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Barnes & Noble to Open in Former Wicker Park Walgreens

Retail bookseller Barnes & Noble plans to open five new locations in the Chicago area this year, including a store at a former Walgreens in Wicker Park. Barnes & Noble is leasing the entire 26,133-square-foot space at the iconic building that was once home to Noel Street Bank at 1601 N. Milwaukee Avenue, reported Crain’s.

The Wicker Park location will open along with locations at 651 W. Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park, the Village Square of Northbrook and at Prairie Market Shopping Center in Oswego. Another location for the Town Square Shopping Center in Schererville, Indiana, is also planned.

“Barnes & Noble is experiencing a period of tremendous growth right now, and we are opening stores across the country,” Barnes & Noble spokesperson Janine Flanigan said in a statement. The retail bookseller has other Chicago-area locations in Skokie, Schaumburg, Deer Park, Algonquin, Vernon Hills, Oak Brook, Bolingbrook, Geneva, Orland Park and Joliet.

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About Jasmine Kilman

Jasmine Kilman is Content Director of Connect Commercial Real Estate, covering Chicago and greater Chicagoland, the Midwest, Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest. She covers industry trends, transaction deals, market research, and produces daily news stories. With experience in marketing and communications for academic nonprofits and corporate clients, including Hearst Media, Hilton, and Coldwell Banker, Kilman has written about commercial real estate, environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG), technology, healthcare, and philanthropy. She was born and raised in California and graduated with a degree in public relations. In her spare time, Kilman enjoys hiking and traveling to new locations with her family.

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