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Norman Foster Behind New Prairie-esque Apple Store for Chicago

The rumors surrounding the new Apple Store for Chicago's Michigan Avenue can be put to rest as the Chicago Tribune has uncovered the plans for the store, along with several conceptual renderings. According to the Tribune, the Cupertino-based tech giant has teamed up yet again with architect Norman Foster of Foster + Partners for the new project on Michigan Avenue. The London-based architect worked with Apple on their new spacey-looking headquarters. And while there was some speculation that the new Michigan Avenue store would look similar to the glass box stores that Apple has built in cities like New York, Turkey and China, the new store for Chicago's downtown will be distinctly midwestern. The renderings that the Tribune gathered from the Zeller Realty Group's proposal reveal a structure that is contemporary, but also reminiscent of the low-slung rooflines and wide gables that Frank Lloyd Wright designed. The new store design borrows heavily from the Prairie School that helped put Chicago on the map.

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