While I was vacationing in Chicago earlier this year, my friend Vee and I spent the day exploring Wicker Park. No matter what city we’re in, we pick a funky neighborhood to check out. We just love poking into bookstores, boutiques, thrift stores, cafes, and consignment shops. We can do this all day long.
Wicker Park is northwest of The Loop, Chicago’s downtown commercial center. Wicker Park has been gentrified in recent years and is now known for its numerous commercial and entertainment establishments. Vee and I spent the day (a rainy one) walking up and down North Milwaukee Avenue, browsing and making the occasional purchase of a book, latte, t-shirt, or gelato. A sales clerk at one of the establishments we patronized mentioned that we should check out the Walgreens close to the train station. He said it was a particularly glamorous one because the building used to be a bank. “Even the locals take photos in there,” he said.
Here are my photos of this Walgreens.
The building is on the corner of the intersection of N Milwaukee Avenue, W North Avenue, and N Damen Avenue. Not just two, but three streets intersecting. Hence the triangular shape of the block and the building.
Inside, you can see that the Walgreens kept the grandiose features of the former bank. Check out that ceiling!
This Walgreens is the most dazzling I’ve ever been in. It was clean and shiny!
This is the pharmacy. Everything is bright! I did a double take to figure out why.
Each shelf has lights to illuminate the products for sale. No matter how humble that bottle of baby powder is, it looks amazing when lit from above.
The pharmacy is in the basement. We specifically went down there to look at the famous Vitamin Vault. Yup, what used to be the bank’s safe was converted into a room with shelves stocked full of vitamin products. The safe’s door stays permanently open, of course.
This wall had safe deposit boxes.
I was very impressed by how bright and beautiful this Walgreens looked. It was worth going inside.
I didn’t buy anything, but if you go to Wicker Park in Chicago, I recommend stopping by.
If you go, “Travel Well!”