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Mod apartments, 1222 W Madison St, West Loop

by Joe Zekas on 12/27/13

Mod is a 5-story, 58-unit luxury apartment building at 1222 W Madison St in the West Loop.

Sullivan Goulette & Wilson was the architecture firm for Mod, which was conceived as a condominium but converted to rental apartments in 2009 as a result of a market downturn.

Fifield Companies recently acquired Mod, along with a vacant parcel to the west, and plans to add 44 units to the project and expand its amenities.

The apartments

Mod has a mix of one-, two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den apartments.

Floor plans and near real-time availability information can be accessed online. As of late December 2013, 1-bedrooms ranged from $1,775 to $1,970, 2-bedroom / 2-baths from $2,420 to $2,710, and 2-bedroom / 2-bath plus den apartments from $2,930 to $2,980.

The apartments have 10-foot ceiling heights, large expanses of windows and private balconies.

Kitchens have stylish cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliance packages with gas cooktops, built-in ovens and microwaves. All of the apartments have in-unit washer / dryers and individual heating and air-conditioning units.

The baths in one-bedrooms and the master bath in 2-bedrooms have dual-bowl vanities and stall showers. The second bedroom in the two-bedroom plan has borrowed light and ventilation rather than windows.

Views. Mod is not a view building.

Amenities, services, policies

Common-area amenities are limited to a 24-hour fitness room, indoor parking, a dog park and additional storage.

Plans are underway for a new lobby, a business center with computers and printers, a “board room” with flat screen television for presentations, a screening room with 120” screen, a management office and expansion of the fitness room. Construction of the new building, which is slated for completion in 2015, will add a rooftop deck with grills and an expanded parking garage.

The location

Mod is located on a pedestrian-friendly stretch of Madison Street lined with low-rise buildings, bars, restaurants and local service establishments. It’s a pleasant environment with a strong neighborhood feel.

Shopping. Residents at Mod have a good variety of grocery shopping options, including a recently-opened Target four blocks from the building.

The new Mariano’s a half-mile east of Mod has been generating a lot of positive buzz and drawing crowds to a large selection of prepared foods and craft beers. Jewel-Osco also has a location nearby.

You’ll find the occasional boutique and gallery in the neighborhood, but retail venues are fairly scarce. State Street shops, anchored by Macy’s, are a mile-and-a-half east.

Dining, nightlife. The West Loop is an almost indescribably-rich dining and nightlife venue.

The thriving Randolph Street restaurant corridor, a few blocks north, draws tourists and locals to options that range from the grand to the casual. The annual Taste of Randolph street fair is a great way to sample what they have to offer.

Greektown is a few blocks east of Mod.

Residents at Mod don’t need to venture to the well-known destination strips. They have a short stroll east or west along Madison St to Nohea Cafe, Palace Grill, Third Rail Tavern, The CrossRoads, Viaggio and West End, to name a few

Parks, recreation. The location has good proximity to public parks and recreational opportunities.

The more than 7-acre Skinner Park, two 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, several blocks west of Mod.

Mary Bartelme Park, a few blocks southeast, is a neighborhood favorite for kids and dogs.

Hockey players will enjoy the close proximity to Johnny’s IceHouse East, a 4-minute walk west on Madison St.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. Mod is a short walk from the new CTA Pink and Green Line stop at Morgan.

The nearby Racine Blue Line stop reaches O’Hare airport in about 50 minutes.

A number of CTA bus routes serve the area and several stop outside the building on Madison.

Mod has good access to the city’s expressway grid. Taxi service is readily available on Madison. Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.

The competition

The West Loop apartment market is poised to become very competitive.

Mod’s most direct competitor, when it opens, will be The Madison, which is next door at 1212 W Madison. The building will also compete with the recently-opened K2, 365 N Halsted and 13Thirteen, 1313 W Randolph, and with Catalyst and Arkadia, two new projects also 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 Mod.

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.

Mod in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Fifield buys, plans to expand Mod
  • Mod converts to rentals
  • Zell-backed venture buys Mod
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