Chicago apartment renters who resolved to go green in 2020 will want to check out this list of apartments that can help them embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle. Buildings that encourage a carbon-neutral commute while allowing renters to conserve energy, and provide stunning amenities at the same time, are reshaping the apartment landscape in Chicago. Some of these buildings also position renters right next to some of Chicago’s most prized natural landscapes, reminding renters that it’s not all concrete, glass and steel in the city.
Sleek West Loop Apartments Encourage Carbon-Neutral Commuting
The sunny interiors of the West Loop luxury apartments for rent at The Jax should help keep heating costs low. Additionally, the on-site bike storage and workshop encourages renters to get around the city in a carbon-neutral fashion, foregoing ride shares and taking their nicely tuned bikes instead. If weather or road conditions are too harsh for cycling, this transit-oriented development helps alleviate traffic woes by putting renters near the no. 126 Jackson bus route. The no. 126 goes around the Loop to and from Congress Pkwy, giving renters a convenient route downtown. The Racine station of the CTA Blue line is a few blocks south of these West Loop apartments.
Rehabbed Apartments Near Roscoe Village Exemplify 'Waste Not' Mindset
The North Branch of the Chicago River is poised for a comeback, and these rehabbed apartments near West Lakeview are perfectly situated to let renters embrace the return of this waterway. The grounds at Lathrop were designed by world-famous landscape architects who also had a hand in designing the beloved green spaces of the Bloomingdale Trail and Maggie Daley Park. Perhaps the most eco-friendly aspect of these historic Hamlin Park apartments is that they’ve been thoughtfully renovated to meet the needs of a new generation of apartment renters instead of being torn down wholesale and rebuilt.
Green Living Elevated to New Heights at West Loop Apartments
The Van Buren
Smart entry systems and Nest thermostats are just a couple of the technologically advanced features awaiting renters at this West Loop apartment building. The rooftop is enticing renters for its stellar views and swimming pool, but there’s another cool feature perched atop The Van Buren. The building’s green rooftop reduces glare from the sun and collects rainwater to help cool down the building in warmer weather. Fun fact: The City of Chicago has more than 500 buildings with vegetated rooftops. The Van Buren is one of those structures helping Chicago live up to its motto “Urbs in Horto,” which means “City in a Garden.”
Embrace Great Views & Proximity to Lakefront at New Lakeview Apartments
Get out and explore more of Chicago’s lakefront with supreme ease from these new construction apartments at Four50 Belmont. The wide open green spaces of Lincoln Park and the lakefront trail are a few paces to the east of this new apartment tower. Need to get downtown? Renters can reduce their carbon footprint by taking the no. 151 Sheridan bus to downtown or walk about 15 minutes west to the Belmont station where Red, Brown and Purple line trains take riders to the Loop, northwest side or up to the suburbs.
Luxury River North Apartments Bring Nature to Renters' Doorsteps
River North Park
Landscaped amenity spaces in this River North apartment building give renters a pleasant oasis in one of the city’s most decidedly urban neighborhoods. Although River North does benefit from the recently overhauled Chicago Riverwalk and a nice green space at Ward Park, it’s twice as nice to experience the calming benefits of being amidst greenery without having to travel farther than the main floor of your apartment building.
Ravenswood Apartments Commit to Green Theme with Natural Lighting
For the ultimate commitment to the green theme, it’s hard to compete with these Ravenswood apartments that have “Green” in the name. The classic courtyard building design draws on a nonstop energy source (i.e. the sun) to brighten the outlook for tenants in these sensible apartments. Apartments looking onto the open space in the middle of the building benefit from the constant light source and an added bit of privacy to boot; no passersby on the street can look into the units.