Lincoln Park Waiting for Plaza, Subway Rehab

June 28, 2010

Passersby report that the future Lincoln Park (Chicago) retail store is finished, both inside and out, and that a grand opening date now seems to be entirely dependent upon the completion of the adjacent public plaza, and renovation of the street-level subway building renovation and underground station. Construction began on the store in November 2008, but then in October 2009 Apple agreed to spend $4 million to renovate the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) station that is steps away from the store. That agreement, late into the store’s project timeline, seems to have delayed the grand opening. Right now, black netting still covers the glass-covered ends of the store, which will resemble the existing Scottsdale Quarter store. Outside, wooden crates of stone tiles—similar in color but larger than Apple interior floor tiles—are awaiting placement on the plaza, and cement planter boxes have been poured. The CTA station itself has been re-bricked and cleaned up, and clean-up work is underway on the subway platform. Based on construction progress, the store could open in late July.

View a complete six-month gallery of construction progress photos.

The interior of the store appears finished, and furniture is in place.

The plaza between the Apple store and CTA building (to right) is unfinished. Stone tiles need to be installed and cement planter boxes still need to be finished and filled with greenery.

A large crate of stone tiles awaits installation on the plaza.

A view across the plaza toward the third, side entrance of the store. Inside, the Genius Bar logo is visible.

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res08hao June 29, 2010 at 0822

Seeing as it’s in Chicago, no doubt political thugs strong armed Apple.

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Chris July 2, 2010 at 1315

they say this is the same design as the scottsdale store, yet this one will be a 15,000 square foot store while the AZ store is only 7,800 square feet. does that mean the lincoln park store is going to have a basement level?

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Mario July 14, 2010 at 0539

I’ve walked right next to it after exiting the Red Line subway station. The subway station itself is already a lot cleaner than before. The store looks big. Even when you pass by it on the Brown Line “L,” which goes over North Ave. half a block away, the building looks big. As far as a basement, perhaps it’ll be their BOH area. I wonder if it’ll have a green roof like the N. Michigan Ave. store. Green roofs are all the rage here in Chicago.

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Tim August 11, 2010 at 1816

When is this going to open?

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Gary Allen August 11, 2010 at 2230

The latest photos still show the plaza unfinished, so it’s hard to say when the store will open. Within a month?

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Tim August 12, 2010 at 1141

This is nothing to do with Chicago thug’s! Its a matter of the CTA getting their self together and finishing the job. That store will bring in more business then 80% of current Apple retail stores out there. I can’t wait for the day it opens and when it does im going to go in and buy a fully loaded Imac 27in. Hurry up CTA!

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