Roosevelt Collection announcing retail Nov. 28

With plaza open, who will fill space around South Loop movie theater?

11/07/2012 3:04 PM

By Ben Meyerson

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The Roosevelt Collection's new plaza debuted on Oct. 10 with a fountain-lighting ceremony, and owner McCaffery Interests is planning to announce new retail to surround it at the end of November.
Courtesy WILLIE CHANDLER/Roosevelt Collection

After more than a year of buildup, South Loop’s Roosevelt Collection is getting ready to announce the retail tenants who’ll be moving into the complex’s long-vacant retail at the end of the month.

Dan McCaffery, head of project owner McCaffery Interests, is planning to announce the tenants at an event on Nov. 28 that’ll be held in Roosevelt Collection’s Kerasotes Showplace Icon movie theater.

The building’s prospective tenants have been gossiped about since McCaffery bought the Roosevelt Collection in 2011 from its original builders, and promptly promised to tear down an island of retail in the middle of the development to be replaced with a plaza.

By the time the plaza was finished in fall 2012, they said, they would announce tenants who would fill the almost entirely-empty remainder of the space. The building would be 75 percent leased by November 1, McCaffery said.

This spring, Chicago Journal found a document on McCaffery’s website advertising the space to potential business tenants, and it boasted an impressive list of retailers. H&M, Ulta, Lululemon, Sports Authority and Victoria’s Secret were among the many listed on the document as being in discussions for space. Rumors about an Apple Store being in negotiations for the Roosevelt Collection were fueled by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). But soon after the list began getting media attention, it was pulled from the site.

The project’s plaza formally opened on Oct. 10. The Nov. 28 event is an invite-only party at Showplace Icon.

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By TonyG from South Loop
Posted: 11/29/2012 12:21 PM

The announcement was indeed made. Check out the Sloopin blog for more info...

By Another SL Parent from South Loop
Posted: 11/29/2012 11:29 AM

So far Ulta and Fleet Fleet. Can't find anything on the announcement yesterday. I guess it wasn't made.

By South Loopr from South Loop
Posted: 11/28/2012 9:22 AM

Julie - the article only mentioned 2 at this time - Ulta and Fleet Feet. They have a huge party tonight at ICON that will provide the entire list. Hopefully they post it tonight or first thing tomorrow.

By Julie from Prairie District
Posted: 11/27/2012 4:21 PM

Hi Ben - I saw the headline of an article from Crain's this afternoon announcing the tenents. Can you update us? I couldn't get into the article. Thanks!

By PJ from West Loop
Posted: 11/13/2012 6:24 PM

That's great but....why, oh why would they WAIT to ANNOUNCE the names until November 28th? It would have made far more sense to open by mid-November to get the Christmas business. Someone's asleep at the wheel there. Still.

By Sam from Far West Side
Posted: 11/09/2012 11:18 AM

At least Roosevelt Collection owners are doing better than the new owners of Block 37. The new owners of Block 37 stated they will make their announce in the fall. Fall season ends on December 21 this year.