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1130 South Michigan apartments, South Loop

by Joe Zekas on 11/11/13

1130 South Michigan is a 43-story, 656-unit apartment tower in the South Loop. The building also has ground-level retail and restaurant space and a 320-space parking garage.

1130 South Michigan was completed in 1967, the first new residential high-rise built in the South Loop in more than 50 years. Until recently it was the tallest building in Chicago south of Congress Parkway, and it’s still the largest by unit count in the neighborhood.

Draper and Kramer was the developer of the property, and it’s currently managed by dkliving, an affiliate. Loewenberg & Loewenberg was the architecture firm.

The apartments

1130 South Michigan offers 14 different floor plans of studio, one- and two-bedroom, two-bath apartments.

Floor plans and near real-time availability information can be accessed online. As of early November 2013 available studios rented from $1,360, 1-bedrooms from $1,518 and 2-bedrooms from $2,572.

Many of the units have been updated. Studio apartments do not include dishwashers, but 1- and 2-bedrooms do. In-unit washer / dryers are available in some units. None of the units have balconies.

The floor plans are typically more spacious than you’ll find in the newer apartment buildings, and most have more generous closet space. Two-bedroom plans have adjacent bedrooms, rather than the more popular split-bedroom layout.

Views. The building’s Y-shape maximizes the number of apartments that have great views of the park and lakefront. The views to the northeast will be the most dramatic.

Amenities, services, policies

1130 South Michigan is a full-amenity building with an amenities package that has recently undergone an extensive make-over and expansion.


There’s a large outdoor pool and a spacious sundeck with charcoal grills and a fire pit.

The fitness center has a cardio room and a separate weight room. There’s a resident lounge, a fully-equipped business center and furnished studio and one-bedroom hospitality suites for guests. A dry cleaners is on-site.

1130 South Michigan has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff. The building has a 320-space valet and self-park garage.

1130 South Michigan is pet-friendly, subject to limits and has an on-site “dog deck” with a “warming center.”

The location

1130 South Michigan is directly across from Grant Park, at the south end of the park.

The location affords residents quick access to the Museum Campus, the Loop, McCormick Place and a number of local universities.

WalkScore gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 98 and a “Rider’s Paradise” transit score of 100.

Shopping. Residents at 1130 South Michigan have convenient access to grocery shopping.


For groceries, Trader Joe’s and Jewel-Osco are around the corner from the building.

Target and Whole Foods are a bit further west along Roosevelt Rd, and a new Mariano’s recently opened on Clark St. There are also several convenience stores in the immediate area. There are full-service pharmacies in the Jewel and Target, and a Walgreens is two short blocks west on Roosevelt Rd.

The South Loop has long had a rap as being under-retailed, but that’s changing as the Shops at Roosevelt Collection rapidly fills its space. There’s a large and growing cluster of big-box shops just west of the river along Roosevelt Rd, and State Street shops and Magnificent Mile shops are a few minutes’ away.

Dining, nightlife.
There are scores of dining and nightlife options within a few blocks’ walk of 1130 South Michigan, and their number is growing.


Long-time local favorites Gioco and Zapatista are across the street from each other on Wabash Ave, just over a block from the building.


Breakfast options are abundant, but you can expect a weekend wait at the Bongo Room, Eleven City Diner and Yolk, which is in the building.


Sandwich lovers are about a block away from Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s and Potbelly.


Blues lovers can head a few blocks north to Buddy Guy’s Legends. Sports enthusiasts can grab a donut and wash it down with a brew at Wabash Tap, a neighborhood hangout.

Thus far we haven’t ventured more than two short blocks from 1130 South Michigan – and we haven’t exhaustively listed what’s within those two blocks. You’ll find a lot of dining and nightlife options in the immediate neighborhood.

Parks, recreation. 1130 South Michigan has Grant Park as its front yard.

Spanning nearly half a square mile, the 319-acre park accommodates a wide range of active recreational pursuits and spots for quiet contemplation.


Millennium Park, at the North end of Grant Park, is one of the most exciting and architecturally interesting public spaces in the country. Residents of 1130 will pass the Art Institute on the way to Millennium Park.

Northerly Island beach is a short bike ride from 1130 South Michigan.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is excellent.

The CTA’s Roosevelt Road station has Red, Green and Orange Line stops for easy access to north, south and west side locations and to Midway Airport.

A wide variety of CTA bus routes criss-cross the area, with stops near the building.

Taxi service is near-instantaneous at the front door. Zipcars are available on-site and IGO car-sharing locations are nearby.

I-90/94 and I-290 can generally be reached within a few minutes.

The competition

The building’s most direct competitor is likely to be the Park Michigan apartments, a few doors south at 1212 S Michigan Ave. Renters looking for an option closer to the Loop with private balconies and an indoor pool might consider Astoria Tower, 8 E 9th St.

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s South Loop rental guide and our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

1130 South Michigan in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • 1130 South Michigan’s $26 million renovation
  • Apartment communities sponsor road trips
  • A century of growth through one man’s eyes
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