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BIG CITY OPTICAL Debuts Streeterville Store

Opens 16th Store in Five Years

CHICAGO, IL (October 26, 2022) - BIG CITY OPTICAL recently opened another store in the Chicago area. Located in Streeterville, this new store is the company’s 16th in five years and its third this year. The brand also opened a store in Lincoln Square (4625 N. Lincoln Ave.) and Lincoln Park (2743 N. Clark) earlier this year.

“Since launching our first store in Pilsen in 2017, BIG CITY OPTICAL has seen tremendous growth,” Company Co-Owner Michael Kogelis said. “We’re so excited to bring BIG CITY OPTICAL to the Streeterville neighborhood!”

Streeterville Store Manager Ty Bell has already witnessed tremendous customer enthusiasm for BIG CITY OPTICAL's newest location.

“It’s fun to work alongside clients as they consider our wide-range of quality eyewear brands, including our own M. alexander brand,” Bell said. “It’s been fun to meet so many new and existing BIG CITY OPTICAL clients who are excited about our new location.”

With additional stores in Andersonville, the Loop, River North, West Loop, the North Shore, and elsewhere in Chicago, adding a Streeterville store diversifies the company’s locations.

“BIG CITY OPTICAL has a presence in nearly every neighborhood in the city of Chicago,” Kogelis said. “We’re thrilled to expand this presence to Streeterville."

The BIG CITY OPTICAL Streeterville location is located at 227 E. Ontario St. in Chicago. The store is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m on Friday and Saturday.


BIG CITY OPTICAL offers high-quality eyecare. Stores carry glasses and contact lenses in a wide-range of brands. Offering best-in-class care with world-class digital technology across its 16 stores in Chicago and the North Shore, BIG CITY OPTICAL is a VSP Insurance premier partner with a customer-centered staff.

BIG CITY OPTICAL talks about the value of a neighborhood presence with WBBM 780AM

BIG CITY OPTICAL co-founder, Mike Kogelis, sat down with CBS WBBM 780 Newsradio to discuss BIG CITY OPTICAL's growth - from one store in Pilsen to 16 stores throughout Chicago and the North Shore. Nestled throughout Chicago neighborhoods, Big City Optical only continues to grow store traffic as Chicago consumers draw to the company's uniquely customized eyecare just down the street.

An antique corporate strategy that BIG CITY OPTICAL uniquely recognized as a prevailing consumer need, neighborhood optometry practices became a niche offering as big box practices emerged. In 2022, the consumer still benefits from the convenient access to care and individualized attention offered by a neighborhood optometry practice.

Learn more about how BIG CITY OPTICAL addresses this major consumer need:

Listen to the full interview below!

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