May 15, 2019 Properties

Best Patios and Rooftops in Chicago Apartment Buildings

Chicago apartments with outdoor spaces can help make residents the talk of the town once the summer rolls around. Here are some of the best apartments around town to soak up some rays and make the most of the longer days, cool Lake Michigan breezes and epic sunsets.

River North Apartments Help Residents Play the Perfect Host

landscaped patio and garden with barbecue grills at River North Park apartments for rent in Chicago, IL

Who can resist firing up a glistening grill on summer weekends? Guests who visit their friends and family living at River North Park can get gourmet treatment by lounging at the apartment building's nicely landscaped private deck, which comes complete with patio furniture and BBQ stations. Makes planning your weekend hangouts easy when you know that a BBQ in the park is never further away than your own backyard.

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Lincoln Park Apartments Set a New Template for Neighborhood

rooftop patio with grills, swimming pool and hot tub at Lincoln Common apartments

See the classic Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park from a new perspective in this brand-new apartment building that rises at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Halsted Street and Fullerton Parkway. Lincoln Park apartments may be associated with stately greystones and old victorian homes in the eyes of many Chicago apartment renters, but this modern apartment building sets a new template for the heart of the neighborhood. The upshot for renters? Now they get to embrace the new while living in one of the city's more historic neighborhoods. The greatest highlight of renting an apartment at Lincoln Common, beyond the sharp interiors that are drenched in natural light, could be the twin rooftop patios on both the north and south towers. 

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West Loop Apartments Keep Renters in the (Best) Loop

open air patio with grill stations and wet bar on rooftop of Luxe on Madison apartments in West Loop, Chicago

Madison is the artery that leads to the near west side of Chicago, and the warm rooftop patio at Luxe on Madison allows residents to keep their finger on the pulse. The modern and sleek kitchens in these West Loop apartments are outfitted with stainless steel appliances, but the rooftop patio doesn’t give short shrift to the home chefs that call this building home. Gas grills and wet bars are at the ready to help host the ideal summer BBQ at Luxe on Madison.

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Streeterville Apartments Up the Sun Quotient for Renters

open air patio in Streeterville neighborhood with lawn games at Cityfront Place apartments

If patio season brings memories of sun-splashed days and carefree games, then you’ll want to soak in the fun that’s on display at Cityfront Place’s exquisite patio. Need refreshments for your day on the patio that overlooks the Chicago River? Target is across the street, and there are a host of shops along Illinois Street. Navy Pier is a quick walk down the road if you’re entertaining guests and want to move the party elsewhere after enjoying the outdoor space at this Streeterville building.

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South Loop Lofts with Grant Park Views

rendering of rooftop deck overlooking Grant Park Chicago at South Loop apartment building 820 South Michigan

The finely manicured gardens and parks along Chicago's lakefront are frequently referred to as the city's front lawn. And the South Loop apartments at 820 South Michigan give renters a premium view and unrivaled access to the front lawn. This spot is like a luxurious front patio in that sense, and the rooftop deck may be the most exclusive spot to hang out and take in all the action from the many events that utilize Grant Park throughout the year. Imagine being perched atop this newly refurbished apartment building as the mega-stars headlining Lollapalooza jam across the street or the droves of runners cross the finish line during the Chicago Marathon. And all without having to travel outside of the building.

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River West Apartments Amplify the Fun to Eleven

living room with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out at River West neighborhood from apartment in Spoke, Chicago

When a building comes along that generates conversation, you take note. And Spoke, one of River West’s signature apartment buildings, is noteworthy in so many respects. From the luxuriously appointed apartment interiors to the gloriously fun jam space in the building, there’s a lot of excitement to be had. But one of the clutch features of living in these River West apartments during Chicago’s glorious summer is the huge patio terrace. With ample space to enjoy games like bag toss or bocce ball, there’s no end to the ways that renters can avail themselves of this sprawling oasis in the River West neighborhood. Fire pits are available to keep the party going once the sun goes down and things chill out a bit.

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