Vintage apartment hunters have an abundance of choice in a city with as many pre-war and mid-century buildings as Chicago. The new constructions popping up closer to the downtown area may offer something for those who want apartments that are shiny and new, but tenants seeking a slice of old school Chicago life can still strike gold when it comes to finding vintage apartments that are worthy of calling home. Here are a few strong examples of what vintage apartment living in the city can look like today.
Vintage Apartments for Rent
Classic Lincoln Park Apartment Building with Stunning Views
The Park View Apartments
Apartments in this classic Lincoln Park building really deliver on a couple of levels. Apartment renters can appreciate the grand scale and old world charm inherited from the building’s previous life as an opulent hotel, which are on full display in common areas such as the ornate lobby and the building’s exterior. But in going the rental apartment route, the building scaled up to the demands of today’s modern apartment renters with gusto: a fitness center, on-site laundry and dry cleaners, retail on the ground floor, and extra storage available. The timeless feature of the building has to be the rooftop deck, offering unrivaled views of Lincoln Park, Lake Michigan and the cityscape beyond this vintage spot.
Vintage Greystone Mansion in Humboldt Park
3061 W Augusta Blvd
“They don’t make ‘em like they used to,” might sound like a tired old cliche, but it rings true when looking at this sturdy and stately greystone for rent in Humboldt Park. This single family home directly across the street from the neighborhood’s sprawling park is old enough to have witnessed many changes to the Chicago apartments surrounding it on the west side of town, but this home is anything but tired. The gracious details like stained glass windows, carved wooden balustrades and ornate columns in the doorways are precious finds in today’s world of mass-manufactured building materials. The silver lining on all of these wonderfully authentic period details? The kitchen, arguably the one place you wouldn’t want to see legacy building methods, has been completely updated to accommodate the needs of modern occupants.
Charming Lakeview Condo with Warm Accents
3749 N Pine Grove Ave
The Chicago winter will feel much less intimidating when you can ride it out from the warm confines of this vintage condo for rent in Lakeview. The wood-burning fireplace is a vital ally to stave off the chill, but all of the carefully preserved wooden accents provide plenty of cozy vibes to go along with the heat emanating from the hearth. Coffered ceilings are an especially nice touch that are sure to delight vintage fans who are searching for an authentic dose of historic detail.
A Lofty Perch in Vintage Ukrainian Village Apartment
2024 W Haddon Ave #3
This penthouse apartment is a creative use of space in a vintage worker’s cottage apartment building. There’s enough room for two full-size bedrooms in this bright and inspiring apartment, along with a sunlit back porch and private outdoor deck. The vaulted ceilings really add a great sense of dimension to the space while the clever use of skylights provide ample natural lighting. This apartment is a perfect perch to look out over the cozy Ukrainian Village neighborhood and rise above the daily grind in effortless style.
Historic Greystone Manor in Lincoln Park
622 W Arlington Pl #2
The built-in hutches and cabinetry of this 4 bedroom penthouse apartment smack of old world craftsmanship. If those warm accents weren’t enough, this Lincoln Park apartment in the top floor of a vintage greystone manor has two fireplaces. Getting cozy during the Chicago winter won’t be a challenge from this unique apartment that overflows with handcrafted details.
Lovely Wicker Park Apartment in Victorian Style Home
2112 W Le Moyne St #3
The curb appeal of this landmark Victorian style apartment building in Wicker Park is undeniable. The exterior is marvelous in its own right but this vintage home is in a community of other well preserved homes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The historic charm of the surrounding neighborhood is yet another benefit of getting to call this place home. For those who are concerned about the life in such a vintage property, rest assured that the owners had the presence of mind to add in-unit laundry, making this two bedroom apartment a comfortable home for 21st century renters.
Rogers Park Apartments with Historic Charm
6701 N Glenwood Apartments
Apartments for rent at 6701 N Glenwood in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago contain unique vintage character and history. But they also have convenience and modern updates.
Features such as stainless steel appliances, handsome hardwood floors and granite counters blend seamlessly with the vintage surroundings. The neighborhood is brimming with options for a night on the town or a quick bite of comfort food whenever you feel like, and of course the beautiful beaches of Rogers Park are a short walk away from these vintage Rogers Park apartments.