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 Chicago location will feature the franchise’s signature lollipop tree, among other candy-inspired decor.
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. The franchise currently has free-standing stores in Los Angeles, East Hampton, N.Y., and Miami.
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