WBEZ | the loop http://www.wbez.org/tags/loop-1 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Historic Carson's building well-served by new downtown Target store http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-07/historic-carsons-building-well-served-new-downtown-target-store-101159 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P7245919.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 502px; " title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">One of State Street&#39;s bright spots has been the reuse of the former Carson Pirie Scott flagship store.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Joseph Freed &amp; Associates restored the giant old retail landmark, designed by Louis Sullivan, converting the building into offices, a restaurant and retail. And now, five years after Carson&#39;s departure, a new CityTarget store opens Wednesday in the historic space.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Design-wise, it is a tricky thing bringing the retailer &mdash; and its famous red bull&#39;s-eye logo signage and color scheme&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;into one of the world&#39;s most celebrated pieces of architecture. But the marriage seems pretty good so far. The Target logo in the rotunda&#39;s second-story window is just the right size.The store looks bright and inviting and the signage is visible but doesn&#39;t overwhelm the building.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Given the cast-iron storefront restoration by Harboe Architects returned the original proportions to the shop windows, it&#39;s good to see the CityTarget take advantage of all that glass to allow passersby to look deep into the store&nbsp;&mdash; rather into just a window display box:</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P7245969.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 422px;" title="" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">City landmarks officials should also be commended for standing up for the 1899 masterpiece and insuring the right balance between the old and the new.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/P7245953.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 386px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">CityTarget, a new concept aimed at urban areas, is about two-thirds the size of the typical big-box Target. Stores also open today in Los Angeles and Seattle&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;all in existing buildings.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-07/historic-carsons-building-well-served-new-downtown-target-store-101159 Former Tribune exec Randy Michaels back in the Chicago radio game http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/former-tribune-exec-randy-michaels-back-chicago-radio-game-88184 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-22/Q101.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Those in Chicago should be prepared for some changes to local radio in the coming months. Former<em> </em>Tribune Company executive Randy Michaels is part of a new group that is buying both WLUP and WKQX, also known as <a href="http://www.wlup.com/" target="_blank">The Loop</a> and <a href="http://www.q101.com/" target="_blank">Q101</a>, respectively.<br> <br> Michaels has a long history in the radio business. But he may be most familiar to Chicagoans for his recent, rather controversial run with the Tribune. His often scandalous behavior and wild antics were widely reported.<br> <br> To learn what’s in store for Michaels’ new employees and the future of Chicago’s media landscape, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to Tom Taylor. He watches the radio industry as news editor for <a href="http://www.radio-info.com/" target="_blank">Radio-Info.com</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Robert Miles, "Black Rubber", from the CD Thirteen, (Salt)</em></p></p> Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-22/former-tribune-exec-randy-michaels-back-chicago-radio-game-88184 Randy Michaels snatches up Q101, The Loop in radio buyout deal http://www.wbez.org/story/randy-michales-snatches-q101-loop-radio-buyout-deal-88135 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/randy michaels.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Two well-known Chicago radio stations are being sold to a controversial media tycoon.</p><p>Classic rock station WLUP-FM (97.9), known as the Loop, and the long-time alternative staple WKQX-FM (101.1), known as Q101, will&nbsp; be sold for more than $110 million in cash. Their former owner, Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications, will also take a&nbsp;minority stake in a new parent company called Merlin Media LLC, run by former Tribune Company CEO Randy Michaels.</p><p>Michaels left Tribune last fall following reports that he ran it like a frat house, complete with parties and profanity and sexually-charged behavior. But veteran Chicago media columnist Robert Feder said, despite that, Michaels does know radio.</p><p>"It's in his blood, it's always been his life, and people are not surprised that he couldn't wait to get back into the business," Feder said.</p><p>Rumors are churning that Michaels may turn Q101 into an all-news station to go up against WBBM-AM, one of the top stations in Chicago.</p><p>If that happens, "we are likely to see the outbreak of a new kind of radio war in Chicago," Feder said.</p><p>A spokesman for Michaels says he won't comment on any format changes for a few weeks.</p></p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/randy-michales-snatches-q101-loop-radio-buyout-deal-88135