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Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space

Kara Mann, interior designer of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)

Kara Mann, interior designer of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)

We don’t do a lot of news about interiors around here.  But then we haven’t heard too much out of 1000M in a while, either.  So that’s why we’re mentioning that the people behind Helmut Jahn’s new Michigan Avenue skyscraper have picked Kara Mann to kit out the inside  of the 74-story tower.

1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) replaces a surface parking lot that incredibly has managed to survive for years, scarring Chicago’s premier skyscraper streetwall.  It will help complete the block it’s on, while making that stretch of Michigan Avenue more attractive and walkable.  And tourists can stop asking their Uber drivers, “What went wrong there? Must have been something terrible for there to be an empty lot across from Grant Park!”

When completed, the building being built for Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals will be 832 feet tall, with 323 residences, and gradually expand over its neighbor at 1006 South Michigan Avenue like a fat guy in the middle seat on a United flight to Baltimore. (Seriously? “Snacks for purchase?” What is this, Spirit?)

Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)

Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper, 1000M, Taps Kara Mann To Be Interior Designer

Developers of Luxury Condominium Continues To Celebrate Chicago Natives

CHICAGO, IL — Real estate developers Time Equities (TEI), JK Equities (JKE) and Oak Capitals (Oak), partners behind 1000M, the 74-story, 832-foot luxury condominium tower at 1000 South Michigan along Chicago’s Cultural Mile and at the edge of Grant Park in Downtown Chicago, announced today that Kara Mann, the founder and creative director of KARA MANN, is the interior designer and interior architect for the project. Located on an extraordinary Chicago site and with a building designed by renowned Chicago-based architect Helmut Jahn, this building is a celebration of the city in which it is located. Kara Mann’s appointment is a continuation of that.

This is Mann’s first ground-up condominium tower. She is designing the interior layouts and finish selections for the 323 residences and all amenities at 1000M. Homes will offer gracious open plans featuring expansive glass walls, with an abundance of natural light, and panoramic views of Grant Park, Lake Michigan, the Loop, and the surrounding Museum Campus.

“We are extremely proud and excited to have Kara as the interior designer of 1000M,” said Francis Greenburger, Chairman of Time Equities. “As a rising star in the design industry, Kara brings a sophisticated edge to all the layouts, finishes and amenity spaces, which truly align with our vision for the project. She will be a key partner in our seeking beautiful design that will help shape this iconic building, which will be one of the tallest in Chicago and one that will forever help define the city’s skyline.”

Mann brings her extensive experience designing luxury residences, hospitality projects, and high-end retail shops to her work on the interiors of 1000M. Each residence will feature natural wood floors, as well as a mix of stone options in the kitchens and bathrooms. Kitchens will feature custom cabinetry, Subzero refrigerators and Wolf ranges, while master bathrooms contain over-sized showers and ‘wet rooms’ furnished with large soaking tubs. The upper floor homes will feature extra-large in-set balconies, which function as outdoor rooms. Purchasers will be able to choose from four elegant interior design packages.

In addition to designing the interiors, Kara is responsible for the nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space. The amenity spaces at 1000M will emphasize wellness and health, as well as encourage a strong sense of community and augment the sophisticated lifestyle enjoyed by residents.

“1000M is a truly special project, not only for the city of Chicago, but for my career as well,” said Kara Mann. “1000M is a seamless display of creating an environment that combines art and design, and creates a strong relationship between the exterior and interior. I am determined to set a new bar in Chicago for style, comfort, functionality, and ultimately—beauty.”

In addition to her work on individual homes, Kara has worked on hotels and restaurants throughout the United States and internationally, including the Talbot Hotel and Hotel Chelsea, and most notably, in Chicago, she designed the amenity and public spaces for OneEleven, a high end rental apartment building.

Centrally located along Chicago’s Cultural Mile and the Historic Michigan Boulevard District, 1000M is within walking distance of countless neighborhood amenities – including Grant, Maggie Daley and Millennium Park, the lakefront, restaurants, transportation, schools and of course world class cultural institutions such as the Art Institute, Field Museum, and Soldier Field.

Sales for the project are expected to launch in the summer of 2017, with construction to start in 2018.

For more information on 1000M, please visit the website at

Location: 1000 South Michigan Avenue, South Loop

Author: Editor

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