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Crain's Chicago Business has a story about how "a trio of hip retailers is opening Chicago locations in Bucktown and Lincoln Park - but please don't call them mere stores.

"Eyewear label Warby Parker, watchmaker Shinola and socially conscious shoe and accessory brand Toms aim to create 'third places' - destinations away from home and work where like-minded people can hang out, make connections and do something besides buy stuff." The goal of the retailers is to "solve the problem of waning enthusiasm for brick-and-mortar shopping."

The story can be read here.
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