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1401 South State apartments, 1401 S State St, South Loop

by Joe Zekas on 11/27/13

1401 South State is a 22-story, 278-unit apartment tower in the South Loop. The building was completed in 2008 and has a 195-space parking garage.

Lincoln Property Company was the developer. The architecture firm for the project was Valerio Dewalt Train Associates and W. E. O’Neil Construction was the general contractor.

The apartments

1401 South State offers 10 different studio, one- and two-bedroom, two-bath floor plans. The studio plan has a well-defined alcove sleeping area and can properly be classified as a convertible.

Floor plans and near real-time availability information can be accessed online. As of late-November 2013 no studios were available, one-bedrooms rented from $1,541 and 2-bedrooms from $2,181.

The units have a loft aesthetic with floor-to-ceiling windows, polished concrete floors, concrete walls and ceilings and exposed ductwork. All of the apartments have in-unit washer / dryers. None of the apartments have stall showers.

Only 2-bedrooms have balconies. They’re among the smallest balconies in Chicago and open off a bedroom. A few units have adjacent outdoor terraces.

Two-bedroom plans have the split-bedroom layout that’s more popular with roommates and people who office from home.

Unit finishes vary, with some having been recently upgraded. You’ll want to see the exact apartment you’re interested in renting.

Views. 1401 South State has almost unobstructed views in every direction, and floor-to-ceiling windows expand the views.

East-facing units have views of the park and lake from higher floors. Planned construction of two high-rises in the 1300 block of Wabash will curtail the views to the northeast in coming years.

Amenities, services, policies

1401 South State does not have a pool.

There’s a large landscaped 4th-floor deck with a fire pit, grills and seating areas. The deck is on the east side of the building, limiting its exposure to the sun as the day progresses, but taking advantage of sweeping views.

1401 South State has a fitness room, a business center, a “social room” and “cyber café.” There’s a furnished guest suite to accommodate visitors. 1401 South State has a bike storage area and an option for locker storage. There’s a small private park for residents across the street.

1401 South State has on-site leasing and management staff and 24/7 door staff. The building has a 195-space garage with indoor assigned parking available.

1401 South State is pet-friendly, subject to limits, and has a dog run with a bathing station and fountain.

The location

If you’re simply standing outside the building and scanning up and down State Street, you’re going to gain a misleading impression of the location’s strengths.

Elevated train tracks are immediately behind the building, and across the street is a blocks-long, bleak wall bordering the Dearborn Park II development. Ignore what you’re seeing, and head two blocks north or a block east for a clearer picture of the area.

WalkScore gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 97 and a “Rider’s Paradise” transit score of 95.

Shopping. Residents at 1401 South State have good access to grocery shopping.


Trader Joe’s and Jewel-Osco are a short walk north from 1401 South State. Target and Whole Foods are a bit further west along Roosevelt Rd, and a new Mariano’s recently opened two blocks south of the building. There are full-service pharmacies in the Jewel and Target, and a Walgreens at State St and Roosevelt Rd.

The South Loop has long had a rap as being under-retailed, and there’s little to no retail development within a short walk of 1401 South State. Several blocks north and west, the Shops at Roosevelt Collection is filling in, with an emphasis on fashion.

There’s a large and growing cluster of big-box shops just west of the river along Roosevelt Rd, and State Street shops are easily accessible by CTA train.

Dining, nightlife.
There are quite a few dining and nightlife options within a few blocks’ of 1401 South State, and the number is growing.


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


Sandwich lovers are a few minutes’ walk from Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s, Potbelly and Five Guys.

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

Sports enthusiasts can grab a donut and wash it down with a brew at neighborhood hangouts like Wabash Tap and The Scout.

There’s also a lively restaurant and bar cluster two short blocks east of 1401 South State at 14th and Michigan Ave.


The Showplace Icon theaters at Roosevelt Collection are one of the few first-run movie venues in downtown Chicago. The lounge bar gets busy in the evening and has food available.

Parks, recreation. 1401 South State has a small resident-only park across the street.

Cotton Tail Park (named after the resident bunnies), Jones Park and Coliseum Park are an easy stroll from the building.


Grant Park and Northerly Island’s 12th Street Beach are nearby, but are more easily accessible from a number of the competing rental buildings in the South Loop.

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.

The location doesn’t have the same near-instant taxi service that you’ll find at other South Loop apartment buildings. Zipcar and IGO car-sharing locations are nearby.

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

The competition

1401 South State’s most direct competitor is likely to be the Park Michigan apartments, 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.

1401 South State in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • South Loop tower to sell for about $70 million
  • Lofts break the mold on State Street
  • Rental high-rise under construction in South Loop
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