Chicago: Where Retail Pops

A thriving city with Midwestern charm, Chicago boasts some of the world’s best architecture and museums, plus fine-dining and a lively music scene.

With so much to see and do, including visiting jazz clubs, visiting Cloud Gate and walking around its diverse neighborhoods, there’s plenty of room for retailers to pop in and stand out.

With a laid-back Midwestern style, Chicago’s retailers have both a local and international flair and there’s plenty of shopping to do, no matter your mood. In a city that has something for everyone, Chicago also boasts a top retail scene that’s both eclectic and traditional, making it easy for brands and retailers to settle on popping up whether for short-term or an extended stay.

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Charming Chicago Neighborhoods

The Loop

The Loop is the central business district and downtown area of Chicago that has something for everyone.

From shopping on State street, to the theatre district to the Arts Institute of Chicago, The Loop is an iconic area that’s also a cultural mainstay. The shopping is unmatched, and retailers will love testing out this neighborhood whether for the first time, or as a repeat short-term customer!

Lincoln Park

Considered one of the city’s most desirable neighborhoods and located right on the lakefront, Lincoln Park exudes much personality and charm.

With top-notch music venues and the Lincoln Park Zoo, thousands of locals and tourists flood the area making it also a great short-term space attraction for brands and retailers looking to make a mark.

Wicker Park

Wicker Park is famous for music and nightlife, plus chef-driven restaurants and a large mixology scene.

A neighborhood that’s “in the know”, Wicker Park also boasts tons of high-end fashion designers and retail chains, plus trendy, small-business shops. Pop up in what is regarded as Chicago’s hot new ‘hood.

Hyde Park

This South Side neighborhood houses the picturesque University of Chicago campus as well as The Museum of Science, making it a widely popular attraction year-round.

With both history as well as modern elements, the neighborhood mixes mom-and-pop restaurants with burgeoning retailers and a big art scene.

Old Town

This historic neighborhood is unlike anything else in Chicago

This historic neighborhood is unlike anything else in Chicago; it has tiny streets, hidden gardens, and tightly packed homes and stills exudes its ‘hippie haven’ name from the ‘60s. The area is also home to the wildly popular Second City improv group as well as tons of independently-owned shops and beautiful architecture. Visitors and tourists love walking the area, and shops both old and new run abound.

River North

With posh restaurants and nightclubs plus luxe shops, River North is an exuberant neighborhood that was once an industrial area.

Merchandise Mart attracts tons of shoppers and visitors with plenty of boutiques and designer showrooms, plus plenty of artist’s studios in converted warehouses. Retailers, artists and brands will be inspired to pop up amidst this energy and charm.

Magnificent Mile

Chicago’s top shopping district

Chicago’s top shopping district, Magnificent Mile has upscale shops and posh hotels, not to mention the Chicago Water Tower and the Wrigley Building. A who’s who in the retail world, this area is world-renowned and best known for the hundreds of retailers who have laid claim here and have made it the shopping destination it is today.



The e-commerce brand known for its collection of crisp white shirts, opened its first pop-up store in NYC to debut 3 new styles.

Booking this space for a week’s duration, the brand created an immersive experience based on values of “simplicity, beauty, design, and sustainability” bringing in artists and experience designers to create the full effect, and showcase the styles in a simplistic way.
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Cementing its status as an iconic Fashion and Sports brand, Sportswear brand FILA debuted a pop-up store to honor its heritage this month in Soho, NYC.

Building out on our space on Grand Street, the brand’s main intention was to create an immersive experience where both new and existing fans could interact with FILA in real life – the first NYC retail experience for the brand in over a decade.
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Knotel, the startup that designs, builds, and operates custom workspaces for growing brands, launched a Summer pop-up showroom to display its ‘Agile HQ’ product.

Using a NoHo pop-up space as a way for prospective clients to experience the agile office spaces, Knotel created an interactive and engaging display, powered by Storefront.
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