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Popular store closes — marking end of an era

The legion of fans of Peggy Wolf and her CHIARoScURO gift store will be very sad to learn the popular emporium is closing down Monday after 27 years.

Wolf stresses it’s “not by choice,” but due to the fact the store’s lease at Water Tower Place has not been renewed — reportedly because the mall’s management wants to make space available to a national retailer.

Personally, I am always sad when a creative, locally-owned, unique establishment is pushed out by yet another cookie-cutter outlet of a chain retailer.

Let’s hope Peggy and CHIARoSCURO can find another location in Chicago to satisfy their customers’ love of all things original.