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Michigan Avenue Apple Store Gets First Permit, Apple Mum on Construction

 Renderings of the proposed new Apple store off Pioneer Court. 
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MAGNIFICENT MILE — Apple is one step closer to planting its new store on the banks of the Chicago River. 

The Cupertino, Calif.-based electronics company received its first building permit Tuesday for the store it wants to build on and below Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave. 

Designed by London-based Foster + Partners, the new store will consist of a glass box on the plaza leading down to a 20,000-square-foot riverfront store. Apple announced last year that it planned to move its store from 679 N. Michigan Ave. to Pioneer Court. 

A rendering of the new riverfront Apple store. [Foster + Partners]

Nick Leahy, an Apple spokesman, declined to disclose when construction will start on the store. So did a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Zeller Realty Group, which owns Pioneer Court. Leahy previously told DNAinfo Chicago that Apple hoped to begin construction "in early 2016." 

Once open, the Apple store will replace a food court underneath the plaza, and the project has already temporarily displaced a bust of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Chicago's first settler

Curbed Chicago first reported news of the building permit Wednesday morning. 

The glass box on Pioneer Court leading down to the future Apple store. [Foster + Partners]

An imagined wintry look at the store from across the Chicago River. [Foster + Partners]

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