Chicago's Apple retail store opens tonight

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Apple will open its first retail store tonight (6 p.m., Central) in downtown Chicago, Illinois, at 679 North Michigan Avenue.

As MacCentral first told readers last week, the Apple Store North Michigan Avenue will feature an Internet cafe where visitors can check e-mail. However, Apple now says that you'll also be able to check out the newly announced iChat AV and iSight digital video cameras for video conferencing.

The Chicago store will also be home to: a class studio that overlooks a greenroof garden; a 40-foot long Genius Bar; a solution centers" where you can learn about Apple solutions for music, photography and movies; an expanded kids section with seven computer stations connected to the Internet; and a 48-seat theater, where customers can watch demonstrations of Apple products, participate in classes, and attend "Made on a Mac" events.

In fact, Apple says the new store will offer 300 customer events every month, including new "Genius Bar Unplugged" technical sessions taught at the Genius Bar and a Studio Series of hands-on classes. Check online for the complete schedule of North Michigan Avenue store events and classes.

This story, "Chicago's Apple retail store opens tonight" was originally published by PCWorld.

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