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The Madison apartments, 1164 W Madison, West Loop

by Joe Zekas on 9/17/13

The Madison is a 9-story, 216-unit luxury apartment building at 1164 W Madison St in the West Loop. The building has 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space fronting Madison Street.

Construction began in the spring of 2013 and occupancy started the fall of 2014.

FitzGerald Associates is the architect for the project and the building was built by a joint venture that includes Chicago-based Ascend Real Estate Group.

The apartments

The Madison has a mix of convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Floor plans and near real-time availability are accessible online.


Units feature 9-foot ceilings, central air, in-unit washers / dryers, plank floors, track lighting and window treatments. Some units include private balconies.

Kitchens include Quartz countertops, GE® stainless steel appliances, Leedo® cabinets, gas ranges, dishwashers and built-in microwaves. Some units have a breakfast bar.

Bathrooms in the units have deep soaking bathtubs, ceramic tile and marble countertops.

Views. Most of the surrounding development doesn’t rise above 4- or 5-stories in height, so upper-floor units at The Madison enjoy striking views of the downtown skyline.

Amenities, services, policies

The Madison has a ninth floor amenities level which includes a sundeck with pool, hot tub, grills, a fire pit and lounge seating areas.


There is a resident lounge adjacent to the deck with billiards, TVs and a catering kitchen with bar.

A fitness center with cardio and weight training equipment is also located on this level.


The second floor features a landscaped courtyard with seating areas, grills and a fenced-in dog park with grooming area.


The building lobby includes a complimentary coffee bar and lounge seating areas with Wi-Fi, TVs and a fireplace.

The Madison is pet-friendly, includes on-site maintenance and leasing and offers bike storage.The buildning has 227 on-site parking spaces, an unusually high number for a 216-unit building. Street-level parking in the area is very scarce at most times, and parking is in high demand.

The location

The Madison 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 neighborhood feel.

Shopping. Residents at The Madison have a good variety of grocery shopping options. There’s a Target four blocks from the building.

The Mariano’s a half-mile east of The Madison has been generating a lot of positive buzz and drawing crowds to a large selection of prepared foods and craft beers. Jewel-Osco and Whole Foods also have locations nearby.

Dining, nightlife. The West Loop is an almost indescribably-rich dining and nightlife venue. The thriving Randolph Street restaurant corridor is a few blocks north and Greektown is a few blocks east.

The venues that West Loopers come to love often lie beyond those well-known destination strips. Residents at The Madison won’t need to venture more than a block to hang out at Third Rail Tavern or The CrossRoads.

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.

Mary Bartelme Park, a few blocks east, 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. The Madison 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.

The Madison has good access to the city’s expressway grid. Taxi service is readily available on Madison. Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare locations are nearby.

The competition

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 options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of West Loop apartments.

The Madison in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Madison at Racine breaks ground
  • Luxury apartments planned for West Loop
  • Thrush plans mid-rise at Madison and Racine
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