Intel Opens Pop-Up Store in Chicago’s Lincoln Park Neighborhood


I’ve lived in Chicago all of my life. I do love it. I love the culture. Chicago is known for it’s many historic and diverse neighborhoods. Lincoln Park is one of those. Nestled on the near North side of Chicago, it is minutes from downtown, yet at times you feel like you are not in Chicago at all. The neighborhood is full of historic brownstones, houses, and apartment buildings. There are also plenty of small neighborhood shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Intel took advantage of the unique and close-knit vibe of this neighborhood and opened a pop-up store. The Intel Pop-Up Shop is located at 901 W. Armitage Ave.Β One look at the space and you realize that it used to be a restaurant. But Intel has done a great job of converting the space to a very cozy tech paradise.

The grand opening was a bit wild, but it was certainly fun. I got to watch the ribbon cutting. And right after guests were allowed to enter the store.


Everyone was greeted very warmly and allowed to choose a number off a huge board. They were then directed to the information desk where a very enthusiastic Intel employee pushed a couple of buttons on the computer (Wheel of Fortune style), and revealed their prizes. Guests won Best Buy gift cards ranging from $5 – $100. And I was told that they were even given away a few devices, but I must have missed that action. I was a bit unlucky that day. Out of all the numbers on the board, mine netted only a $5 gift card. Oh well. πŸ™‚ Guests on either side of me picked up $50 and $100 gift cards. Lucky folks. πŸ™‚

During the launch, residents of Lincoln Park were gifted with “I love Lincoln Park” hoodies. I was able to snag one. It is sooo comfy! I’ve been wearing it every day to keep warm in my office. πŸ™‚


If you enter the store at different times of the day, you may just get a completely different experience. They convert the store 3 times a day. There is a setup for morning, lunch time, and evening. Everything in the store is mobile. The tables, desks, and displays are all on wheels so that they can be easily moved and reconfigured. There are different activities going on at different times a day. One of those activities is for young inventors. They get to use the space to work out their vision. And it is all for a good cause. In the end Intel will make a donation to one of 10 local charities in the inventor’s name.

Intel understands the importance of small business and the community in Lincoln Park. Each day they feature food from a local restaurant. There is also free coffee on hand. And if that is not enough, they offer a loaner program. Want to check out that newest tablet for yourself? Just leave your credit card and ID on file, and you can take one our on loan for 24 hours. Of course if you don’t bring it back you will be charged!

There is also a huge viewing area that shows sporting events, local TV, and other special events. As you can see Wendy Williams was on when I was there. LOL.

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Right now there are 3 such pop-up stores in the US. Chicago is the largest location, with other stores currently operating in New York City, and Los Angeles. The store is slated to be open until January 25, 2014.Β If you are in the area of one of the stores, definitely check it out. It is worth the visit.


  • chicorico70

    Shoot! I didn’t know this was around. Wish I would have caught this earlier. I have a technical need that might require some Intel… stuff, but it might be complicated. Are there still Intel experts in the area that I could dialog with as if they were working this store?

    My need is finding a way to see if I can project my Windows 8.1 tablet WIRELESSLY to an Epson projector, through plug ins and what not.

    • Hi! The store actually closed down last week. However, what are you wanting to do is possible. Here are a couple of suggestions:

      1. The Netgear Push2TV Wireless Display adapter –

      2. Use a Google Chromecast. It is only $35. It plugs into the HDMI port on your TV or projector, and can display whatever is on your screen via the Chromecast app.

      I have both. The Push2TV may be more what you are looking for because it is a true display adapter which means you can project your whole desktop. The Chromecast works via the Chrome browser, or it can display Netflix, Hulu, etc. from your computer, tablet, or phone.

      I hope that helps!


      • chicorico70

        This does help, thank you for the response.
        However, I don’t believe my Windows 8.1 tablet is Intel WiDi enabled. Is it easy to GET a tablet enabled? I tried looking on Intel’s site recently and got lost. That’s why I’m bummed that this store is out of town now.

        • I’m sorry! I totally missed the word “tablet” in there. Duh. LOL. However, you can definitely use the Chromecast app. Which model tablet do you have?

          • chicorico70

            I have an HP Split – it’s a laptop / tablet combo… so it’s basically a touchscreen laptop. In essence. I’ve been on Intel’s website and I tried following steps to see if my device is compatible, and it just lead me to a list of 198 results. No help.
            I’m a teacher and I’d really like to project my Powerpoints and Word docs wirelessly so I can walk around my room.

          • Ok. That one has an HDMI port, so you really do not have to worry about whether or not it is WiDi enabled. You can use any wireless media adapter that is HDMI compatible like the Push2TV to project your screen to a TV or projector.

          • chicorico70

            Well, the HDMI port is on the keyboard portion — not the tablet portion. So… the tablet portion would have to be enabled with… something! I just don’t know what.
            Or am I wrong?

            There’s no communication between the keyboard portion (dock) and tablet when the tablet portion is detached.

            (Thanks for all your replies, by the way!!)

          • I can’t find any clear info either on whether or not that is WiDi enabled. However, I would think that if it is, it would be listed an app on the machine. Or, if you look in the Device Manager under displays you may see it there. It’s weird that they have a list on their site (Intel) of all the compatible adapters, but not the machines.

            So… if that is not available you will just have to use it with the keyboard attached to utilize HDMI. :

            Or…. give the Chromecast a try. You can just install that app on the machine and use it without the keyboard attached. AT $35 it is not a bad deal since you can do much more with it.

            And I’m happy to reply. πŸ™‚



          • chicorico70

            Alright – Well, we’ll leave it at that I guess! I appreciate your help, input, and research. I wish that Intel offered WiDi as a series of things you can download, but it looks like I had to think of that before purchasing something. Thanks so much!