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Water Tower Place Chick-fil-A planned for 2011

Chick-fil-A is bringing its fried chicken sandwiches and waffle fries to downtown Chicago next spring.

Although the lease has yet to be signed, John E. Featherston Jr., Chick-fil-A’s senior director of real estate, said that a Chick-fil-A restaurant will open near Water Tower Place.

“I’ve been to a lot of intersections downtown, and this is the first one where I want to plant the flag,” Featherston said. “Hopefully this will lead to others.” Get the full story »

Oprah Store to open at Water Tower Place

OprahStore.jpgBy Sandra M. Jones | Oprah Winfrey makes no secret about loving to shop. Now, she is headed to the mall, literally.

The talk show star plans to open a mini Oprah Store at Water Tower Place in Chicago on Thursday.

The 138-square-foot shop — an upscale kiosk Harpo Retail calls a microsalon – marks the second retail outpost for Winfrey and could signal broader retail ambitions.

The window at Winfrey’s first store, 37 N. Carpenter St., across from her West Side studio (Harpo Productions, Inc./George Burns) >>

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