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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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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Pioneer Court Thinking Inside the Box — The Glass Box, That Is
Sep03

Pioneer Court Thinking Inside the Box — The Glass Box, That Is

Michigan Avenue’s Pioneer Court at 401 North Michigan Avenue is looking to glass things up a bit with the addition of a glass box on the building’s southern edge right across from the Chicago River.  The proposed box would be part of a $25 million renovation that the Zeller Realty Group, which owns the building, is planning for the property. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the glass box would serve as an entrance to a new...

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