Apple store to open Saturday near its "sister" CTA Red Line station

The new Apple store at North and Halsted will open this coming Saturday at 10 am. The CTA leased the former bus turnaround at the North/Clybourn Red Line station at no cost to Apple. In exchange, Apple agreed to spend about $4 million to rehab the interior and exterior of the station, and fund improvements at the platform level.

Kevin Zolkewicz recently posted Flickr photos of final preparations to the station and the store for the opening:

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To mark the opening, I'm sharing this video of Atomic Tom performing "Take Me Out" live on the New York City subway, using iPhones instead of instruments. Why doesn't this happen on the Red Line?


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  • Many keystrokes were spilled in cyberspace debating the Atomic Tom experience. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/15/a-subway-4-iphones-and-a-little-serendipity/

  • In reading those comments, I'm reminded that this type of performance would be banned on the CTA because playing of any electronic device without headphones is strictly verboten.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    And SO strictly enforced. :P

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    There's also the people who are wearing headphones, yet you can hear their music even though you are three rows away.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    I could swear that on more than one occasion I've heard music piped over the loudspeaker system from the motorman's compartment. Is that possible?

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    I seem to recall that the Holiday Train has music piped into the cars. I could be wrong, though. I took it for the first time last year.

  • In reply to eBob:

    You are correct eBob, But the Holiday Train is special, and it gets a pass. Just ask Martha.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Only five more weeks!!

  • In reply to marthat3:

    Oh, I wasn't referring to the Holiday Train, which is indeed special. The incidents I was thinking of were just sharing of personal tunes with a captive audience, which is just as wrong when done by CTA personnel as by passengers.

  • In reply to CCWriter:

    ... the platform still looks like crap. i guess some flashy apple ads will make me forget that, right?

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