Chicago's University Village Marketplace Welcomes Two New Businesses: Marketplace Vision, Sportswear Retailer AKIN Now Open Near UIC

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Marketplace Vision and sportswear retailer AKIN have opened at University Village Marketplace in the heart of Chicago's historic Maxwell Street Market.

University Village Marketplace (, a mix of dining, retail and service offerings in the heart of Chicago's historic Maxwell Street Market, has announced the openings of Marketplace Vision and sportswear retailer AKIN.

Marketplace Vision, 1306 S. Halsted, is a full-service eye care practice owned and staffed by licensed, residency-trained optometrists Drs. Eric A. Baas and Keith F. Tyler. Offerings include eye exams for all ages including pediatrics, low vision, contact lens fittings, treatment of ocular disease, and consultation and co-management of refractive/LASIK surgery. An extensive selection of designer eyewear is also available. Most insurance plans, including vision and medical, are accepted, and walk-ins are welcome. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit or call 312-455-1306.

AKIN, located at 1313 and 1315 S. Halsted, is a new urban metro retail concept carrying footwear (Adidas, Converse, Jordan, Nike, Puma, Vans) and apparel (IM King, Kiks Tyo, Wrong Wroks) for men and women. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 312-243-9030.

For inquiries about leasing opportunities at University Village Marketplace, contact U.S. Equities at 312-456-7000.

About University Village Marketplace
Located at the south campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago - and on the former site of the historic and renowned Maxwell Street "open air" market - University Village Marketplace is a unique and family-friendly shopping area composed of businesses, restaurants, taverns, retail outlets and service shops. Everything is conveniently dispersed along Halsted and Maxwell Streets, Roosevelt Road and Union Avenue.

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