I am quite pleased that Apple is opening a new retail store in Chicago near the intersection of North Ave., Clybourn and Halstead. Not only is this location much closer to where I live, the neighborhood is known as being a "Michigan Ave. for locals," as it has many of the same stores located on the world famous destination sans all the congestion of tourism.
As it would happen, Apple's new neighbor will be the CTA red line subway station. It comes as no surprise that Apple doesn't want the unsightliness of the dilapidated station right next to their shiny new building. So, what will they do about this? They’re going to renovate the station inside and out and build a park between it and their new store. Mac Rumors has all the details.
Personally, I love to see business enrich their communities like this. After all, socially responsible commerce is a sustaining force our country is built on and this is a perfect example of community improvement by an international corporation. Not only will they provide yet another destination store in the neighborhood, they'll provide much needed outdoor space in a neighborhood that otherwise resembles a concrete jungle. As a member of the community, kudos to Apple on this one.