Chicago’s Pioneer Court Apple Store Opens in 3… 2… 1…
Oct20

Chicago’s Pioneer Court Apple Store Opens in 3… 2… 1…

Apple’s new Michigan Avenue flagship store opens for business this morning.  The Cupertino, California computer and gadget company made a splash several years ago when it revealed that it would shutter its 2003 flagship at Michigan and Huron and move six blocks down the street to take over the underground cafeteria and utility space at 401 North Michigan Avenue. The most important thing the building did is create a workable...

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New Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets Full Construction Permit
Oct31

New Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets Full Construction Permit

It’s time for construction on the new Apple Store at 401 North Michigan Avenue to go full steam ahead. The city has issued a “full building permit for proposed 1-story retail space addition.” Previously, though the site looked busy, progress was restricted to certain phases of the project. Back in March, work was permitted on the foundations. Then in April, the elevator shaft got a green light. A month later, full...

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Next To Nothing Happening With New Apple Store, But We’ll Take It
Aug01

Next To Nothing Happening With New Apple Store, But We’ll Take It

The design of the new Michigan Avenue Apple Store has virtually all of the space below Pioneer Court, so it’s not surprising that there’s not too much to see when passing by on the 151 bus. So you’ll excuse our enthusiasm when the following blip appeared on the EEG: 401 N. Michigan Ave. Permit issued for renovation/alteration REVISION TO FOUNDATION ONLY PERMIT #100627529 FOR PROPOSED 1- STORY RETAIL SPACE WITH...

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Throwback Thursday: The Shiny New Apple on North Michigan Avenue
Jun02

Throwback Thursday: The Shiny New Apple on North Michigan Avenue

How well do you remember 2003?  It was the year that 13 people were killed and 57 hurt when a porch collapsed in Lincoln Park.  R.E.M. played the United Center.  And in one of the most Mayor Daley events in Mayor Daley history, Mayor Daley ordered a team of bulldozers to destroy Meigs Field airport in the middle of the night. It was also the year that Apple (then called Apple Computer) opened its Chicago flagship store at 679 North...

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Trib: New Mag Mile Apple Store Echoes Frank Lloyd Wright
Nov18

Trib: New Mag Mile Apple Store Echoes Frank Lloyd Wright

A day before the details of Apple, Inc.’s new North Michigan Avenue Store were to be unveiled to the public, the Chicago Tribune has managed to get its hands on a draft of the plans. The proposal has been on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting of the Chicago Plan Commission for about two weeks, listed as a “courtesy presentation.” It is not unusual for developers to present a plan to the commission to gauge...

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Chicago’s Flagship Apple Store Going Underground Down Michigan Avenue
Aug12

Chicago’s Flagship Apple Store Going Underground Down Michigan Avenue

Chicago has long been an architectural testbed for Apple, the high tech company that has transformed the way people think about computers by disguising them as mobile phones.  Now Apple is going to do it again, just down the street, at Pioneer Court. Crain’s Chicago Business has the scoop that Apple is moving its main Chicago store from 679 North Michigan to a space beneath the plaza in front of 401 North Michigan.  It’s...

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Apple Reportedly “Excited” About the Possibility of a South Loop Apple Store
Jan26

Apple Reportedly “Excited” About the Possibility of a South Loop Apple Store

Have you ever been really excited about something, and accidentally said more than you should have? That’s what happened Saturday morning in the South Loop. At a public event in a public building, the president of McCaffery Interests, Ed Woodbury, told the public a very private fact: His company is actively courting the world’s largest computer company to open an Apple Store at the Roosevelt Collection (150 West Roosevelt...

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Week Links: April 20, 2012
Apr20

Week Links: April 20, 2012

Loop North News notes a strange kind of theft — Apparently some people walked into Marina City (300 North State Street) and stole fuses from a storage space in a hallway.  The haul was worth $300.  I’ve heard of people stealing copper wire and manhole covers for their scrap value, but this is a new one to me. Saint James Cathedral (65 East Huron Street) has posted new photos of the construction on its plaza. Crain’s...

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Briefly: IBM Plaza’s New Name, Capturing Value
Dec23

Briefly: IBM Plaza’s New Name, Capturing Value

The building formerly known as IBM Plaza (330 North Wabash Avenue) will become AMA Plaza in 2013 when the American Medical Association moves in.  It’s currently headquartered at the AMA Building a few blocks away at 515 North State Street, best known for having a big hole in one side of it. There’s an interesting, and fairly lengthy, article on Grid Chicago about the notion of value capture. I’m not a public policy...

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New Shine For the Apple Store?

When Apple released its long-awaited white version of the iPhone 4, it wasn’t to the screams of thousands of faithful in line at the world’s malls and shopping streets. In fact, it was something of a whimper. Here in Chicago, the first intrepid soul in line showed up at 4:00am, and was largely alone until the store opened early at 8:45am. But while there wasn’t much going on outside, inside there was lots of...

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