This morning, I was treated to a early look at the brand new west elm store located at North and Clybourn in the old Whole Foods location. Even though I shopped for produce in this exact space for nine years, it is now nearly unbelievable that it once was home to mangoes and bulk trail mix - its been totally transformed into a full-on design center.
The store is BIG - 20,000+ square feet, enough to house west elm's entire line of goods - if they make it, it's here. They also have room to stock a full inventory, so if you find something you like, you can take it home that day.
We got a tour from Alex Bates, the creative director of west elm, who pointed out some highlights:
Chicago's first west elm officially opens tomorrow morning and the first 150 customers will receive a special gift – a one-of-a-kind letterpressed print of a Chicago landmark in a west elm frame.
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(Images: Janel Laban)