Related Midwest Announces “Box Shops by Related” Container Market in Chicago’s West Loop to Return in June

Related Midwest today announced the June return of “Box Shops by Related,” a pop-up container market that will offer a lifestyle and design-centric shopping experience, along with outdoor event, recreational and lounge space at the east end of the West Loop’s Restaurant Row.


Located at 725 W. Randolph St., where Related Midwest is planning a 370-unit mixed-use tower featuring the Midwest’s first Equinox Hotel and a 30,000-square-foot Equinox health club, Box Shops by Related is a collaboration with Chicago-based Latent Design. The container market’s custom-designed temporary storefronts will offer local entrepreneurs an elevated setting to showcase their goods and services in the growing West Loop neighborhood. The market will open on Saturday, June 1 with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, and remain open through October.


“We are thrilled to once again offer this novel retail experience in the epicenter of the West Loop to showcase creative entrepreneurs and local businesses,” said Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest. “Building on last year’s success, we are also expanding the entertainment and recreational offerings, appealing to all age groups, to engage with the surrounding community.”


The containers or “units,” part of Latent Design’s Boombox concept, are 160-square-foot micro buildings housed in repurposed shipping containers. The containers provide a non-traditional brick-and-mortar opportunity for retailers – including those who desire more flexibility than a typical storefront allows – while offering shoppers an exciting way to discover and sample services and goods against a backdrop of exceptional design.,


Vendors scheduled thus far include Glassbaby, maker of artisanal hand blown glassware; Whim Golf, an upscale men’s sportswear brand; Sir Dogwood, a curator of quality dogwear and accessories; and Itsapop, a purveyor of gourmet ice pops returning for the second year.


In addition to the storefronts, Box Shops by Related will offer programming catered to all ages, including a collegiate-sized multi-sports court located behind the containers for corporate rentals and open play; a beer garden with craft beer from Haymarket Pub & Brewery; and a colorful 40-foot mural by Chicago-based visual artist Lefty Out There (aka Franco Campanella) featuring his distinctive “squiggle” linework. In addition, the courtyard will offer jumbo games, lounge seating and scheduled outdoor events such as “Brewdogs” pup meetups, “Box Beats” music series, and “Movies Out of The Box” throughout the season.


The cost to rent a Box Shops container starts at $1,250 a month. Box Shops by Related is also available for event rentals. Outdoor spaces may be rented as a package or individually starting at $500. For more information or to apply to rent a container unit, visit boxshopsbyrelated.com and select “Become a Vendor.”


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Related Midwest Announces “Box Shops by Related” Container Market in Chicago’s West Loop to Return in June
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5/13/2019 Related Midwest today announced the June return of “Box Shops by Related,” a pop-up container market that will offer a lifestyle and design-centric shopping experience, along with outdoor event, recreational and lounge space at the east end of the West Loop’s Restaurant Row.


Located at 725 W. Randolph St., where Related Midwest is planning a 370-unit mixed-use tower featuring the Midwest’s first Equinox Hotel and a 30,000-square-foot Equinox health club, Box Shops by Related is a collaboration with Chicago-based Latent Design. The container market’s custom-designed temporary storefronts will offer local entrepreneurs an elevated setting to showcase their goods and services in the growing West Loop neighborhood. The market will open on Saturday, June 1 with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, and remain open through October.


“We are thrilled to once again offer this novel retail experience in the epicenter of the West Loop to showcase creative entrepreneurs and local businesses,” said Curt Bailey, president of Related Midwest. “Building on last year’s success, we are also expanding the entertainment and recreational offerings, appealing to all age groups, to engage with the surrounding community.”


The containers or “units,” part of Latent Design’s Boombox concept, are 160-square-foot micro buildings housed in repurposed shipping containers. The containers provide a non-traditional brick-and-mortar opportunity for retailers – including those who desire more flexibility than a typical storefront allows – while offering shoppers an exciting way to discover and sample services and goods against a backdrop of exceptional design.,


Vendors scheduled thus far include Glassbaby, maker of artisanal hand blown glassware; Whim Golf, an upscale men’s sportswear brand; Sir Dogwood, a curator of quality dogwear and accessories; and Itsapop, a purveyor of gourmet ice pops returning for the second year.


In addition to the storefronts, Box Shops by Related will offer programming catered to all ages, including a collegiate-sized multi-sports court located behind the containers for corporate rentals and open play; a beer garden with craft beer from Haymarket Pub & Brewery; and a colorful 40-foot mural by Chicago-based visual artist Lefty Out There (aka Franco Campanella) featuring his distinctive “squiggle” linework. In addition, the courtyard will offer jumbo games, lounge seating and scheduled outdoor events such as “Brewdogs” pup meetups, “Box Beats” music series, and “Movies Out of The Box” throughout the season.


The cost to rent a Box Shops container starts at $1,250 a month. Box Shops by Related is also available for event rentals. Outdoor spaces may be rented as a package or individually starting at $500. For more information or to apply to rent a container unit, visit boxshopsbyrelated.com and select “Become a Vendor.”