temple.
Friedman Properties will begin marketing the space to potential tenants in the next month or so, he said.
Macys was represented in the sale by broker Luke Molloy of CBRE.
River Norths Medinah Temple Will Host Pop
The historic former home of Bloomingdales Home Store will now be known as Holocene Chicago.
Built in 1912 as an homage to Moorish-style architecture, the Medinah Temple at Wabash Avenue and Ontario Street was once home to a spacious auditorium with room for more than 4,000 people. It was once a popular venue for concerts, circuses and other large-scale events, hosting everything from orchestra performances to live telecasts. But much of the building was overhauled in 2000, making way for a Bloomingdale’s home furnishing store that occupied the landmark building until moving out late last year.
The future of the Medinah Temple is still in flux, but the space will now go by the name Holocene Chicago and host a year-long “retail and cultural pop-up,” according to a release. Real estate company and Revival Food Hall proprietor Blue Star Properties is the company behind the redevelopment, working with partners 16 On Center , PopUpSummer creator Susan Sandler and creative director David Korins to create and curate a three-story space that will include temporary retail concepts, culinary activations, live performances, art exhibitions and workshops. It sounds a bit like a mall with shorter leasessome concepts will rotate on a quarterly basis.
Take a look at some renderings of Holocene Chicago below and look forward to getting back inside of a building that has been designated a Chicago Landmark.
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Who Are The Shriners
The Shriners were founded as an offshoot of the Freemasons. The group, known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America, was supposed to be an outlet for mirth and relaxation among male friends.
The group borrowed from the eras images of indulgent Middle Eastern men relaxing in exotic desert oases. That borrowing is why Shriners wear a red fez and why their temples share a similar architectural style all over the country.
The Shriners even called New York Mecca after Islams holiest city, where the Prophet Muhammad was born and where an archangel made the revelations that would eventually become the Quran.
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Dennis Rodkin is a real estate reporter for Crains Chicago Businessand Morning Shifts Whats That Building?contributor.
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