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This Chicago startup helps employees at failing retail brands find new jobs
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This Chicago startup helps employees at failing retail brands find new jobs

As brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to compete with Amazon and other e-commerce brands during America’s ongoing “retail apocalypse," tens of...

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Architecture firm Kahler Slater opening Chicago office
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Architecture firm Kahler Slater opening Chicago office

Milwaukee architecture firm Kahler Slater is opening an office in Chicago, partially in order to tap into the first-class city’s deeper pool of...

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Michael Jordan-themed store to open
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Michael Jordan-themed store to open

The Trophy Room — a boutique retailer inspired by NBA legend Michael Jordan — expects to open in downtown Orlando after shuttering at Disney...

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BMO Harris breaks ground on new U.S. headquarters building in Chicago
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BMO Harris breaks ground on new U.S. headquarters building in Chicago

BMO Harris, Chicago's second largest (after Chase) financial institution in terms of deposits and one of the city's oldest banks, broke ground...

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Chicago startup Twisted Road is building the Airbnb for motorcycles
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Chicago startup Twisted Road is building the Airbnb for motorcycles

In the sharing economy, you can rent other people's cars, homes and clothes, and now a Chicago startup wants to make renting motorcycles easier,...

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Chicago-based 4Front opens Denver office
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Chicago-based 4Front opens Denver office

A global sports business analytics and consulting company has chosen Denver as its latest outpost, with eyes on helping some of the region's most...

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ReviewTrackers moves into modern, colorful Loop office (PHOTOS)
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ReviewTrackers moves into modern, colorful Loop office (PHOTOS)

Since raising $10 million in June, ReviewTrackers has been laser-focused on growth. The startup's staff has grown from 50 employees to more than 90...

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VSP vision insurer testing Eyeconic brick-and-mortar concept in Chicago
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VSP vision insurer testing Eyeconic brick-and-mortar concept in Chicago

VSP Vision Care, the nation's largest vision insurance provider, is dipping its toe into brick-and-mortar retail as it moves to become a...

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West Coast software company Qualtrics opening Chicago office, hiring 200
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West Coast software company Qualtrics opening Chicago office, hiring 200

Qualtrics, a B2B experience software platform, is opening an office in Chicago, bringing 200 jobs to the Windy City. The Salt Lake City and Seattle...

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96 more Sears and Kmart stores to shutter. Here's the list
News 2 months ago
96 more Sears and Kmart stores to shutter. Here's the list

Less than a year after buying Sears Holding Corp., Transform Holdco said it plans to close 96 Sears and Kmart stores, or more than one-third of its...

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Google opens 2nd Chicago office as local headcount grows to 1,200
News 2 months ago
Google opens 2nd Chicago office as local headcount grows to 1,200

Google is growing in Chicago, and it just opened its second office in the Fulton Market neighborhood to keep pace with its expanding local...

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Chicago tech companies raised $42 million in October
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Chicago tech companies raised $42 million in October

This is a roundup of Chicago tech and startup companies that received venture capital investments during the last month. If one was missed, contact...

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Chicago’s tech market is growing, partly due to Bay Area relocations
News 2 months ago
Chicago’s tech market is growing, partly due to Bay Area relocations

Chicago's tech market has continued to expand in recent years and according to a new report, some of that growth can be attributed to the...

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Chicago ad shops Jacobs Agency and Sandstorm to merge
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Chicago ad shops Jacobs Agency and Sandstorm to merge

In a changing advertising world where it is increasingly difficult for small shops to survive, let along thrive, two independent Chicago ad shops...

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Starbucks to invest millions in Chicago's low-income neighborhoods
News 3 months ago
Starbucks to invest millions in Chicago's low-income neighborhoods

As Starbucks prepares to open a massive Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Nov. 15 in Chicago, the coffee giant is doubling down on investing in small...

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Sam Zell's public real estate firm wants to more than triple its Denver investment to $2B
News 3 months ago
Sam Zell's public real estate firm wants to more than triple its Denver investment to $2B

Executives from Equity Residential, the Chicago-based publicly traded real estate investment trust that focuses on multifamily properties, wants to...

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Billion-dollar Chicago private equity firm opens new office
News 3 months ago
Billion-dollar Chicago private equity firm opens new office

If you're searching for a new business partner, it's better to look across the street than across the country. That's the reasoning behind Chicago...

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BMO Harris Bank gives record gift to United Way of Metro Chicago
News 3 months ago
BMO Harris Bank gives record gift to United Way of Metro Chicago

BMO Harris Bank on Tuesday made the largest philanthropic contribution in the bank's long history in the United States. The fortunate recipient was...

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Office Envy: Inside LinkedIn’s Expanded Chicago Digs (PHOTOS)
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Office Envy: Inside LinkedIn’s Expanded Chicago Digs (PHOTOS)

When LinkedIn first opened the doors of its Chicago office in 2008, it only occupied one floor in its West Loop building. Now, with several...

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Apartment referral app Rentgrata raises $1M to help landlords attract more renters
News 3 months ago
Apartment referral app Rentgrata raises $1M to help landlords attract more renters

A Chicago startup that's helping apartment searchers find homes by connecting with current tenants just raised its first round of venture capital...

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Willis Tower moving forward with build-out of risky 'Catalog' project
News 3 months ago
Willis Tower moving forward with build-out of risky 'Catalog' project

The Willis Tower and EQ Office, the company that manages one of Chicago's most iconic skyscrapers, is dreaming big as a complete re-imagining of...

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From Amaton to Galaxy Coffee, these are our favorite rendered fake retailers. But how do they happen?
News 3 months ago
From Amaton to Galaxy Coffee, these are our favorite rendered fake retailers. But how do they happen?

Do you know the way to Amaton Books? Total Foods Market? These stores don't exist, of course, except in the imagination of a renderer, but they...

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A Chicago financial analyst makes first foray into old-school barbershop biz
News 4 months ago
A Chicago financial analyst makes first foray into old-school barbershop biz

After 20 years working as a Chicago-based financial analyst with global investment firm Guggenheim Partners, Scott Sandler was ready for a change....

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Aether Apparel introduces a different look in retail pop-ups to Chicago
News 4 months ago
Aether Apparel introduces a different look in retail pop-ups to Chicago

Aether Apparel, a 10-year-old men's and women's lifestyle apparel company, has just introduced a new look in pop-up shopping concepts at 918 W....

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Cameo, Avail win big at 1871’s Momentum Awards
News 4 months ago
Cameo, Avail win big at 1871’s Momentum Awards

Chicago startups Cameo and Avail took home hardware Thursday night at 1871's annual Momentum Awards. Hosted by Chicago startup hub 1871 and The...

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Ensono opens downtown Chicago office to lure tech talent (PHOTOS)
News 4 months ago
Ensono opens downtown Chicago office to lure tech talent (PHOTOS)

To attract younger talent and provide some employees with a shorter commute, Downers Grove, Illinois-based cloud and IT services company Ensono...

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Hines, McCaffrey Interests lift curtain on ambitious Lincoln Common multi-use project
News 4 months ago
Hines, McCaffrey Interests lift curtain on ambitious Lincoln Common multi-use project

Chicago now has an answer to New York City's splashy new Hudson Yards multi-use development, and it's called Lincoln Common. It's an ambitious and...

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Sears laying off 250 headquarters workers
News 4 months ago
Sears laying off 250 headquarters workers

Sears said it will cut 250 jobs at its corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. The beleaguered retailer, in an Aug. 29 letter to the...

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Ulta plans expansion despite lower-than-expected earnings
News 4 months ago
Ulta plans expansion despite lower-than-expected earnings

Ulta Beauty's second-quarter numbers came in below expectations but the retailer could get a sales bump from another Kardashian cosmetics line...

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A year after $50M investment, PerkSpot expands its office (PHOTOS)
News 5 months ago
A year after $50M investment, PerkSpot expands its office (PHOTOS)

PerkSpot, a Chicago-based startup that makes an HR tech platform, recently expanded its River North office as it gears up to nearly double its...

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