The World's Largest Starbucks Opens In Chicago
Fans of Starbucks, you'll want to make your pilgrimage to Chicago, because the city is now home to the world's biggest branch of the famous coffee chain.
The store opened yesterday and is officially the biggest ever, with five floors of everything you could want from a Starbucks including coffee cocktails, gourmet pastries - and for that extra special touch, a seasonal rooftop.
The building is on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Erie Street, and at 35,000 square feet its an absolutely huge one.
It also has its own Reserve Roastery - the sixth of the chain's stores to get one. The others are in Seattle, Shanghai, Tokyo, Milan and New York (obvs).
The building, which used to be a furniture shop, has a huge spiral escalator that winds around the centrepiece of the design - the Roastery. It's a huge 56ft steel cask, filled with beans, and it also gives a 360 degree tour of the building, as well as a view of Chicago.
Of course - the main point of the store is to sell coffee - but the Roasteries act as tourist attractions as well, highlighting some of the main cultural aspects of the cities that they are in.
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Obviously - living the high life doesn't come cheap. Given the fact that it's a huge tourist attraction, and also cost a load in investment to renovate, you won't find anything for less the $5 (about £4) in there while a cocktail from the bar will set you back $16 (approx £12).
The new branch's Arriviamo Bar serves Chicago-specific cocktails, as well as, weirdly, liquid nitrogen gelato - a sweet dessert that's designed to be eaten with coffee. The only other store that sells this is the one in Milan.
It also has a Princi - Starbucks' own bakery and cafe concept. The menu offers things like croissants and other baked goods, as well as proper meals and things like pizza.
At the Experiential Coffee Bar on the third floor, you can get your coffee prepared in a whole load of fancy ways: espresso, pour-over, French press, Chemex, Clover, cold brew, or siphon (a bit of a spectacle really, that sees involves things like glass globes and a spirit lamp - very Victorian-esque).
And, because you know you've always wanted one, you can even buy hand-painted denim jackets from their merch collection for a sweet $650 (£505) - get that one on your Christmas list, lads.
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