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The Largest Starbucks in the World Opens in Chicago

Starbucks Chicago Reserve Roastery

The Starbucks Chicago Reserve Roastery spans five floors and more than 35,000 square feet. Starbucks press photo.

Building on the concepts of extravagance and largeness already established in five other international cities, the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago is the largest of them all.

Opening this Friday on Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s busiest shopping corridor, the Magnificent Mile, the Chicago Reserve Roastery spans some 35,000 square feet across five floors.

While heavily branded, spectacularly designed Starbucks Reserve roasteries routinely cause news media to draw comparisons to theme parks or Willy Wonka, the Starbucks Chicago Reserve Roastery can’t help but draw comparisons to a giant department store. The building itself served as a Crate & Barrel flagship for 27 years.

Starbucks Chicago Reserve Roastery

Starbucks press photo.

Upon its official public opening this Friday, the roastery will feature three separate coffee bars: a Reserve bar with more traditional espresso-based and filter coffee drinks; an “experiential coffee bar” with more options; and a barrel-aged coffee bar, featuring coffee beans that are roasted after being aged in spirits for “cocktail-inspired coffee creations” such as a Smoked Cold Fashioned (lightly sweetened whiskey barrel-aged cold brew with aromatic bitters, smoked table-side).

The sprawling retail concept will also feature a nitrogen gelato bar featuring Starbucks’ nitro cold brew; an Italian-inspired cocktail bar under the name Arriviamo; and a Princi bakery. All these brand concepts are being replicated from one or more existing Starbucks Reserve roastery locations, though each Reserve Roastery has its own unique interior design and architectural elements that reflect the surrounding city.

Starbucks Chicago Reserve Roastery

Starbucks press photo.

The Chicago Starbucks Reserve Roastery is the company’s sixth Reserve-brand roastery cafe. It follows Reserve Roasteries in Tokyo (2019), New York (2018), Milan (2018), Shanghai (2017), and the original Reserve Roastery in Starbucks’ home city of Seattle (2014). The company has not announced any plans for future Reserve Roasteries.

The Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Chicago opens this Friday at 9 a.m. at 646 N. Michigan Avenue at the intersection of Erie


1 Comment

Dean Cycon

Wow! Exquisite! It is simply amazing what a company can do with all the excess profit that piles in annually when that companies sees its basic Cost of Goods (green coffee) plummet since 2014. Each of those stained glass windows is worth more that a farmer’s annual income. As I have said repeatedly since 1999 (the last major coffee pricing crisis), Starbux could be the greatest corporation in history if it only paid more to the farmers. But I guess it is hard to have clear vision when you are looking through that blindingly beautiful glass…

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