GOLD COAST — The Jewel-Osco store at Clark and Division streets will close next month to make way for a long-awaited apartment tower.
A manager at the grocery, 1210 N. Clark St., confirmed Tuesday that the store will close at 6 p.m. on June 4 before Chicago-based Fifield Cos. starts building its 35-story, 390-unit tower, which was first proposed years ago.
Dubbed The Sinclair, the Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed project takes its name from author Upton Sinclair, nodding to the buildings named after literary figures in nearby Sandburg Village, developer Steven Fifield said. Fifield said he plans to start construction on the $250-million development in July, with the tower slated to open in mid-2017.
Once open, the tower will include a new street-level, 56,000-square-foot Jewel-Osco store, up from the existing 29,000-square-foot grocery, and apartments up top with Nest thermostats, bathrooms with walk-in closets and oversized showers, and an amenity floor with an outdoor bar and grilling area.
"It will be the most luxurious building we've ever built," Fifield said.
A rendering of the new Jewel in The Sinclair [courtesy of Solomon Cordwell Buenz]
A Jewel-Osco spokeswoman said the less than 100 employees at the Clark and Division store will be transferred to one of three other stores in the area.
"It's really good that we're finally getting the approvals to move forward," the Jewel spokeswoman said.
Until the new Jewel opens in The Sinclair, here's are some other nearby grocery options:
• Jewel-Osco, 424 W. Division St.
• Jewel-Osco, 550 N. State St.
• Jewel-Osco, 370 N. Desplaines St.
• Plum Market, 1233 N. Wells St.
• Treasure Island Foods, 75 W. Elm St.
• Goddess and Grocer, 1127 N. State St., which opens Monday.
(The June 4 closing date was first reported by the Chicago Architecture Blog)