With the economy as it is, we sort of figured the pop-up store, that is, a temporary structure that comes in for a couple of days, sells some specialty wares and closes up shop as quick as it came, was a thing of the boom era of, say, just a few months ago. But apparently the trend continues, as the retailer Target has decided to try its hand out here in the Midwest after some successful endeavors out in New York City, by opening a “Bullseye Bazaar” here in Chicago from May 7th to the 9th on the ground floor of the Tribune Tower right in the heart of Michigan Avenue. We’re thinking it’s a way of snagging some of the modern/design-hungry local and tourist traffic heading to the about-to-open Modern Wing at the Art Institute (we snagged a couple of tickets for Thursday’s private opening party, so expect a full report Friday morning), but it also could have something to do with Chicago finally thawing out after seventeen long months of winter and everyone in the city desperate to get out and do something, anything, in the out of doors. Here’s a bit about what you’ll find there:
In addition to showcasing some items that are usually only sold on Target.com, the bazaar will feature more than a dozen Target designers including Sonia Kashuk, Mossimo, Thomas Oâ€™Brien and Michael Graves as well as some limited-time collaborations with Tracy Feith, Loomstate, Miss Trish of Capri and Erickson Beamon.