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Barnes & Noble release opening date for Chicago West Side store

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The new Barnes and Noble location in Wicker Park is slated to open next month.

The 20,000-square-foot store will be located at the then-vacant Walgreens at 1601 N. Milwaukee Ave., also known as the Historic Noel State Bank building.

The company announced its doors will officially open on July 31. 

Barnes & Noble originally planned to include a café as part of the new Wicker Park store, but later changed their plans.

"Although we had originally planned to have a café in the Barnes & Noble Wicker Park location, once construction started, we found the structure would not allow. It would also have delayed our opening," said Janine Flanigan, vice president of store planning & design at Barnes & Noble.

It will be the second location to open in the Chicago area this year, following the one at the former Urban Outfitters on Clark Street and Diversey Parkway in Lincoln Park last month. 

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