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Loehmann's Hits Downtown Chicago

Good news for Chicago shoppers...

From "Loehmann's will open its first downtown Chicago store at 151 North State Street next month, adding to the discount retail presence on the street, which currently houses Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx and Filene's Basement. Located between the Chicago Theatre and Macy's on State Street, the newly constructed 27,000-square-foot bilevel Loehmann's will possess one of the more upscale interiors of the 61-store chain, with marble floors and private fitting rooms. It will sit below the Joffrey Ballet's new headquarters and across from ABC Channel 7's new studios. ..."

FYI, Loehmann's is a discounter of designer fashions. Think of it as a dressier, more mature version of TJ Maxx.

The opening of Loehmann's is part of an ongoing transformation of State street...which has been bittersweet: In 2006, Marshall Field's, an iconic department store and city landmark, was replaced by New-York based Macy's. (We won't shop there on principle, but the building is still worth visiting for it's stunning Tiffany glass dome.) Then, the nearby Louis Sullivan-designed building that had housed Carson Pirie Scott for over a century saw it's tenant take flight.

On the plus side, the area south of Washington has really seen a surge in new businesses including affordable clothing retailers and restaurants. In addition to the stores listed above, budget babes can also shop at Chicago-based Akira, and Sears, plus Urban Outfitters, Old Navy, H&M, and a trilevel Forever 21 (to name a few).

Let's hope Loehmann's gives shoppers in Chitown something to cheer about.
yay! I like anything new, it makes the other "discount" stores remember to stay on their toes, and where ever theres competition, theres a better bargain!
#1 Peaches (Homepage) on 2007-10-01 10:20 (Reply)
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-10-01 19:13 (Reply)
as long as we don't get yet another celebrity coming out with a new line of clothing. note that they don't actually wear the stuff they expect us to buy! except maybe kimora lee - she looks as if she actually does wear the hooker clothes she designs!
#2 maggie z on 2007-10-03 07:34 (Reply)
Have you seen "Life in the Fab Lane"? If you haven't seen it, DON'T. You will lose brain cells. Kimora is insufferable.
#2.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-10-03 08:52 (Reply)
I despise her! Shes such a toad. And for all her money she dresses horribly!
#3 Peaches (Homepage) on 2007-10-03 10:25 (Reply)
i saw her on '60 minutes' once and she actually thinks she's hot, and that her clothes are chic and beautiful.
they are what 'bratz' dolls wear, i think.
am i wrong?
let's get her on 'dancing with the stars!'
on another note, has anybody watched this season? that young guy got robbed - he was actually pretty good, while wayne newton is, well, mummified!
seems like a really nice man, but oh lord, he really CAN'T DANCE!
#4 maggie z on 2007-10-04 13:53 (Reply)
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