First-of-its-kind Starbucks planned near Loyola

Starbuck rendering
Starbucks is planning to build a first-of-its-kind outlet near Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus.

The Starbucks would be a drive-up only unit, with a walk-up window and some outside seating, located at the southwest corner of Devon and Broadway avenues, just south of Loyola.  It would be the first-of-its kind in Chicago.

Starbucks would build the unit at 6350 N. Broadway Ave. in Edgewater, in space once occupied by the shuttered Checkers Drive-In.

The concept, rolled out so far only in Portland and Denver, uses recycled box cars for a drive-through only location.

Good news for Loyola students: The site would also include a walk-up window and outdoor patio with seating.

Here are the details from 48th Ward Ald. Harry Osterman’s website:

“Starbucks has proposed a new location at 6350 N. Broadway, the southwest corner of Devon and Broadway.

This location is a new concept, the first to be brought to Chicago and only executed so far in Portland and Denver. The concept utilizes recycled box cars for a drive-thru only location which also includes a walk-up window and spacious outdoor patio for warmer months.

Starbucks has requested support for a special use permit for their drive thru. Over the past few months, they have met with the surrounding residents and neighborhood groups to share their proposal and receive feedback. Last week, my office hosted a community meeting including residents within 1,000 ft. radius of the site and representatives from Alderman O’Connor’s office.

The neighbors present at the meeting voted unanimously in support of this project. Therefore, I have decided to support this project as well. They are developing on a small lot (12,500 sf. total) which has been under-utilized for a long time. They have agreed to eliminate the curb cut on Devon Avenue and will only use the existing entrance and exit on Broadway.

Click here to view the renderings.

I have asked them to work with the community on an Edgewater identifier. The one shown here is only a concept, not the final identifier design.”


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