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.

Charming Chicago Neighborhoods


Inside FILA’s First-Ever Heritage Pop-Up Store

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.

The store concept focused on the revamp of FILA’s Mindblower sneaker, originally released in 1995, as well as the introduction of the first-ever Mindblower-inspired collection of apparel and accessories for men and women. To play off this collection, the brand wanted a “surreal, warped reality sort of feeling” says Lindsay Vick, it’s Director of Marketing.

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‘The Daily Show’ Sparks Worldwide Interest In Its Pop-Up Exhibition Tour

Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” created the Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a pop-up exhibition and cross between a museum and presidential library. The first pop-up exhibit debuted in New York City last year, and has since included pop-up stops in San Francisco and Los Angeles, where it booked this Storefront space in West Hollywood.

The perfect site for this creative pop-up event, the space held the exhibit for a 2-week period, during which ‘The Daily Show’ completely transformed the clean white walls into a President Trump Twitter showcase.

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Knotel Opens An Interactive Pop-Up Showroom To Showcase Its Agile HQs

Knotel, the startup that designs, builds, and operates custom workspaces for growing brands, just launched a Summer pop-up showroom to display its ‘Agile HQ’ product. Using this pop-up space as a way for prospective clients to experience the agile office spaces, Knotel created an interactive and engaging display, all in this NoHo space powered by Storefront.

We sat down with Knotel’s VP of Operations and Workshops, David Jones, to discuss the main goals of the showroom, the impressive traffic it’s generated so far, and why he wishes they extended their lease!

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