Apple Store Chicago Michigan Ave. Grand Opening


CBS in Chicago featured a short news feature on their 10 o'clock news. Here's the video clip of this news feature in Quicktime format.
Apple Store, end of line
Apple Store, end of line
This was the end of the line, basically stretching three blocks away from the front of the building I think later on it grew another block.
Apple Store, end of line 2
Apple Store, end of line 2
Another shot from the end of the line.
Second line
Second line
I discovered there were two lines to get in, one was the "overflow" line. It turns out that the first line got in first, then they let the second line in.
Apple Store, middle of line
Apple Store, middle of line
Here are the two lines, taken from the beginning of the second block.
Apple Store, bicyclists?
Apple Store, bicyclists?
A whole ton of bicyclists showed up riding down Huron, blocking traffic and making fun of people driving cars. They must have known the Mac fans would be here because they handed out pro-bicycle flyers that made references to "Think Different" (I didn't get a chance to see a flyer up close, so I'm not sure of more details).
Apple Store-glass staircase
Apple Store-glass staircase
Inside the Apple Store. Woohoo! It took me about an hour and a half to get in. This is on of the first things you see when you get inside--a glass staircase up to the second floor.
Apple Store--underneath staircase
Apple Store--underneath staircase
Here's a shot from underneath the glass staircase. It's blocked off by glass; I'm not sure why. Perhaps the glass supports the stairs?
Apple Store - 1st floor
Apple Store - 1st floor
Macs, iSights, and cameras are lined up on tables on either side of the 1st floor.
Apple Store - Theater
Apple Store - Theater
On the second floor at the top of the staircase, one can find a theater with seats, a screen, and a stage.
Apple Store - Theater 2
Apple Store - Theater 2
Apple Store - Window
Apple Store - Window
Here's a shot of the huge Apple window form the inside. Pretty cool! I took this shot by standing on a glass bridge that connects each side of the second floor.
Apple Store - Ceiling
Apple Store - Ceiling
A glass ceiling allows you to see up to the sky. Quite a nice touch.
Apple Store - band
Apple Store - band
A band actually started playing at the theater, you can barely see them in this shot.
Apple Store - band close-up
Apple Store - band close-up
Here's a closer shot of the band.
Apple Store - top of staircase
Apple Store - top of staircase
Here's a shot of the Apple window again, from the top of the glass staircase. You can see the front doors at the bottom with people streaming in.
Apple Store - 1st floor 2
Apple Store - 1st floor 2
Here's another shot of the Macs on the 1st floor. Sorry it's so blurry.
Apple Store - bottom of staircase
Apple Store - bottom of staircase
Apple Store - Apple window outside
Apple Store - Apple window outside
Here's a shot of the Apple window and front doors from the outside. There were a ton of people there, and quite a few people just walking by on the street, wonder what was going on.
Apple Store - front doors
Apple Store - front doors
Apple Store - still a line
Apple Store - still a line
There was still a line to get in when I left at 8:30. I didn't check to see how far it went, but it was at least a block.
Apple Store - white Apple
Apple Store - white Apple
Outside on the left-hand side of the building there is a white Apple; I think it glows when it gets dark out.
Apple Store - iPod display
Apple Store - iPod display
Also on the left-hand side of the building, there's an iPod window display.
Apple Store - front
Apple Store - front
I guess I should have tried taking this picture when there was more sunlight, but this gives you a pretty good idea what it looks like.
Apple Store - Apple bag
Apple Store - Apple bag
The new Apple bags have strings that let you carry them over your shoulder.
Apple Store - iSight
Apple Store - iSight
Apple Store - free shirt front
Apple Store - free shirt front
This is the shirt they were giving away.
Apple Store - free shirt back
Apple Store - free shirt back