Museum Park Tower One

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1322 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL

Museum Park Tower One

Museum Park Tower One in South Loop, Chicago
Building Information
Architect Pappageorge Haymes Partners
Number of Units 221
Number of Floors 20
Year Built 2002
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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1322 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit 40 nearby routes
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 499
Title of Land Condominium



By the late 20th century, the area now known as Chicago’s South Loop was primarily a commercial warehouse district, and housed Chicago’s Central Station terminal at the south end of Grant Park. The founder and president of Fogelson Companies, Gerald W. Fogelson, spearheaded a massive redevelopment of the area into a mixed use district of primarily residential housing through the Central Station Development Corporation. This redevelopment began in 1989, and eventually came to encompass an area of over 72 acres and multiple high rise residential buildings, the construction of which required the purchase of the air rights of the area east of Indiana Avenue. This development was named Central Station, Chicago.

The original Central Station Terminal, from which Central Station deprives its name

Within Central Station, the largest sub-development is that of Museum Park, where multiple residential buildings are located, including One Museum Park, One Museum Park West, Museum Park Place, Museum Park Club, Museum Park Tower Two, Museum Park Tower Three, Museum Park Tower Four, Museum Park Lofts I, Lofts at Museum Park II, and 1400 Museum Park. While several of these buildings have fallen victim to the 2008 Financial Crisis and subsequent housing crash, Museum Park Tower One was built and sold several years before the crisis hit, thereby avoiding many of the financial woes that plague some of its neighbors.[1]


Located on S Prairie Avenue, just east of S Indiana Avenue, Museum Park Tower One finds itself in the community area of the Chicago Loop, and specifically in the neighborhood of the South Loop. While the Loop community is known as the commercial center of Chicago, the South Loop has held a slightly more nefarious reputation with its abundance of bars, burlesque theaters, and brothels. By the 1970s, the South Loop held some of Chicago’s more notorious skid rows and largest homeless shelters. A redevelopment of the area was begun in the 1990s, transforming a large portion of the area into the Central Station, Chicago. Today, the South Loop is home to Columbia College Chicago, the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, and the South Loop Printing House District.[2]

Residents of Museum Park Tower One do not require a car to complete their daily errands, as they are within walking distance of an abundance of food, transit, shopping, and home services options. Cyclists will love the flat grades and the availability of numerous bike lanes.[3]


Designed in a Postmodern style of architecture by the firm of Pappageorge Haymes Partners, Museum Park Tower One was the first high rise building to be constructed in the Central Station development. Although over a dozen buildings eventually followed over the next decade, Museum Park Tower One will always be remembered as the trailblazer in this ambitious redevelopment. Construction on this building began in November of 2000, and was completed in June of 2002.[4]

Layout and Features

Standing 20 stories at a height of just over 85 meters, Museum Park Tower One holds 221 one and two bedroom apartments, and is surrounded on three sides with rows of townhouses. Underneath the building is a two story parking garage that holds 257 parking spaces that are given to residents for private use, although there is limited guest parking available. Museum Park Tower One is notable for giving private balconies to each apartment unit, and residents access their apartments through one of three elevators. Finally, Museum Park Tower One is capped off by a spire-tipped cupola that is large enough to be visible from many of the public spaces that surround Museum Park Tower One.[5]

Floor Plans

A floor plan and a virtual tour can be found at this link.[6]


Residents of Museum Park Tower One enjoy many luxury amenities, including:

  • 24 hour Concierge
  • Doorman
  • Fitness Center
  • Storage facilities for each apartment
  • Bike Room
  • Roof Deck
  • Mail Room

Residents of Museum Park Tower One are members of the Museum Park East Umbrella Association, and therefore have access to a four story building that houses:

  • Clubhouse
  • Party/Entertaining Room
  • Outdoor swimming and wading pools
  • Food market
  • Dry Cleaners[7]


Museum Park Tower One Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

  • This building allows rentals.
  • There are no age restrictions for this building.
  • This building is pet friendly, although pets are not allowed on the roof deck.


Museum Park Tower One provides its residents with a comprehensive recycling program by Lake Shore Waste Services. Items that can be recycled include glass jars and bottles, aluminum products, tin and steel cans, cardboard and mixed paper, plastic bottles and containers, magazines, telephone books, newspapers, and paper products.[8]


  • Central Station development takes its name from the Central Station passenger terminal that used to reside on the site. This terminal was in effect from 1893 to 1972, and served over half a dozen intercity lines. The terminal was shut down in 1972 after Amtrak began re-routing its services to Union Station.[9]
  • Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley was one of the first residents of the Central Station development.[10]


  1. Wikipedia - Central Station, Chicago
  2. Wikipedia - Chicago Loop
  3. Walk Score
  4. Emporis
  5. Museum Park Tower One Official Site
  6. Virtual walk-through tour of Museum Park Tower One
  7. Museum Park Tower One Official Site
  8. Museum Park Tower One Official Site
  9. Wikipedia - Central Station - Chicago Terminal
  10. Wikipedia - Central Station, Chicago

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