Baffled by Winter, Left Coast Bloggers Jump Ugly on Chicago’s Apple Store
Jan02

Baffled by Winter, Left Coast Bloggers Jump Ugly on Chicago’s Apple Store

Since this publication began almost 15 years ago, we’ve always stated there is a big difference between blogging and journalism.  That became evident over this New Year’s Eve weekend, when a bunch of 20-somethings with smartphones who like to play journalist lit up the internet with cries that there was something wrong with the new Apple flagship store at Pioneer Court. Sadly, it started with local blogger Matt Maldre who...

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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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New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio
Aug15

New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio

  The positively horizontal, vaguely industrial, commercial building at 935 North Rush Street is about to start a new chapter in its already interesting life. Most recently, it was an Urban Outfitters location. But U.A. moved up the street to 1100 North State Street a few years ago. Now permits have been issued to start construction on the second of two new tenants to fill the retail space: a new Christian Dior store. 931 N. Rush...

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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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New Downtown Chicago Apple Store Construction Gets Serious
May31

New Downtown Chicago Apple Store Construction Gets Serious

There are people who love Apple Stores.  There are people who love cranes.  Expect the two groups to squee in unison very soon, as a permit has been issued for a tower crane to help build the new Apple Store at Pioneer Court (401 North Michigan Avenue). Permit issued for new construction TOWER CRANE INSTALLATION AT PLAZA FOR PROPOSED 1-STORY RETAIL ADDITION. You’re right — it is a little unusual for a tower crane to be erected...

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Construction Begins on New Michigan Avenue Apple Store
Mar17

Construction Begins on New Michigan Avenue Apple Store

The biggest retail change to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile since the new flagship Burberry Store went up in 2013 is starting to take place at Pioneer Plaza. Demolition has begun in front of 401 North Michigan Avenue for the new “underground” Apple Store Pioneer Court.  Fences went up, and a JCB started yanking out paving blocks yesterday afternoon.  Loop Spy Marcus double-clicked our tip line when he saw the work...

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Real Estate Chess Game May Uncover Hidden Michigan Avenue History [u]
Dec17

Real Estate Chess Game May Uncover Hidden Michigan Avenue History [u]

Here at Chicago Architecture, we’ve written often about how even though ours is a young city, it still has layers of history to explore.  Occasionally we get lucky, and the onion of history gets peeled before our eyes.  One of those opportunities may be approaching. Recently, Zeller Realty Group and Apple made waves by announcing their intention to build a new sub-street-level consumer electronics store at Pioneer Court on the...

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New Chicago Apple Store to Turn Dead Space Into Public Riverside Promenade
Nov19

New Chicago Apple Store to Turn Dead Space Into Public Riverside Promenade

The public got its first official look at the new Apple Store coming to Pioneer Plaza, arguably the epicenter of both Chicago’s retail and tourism industries. In a courtesy presentation to the Chicago Plan Commission for Zeller Realty Group, architect James McGrath of London’s Foster+Partners promised that in spite of the intrusion of a large roofed-in and glassed-off space that the square would retain its primary function...

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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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