WIN: Former Wicker Park Walgreens’ in Noel State Bank To Become a Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Wicker Park Walgreens / Noel State Bank, 1919, Gardner C. Coughlen, 1601 N Milwaukee Avenue. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 2008. Photo credit: Walgreens / Padgett and Company
Wicker Park Walgreens / Noel State Bank, 1919, Gardner C. Coughlen, 1601 N Milwaukee Avenue. Designated a Chicago Landmark in 2008. Photo credit: Walgreens / Padgett and Company

“Barnes & Noble plans to open four stores this summer in the Chicago area, including in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park, as well as in Northbrook and Oswego.

“In Wicker Park, the bookseller will set up shop in a historic former bank building previously occupied by Walgreens. The pharmacy chain closed its store in the Noel State Bank Building at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave. in January 2023.

“The property is part of Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue District, a landmark area recognized as a prominent commercial center since the late 19th century. Principal features cannot be altered without permission of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.

“The retailer’s return to Lincoln Park, where it shuttered last spring when its lease ended, ‘will be a huge benefit for residents and visitors,’ said Kim Schilf, president and CEO of Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, in an email.

“‘Bookstores offer not only books, but often act as cultural hubs and meeting spaces — especially if they’re planning to include a cafe. We hope they will be involved in the neighborhood and appreciate their investment,’ Schilf said.

“‘Every community, we think, needs a bookstore,’ Janine Flanigan, Barnes & Noble’s senior director of store planning and design, told Crain’s Chicago Business. ‘We were really missing the Chicago market.’

“Barnes & Noble plans Chicago expansion, including at Walgreens’ former Wicker Park store; The bookseller plans to open four stores in the Chicago area, as part of a larger plan to open 50 locations across the U.S. in 2024.” (Amy Yee, Chicago Sun-Times, 2/8/24)

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