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Some new information just came our way that leads us to believe that this landmarked building at the six corner intersection of North Avenue, Milwaukee Avenue and Damen will soon become the latest location for the Midwest's pride and joy: Walgreens drugstore.
At first, we were hearing that CVS was going to take the space and do the same type of build-out as done on Division and Ashland, but now we're hearing a different story. That's right folks, Wal-to-the-grizzle. The building was acquired last summer by new ownership and has since been granted a preliminary approval from the city's zoning committee to eliminate manufacturing designation from the building and wholly allow retail shops to take over the landmark we've all grown so accustomed to.
The Building is fifteen thousand square feet split between two stories and will become similarly occupied as many of the other projects we've been seeing develop around Wicker Park and Bucktown. The facade will be power washed, the windows will become clear and appear to be larger by eliminating window frames allowing for more light into the space. Finally, a large non-lighted "W" sign is to be installed on the corner but plans shall be further studied in case there is a possibility the sign obscures the building's character-defining features.
Last year in the ultimate "who's your daddy" takeover, Walgreens bought Duane Reade. We think this stellar six corners location would be best spot for the first of a new Duane Reade / Walgreens hybrid.
· Walgreens [Official Site]