8 Dreamy Vintage Chicago Apartments for Rent

Built from 1876 to 1907, these eight apartments exemplify the best in vintage Chicago apartments for rent. Renters admire historic homes and buildings for their old-world charm, carefully crafted details, and spacious floor plans. Vintage Chicago apartments often have hardwood floors, built-in bookshelves, fireplaces, crown molding, one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures, high ceilings, elegant bathrooms, and stained glass.

What do you like most about treasured old Chicago apartments? Think about it as you check out these eight Chicago apartments over 100 years old — in order from oldest to newest.

1876 — Elegant Condo for Rent in the Gold Coast

Huge vintage apartment for rent in Gold Coast

1235 N Dearborn St | 3 beds + den/2.5 baths for $5,200/mo

Originally built as a single-family Victorian home, this Gold Coast duplex still feels feels elegant and majestic at 147 years old. Unparalleled vintage details include a grand staircase to your front door, two wood-burning fireplaces, 12-foot ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows. It's located on a residential, tree-lined street surrounded by million-dollar mansions and historic homes. 

1884 — Stately Apartment for Rent in Lincoln Park

Victorian apartment for rent in Lincoln Park

2034 N Orleans St | 3 beds/2 baths for $4,200/mo

Step back in time at this 139-year-old Lincoln Park apartment for rent. The three-bedroom apartment features a huge formal dining room, bamboo flooring, custom cabinetry and stone countertops, in-unit laundry, a storage closet in the basement, and a garage parking spot. Located on a secluded street in Lincoln Park, this timeless, elegant home feels like a classic Chicago masterpiece.

1889 — Ornate Apartment for Rent in the Gold Coast

Ornate stone apartment for rent in Gold Coast

77 E Elm St | 1 bed/1 bath for $2,490/mo

Built in 1889 by Potter Palmer, Chicago's wealthiest man at the time, this historic mansion features details you will find nowhere else. This Gold Coast apartment boasts a working gas fireplace with a mantle hand-carved by renowned sculptor E.P. Seidel. The one-bedroom offers two huge windows with a view of Lake Michigan, an 800-square-foot rooftop deck, and three pillared stone windows overlooking the historic Elm Street.

1897 — Stylish Apartment for Rent in Logan Square

Updated apartment for rent in Logan Square

3618 W Wrightwood Ave | 2 beds/2 baths for $3,400/mo

While the interior of this apartment looks modern, this Logan Square home clocks in at 125 years old. The boutique, vintage apartment for rent, of course, has received an immaculate renovation with high-end finishes, heated floors in the bathrooms, in-unit laundry, and more. Just outside the historic Logan Square building, you'll find a walk-up coffee shop, bakery, and florist along the quiet street. 

1900 — Classic Apartment for Rent in Irving Park

Four-square apartment for rent in Old Irving Park

3818 N Kenneth Ave | 3 beds/1 bath for $1,995/mo

Chicago's Old Irving Park neighborhood appeals to many renters and homeowners for its historic architecture, tree-lined streets, and residential community. This three-bedroom apartment for rent in Irving Park features beautiful vintage details like crown molding, hardwood floors, bay windows, and a spacious floor plan. It comes with central air conditioning, a new kitchen and bathroom, and in-unit laundry. 

1906 — Beautifully Updated Apartment in Logan Square

Modern sunroom in vintage Logan Square apartment

3555 W Mclean Ave | 3 beds/2 baths for $3,250/mo

If you're looking for a dog-friendly apartment with a fenced-in yard, you're going to love this home in Logan Square. The completely renovated duplex features a sunny living room and dining room, a huge modern kitchen, and a spacious laundry room.

1907 — Two Parkside Apartments for Rent in Humboldt Park

Spacious living room in vintage Humboldt Park apartment

1234 N Kedzie Ave #2F | 1 bed/1 bath for $2,090/mo (ABOVE)

Across from Humboldt Park, these two apartments offer a wonderful place to live in Chicago's West Side. The vintage building is near some of the best restaurants and bars in Chicago including Scofflaw, Lula, Giant, Spinning J, and Rootstock. The apartments both feature skylights, large bedrooms, central air conditioning, and plenty of space and natural light.

1234 N Kedzie Ave #2R | 2 beds/1 bath for $2,290/mo (BELOW)

Dining room with builtins in vintage Humboldt Park apartment