As work continues on downtown Chicago’s flashy new Apple store, the outline of the 20,000-square-foot building and its riverfront staircase is beginning to show. Designed by London architecture firm Foster+Partners and costing nearly $27 million, the construction site at 401 N. Michigan has installed blue ductwork for the project’s forced air system. Meanwhile, the vertical steel pylons that will eventually support the weight of Mr. Foster’s wide, prairie-inspired roof have recently poked over the fencing separating the site from Pioneer Court.
It’s not just the high-visibility riverfront plaza that’s set to receive the Apple corporate design treatment. Below street level, the store’s entrance on Lower Michigan Avenue already features futuristic metal cladding and large illuminated lettering reflecting the new development’s address. Under construction since March, the new retail space will replace Apple’s current Mag Mile location five blocks to the north. So far, the tech company has been quiet regarding the estimated completion date of its latest Chicago store.