Willis Tower: New Renderings Unveil Plans For 300K SF Retail, Entertainment Hub

EQ Office today released new renderings of the Willis Tower redevelopment, and they include sweeping plans for a 300K SF restaurant, entertainment and retail hub called the Catalog.
Catalog will fill five stories at the base of Willis Tower. Its name refers to the Sears Roebuck Co., the pioneer of the shopping catalog and developer/former namesake of Willis Tower. Catalog will feature all of the latest in retail, including immersive experiential elements, fitness boutiques and entertainment as well as soft goods and food offerings. Gensler is overseeing the design.

Strike Against Downtown Chicago Hotels Edges Toward Resolution

The Chicago hotel workers strike that began earlier this month isn’t over yet, but it came closer to a resolution on Wednesday after the workers, who are represented by the Unite Here union, reached an agreement with the Knickerbocker and Ritz-Carlton hotels.
About 6,000 workers — including housekeepers, bartenders, bellmen, doormen and banquet servers — went on strike beginning the first week of September, after a previous contract expired.
The strike began against 26 Downtown Chicago hotels. Last week, the union reached an agreement with nine hotels, including Marriott properties. With the Knickerbocker and Ritz-Carlton agreements, the union still remains on strike against 15 hotels, including…

Online Boutique Looks To Break Further Into Physical Retail With A Gold Coast Pop-Up

Pop-up retail generally involves small spaces, but according to the retailers using them to break into difficult markets or win new customers, they can pack a major punch.
Notre inked a 1,750 SF pop-up lease at the Waldorf Astoria at 11 East Walton St. in Chicago; it will run through the holiday season.
“With this store, Notre will gain more exposure to a new customer base and continue its development as a boutique retailer,” CBRE’s Phil Golding said. “By entering Chicago’s premier retail market in the Gold Coast, the move shows the strength that the Notre brand has developed.”
Golding, along with colleagues Todd Siegel and Kim…

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