• Apr 3rd 2009 at 5:32PM
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Tesla Motors had previously announced the address for their store in "The Windy City" in March (1053 W. Grand Ave.) and if you can see the picture above, you're looking at the building they will be calling "Sweet home Chicago." Sure doesn't scream "premium-brand electric automobiles", does it. Well, not yet anyway. While they probably don't have the budget to knock it down and build it better (recycling is greener anyway), we've already seen their ability to take a building and give a proper look. We expect that there are workers on site as we speak sprucing up the 10,000 sq.ft space, hustling to get it ready for it opening later this Spring.

While the neighborhood isn't super trendy, the location is just minutes from the downtown core and accessible from the Kennedy Expressway. Curiously enough, they will find themselves just down the street from a location of Dreisilker Electric Motors. We'll let you know when their Chicago home starts looking as sweet as their other locations, shown in the galleries below.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Hate to tell you, it's a fairly trendy neighborhood. At least it's catching on. And it's close to a trendier neighborhood. And there's hardly any gang activity there anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anybody else notice the General Electric logo on top of the door?

      Just pointing it out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure the place will fix up just fine. Though, hopefully they'll do something about that huge "Mark's Pest Control" sign next door.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, that's what the building looks like...

      I drove by a few days ago to check it out. I didn't see any activity at the time, but who knows.

      I think the location is an excellant find. Contractors can work miracles with a sledgehammer, drywall and paint. :) In a few years when Tesla is really moving, the Model S is in production and maybe we will have seen the revelation of the Tesla budget auto, this area will be real trendy indeed. I'll put in my app to ABG to cover the grand opening as your roving reporter. Maybe that'll get me a ride in a Model S.
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