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Starbucks Razes Former Hot Dog Stand for Shop Made of Shipping Containers

By Benjamin Woodard | August 21, 2013 2:15pm
 A drive-thru Starbucks with a walk-up window would be built at Devon Avenue and North Broadway.
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EDGEWATER — A former hot dog stand has been demolished on North Broadway to make way for a drive-thru Starbucks made of reused metal shipping containers.

The mega-coffee chain plans to finish construction and open for business this fall, a Starbucks spokesperson confirmed.

The shop would be made entirely of reused shipping containers stacked atop each other, according to site plans and renderings.

Ald. Harry Osterman's 48th Ward office said this type of structure for Starbucks is only found in a few other U.S. cities: Portland, Ore., Denver and Seattle.

The Starbucks also would have a walk-up window and outdoor seating in the summer.

Starbucks is hoping to attract Far North Side commuters heading to and from Lake Shore Drive with the 6350 N. Broadway location.

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Construction was delayed earlier this year as the company sought approval from the city for the drive-thru. The chain has since been able to obtain a special use permit, said Sara Dinges, Osterman's aide.

Dinges said construction permits have yet to be issued ahead of Starbucks' "aggressive" opening date.

Osterman supported Starbucks' proposal after residents living nearby voted in favor of the shop at a neighborhood meeting last summer.

Osterman said the building will arrive prefabricated.