Vintage style 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.
Grand Apartments in Great Location Near Boystown
801 West Cornelia Apartments
Wonderful vintage details shine through in these Lakeview apartments. There are classic arched entryways, crown moldings and warm hardwood floors to be found in 801 West Cornelia Apartments. The location is another timeless feature that renters will surely enjoy if they want to be close to the action in Boystown, Wrigleyville or Lakeview. Options for commuters are pretty decent here as well, with CTA ‘L’ Red line station nearby at Addison and various bus routes covering Clark St, Halsted St and Broadway.
Lake Shore Drive Apartments Pair Lake Breezes with Fresh Kitchens
3260-70 North Lake Shore Drive Apartments
Who doesn’t love a good view of Lake Michigan? Each summer, the big blue lake is a bankable diversion for renters in this Lakeview East spot seeking a place to chill out. Renters can also easily navigate to the heart of Boystown a few blocks to the west and the lakefront trail offers outdoor recreation options year-round. And the refreshed interiors in these vintage apartments, including the completely overhauled kitchens, deserve a second look from renters.
Lovely Lakeview Location for Cute Vintage Studios
596 West Hawthorne Apartments
Natural light abounds in these cute studio apartments that boast old fashioned details like crown molding and warm hardwood flooring. Those details are only the beginning -- the location puts renters a stone’s throw from Lakeview’s formidable dining and nightlife district. A quick stroll around the corner is the intersection of Roscoe St and Halsted, a major hub for all the eclectic flavors that this neighborhood has to offer.
Lots to Learn from Vintage School Converted into Stunning Loft Apartments in Uptown
Stewart School Lofts
The Graeme Stewart Elementary School (built in 1907) now houses apartments with charming details such as hardwood flooring, original chalkboards, ceilings of incredible height (9 - 20 ft ceilings) that are combined with high end finishes.
Breezy Rogers Park Location with Abundant Vintage Charm
1257 West Lunt Apartments
Living in a spot that’s equidistant from both Lake Michigan and the CTA Red line is a key advantage of these Rogers Park apartments. Loyola University students may find the location too hard to pass up if they’re exploring nearby off-campus housing, and any renter shopping for a bargain will love that studios rent for as little as $835/month.
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 vintage 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 vintage 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.
Hyde Park Apartments with Classic Vintage 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 vintage 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 Chicago 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.