Lofts at Museum Park II
1305 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
|Lofts at Museum Park II|
Lofts at Museum Park II - Exterior
|Developer||The Enterprise Companies|
|Management Company||Draper and Kramer|
|Number of Units||194|
|Number of Floors||21|
|Type of Roof||PMR|
|1305 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL|
|Distance to Public Transit||Over 40 options nearby|
|Title of Land||Condominium|
Completed in 2006, The Lofts at Museum Park are a sign of what is to come for Chicago’s South Loop, rather than what has been.
From the 1920s until the early 1970s, the South Loop was one of Chicago’s largest “vice districts”. Burlesque, brothels, cheap hotels, and even cheaper booze made the area a hotbed of folks out looking for cheap thrills and trouble. Fittingly, the South Loop was also home to one of Chicago’s largest homeless shelters, the Pacific Garden Mission. Until 2007, when the mission moved across the Chicago River to Canal Street.
Since the early 1980s, the South Loop has been gradually been gentrified – stepping up to the commercial and cultural standard of the rest of the Chicago Loop. The Lofts at Museum Park II are yet another step in that direction.
The Field Museum, from which Museum Park takes its name, has been part of the South Loop since before the area’s darker times. Even during those times, the Museum was one of the only South Loop fixtures to continue growing, and gaining recognition. For the right reasons.
Today, the Field Museum shares the park with the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Together, these three sites draw more annual visitors than any similar site in Chicago. 
At 1305 South Michigan Avenue, The Lofts at Museum Park II make for prime lakefront property overlooking Burnham Harbor, on the south side of the Chicago Loop.
The Chicago Loop (locally just “The Loop”) is the city’s commercial and cultural center. Named for the railway lines that literally circle the area, The Loop is home to community and cultural pillars including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Goodman Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the Harold Washington Library, and the Chicago Cultural Center. For those inclined toward food, wine, and shopping, there’s a whole spectrum of price tags along the well-known stretch of State Street.
With more than 40 road and rail options nearby, virtually anywhere in The Loop is extremely well connected to anywhere else, in The Loop and the whole of Chicago. What do the Lofts have that many other Loop locations lack? The vast green of Grant Park, and the blue of Burnham Harbor within easy distance of one of America’s busiest urban centers.
From an architectural standpoint alone, many people regard the whole skyline along The Chicago Loop as one of America’s finest examples of modern, urban glass-and-steel tower design.
At a relatively modest 21 stories high, The Lofts at Museum Park II may be a clean cool-toned example of post-modern concrete architecture, but the building itself doesn't exactly reach for the sky. Which, given its lakefront placement and the green expanse of Museum Park itself – as well as nearby Grant Park – is more in keeping with its surroundings.
With respect to the other practicalities, the building contains 194 suites in all. As the name of the building suggests, Architect Pappageorge Haymes has opted for an open loft concept in the units themselves. As opposed to the more common “box-within-a-box” design of the city’s larger condo developments.
Layout and Features
As one might expect given its location, over sized windows, ten-foot ceilings. and private balconies feature prominently in the design of The Lofts at Museum Park II. Suites are available with one bedroom or two, and a master or master-and-guest bathroom arrangement. The majority of apartments are finished with hardwood floors and granite worktops.
Living and dining areas are typically compounded. And, interestingly, a large number of the units have either dedicated offices, or inset office spaces away from heavy traffic. Most suites come equipped with in-suite washers and dryers, or the necessary hookup points. In-suite storage is available, though the building also offers separate storage spaces.
A selection of Dreamtown floor plans from The Lofts at Museum Park II. Note that all units have small balconies, as well.
The list of amenities for The Lofts at Museum Park II includes:
- 24-hour door staff
- Fitness room
- Private parking
- On-site manager
|Lofts at Museum Park II Bylaws|
- The Lofts at Museum Park II allow both the rental and the purchase of suites.
- There are no age restrictions on residency.
- Barbecues are allowed upon initial confirmation with building management.
The Chicago chapter of the US Green Building Council is leading the charge to make sure that all new buildings in the city meet (and, hopefully, surpass) requirements for sustainability and efficiency. The Lofts at Museum Park II are no exception.
A PMR roofing system means better heat management, and the lofts' over sized windows are sealed for improved insulation. Suites are also equipped with low-energy/low-flow appliances and fixtures.
On a citywide level, Chicago has kept with the times and instituted a recycling program, as well as encouraging locals and visitors alike -- especially those located within the Chicago Loop -- to choose public transit over private.
- Opened in 1885, Dearborn Station is the oldest still-standing structure in Chicago's "Original Six" intercity train stations. By 1922, it had already undergone one round of renovations to remove its pitched roofs. It's since been converted into retail and office space, but locals still refer to it as Dearborn, or Polk Street Station.
- Chicago's famous Soldier Field has actually been blown up. In the Marvel Comics Universe event titled Seige, the field is accidentally demolished in a battle between Volkstagg and the U-Foes. Which is okay, since Steve Rogers and the Heroes rebuild it in the end.
- The Field Museum Online
- Walk Score
- USGBC Illinois
- Soldier Field on Wikipedia
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