1000M Begins to Rise Above South Loop Skyline

Early sunrise rendering of revised 1000M by Jahn/

1000M, a 74-story residential skyscraper at 1000 S Michigan Avenue in South Loop, is now approaching the 620-foot roofline of the nearby Sentral Chicago Avenue. Set to rise 805 feet to its pinnacle and 789 feet to its roofline, the tower is a joint venture by JK Equities, Time Equities, and Oak Capitals. The building will house 738 rental apartments, a pivot from the initially planned 506 condominium units.1000M

1000M. Photo by Jack Crawford


1000M. Photo by Jack Crawford

1000M (center)

1000M (center). Photo by Jack Crawford

1000M (center). Photo by Jack Crawford

1000M (center). Photo by Jack Crawford

The variety of residences offered at 1000M will cater to different preferences and needs. Studios will make up half of the total units, one-bedroom apartments will account for a quarter, while two-bedrooms will cover twenty percent, and the remaining units will be three-bedroom apartments. Some of the penthouses will boast generous living spaces, with areas reaching up to 3,000 square feet. A total of 23 on-site affordable units will be provided, including 11 studios, six one-bedrooms, five two-bedrooms, and one three-bedroom apartment.


1000M. Photo by Jack Crawford

1000M. Photo by Jack Crawford

1000M. Photo by Jack Crawford

The late architect Helmut Jahn and his firm Jahn/ have gone through multiple design iterations for the 1000M tower. The building features a unique cylindrical shape that widens towards the top, supported by a rectangular foundation. A striking blend of glass curtainwall and metal elements will compose the tower’s exterior, creating a reflective fusion of materials.


1000M. Model by Jack Crawford / Rebar Radar


1000M. Model by Jack Crawford / Rebar Radar

The 1000M offers excellent connectivity to the city, with easy access to three CTA L Lines – Green, Orange, and Red – as well as various bus routes. The Museum Campus/11th Street Metra station is also conveniently located within a three-minute walk east of the site.


1000M. Model by Jack Crawford / Rebar Radar


1000M. Model by Jack Crawford / Rebar Radar

Residents will enjoy 75,000 square feet of top-notch amenities, including an indoor pool and spa, outdoor pool deck, virtual golf game room, lounges, fitness center, and a 73rd-floor skydeck bar and lounge with panoramic views. A porte-cochere and an expansive garage with a capacity for 325 vehicles will be available at the tower’s base.

McHugh Construction has been chosen as the general contractor for this project, with an estimated completion date set for 2025.

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24 Comments on "1000M Begins to Rise Above South Loop Skyline"

  1. Truth Be Told | March 15, 2023 at 8:08 am | Reply

    And the exact same comments we have seen a million times over parking will begin in 5…4…3…2…1…

  2. You know I get the desire for less parking, but personally, even though I’ve lived in Old Town, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, and Wicker park, always surrounded by public transportation that I frequently use, I have always had a car. I use it once a week, but I have one. Weekend shopping trips to the great fresh markets in the suburbs or Rosemont fashion mall. Taking in laws to doctors. Etc. I can’t imagine buying a $700K+ condo or paying a few grand a month on an apartment that doesn’t have readily available parking. There. I said it. Going into hiding now.

    • I’m with you. Chicago is an auto-centric city. I wish that wasn’t true but it is. If it wasn’t auto-centric, buildings wouldn’t need (or have) so much parking. Some will say that adding parking is a cause of the auto-centricity. But it’s a consequence. Adding more driving infrastructure and failing to charge for the true cost of driving is what does this. Frankly, I don’t hear much complaining when IDOT/CDOT/RTA add lanes, widen roads, or extend train lines far out. In fact, there is near universal hate for the parking meter deal that (gasp!) charges drivers market rates to park. Are the anti-podium folks nearly as vocal in these situations?

    • If you only use it once a week, just use a car share program. Problem solved.

      • I was without a car for four years in the Gold Coast. It was a drag. Car sharing gets booked for the times you want them, it’s expensive and if you want to get a bunch of groceries it’s just not practical if you don’t have your own spot. And, if you want to take a short road trip, say Milwaukee or Indy, you have to rent a car. And since you’re not a car owner you have to take their insurance which is really costly.

      • That’s nonsense. Tell me you don’t have a clue, GOTCHA!!!

  3. There are definitely advantages to having a car, obviously. But man are there advantages to not having one. I was born and raised in Chicago (not the suburbs, where you def need a car), and I grew up having a car, but I ditched it after living in NYC and not needing one. I love not having to deal with parking, tickets, paying to fix it, gas… but most of all I enjoy being driven (via cab, bus, or train). I read more. I’m more in touch with the city generally. There are huge upsides. I know people in Chicago like to stick to their ways, but I would definitely recommend trying the car-free life.

  4. A terrible building, wrecking some of last non-glass bits of the classic Michigan avenue skyline. Not against a new high-rise there at all, but putting a giant middle finger next to classic Chicago school architecture is both ugly and stupid. This is the best architecture City in America, we should know better..

    • Truth Be Told | March 15, 2023 at 5:23 pm | Reply

      No kidding! They replaced a historic parking lot for this? The only good thing about this is that the parking lot had way too much parking.

      • youre being deliberately obtuse and its very unattractive

        his point was not that it shouldnt have been built but that the design was not sympathetic to its context

  5. Does anyone know the status of the second NEMA tower? It would look so good with both towers up anchoring the park to the south.

    • Jack Crawford | March 15, 2023 at 9:33 am | Reply

      It would look very good and would really enhance that corner of Michigan & Roosevelt. My impression is that the tower has not been canceled, but rather put on hold as the developer Crescent Heights works on two other projects in the West Loop/West Loop Gate area, those being 640 W Washington and 420 N May Street. It may be a little while before we get an update, but if I had to guess, it will rise eventually

      • I hope you’re right. I’m curious when the approvals expire. I heard the architect of NEMA just died. It would be interesting to have two of the tallest towers in this area erected posthumously.

        PS – have you seen any official documents with the height of this tower at 788ft? I’d love to see them. McHugh press release doesn’t count IMO. They could easily be referring to the top of the concrete structure.

    • not gonna happen

      like a fart in the wind……its gone

  6. Coastal Elitist | March 15, 2023 at 12:39 pm | Reply

    With 325 parking spaces provided, that means about 44% of households can store a car in this building if they only have one car. That doesn’t seem like a bad ratio to me. Many new developments in West Loop have car to household ratios of 0.3 – 0.4. If you want to see what actual car dependency looks like, check out new developments in Los Angeles. They usually have car to household ratios of 1.5 – 2.5.

    • Don’t even try to look at what’s posted on Urbanize Atlanta if parking ratios beyond .5:1 scare ya. I have seen 2.5:1 and greater on some developments.

  7. Overall aesthetic looks great in person…better than the renderings IMHO. Not sure why so many NIMBY’s are on YIMBY?!

  8. Beverly Thymes | March 17, 2023 at 3:14 pm | Reply

    What is the process for applying for the affordable 1-bedroom apartments.

  9. I lived in Chicago for 37 years Without a car. I enjoyed not having the hassle of parking,’driving around and around the blocks of Lincoln Park and Lakeview for 45 minutes hoping someone would leave. I saved on gas, oil changes, maintenance and of course high insurance. If you live anywhere close to the lake you can get a cab or some form of a ride or public transportation.
    I enjoyed walking because it was easy to shop and stop to eat and bringing a few bags of groceries home was good exercise.
    I never went to the suburbs unless it was a once a year event and then rented a car. Not everyone wants or needs a car.

  10. William Lawrence Hosko | June 19, 2023 at 9:40 am | Reply

    Massively wasted opportunity for – the base. Awful. Cheap. Awkward. Some faux stone on much of it and also tapering – visually, the right base glass wall towards the center, to mirror the actual taper on the left side would have created a powerful, UNIQUE and photogenic base.

  11. So out of 1300 units or so, only 23 will be “affordable.” What a waste of space.

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