The 130,000 square foot Art Deco building was built in 1927 and housed the Wholesale Florist Exchange. It was converted to residential lofts in 2012.
13Thirteen has a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Five of the 6 floor plans marketed on the building’s website as 2-bedroom apartments have a second “bedroom” that doesn’t meet Chicago building code standards and is labeled a “multipurpose room” on the plans. There’s no natural light or ventilation to that room, and it lacks a closet on one of the plans. The dimensions of the multipurpose room also appear to be misstated in the floor plan, above. Only two of the building’s 19 floor plans have bedrooms with windows. The apartments do not have private outdoor space.
Most of the building’s floor plans have a long and narrow “bowling alley” configuration that results in a lot of space being lost to travel.
Floor plans and near real-time availability information can be accessed online. As of late December 2013, rents ranged from $1,397 to $2,401.
The apartments have 11-foot ceiling heights, and a soft-loft aesthetic with exposed spiral ductwork.
Kitchens have stylish cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliance packages with gas ranges and built-in microwaves. All of the apartments have in-unit washer / dryers and individual heating and air-conditioning units.
It’s been my experience that apartments often have a very different feel once you’re inside them than the one you glean from their floor plans, so visit the space if you’re interested. It might not be as dysfunctional as it appears from the plans.
Residents of the building have expressed a number of pros and cons to living there.
Views. 13Thirteen, at only 3 stories in height, is not a view building.
Amenities, services, policies
13Thirteen has an unusually good amenities package for a loft building of its size.
13Thirteen has a rooftop resident lounge. There’s an adjacent outdoor seating area with a grill station and city views. The building also has a theater room, business center and conference room and a fitness room.
13Thirteen has indoor heated garage parking and bike storage. Cats and dogs are accepted, subject to limits.
13Thirteen is half a mile west of the lively “restaurant row” district on Randolph St. Proximity to the Illlinois Medical District hospitals is a plus for the location.
Shopping. Residents at 13Thirteen have limited grocery shopping options nearby compared to other West Loop buildings.
A recently-opened Target is about three-quarters of a mile from the building.
The new Mariano’s three-quarters of a mile southeast of 13Thirteen has been generating a lot of positive buzz and drawing crowds to a large selection of prepared foods and craft beers.
You’ll find the occasional boutique and gallery in the neighborhood, but retail venues are fairly scarce. There is an “adult store” just east of 13Thirteen. State Street shops, anchored by Macy’s, are more than a mile-and-a-half east.
Dining, nightlife. The West Loop has a rich and varied dining and nightlife scene, much of it clustered further east of 13Thirteen.
The annual Taste of Randolph street fair is a great way to sample Randolph Street’s offerings.
Alhambra Palace, just east of 13Thirteen, is a must-visit although not a place you’re likely to dine on a regular basis.
Residents at 13Thirteen don’t need to venture to the well-known Randolph St and Greektown destination strips. They have a short stroll to Nohea Cafe, Palace Grill, La Lucé, Urban Belly, Viaggio and West End, to name just a few of the nearby options.
Parks, recreation. The location has good proximity to public parks and recreational opportunities.
The more than 7-acre Skinner Park, three short blocks from the property, has a children’s playground, baseball fields, basketball courts, an athletic field for football or soccer and hosts popular events including Movies in the Parks. There’s also a full complement of facilities, including a pool, field house and tennis courts, at the 13-acre Union Park, two blocks west of 13Thirteen.
Transportation. Public transportation is decent, but not as good as in other West Loop locations.
A number of CTA bus routes serve the area, providing fairly quick access to the Loop and to the Medical District.
13Thirteen has good access to the city’s expressway grid. Taxi service is readily available. Zipcar car-sharing locations are several blocks away.
The West Loop apartment market is poised to become very competitive.
13Thirteen’s most direct loft competitor is Lake Street Lofts, 910 W Lake. The building will also compete with the recently-opened K2, 365 N Halsted and with Catalyst and Arkadia, two new projects slated to open next year that enjoy closer-in West Loop locations. There are also a number of smaller new apartment projects that have opened recently a few blocks east of 13Thirteen.
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 our Guide to renting in Chicago’s Near West neighborhoods and our at-a-glance list of downtown Chicago apartments.
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