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Chicago Tribune, Luis Gomez column

August 6, 2014

By Luis Gomez, Chicago Tribune



Aug. 06--Boutique confectionery Dylan's Candy Bar plans to open its fifth free-standing store, and first in the Midwest, on the Magnificent Mile in spring 2015.

The candy store founded by Dylan Lauren -- daughter of famed fashion designer Ralph Lauren -- will take over the 445 N. Michigan Ave. space left vacant in Tribune Tower after the McCormick Freedom Museum closed in 2009. Besides a curated selection of candy from around the world, the two-floor, 13,000-square-foot Dylan's Candy Bar Chicago will feature a cafe and bar that can accommodate birthday parties and corporate events. The decor will be candy-related and include the franchise's signature lollipop tree.

Chicagoans can get a preview of the "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"-inspired store when a pop-up shop version opens in the Michigan Avenue space in November.

"We are beyond excited to launch Dylan's Candy Bar Chicago this spring," Lauren said in a statement. "Opening a store in Chicago, the city where many candy entrepreneurs started companies and experienced the American Dream, is a 'personal' dream come true."

Dylan's Candy Bar first opened in New York in 2001 and has become a celebrity favorite. Taylor Swift, David Beckham and Alec Baldwin have all reportedly shopped at the New York flagship store. Some might remember seeing the store in the 2005 movie "Hitch" or The CW drama "Gossip Girl."

In addition to New York, the franchise currently has free-standing stores in Los Angeles, East Hampton, N.Y., and Miami.

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