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Fashion & Apparel 5 Must-See Spots From PSFK's Chicago Retail Guide

In PSFK’s Chicago Retail Guide, we highlight some of the key players creating innovative retail and hospitality concepts in the Windy City

Automotive Walmart's Pickup-Only Store Loads Orders Directly Into Shoppers' Vehicles

The retail giant is experimenting with innovative outlets in an increasingly omnichannel market, catering to its online shoppers by letting them pick up their orders drive-through style

Brand Activation & Immersion Google Moves Away From Pop-Ups With First Permanent Flagship Store

Located in a trendy Chicago neighborhood, the tech company is planning its first standalone location to better showcase its products as well as give it a competitive edge against Microsoft and Apple

Shopper Marketing & Promotions Lyft Is Paying Chicago Residents To Ditch Driving For 30 Days

The ride-sharing service wants to draw attention to the reduced cost of using its services over owning a car, offering participants $550 in credit and encouraging social media shares

Loyalty & Membership GM Car Drivers Can Earn Money Renting Their Vehicles With Peer-To-Peer Service

Testing in the Chicago area, the program is an expansion of GM's existing car-sharing platform, allowing car owners or lessees to add their personal vehicles to the mix

Hotels, Hospitality & Travel Booking Site Lets Friends Co-Manage Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences

IfOnly allows users to both split payment on special trips and give unique experiences to others as gifts, helping friends better manage and enjoy excursions from dining and concerts to travel

Shopper Education & Assistance Coffee Shop Offers Customers Hot Drinks And Mental Health Counseling

Sip of Hope offers coffee, tea and a friendly staff trained in Mental Health First Aid, providing the local community with support and resources in a relaxing environment

Shopper Marketing & Promotions REI's Rewilding Project Helps Improve The Wilderness Areas Of Five Cities

In partnership with local nonprofit organizations, the retailer is developing trails, increasing accessibility and encouraging more sustainable park management, measures that increase its brand value to customers while also serving environmental causes

Grocery, Convenience & Supermarket Crowdfunding Participants Control Trash Bots To Clean Up City Rivers

Urban Rivers gamified its Kickstarter campaign for a remote-controlled robot that picks up trash in the Chicago River

Fitness & Sport Urban Fitness Staycations Could Be The Next Hotel Trend

The Hotel at Midtown in Chicago fits modern inclinations surrounding fitness and luxury

Delivery & Logistics Retail Column: Retail Wins From Las Vegas To Chicago

Retail columnist Winston Wright addresses some of the biggest hits and misses from brick-and-mortar in the last few weeks

Advertising Lyft Created A Branded Beer That Comes With Discounts On Rides

Lyft encourages bar-goers to summon a safe ride home with its new branded beer

Retail Kohl's Is Now Accepting Amazon Returns

The online mega-retailer is using Kohl's to solve one of its biggest problems: easy returns

Cafe & Restaurant Hyatt's New HQ Mixes Office Spaces With Luxurious, Hotel-Like Interiors

To bring employees closer to the company's core mission, Hyatt's new global headquarters are fashioned like its hotels as a constant reminder of hospitality