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New Riverfront Apple Store Prepares To Break Ground Off Magnificent Mile

 Renderings of the proposed new Apple store off Pioneer Court. 
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DOWNTOWN — The construction workers preparing to build a new Apple store on the banks of the Chicago River won't be spinning their wheels much longer. 

The owner of Pioneer Court, the plaza at 401 N. Michigan Ave. where the new Downtown store will be built, began fencing off parts of the Riverwalk on Monday morning as construction crews prepare to break ground. 

Once built, a glass box on the plaza will lead down to the new Apple store on the north bank of the Chicago River. 

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“This development will further activate the plaza while enhancing office and retail amenities for our tenants, neighbors, and visitors," Paul Zeller of Zeller Realty Group, which owns Pioneer Court, said in a statement. 

The north riverfront is now blocked from Michigan Avenue, and ticketholders boarding the Shoreline Sightseeing cruises there will have to walk around to the east side of the tower at 401 N. Michigan Ave. while construction is underway. 

A Zeller spokeswoman said there is no timeline for the Apple project. 

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