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.
Get a Lesson in Historic Preservation at Noble Square Loft Apartments
Motley School Apartments
There's plenty to be said of the skill, patience and craftsmanship that went into restoring this late 19th-century schoolhouse on Chicago's near west side. One might even say that the developers behind this boutique loft apartment building did their homework. OK, that's the last school-related pun. In all seriousness, this Noble Square apartment building is a landmark building and the incredible care in restoring the building to meet the needs of sophisticated modern day renters is extraordinary. Renovated classrooms have become dreamy loft apartments with original features like chalkboards and classroom cabinets that are still intact.
Andersonville Apartment with Tons of Windows
1459 W Farragut Ave #1
Light really pours into this carefully restored vintage apartment in Andersonville. The neighborhood has everything to offer within steps of this sun-soaked apartment. All the dining and shopping options along N Clark St are only half a block away and the CTA Red line is less than 10 minutes walking distance. The real story of this vintage gem is the interior of the apartment. Ample sunshine highlights the crafty hand-laid bricks around the fireplace and gleaming hardwood floors extend the warmth throughout the home. A three season enclosed porch in the rear of the unit overlooks a patio and garden.
Hyde Park Apartments with Classic Details
1360-64 E 52nd St Apartments
Hyde Park apartment renters will be wise to check out this apartment building near the heart of Hyde Park's commercial district. With the array of shopping and dining available to apartment renters along E 53rd St, there are plenty of reasons to head outside for a stroll or to run a quick errand. Beyond the neighborhood's evident perks, including the renowned University of Chicago campus, the apartments are nicely upgraded for a vintage building. The rentals boast granite counters, hardwood floors and on-site laundry facilities.
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.
Great Location & Convenience in Lakeview Vintage Apartment Building
644 W Surf Chicago Apartments
On top of the affordability of these studio and 1 bedroom apartments for rent in Lakeview, the location offers renters unrivaled convenience. This spot is near grocery stores, movie theaters, parks and tons of nightlife options for the renter who would prefer to spend more time getting acquainted with the neighborhood surroundings rather than the inside of their apartment. But for fans of details like woodwork and handsome parquet floors, there’s a good deal to admire inside these vintage apartments as well.
Old School Style in Lincoln Park
2335-45 N Geneva Apartments
Lincoln Park could easily be called the most versatile neighborhood in Chicago. The parks, the beaches, a zoo that’s free to the public, tons of restaurants and clubby nightlife destinations...there’s something for everyone in this exciting neighborhood. And for vintage apartment hunters, there’s ample choice as well. Take this classic brick courtyard building at 2335-45 N Geneva: details like the marble-clad lobby and hardwood floors in every unit lend this vintage apartment building undeniable style while the generous closet space and cabinetry make it easy to live a clutter-free life. The charm of these vintage apartments is tough to miss but don’t forget that these are also some of the most budget-friendly Lincoln Park apartments in an excellent location.