iPhone 4 Takes Over Chicago

1:40 PM -- New Yorkers weren't the only ones with iPhone 4 fever. Hundreds of Chicagoans braved the elements to get their hands on Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s latest iconic device. (See Big Lines Form for the iPhone 4.)

Despite last night's severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings in Chicago, people began lining up at the Michigan Avenue storefront yesterday afternoon. One guy was even in place as early as Tuesday, only to sell his spot to the highest bidder ($1,000) early this morning. The lines wrapped around the large store, long enough to cover six Chicago blocks and anger the local commuters. Apple employees greeted each new customer, let in the store every few minutes, with waning cheers and applause. An employee said he expects every person in line that pre-ordered the device to receive it before the store closes at 9 p.m. tonight. As for the adjacent line of those who didn't plan ahead, he said he's "hopeful." Here are some images from the morning wait, well underway by the time I arrived at 8 a.m. Click below to start the slideshow:

The Wait is On

Meanwhile, back at AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), only seven confused -- and soon to be angry -- people awaited the device. At 10 'til 8 a.m., an AT&T employee emerged to tell the people, many of whom had been there for a few hours, that AT&T only had 15 pre-ordered iPhones on hand. The rest would have to wait to get theirs until "sometime soon" or head down the street to Apple, where the line showed no signs of slowing by 8:30 a.m.

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:31:28 PM
re: iPhone 4 Takes Over Chicago

That guy is a genius. I want to shake his hand.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:31:28 PM
re: iPhone 4 Takes Over Chicago

I forgot to mention that the guy who earned $1000 for his first spot in line didn't get out of line. He just moved one spot back. Now that's out of line if you ask me.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:31:27 PM
re: iPhone 4 Takes Over Chicago

I would just wash your hands after. He'd been camping for 3 days.

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 4:31:27 PM
re: iPhone 4 Takes Over Chicago

70s:  Camping out for concert tickets.

80s:  Camping out for movie tickets.

90s:  Camping out under your desk for IPOs.

00s:  Camping out for buying investment condos.

10s:  Camping out for iPhones.


I can't wait to see what the 20s will bring.  I fear it might be just "camping out".

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