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.
These West Loop Loft Apartments Have Come a Long Way in a Century
Germain House Lofts
Back when Chicago’s bustling commercial streets were crowded by horse and buggy, this West Loop address was busy building up the city in its original role as a lumber yard. The only lumber that renters need to be concerned about today at Germain House Lofts? The natural timber ceiling beams and gorgeous hardwood flooring in these luxurious lofts. Other design touches like exposed brick walls, industrial lighting fixtures and floating staircases like the one pictured above lend to the rustic aesthetic in these great lofts.
Former YMCA Bounds Back Into Shape as Loft Apartments
This West Loop landmark has stood at the SE corner of Ashland and Monroe for generations, originally housing a Chicago YMCA/YWCA and then later becoming a Salvation Army property. Today, these neatly renovated apartments are a good bargain for the red-hot West Loop and Fulton Market neighborhoods, where median average rents for a 1 bedroom apartment were $2,500 in June of 2020. Renters will pay less than $1,600 for a 1 bedroom loft apartment at The Duncan, which is within reach of public transit and the ever-expanding UIC Medical District on the Near West Side.
Pilsen Lofts in Old Elevator Factory Rise to the Occasion
The Otis Elevator Company. It’s a name that’s recognized for giving people a lift whenever they need it. Now, Chicago apartment renters can get familiar with the name from a different point of view: by renting a refurbished loft apartment in the former Otis Elevator factory. These chic Pilsen apartments provide all the hallmarks of a lovely loft with their (original) factory windows, polished concrete floors and exposed brick walls. But renters will scope out a few more desirable features in this Pilsen apartment building as well, like the airy rooftop patio and the building’s location directly across the street from Addams/Medill Park.
Streeterville Loft Apartments with High Ceilings & Soaring Views
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.
Former Synagogue in Uptown Transforms Into Stunning Loft Apartments
The Synagogue Apartments
This former synagogue in Uptown was vacant for close to a decade before it was adaptively reused and refurbished to become stylish loft apartments. The company responsible for the renovation of this historic building took pains to do the job right, donating religious relics and sacred objects while working with religious leaders to ensure that the construction process adhered to Jewish law. The end result is a flexible building that offers 40 apartments and various social spaces for residents, so The Synagogue Apartments could be the right spot to accommodate renters’ ambitions for a connected life that brings them closer with their neighbors.
Uptown Lofts in Former School Provide Lesson in Adaptive Reuse
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
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
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.
Balance the Best Highlights of City Living in South Loop Lofts
Carriage House Loft Apartments
The South Loop brings renters a balance of scenic parks and impressive architecture. Likewise, these loft apartments balance their brawny industrial details with a sophisticated feel. River views are only a quick stroll away while commutes to the heart of Chicago's Loop are a breeze in this great South Loop location.
Lincoln Park Loft Apartments in a Former Chicago Public School
Mulligan School Loft Apartments
Waking up in a school each day? No, it's not one of those recurring anxiety dreams. It's the reality for renters who take a chance on these unique loft apartments that are in a former public school building in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. The apartments are infused with plenty of cool details -- like original windows and soaring ceilings -- while boasting the most chic designer appliances renters could imagine. This is one repurposed space that's changing the game for apartment renters in Lincoln Park.
Unique Streeterville Lofts Tell a Story Through Their History
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.