February 6, 2020 Properties

Fall in Love with Chicago Loft Apartments

Is this the year you stop dreaming about renting the perfect loft apartment and finally take the leap? Each one of these homes is different, kind of like the people who will move in and call these lofts home. There are quite a few choices for renters who have their eyes set on a cool loft apartment. Luckily, this curated list of Chicago lofts are available now. So dive in, renters!

Not sure if a loft is the right fit for your next Chicago apartment? Start out by making an inventory of those distinctive loft features: exposed brick walls; raw concrete ceilings; factory windows; industrial lighting fixtures. Start by making a list of these features and rank which are must-haves, then of course run down the usual list of apartment search criteria, such as location, bedroom count, and so on. Here's a list of loft apartments in Chicago that check some or all of the boxes above for renters.


Streeterville Loft Apartments with High Ceilings & Soaring Views

loft apartment interior with kitchen and kitchen island in Axis Lofts Apartments, Streeterville, Chicago

Axis Lofts

Renters may think of lofts as those gem apartments that can only be picked out from the rough-edged remains of former industrial districts and warehouses. These loft apartments in Streeterville prove that a newer loft can still evoke the sense of airy inspiration that many of the converted properties hold. Going with the more recently built apartment also means better efficiency in the HVAC department and newer building amenities.


Uptown Lofts in Former School Provide Lesson in Adaptive Reuse

living room of loft apartment for rent in Stewart School Lofts with chalkboard in background, Chicago

Stewart School 

Yet another standout example of finding loft treasure in unexpected places, the Stewart School Lofts in Uptown give renters a chance to live in a historic building’s second act. The schoolhouse was built in 1907 but more than a century later these are very hip homes for apartment renters who seek a loft that has really distinct features, ranging from original furniture like chalkboards to the painted lines on the former gymnasium’s hardwood floor.


From Airplane Parts to Soaring Ceilings in South Loop Loft Apartments

kitchen and wall of windows in loft apartment for rent in Aviation Lofts, South Loop, Chicago

Aviation Lofts

It’s great to live in a loft apartment that has undeniable history. These South Loop loft apartments are a prime example. This building used to be home to an aviation school in the early days of the 20th century. Now, renters can let their own imaginations take flight in apartments that have all the best trappings of a good loft: high ceilings, timeless design and great big windows. Some units even come withbalconies attached, a nice bonus feature to complement the great natural light that's so common for many loft apartments.


Design Class in Session at Restored Loft Apartments

kitchen with white subway tile backsplash and custom kitchen island in converted elementary school that now houses loft apartments in Chicago

Motley School

More proof that it’s never too late to go back to school if you’re searching for loft apartment inspiration. This school building on the near west side has been around since the 1880s and welcomed its first classes during Chicago’s frenzied rebuilding period after the fire of 1871. Nowadays this handsome brick building is doling out lessons in historic preservation and adaptive reuse, transforming the building into loft apartments that meticulously preserve the original building’s character while delivering a thoroughly modern take on Chicago loft living.


Unique Streeterville Lofts Tell a Story Through Their History

timber ceilings and exposed ducts in loft apartment for rent in The Lofts at River East in Chicago

The Lofts at River East

Finding a home that’s rich in history while including enough modern amenities to make life comfortable and convenient is the dream for many loft apartment lovers. The search may very well lead to one of the Streeterville apartments for rent at The Lofts at River East. This building on the Ogden Slip was a warehouse and an indoor amusement park in previous iterations; today, it’s home to handsome loft apartments with private balconies and a huge rooftop party deck with awesome waterfront views.