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Added Jan 20 2018

On the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Erie Street, he recalled, sat an old terra cotta building, with small windows, that housed medical offices. He bought it, envisioning something radically different.

People shop at the Crate & Barrel store in the 600 block of North Michigan Avenue on Jan. 18, 2018, in Chicago. The location is closing after 27 years .

Crate & Barrel remains a strong brand, with stores all over the world, but Michigan Avenue increasingly draws tourists who aren’t shopping for dining tables and sofa beds. People who are can go to the giant Crate & Barrel nearby at North and Clybourn avenues, where parking is free.

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Date published
January 20, 2018
    Founder of Crate & Barrel says goodbye to the Michigan Avenue flagship store he built
    Two dining tables remained, and two stuffed sofas, a popcorn maker, a couple of stools, two rows of mismatched chairs, everything on deep discount. Gone were the shelves of white porcelain dinner plates and the parades of polished wine glasses, all that impeccably displayed tableware that once twinkled at shoppers with the promise of a bountiful dinner with lively guests in a lovely home.

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