Starbucks Around the World: Chicago, IL

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February 2, 2008

We really needed a getaway but couldn’t get away, so instead booked two nights at the Drake Hotel on the Magnificent Mile for a super bargain.  Walking down Michigan Ave., we passed by an old familiar stomping grounds.  The 670 N. Michigan Starbucks store, #2548, is gone.  In lieu of Starbucks, on this ground now stands the Ritz Carlton luxury condominiums (starting price: $1.7 million).  As a result, I had to get my coffee that morning at Ghiradelli.  No offense to Ghiradelli, but as you can see here I’m seriously hung over from bottles of wine the night before, and, it’s just not Starbucks.

So long, old pal.

Thumbs down.

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Lauren Warnecke is the dance critic at the Chicago Tribune and editor/senior writer at See Chicago Dance. Her writing has appeared in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Lauren is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University Chicago in the dance and exercise science programs. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME) and the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience (Durban, South Africa), and was part of the first low-res dance writing lab cohort at the National Center for Choreography in Akron, OH. Since 2009, Lauren has blogged about dance and performance in the American midwest at