Apartment renters have been flocking to pockets of Chicago’s Near West Side as the neighborhood outgrows its former identity as a meatpacking and warehousing district. Industrial buildings and nondescript warehouses once made up the majority of structures in the West Loop, River West and Fulton Market neighborhoods. But the area has undergone a post-industrial boom that’s emblematic of Chicago’s own growth from the “hog butcher for the world, tool maker, stacker of wheat,” as Carl Sandburg once put it, to a world-class city known for architectural marvels, distinctive culture and great food. And this season brings about another radical change: great deals on rent are in vogue for this transforming, trendy part of town. Browse the best offers below and uncover the reasons why this part of Chicago belongs in the conversation for premier neighborhoods to call home.
Best River West Apartment Deals for Fall/Winter 2020
Keeping a finger on the pulse of town is easy from this spot. Spoke is an apartment building with a fitting name because it’s easy to spin a day of exploration, shopping or working from this well connected hub of the River West neighborhood. The CTA Blue line is close by and commuting by bike is very easy thanks to the proximity of Milwaukee Ave, aka the Hipster Highway, which offers protected bike lanes all the way out to northwest side enclaves like Logan Square and Avondale. And renters will find a deal that brings studios down to $1,250/month at Spoke or they can explore options for getting up to 3 months in free rent when signing a long-term lease agreement.
Germain House Lofts
This historic River West building is a microcosm of the neighborhood’s long and storied past. The building, which is now home to luxurious lofts and duplexes, started out as a lumber yard back when Chicago was a bustling town building its reputation as the city that works. Nowadays the work could look very different, where lightning fast WiFi and great floor plans accommodate a perfect work-from-home setup and the neighborhood beckons with wonderful distractions. And right now renters will discover a great deal at Germain House Lofts: up to 2 months free on 18-month leases!
Best West Loop Apartment Deals in Fall/Winter 2020
The Van Buren Residences
Want to get in on the West Loop influencer life? The Van Buren Residences are the perfect place to snap a few glam selfies, whether it’s posing poolside on the building’s rooftop amenity area or plating the perfect dish in a gleaming apartment kitchen. And the deal right now is among the most delicious in town: renters can get up to 3 months free if they act fast!
Cozy amenities like a landscaped rooftop lounge really take the stage at this deluxe West Loop building, but move over amenities because there’s another fantastic deal contending for the spotlight at Milieu Apartments: up to 2 months free!
The Jax Apartments
Bound over to the Near West Side or explore the UIC-Medical District from these sophisticated West Loop apartments. Transportation options abound from this spot that’s on the southern boundary of the West Loop. If renters prefer a cozy evening at home instead of exploring, then these comfortable new construction apartments are certainly able to oblige. Renters will discover epic skyline views to go along with spacious floor plans and balconies in select units at The Jax. And pets are welcome at The Jax Apartments, too!
Shopping, living and dining are streamlined for renters at this location that’s a short walk away from one of the city’s most celebrated restaurant districts. Renters will easily find themselves in the thick of Chicago’s lauded dining scene from this spot at Porte Apartments, which is near the convergence of Greektown and the West Loop. Right now, Porte is offering a limited time special of 2 months’ free rent on long term leases.
Both newcomers and longtime residents of the West Loop should recognize this apartment building in the West Loop. Why? New loft apartments at the Duncan were created at the site of the old neighborhood YMCA and former Salvation Army Freedom Center, and the building itself has been around for close to 100 years. And now the Duncan is the latest incarnation to call the site home and it boasts more modern features like designer kitchen appliances and in-unit laundry to pair with the building’s historic details. Studio apartments at the Duncan start at just under $1,150/month.
Best Fulton Market Apartment Deals for Fall/Winter 2020
Reside on Green Street
These modern apartments may not fit in with the neighborhood’s retro, industrial aesthetic but that’s hardly a reason to stay away. Because inside this gleaming Fulton Market apartment tower is a great deal for renters: up to 3 months of free rent!
851 West Apartments
These pet-friendly apartments in Fulton Market have studios starting at $1,000/month. Beyond the price, this apartment building offers a variety of perks for renters. It’s located just a quick walk from the intersection of Grand and Milwaukee Avenues. The CTA Blue line is right there whenever renters need to get out and explore other parts of the city, but the neighborhood is quite walkable from this spot.