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Apple shows off new renderings of flagship Chicago store

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Apple is setting up shop right on the riverfront.
Apple is setting up shop right on the riverfront.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s new digs in Chicago are shaping up to be one of its most beautiful flagship stores ever, based on new renderings released by the iPhone-maker.

The current structure Apple is renovating on North Michigan Avenue doesn’t look like much, but once it’s finished, the new Apple store will feature massive glass walls an inviting open layout.

Here’s another angle:

apple store chicago rendering
The future Michigan Ave. Apple store.
Photo: Foster + Partners

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls will greet visitors as they walk through the entrance of the store from the Pioneer Court plaza on the river. Once finished, the flagship store will look nearly as iconic as the cube on New York’s Fifth Ave.

“We wanted the building to be as light and transparent as possible,” said James McGrath, a partner at Foster + Partners, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. The architectural firm is the same company that helped design the new Apple Park spaceship in Cupertino, California.

The final price tag on the Chicago store is expect to come in at $27 million. Apple hasn’t said when it will open its doors on 401 N. Michigan Ave, but it’s expected to open around October, just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year, on one of the biggest shopping streets in the US.