October 23, 2010 (CHICAGO) --
Apple invested $4 million in the North and Clybourn station next door to its new Lincoln Park store in a deal with the Chicago Transit Authority. The Apple store, which opened Saturday morning, will offer classes for Apple clients as well the usual Mac goods. In preparation for the opening, Apple invested $4 million in the nearby CTA station, cleaning up the inside, revamping the exterior and adding a plaza outside.
One blogger wrote it's the equivalent of "having your neighbor mow your lawn and letting them pay you for it, too."
In exchange for the station cleanup, Apple has the right of first refusal if the transit agency decides to sell naming rights to the train station, a move the cash-strapped CTA has been considering for some time.