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. For a limited time, these lofts are giving renters 1.5 months of free rent!
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. And savings are right at the doorstep: Carriage House Lofts are giving renters 1 month of free rent for a limited time!
Toast to Lakeview Lofts in a Former Brewery
The Brewery Lofts
Exposed brick, big windows and historical character help define many lofts in Chicago -- but few of them have the added historic pedigree of being in a former brewery. The Brewery Lofts in Lakeview have a variety of floor plans, ranging from 1 bedroom apartments to 2 bedroom apartments, to go along with timeless views from the rooftop deck of this one-of-a-kind apartment building.
Blend Modern Design with Historic Details in West Loop Lofts
Circa 922 Apartments
A wide variety of floor plans are available in these pet-friendly apartments that also boast in-unit laundry. The historic building that houses the Circa 922 Apartments blends classic loft features with some nice modern upgrades. The location is superlative, even among the bustling West Loop neighborhood, just one block away from Restaurant Row and walking distance to grocery stores. Transit is simplified with access to either the expressway or the CTA Green line, but there's a ton to do within a close radius of these West Loop lofts.
Marvel at Mid-Century Style in Uptown Lofts
This Uptown building had a previous life as an insurance company headquarters. Now the hallways are filled with doors to chic loft apartments instead of offices. Even though the building was completely rehabbed in the process of converting it into airy loft apartments, the rebranded Draper cleverly nods to the building's mid-century roots. The fitness center spans two floors and there's a rooftop resident lounge with a Tiki bar theme.
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.
Lakeview Lofts Near Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field
Grace and Sheffield Lofts
The Wrigleyville neighborhood has become synonymous with boisterous rooftop bars during Cubs game days, but there’s a charming side to the neighborhood that renters will come to know well if they live in one of the contemporary loft apartments for rent at Grace and Sheffield. Natural light pours into these lofts and the building has off-street parking as well -- a huge bonus for the highly regulated permit-only parking streets near the ballpark.
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.
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. And the good deals don't end there: The Lofts at River East are offering up to 2 months of free rent on select units for a limited time!
Studio Apartments for Rent in Chicago Loft Buildings
Have loft-sized dreams but a studio budget? There are ways to combine the affordability of a studio apartment with the stylish design and timeless charm of a loft. These apartment buildings offer renters a deal that's friendly on the wallet without compromising on those delightful details that make lofts such a distinctive place to call home.
The North Hotel
Renters will be able to explore the ample acreage of Humboldt Park from this spot near the intersection of California Ave and North Ave. The apartments are newly renovated and include in-unit A/C units for total climate control and new appliances to round out the look of these trendy studios.
The Bachelor Apartments
These Uptown studios are close to shops, schools and public transit. The apartments have newer appliances and upscale elements like stone counters to compliment the lofty dimensions while offering renters a good bargain.