Chicago Broadband Challenge starts with free Wi-Fi in Millenium Park
In an effort to establish Chicago as a hub for ultra-fast Internet service, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed a plan today to bring free Wi-Fi access to a number of public areas. Dubbed the Chicago Broadband Challenge, the new initiative will bring Wi-Fi to Chicago's parks and other public spaces. The Chicago Tribune reports that the project was meant to kick off this morning with the opening of free Wi-Fi in Millennium Park.
Chicago case common in insurance disputes
An unusual arrangement between Apple, a nearby train station and the contractors who did work on both has resulted in a lawsuit from Colony Insurance against Apple, the Chicago Transit Authority and contractor Petter Construction Company over liability on an accident claim that originated when a woman slipped and fell in the construction area between the then-in-progress Lincoln Park Apple Store and the also-renovated subway station next door.
Details attempted mugging, chase and more
In some cities, at least, high-tech should be kept on the down-low, says one iPhone blogger. In a harrowing tale of attempted robbery, Chicago Now online magazine columnist Scott Kleinberg details in his latest iPhone blog post his successful disruption of an attempted iPhone theft -- in this case, the iPhone in question was his own.
Products taken from Chicago-area outlet
The Apple Store at Main Place shopping village in Naperville, Illinois (about 25 miles west of downtown Chicago) was burgled early this morning. Thieves broke the glass front of the store in the early hours and made off with approximately $24,000 worth of merchandise, according to police reports.
Renovation meant to aid new Apple Store
Apple has agreed to spend over $4 million on renovating a Chicago subway station, according to Chicago Business. The station is situated near the intersection of North and Clybourn, where Apple is set to build another retail store for the city, measuring some 15,000 square feet with design by long-time partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The lease on the real estate is expected to cost Apple at least $700,000 annually.
Second Chicago Apple Store
A location has been chosen for the site of Apple's second retail store in Chicago, a city publication reports. The company has cemented a $700,000 annual lease for land at the corner of North, Clybourn and Halsted, formerly the home of a gas station. In doing so Apple should be able to build a shop measuring some 15,000 square feet, designed by local firm and frequent Apple partner Bohlin Cywinski Jackson.