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Whole Foods gets intellectual in Chicago


Whole Foods Market continues its expansion in the Chicago market, opening a store in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. It’s the grocer’s 26th Chicagoland location.

Built by Novak Construction, the new 30,000-sq.-ft. store has a "secret society – intellectual theme" that pays homage to the University of Chicago neighborhood locale. Design details include a dark blue and brass color-scheme, the use of walnut wood throughout, and professors' office doors on restroom stalls. University symbolism is embedded in the décor.

The project scope also included installing a sophisticated mechanical system with fluid coolers, VRFs and air handlers.

The underground parking garage and the apartment complex above the store were designed by famed Chicago architect, Jeanne Gang.

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