January 31, 2020 Properties

New Chicago Apartment Buildings to Watch in 2020

New and exciting places to call home are getting the Chicago apartment market off to a searing hot start in 2020, with everything from large-scale apartments that are proper skyscrapers to more intimate buildings with fewer units opening their doors to attract new renters. Here are the buildings that we’re watching in 2020.

New Apartments Rise on Historic Wolf Point Site


Wolf Point East

Wolf Point has a historic place in Chicago’s history. The site where three branches of the Chicago River converge, this parcel of land was once home to the city’s earliest tavern and non-native settlement. Now, it’s home to stunning luxury apartments with inspiring views of Chicago’s world-class architecture. Step out from one of the pet-friendly River North apartments to find the beautiful Chicago Riverwalk, the Merchandise Mart, Kinzie Street Bridge, River North’s hopping nightlife scene, and so much more. The building has an indoor-outdoor pool so renters can relax and lounge poolside 365 days of the year. More fun can be had at the game room and there’s a dedicated co-working space in Wolf Point East as well.

Cutting Edge Design Elevates Old Town Apartments

North+Vine Apartments 

The Old Town apartments for rent at North+Vine offer renters luxury finishes and resort-level amenities in a brand-new building located at 633 W North Ave. Excellent views of the skyline are available from these new construction apartments that will entice renters to explore their new neighborhood or just bask in the comfort of these sophisticated residences. The units are decked out with top-of-the-line GE appliances and Moen fixtures in the bathroom, along with backlit LED vanity mirrors and wood-like flooring. And each apartment for rent at North+Vine includes in-unit laundry. 

A New Type of Printer's Row Apartment for Luxury Renters

Imprint Apartments 

The Printer’s Row neighborhood is sandwiched in between two of the hottest areas of Chicago that have received lots of fanfare for several high profile apartment buildings in recent years. Meanwhile, the cozy confines of Printer’s Row remained a bastion of former factories and warehouse lofts. This new apartment building is resetting the type for Printer’s Row, though. The building is packed with first-class amenities like an outdoor yoga studio, private dog run and a 24-hour doorman. Look to this new luxury apartment building to be the standard bearer for high-rise luxury living in Printer’s Row for years to come.

A Skyscraper That's Redefining South Loop Renting

The open air sky terrace at NEMA Chicago with views of Lake Michigan and Grant Park from South Loop, Chicago

NEMA Chicago

If you’re thinking, “Hey, hasn’t this site covered this South Loop giant previously?” Yes, you’re on the right track. Whether discussing the building’s awesome height, the dazzling array of amenities, or its impressive Lake Michigan and city views, there’s a wealth of interest in this apartment tower. Perhaps because it’s proving to be such a game changer. And it’s only getting started. Leasing and move-ins did begin for 2019 but those have only covered a portion of the building as the yet-to-be-completed phases are wrapping up with an eye for the 2020 moving season. What does that mean for apartment renters who are still trying to scope out that perfect South Loop place to call home? There’s still time to find your place in this huuuuge building.

Brand New Buildings Arrive in Old Town

bedroom with floor to ceiling windows and private balcony in Two Old Town Park apartment for rent

Two Old Town Park

This new apartment project in Old Town represents the second phase of a multi-building plan that’s reinvigorating the apartment landscape around Wells St and Division St. With an ideal location that puts renters steps away from the Red Line station at Clark/Division and all of the neighborhood amenities along Wells St, this is as close to a sure thing as renters can hope to find in Old Town. Stack the incredibly luxurious interior finishes and creative building amenities (does your building’s game room include skee ball? Well, this one does!) onto the can’t-miss location and what you have are the makings for one of the most intriguing properties on our 2020 list.

New Luxury Looks for Lakeview

rendering of kitchen and dining area in apartment for rent at Four50 Belmont

Four50 Belmont

If you’re browsing the best apartments for rent in Lakeview, the new apartments at Four50 Belmont deserve to be on the list. This slightly boutique-ish apartment building (it has around 80 units total) welcomed its first renters in late 2019. With easy access to the lakefront, Lake Shore Drive and public transit, the location is a no-brainer for anyone who’s been searching for a perfect Lakeview apartment without compromising on the quality. While most of the city’s recent apartment building boom has been concentrated in and around downtown, Four50 Belmont is the exceptional case that proves luxury living needn’t be confined to the central neighborhoods of Chicago. Some of Four50’s modern amenities that distinguish the building from its vintage neighbors include a state-of-the-art fitness center, in-unit laundry, pet-friendly facilities and sweeping views from the rooftop deck. All things considered, Four50 Belmont looks like it may be a serious contender in the race to be Lakeview’s most desirable new building.