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Amazon to Open Bookstore in Chicago in 2017

Amazon has opened one bookstore in Seattle and announced plans for two more bookstores in Portland and San Diego, and now we can add a fourth city to the list.

The Southport Corridor blog initially reported, and the Chicago Tribune has since confirmed, that Amazon is going to open a bookstore on the north side of Chicago at 3443 North Southport Ave.

The Amazon Books store will be taking the place of a recently closed bar, Mystic Celts. The bar’s owner had sold the building to an investment firm last year, and moved out at the beginning of 2016. The 7,200 square foot location currently looks something like this, only with plywood covering the windows and construction equipment parked out front:

Mystic Celt Southport Corridor Closing

Amazon has confirmed that they will be opening a store there next year. "We are excited to be bringing Amazon Books to Southport in Chicago," Amazon spokeswoman Deborah Bass said in an email Thursday.

This store will be the fourth Amazon Books when it opens. There is a rumor of a store in NYC, but it has yet to be confirmed.

The retailer is also developing three drive-in grocery stores in Seattle and San Francisco, and has opened or announced plans for 18 pickup locations on or near US college campuses, including one at MW-Madison.

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Frank August 26, 2016 um 12:10 pm

It is good Amazon is building bookstores in Chicago and Portland.

Corporal Lint August 29, 2016 um 8:10 am

That’s a stretch of somewhat upscale and mostly soulless retail (with a few old greats like the Music Box theater still lingering). Amazon will fit right in!

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