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 a freelance writer and editor, focused on dance and cultural criticism in Chicago and across the Midwest. Lauren is the dance critic for the Chicago Tribune, editor of See Chicago Dance, and founder/editor of Art Intercepts, with bylines in Chicago Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine, St. Louis Magazine and Dance Media publications, among others. Holding degrees in dance and kinesiology, Lauren is an instructor of dance and exercise science at Loyola University Chicago.