Friday, November 9, 2007

Funny, This Doesn't Look Like Arai Artwork Either

Where, oh where could the promised artwork from the Arai students be? These new posters were recently installed in several of the "display cases" and appear to be made specifically for the cases judging from the "Uptown community" reference. Maybe the artwork will be displayed in the "art-filled atrium" residents reported hearing about during the construction of Aldi from the Alderman's office. We doubt it. Might we also suggest Uptown United place the remaining banners, that show up as black blobs at night, on the light poles they were intended for and not in these cases.


  1. Wow, if she's representative of the overall hotness of the average Aldi's customer, I need to start shopping there!

  2. I predict the spraypainted addition of anatomically exagerated genitalia is imminent.

    This entire development is ridiculous.

  3. Good lord, move on, people. The building is complete, it's a standard Aldi (many, if not every Aldi I have seen look like this one), they have ads on it for itself. Deal with it.

    So you don't get kid artwork in the windows. So what? Perhaps, your hearts are broken as you had looked so forward to spending hours perusing the works of the next Picasso?

    Perhaps it is your spirit that is crushed beyond repair because the powers that be did not follow through on the original plan, though we know from all your previous posts that you hardly expected this to happen anyway?

    Regardless, move on. Focus your complaints and whining at the empty lot, not the finished Aldi. Sheesh.

  4. I just drove by today and noticed the new "artwork".


    As I visit different areas of the city and suburbs, I always take note of the Aldi stores I see. Every single one is designed like a big brick safehouse, with few or no windows, and an ultra bland entrance that detracts from even the unsightly cookie cutter strip malls they anchor.

    How do city officials (not just in Chicago) approve these awful, awful buildings?

    The Aldi on Broadway would have been aesthetically 100 times better than all the other Aldi stores if the entrace were where it was supposed to be.

    Why would Aldi want the current design? It is so obviously bad.

    Forget about the artwork. That's minor compared to the complete boondoggle that is this store's design.

  5. That picture is EXACTLY the kind of woman who shops at Aldi.

    They nailed it - Homerun!

    (plus it gives the bums something new to masturbate to in public, so double-bonus!)

  6. The Aldi store makes perfect sense, they use simple repeatable design, with cheap material and open spaces to accommodate their different types of discounted goods they get. Many of which are displayed directly in their shipping containers to save money.

    It is a very common (and pretty successful) practice by discount retailers.

    Why do they want this type of store? Because it is cheap, functional, and their clientele does not care. They sell cheap food on minuscule margins, what would you have them build, a work of art?

    I mean aside from no door on front, this is nicer then I assumed it would look. I mean discount retailers are not in the business of using their designer spaces to attract new customers.

  7. One problem here... they are required by code to have the front entrance facing the sidewalk and approximately 2/3 of the front must have windows that allow people to look in. The question is why where they allowed to have a zoning variance and I don't recall being informed of this. Were any of you informed?

  8. Ah, innocent blogger. Wake up and see what thine Alderbeast has done to us. By altering the Aldi's design to remove the doors and windows from the front Alderbeast has permanently killed the possibility of Chicago's newest and most desirable "P" street zoning designation for Broadway in Uptown. And, maximizing business development was supposedly the purpose of this TIF area.

    Thus, Broadway as a designated "P" street now ends at 3500 N and begins again at 4800 N. Read it and weep folks.

    City Zoning Ordinance:
    17-3-0500 Pedestrian Streets
    17-3-0501 Purpose
    The regulations of this section are intended to preserve and enhance the character of streets
    and intersections that are widely recognized as Chicago’s best examples of pedestrian oriented
    shopping districts. The regulations are intended to promote transit, economic
    vitality and pedestrian safety and comfort.
    17-3-0502 Description and Criteria for Designation
    Pedestrian streets exhibit most or all of the following characteristics:
    17-3-0502-A have a high concentration of existing stores and restaurants;
    17-3-0502-B abut a street with a right-of-way of 80 feet or less;
    17-3-0502-C have a continuous or mostly continuous pattern of buildings that are
    built abutting or very close to the sidewalk;
    17-3-0502-D have doors and entrances abutting the sidewalk;
    17-3-0502-E have many storefront windows abutting the sidewalk; and
    17-3-0502-F have very few vacant stores