Apartments dropped, stores leaked at South Loop retail project

Dickís, Nordstrom Rack, Staples show up in renderings for The Maxwell

12/03/2012 6:59 PM

By Ben Meyerson

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One of the biggest mixed-use developments targeting the South Loop isnít so mixed any more, with the apartment portion of the project disappearing from the project's website. But the developer has tipped its hand on a few possible tenants.

The project in question is The Maxwell, soon to be built on the northern portion of the block bounded by Roosevelt Road, Taylor, Canal and Clinton streets. Developers Bond Companies have already leveled the building that used to sit on the block, the former Chernin Shoes warehouse.

But the Bond Companiesí website for the project no longer has any mention of apartments, and renderings for the building display only retail storefronts in detail. Curbed Chicago, which credited real estate message board SkyscraperPage with the tip, speculated that the apartments could be delayed.

One thing thatís been added to the project, though, are the names of The Maxwellís retailers. In renderings on the website, several brand names are clearly visible, including Staples, Dickís Sporting Goods, Burlington Coat Factory, TJ Maxx, Chick-Fil-A, Nordstrom Rack and Verizon.

Notably, Dickís Sporting Goods and Chick-Fil-A were rumored for The Maxwell by South Loop blog Sloopin in June.

Bond did not return a call seeking comment as of press time Tuesday.

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By Big Moe from Bronzeville
Posted: 12/05/2012 5:23 PM

The South Loop is turning out to be a disasterous nightmare. Strip malls, popping up everywhere and condos not selling... Feeling like the suburrrrbs!

By Sam from Far West Side
Posted: 12/05/2012 10:33 AM

The south loop should bring in stores that don't have any locations in the city limits or just have one/two city locations like Kohls, Ross Dress for Less, Ikea, Crate and Barrel(C &B Warehouse), Carson Pirie Scott, HH Gregg, Apple, Tuesday Morning, and Container Store.

By PGY from Sloop
Posted: 12/04/2012 11:39 PM

A Kohl's or a Ross would both be welcome nearby.

By Another SL Parent from South Loop
Posted: 12/04/2012 4:26 PM

It's hard to identify the project as being bounded by Roosevelt in anyway. There are already the strip with Chase and Staples plus the other strip mall with DD and mattress store among others already south of this development. I don't think they are going anywhere.

By Daisy from Near West Side
Posted: 12/04/2012 12:29 PM

What about the empty stores on Roosevelt Street (like where former American's Best Eyewear used to be)? Why the realtor agents are not trying to least those empty stores. I even heard rumors of closing down Chernin Outlet shoe store. Like Sal pointed out, there is a Staples store in the area already. I am still surprise both the south loop and downtown areas are not trying open another Kohls location in the city.

By Sal from University Village
Posted: 12/03/2012 7:46 PM

I appreciate the article and the good news for the neighborhood. Point of clarification, there is already a Staples located south of the proposed development...the renderings are just showing that established location (and its sign).