Fans of tall buildings, bold public art, manicured streetscapes and interesting sights will appreciate the energy that comes with renting apartments in downtown. The whimsy factor is practically off the charts for renters who picture themselves looking out the window of their downtown apartment to take in the inspiring vistas of a world-class city like Chicago.
Downtown apartments are never too far from the famous monuments that are fixtures in a highlight reel of the city: Anish Kapoor’s famous Cloud Gate sculpture (dubbed “the Bean” by locals) at Millennium Park, the brawny steel trusses of the moveable bridges that span the Chicago River, and awesome skyscrapers ranging in styles from art deco to ultra modern. It’s a treasure trove of memorable scenes but it doesn’t have to feel like a museum tour every day; there are cozy and downright peaceful corners of Chicago’s downtown to be sought out as well. Renters can take a beat to walk the public promenade of the Chicago Riverwalk. Downtown apartments are near the city’s most recognizable parks, namely Millennium Park and Grant Park. The lakefront is accessible as well for downtown Chicago apartment renters. And, thanks to abundant public transportation options, there’s little need for a car to navigate outside of downtown Chicago. The CTA and Metra trains can whisk renters outside of downtown to destinations near or far; in fact, renters can just as easily hop aboard a commuter train leaving from downtown’s Union Station or Ogilvie Transportation Center that will take them to outer suburban towns or as far away as neighboring states like Wisconsin and Indiana. Local options abound from any of the CTA train lines that make their way around the Loop’s elevated train circuit (and underground stations for the CTA’s Red and Blue lines).
Schools in downtown Chicago include Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Loyola University of Chicago’s Water Tower Campus and University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The campus of University of Illinois at Chicago isn't too far away from downtown in the neighboring University Village or Little Italy neighborhoods.
Downtown apartments in Chicago would generally be found in the Chicago Loop, Gold Coast, West Loop, River North, Fulton Market, Streeterville, Printer's Row, Lakeshore East, South Loop, and Old Town.