Chicago apartments that offer proximity to good restaurants or fine shops are always in demand. But for the ultimate convenience factor, nothing really comes close to hopping in the elevator and riding it down to find a grocery store, coffee shop or great restaurant right in the apartment building lobby. In the age of on-demand grocery delivery and Amazon, it seems like apartment renters could feasibly get everything brought to their door. But let’s face it: Sometimes there’s a last-minute grocery run that can’t be ordered up via the smartphone; or maybe renters just get tired of being cooped up in their apartments. Having a reliable dining or entertainment outlet right in the building makes the long Chicago winter much more livable.
Here are Chicago apartment buildings that give renters an extra dose of the convenience factor by incorporating sensible ground floor retail into the building.
The Hudson Apartments
This River North apartment building lets renters experience their own slice of luxury with private balconies in each unit, a sprawling pool deck and large fitness center that has plenty of equipment. There’s no need for renters to worry about waiting around for the right machine to open up for a workout in this luxury apartment building. Going one step further, the building has a few convenient businesses built right into the ground floor. If the wide array of equipment provided in The Hudson’s fitness center isn’t what renters are looking for, or if they're in need of a little group reinforcement, they can always sign up for one of the classes at SolidCore on the ground floor. There’s a convenient spot to refuel after the workout right next door in Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, or renters can grab a bit of caffeine to help power through the rest of the day at Starbucks Coffee two doors down from the building’s main entrance.
Chicago is known as The City That Works, and locals will tell you that a lot of the work happens because the population here knows where to get a good cup of joe. Big Shoulders Coffee is one of the homegrown coffee roasters and they have a number of shops around town slinging beans, including one at the ground level of Chestnut Place in the Gold Coast. Get ready to supercharge your day the moment you step off the elevator in this Gold Coast apartment building. Then go ahead and make big plans.
The Bachelor Apartments
Uptown apartments that are conveniently located by public transit, schools, shops AND only a few blocks from Lake Michigan? Yeah, that pretty neatly sums up the efficient studios for rent at The Bachelor Apartments. Oh, and don’t leave out the fact that these freshly rehabbed studios start renting for less than $1,000 per month. Renters will also find convenient shopping right outside their entrance thanks to the first-floor retail in this Uptown apartment building.
1225 Old Town Apartments
The name of this Old Town apartment building comes from its street address along N Wells St. This is the main retail and nightlife corridor for the neighborhood. Renters at 1225 Old Town apartments will have plenty of choices for eating in the neighborhood with a stacked roster of interesting and diverse dining spots. But if they feel like preparing dinner at home, the Plum Market is a nifty spot for renters to pick up various fresh ingredients and everyday staples. Better yet, this neighborhood market shares the ground floor with 1225 Old Town. Renters can also get their caffeine fix at Intelligentsia Coffee or sweat out some mid-winter blues at SoulCycle -- all without having to venture outside their building near the corner of Wells and Division.