Number 13 in the countdown goes to a newly kicked-off high-rise at 1400 S Wabash Avenue in South Loop, set to rise 30 stories and a max height of 316 feet. Developer CMK Companies has planned a mixed-use scheme that will offer ground-floor mercantile space and 299 rental apartment units above. Replacing a formerly vacant lot, the tower will fill a major gap both at the pedestrian level and within the South Loop skyline.
Apartment sizes will scale up from studios to three-bedroom residences, accompanied with various amenities such as a top-floor penthouse lounge and attached rooftop deck with sweeping city views. Outside the building itself, there will be a new mini park at the northern end of the property. Access to the residential lobby, loading dock, and parking garage will be available from a new motor court that sits between the building and the park, extending out from 14th street. As far as on-site transportation accommodations, the integrated garage will house 105 vehicles, while there will also be a bike storage room with 180 spaces.
The glassy design by Pappageorge Haymes deviates from the more classically-styled vision by Lucien LaGrange that was proposed under previous ownership. The curtain wall will be textured by a mix of multi-toned Vision Glass and metal-clad beams. With this palette, the facade pattern will resemble a series of interlocking rectangles. Some of these rectangles will serve as slightly recessed or projected bays to add further texture to the exterior.
Residents will be within a five-minute walking radius of several bus lines, including Routes 1, 3, 4, 12, 18, 29, 62, 146, and 192. The Roosevelt station can also be found a six-minute walk north, serviced by the CTA L Red, Green, and Orange Lines.
With Lendlease as the general contractor, construction is expected to cost $100 million. As of now, a $3.5 million construction permit for up to the fourth floor has already been issued, while a tower crane permit has been filed but not yet approved. Move-ins are currently anticipated for 2023.