An amenity “arms race” has resulted in Chicago apartments going all-out to attract renters in an increasingly competitive market. Renters now have more choice than ever when it comes to deciding which Chicago apartment is the perfect place to call home, so buildings have taken note and rolled out the red carpet and then some. These are some of the best amenities that renters can hope to find in their next Chicago apartment.
The Van Buren
Many residents will be drawn to the rooftop pool deck and lounge area of this West Loop community. And nobody would begrudge such a choice, especially in the context of a picturesque summer day in Chicago when the temperature’s something like eighty degrees and the familiar skyscrapers of the Loop are glinting in the backdrop. But the amenity level situated on the third floor rooftop is the one that cements this location as a true West Loop destination. From the landscaped lounge roof terrace on the third floor, which comes equipped with its own brand new grilling stations and a lawn for games, the hulking frames of brick warehouses and old factories create the unmistakable sensation of life in the West Loop.
Converting a warehouse into luxury loft apartments means that properties wind up with a lot of square footage in the building. And the development company responsible for transforming the furniture warehouse that belonged to iconic Chicago brand Marshall Field’s knew how to get the proportions right. Not only do the units convey a sense of grandiosity with their soaring ceilings and large windows, but residents will never feel cramped as they explore the sprawling amenity spaces. The rooftop deck stretches on for what seems like an entire city block, making it quite handy to organize a get-together without competing against neighbors for space. And the gym, lounge space and co-working area are all designed in a “rustic luxury” fashion. The space feels upscale and welcoming, conveying the sense of history intertwined with the building’s rich past.
Home should be a place that reinforces your sense of well being. That’s why staycations are actually quite awesome. Every day at Hubbard Place can feel like a staycation. Starting out with the rooftop pool and fire pits, then moving on to the fitness center with great views of downtown Chicago, and finally ending up at the building’s indoor sauna. This River North luxury apartment tower will also go the extra step to benefit residents’ well being by covering the membership costs for East Bank Club -- one of Chicago’s swankiest fitness clubs -- located directly across the street from Hubbard Place.
This luxury apartment building is nestled in the spot where River North, the Gold Coast and the Near North Side all converge. It’s a trailblazing building of sorts, one of the earliest in meeting the city’s growing appetite for luxury apartments while embracing the future potential of its unique location. The views are off the charts from each apartment’s floor-to-ceiling glass windows, but there also aren’t many neighboring high-rises to crowd renters out of those prized skyline views. A little bit smaller than other developments in River North and the Gold Coast, this building has a boutique feel and that’s another bonus for renters. Unbelievable amenities like the sky lounge and rooftop heated swimming pool can feel more personalized in a building this size. And beginning each day by basking in dreamy city views from the private balconies of Niche 905 apartments can feel like your own personal retreat in all the best ways.
There’s plenty of forward-thinking design and smart construction techniques on display at this Old Town apartment building. The dark tinted glass windows give passersby a sense of the coolness, but only residents get to appreciate how cool it really is to rent an apartment at Xavier. They get access to amenities such as the green roof, which is designed to capture rainwater and help cool down the building, as well as a very chic first floor lobby that’s more reminiscent of the MCA than an apartment complex. And for the ultimate convenience, renters can tap into the on-demand meal delivery service that prepares meals in the building and then delivers them to renters’ doors. Thought room service was impossible if you’re a renter? Xavier proves that nothing is impossible.
The dual buildings of this Lincoln Park apartment community rose up on the former site of Lurie Children’s Hospital. With convenient access to Lincoln Ave, Halsted St and Fullerton Pkwy from the apartments at Lincoln Common, it’s hard to envision any other type of project occupying this prime space. Renters have access to all that the bustling neighborhood has to offer: shops, theaters, restaurants, cafes and bars. But Lincoln Common also packs in quite an amenity suite for residents. The rooftops (that’s right, there’s two of them) provide some of the best views of the city from Lincoln Park and each building comes complete with a massive lounge, game room and dog spa.
The summer only lasts 90 days in Chicago (if we’re lucky) and so that means that all those pool parties have to cram a ton of fun into a relatively short span of time. But if you rent an apartment at West77 in River North, the poolside fun never has to end. The rooftop pool is open year-round, making it easy to break up the monotony of winter workouts by getting in a few laps or jumpstarting the summer season by actually hosting a comfortable party in June. This River North apartment building is also close to numerous public transportation hubs like the Red, Purple and Brown lines, making it easy to live without a car in these downtown Chicago apartments.