The Apple Store at Old Orchard in Skokie, Illinois, was among the first Apple Stores. It opened on Friday, November 7, 2003. MacWorld reported, “As is customary when a new Apple Store opens for business, the first 1,000 people to visit get a free Apple T-shirt to commemorate the trip.”
I attended this store opening and received this white shirt with a blue Apple logo and the words Old Orchard in the Myriad Apple font in light gray. The shirt is in its original packaging.
The original Old Orchard Store closed and a new location opened on September 28, 2019.
The Apple Store in Northbrook Court in Northbrook, Illinois, originally opened in July 2005. Visitors who attended the opening were given this boxed t-shirt. This shirt is unopened in its original cardboard box, sealed with a silver Apple logo sticker.
The original Apple Store Northbrook Court location was closed and a new location was opened on September 9, 2017.
The Apple Store at 679 North Michigan Avenue (at East Huron Street) was the original Apple Store in Chicago’s loop on the “Magnificent Mile.” The store opened on June 26, 2003. This store originally included an Internet cafe, a class Studio that overlooked an eco-friendly greenroof garden, a forty-foot long Genius Bar, “solution centers” for music, photography and movies, an expanded kids section with seven computer stations connected to the Internet, a software section with hundreds of software titles for the Mac, and a 48-seat theater. This was considered Apple’s first “flagship store.”
I attended this store opening where Apple gave t-shirts to the first visitors. The shirt is white with a blue Apple logo and the words North Michigan Avenue in the Myriad Apple font in light gray. The shirt is in its original packaging.
Apple closed this location on October 20, 2017, and replaced it with Apple Michigan Avenue on Chicago’s riverfront.