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River West Town Homes at Spoke

If you're looking for a rental near River West that gives you the benefits of living in a single family house (like your own parking garage, no elevator rides, and two levels of living space) with the benefits of high rise living (like door staff, access to state of the art amenities, and 24/7 maintenance should you need that hard to reach lightbulb changed), there's no need to compromise! These town homes at Spoke in River West offer the best of both styles of living. Between the two levels of living space, street-level private entrance, and attached single car garage, there are plenty of reasons to love living at these luxury town homes. The finishes are top notch with hardwood floors throughout, walk in closets with Elfa shelving systems, oversized windows, and automated shades. In the kitchen you'll find under-cabinet lighting, polished white quartz countertops, GE Profile appliances including a French door refrigerator with hands free autofill, gas range with warming drawer, dishwasher with hidden controls, a front-loading Energy Star washer and dryer with steam assist and sensor dry features, and a Marvel stainless wine chiller. Spa inspired bathrooms include Moen fixtures in satin nickel and lighted vanity mirrors. Although the town homes each have their own private entrances, they are attached to the high rise portion of the building for convenient access to the common areas and amenities. [caption id="attachment_25848" align="alignnone" width="418"] One of the town home floor plans including both levels of living space[/caption] Town home residents get full access to Spoke's building amenities. With the exception of the sky lounge, which is on the penthouse floor and comes equipped with a chef grade kitchen and private outdoor terrace with a fire pit and grills, the main amenity levels are the fourth and second floors. The fourth floor has over an acre of outdoor space complete with a rooftop pool, private cabanas, a massive hot tub, open green space, a bocce court, hammocks, tables, fire pits, garden, and even an outdoor pizza oven! On the fourth floor you'll also find a "Family Room" with a 12 seat farmhouse table, a double sided indoor-outdoor fireplace, lounge furniture, TVs, and another kitchen. If you're going to be hosting guests for an extended period of time, you can reserve the fully furnished guest suite! Head across the terrace to the 24 hour fitness center, complete with cardio equipment, free weights, weight machines, a boxing training system, and two private training studios which offer both on-demand fitness classes as well as complimentary fitness and yoga classes every Tuesday. Residents also enjoy access to a dedicated Peloton studio. [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Spoke_Homepage_video.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true" preload="auto"][/video]   Head to the second floor for some particularly stand-out features and amenities! Enjoy the fully equipped sound-proof recording studio, the interactive virtual gaming room and movie theatre, the conference room, and The Venue-- complete with a performance stage, instruments, and professional lighting as well as a billiards table, club-style seating, four flat screen TVs, and a custom sound system. You can also make use of the complimentary bike shop and storage. In the winter time, on rainy days, or on the days you just feel like having a little extra convenience, the heated dog run and deluxe dog spa are the first class amenities that make Spoke feel like home to your four-legged friends. Additional conveniences include the lobby coffee bar, package receiving, valet dry cleaning, housekeeping service, door staff, and a 24 hour maintenance guarantee as well as a plethora of discounts at local restaurants and businesses! Check out the gallery below to see more stunning pictures of the townhomes at Spoke! Looking for luxury town homes for rent in downtown Chicago near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours.

Westerly River West Luxury Apartments

With all the demand from recent commercial growth and new jobs in downtown Chicago, the residential market can hardly keep up! With multiple significant corporate relocations to the Loop and West Loop, demand for luxury residential rentals isn't showing signs of slowing up anytime soon. For those looking to live in an area with a true neighborhood feel that is also in close proximity to work and all the hustle and bustle of downtown, River West has quickly become Chicago's brightest hot spot. Fifield Cos, a pillar and market leader in Chicago's luxury rental market, is delivering 188 new "urban chic" luxury rentals to River West at Westerly (740 N. Aberdeen). Westerly's prime location is situated less than a block from the expressway, one block from the CTA blue line train to downtown and O'Hare International Airport, and is right along Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as "Hipster Highway" because of its generously sized bike lanes that lead directly into downtown. All Fifield buildings are known for having high walk scores, an indicator of convenience and accessibility, including Westerly which has a score of 94. The studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments all feature best in class finishes. Kitchens come equipped with stainless steel appliances, gas ranges, and quartz countertops with full height backsplashes. Spa inspired bathrooms features 18 inch deep 32 inch wide soaking tubs and frameless glass separate showers, with double vanities in select units. Plank flooring throughout, walk-in closets with organizers, floor to ceiling windows, and Nest thermostats give these apartments their sleek but homey feel. At Westerly, residents will enjoy state of the art amenities and thoughtful conveniences. Entertain or relax year round in the resident lounge, complete with an 85 inch flat screen TV with surround sound, the rooftop party room with a full demonstration kitchen, grills, and space for alfresco dining, or one of Westerly's intimate lounge spaces. In the warmer months, soak up the sun at the outdoor sundeck and resort style pool. Whether you're looking to get in a great workout, work from home, or groom your dog, you won't have to leave home. Head to the club quality fitness center, the business center, co-working pods, or dog wash and run areas for all your from-home needs. Westerly's conveniences don't stop there. Grab your morning coffee at the third floor coffee bar, head to one of the curated resident events, or work poolside with the complimentary WiFi that's available in all common areas. Residents can also enjoy the convenience of access controlled resident parking, concierge service, and even Livly, a digital assistant. See the gallery below for more stunning pictures of Westerly! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering in-person, self guided, and virtual apartment tours.

Socially Distant Things to do in Downtown Chicago

Although we're in the second half of the summer, there are still plenty of socially distant things to do in downtown Chicago! Here are some ways you can make the most of the rest of these Chicago summer nights! Drive in Movie [caption id="attachment_25805" align="alignnone" width="482"] Courtesy of Jeremy Yap[/caption] The Davis Theater is hosting Chicago themed drive in movie nights (with flicks like Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Blues Brothers) at Lincoln Yards in Lincoln Park. If you're looking for things to do near the South Loop, head to Soldier Field for nightly entertainment including screenings of classic movies like Groundhog Day and Grease, live music, and singalongs. No car? Check out movies in the park at Navy Pier in Streeterville or a floating cinema September 9th-13th (location to be determined), where you and up to 7 friends can watch a "drive in" movie from your own small boat! Boat Tour [caption id="attachment_25806" align="alignnone" width="322"] Courtesy of Clay Banks[/caption] Whether you're a born and raised Chicagoan, new to the city, or visiting from out of town, a boat tour on the Chicago River is a must, so we had to include it in our list of socially distant things to do. See the skyline from a new perspective while you catch some sunlight and learn some facts you can spout to sound more cultured at your al Fresca dining later. The Summer of George 90 minute boat tour, praised for having extremely knowledgable and personable guides, showcases all three branches of the Chicago River, northeast to Lake Michigan, south to Tom Ping park and the vertical bridge, and west past the Groupon building. Summer of George architectural boat tour boards from 900 South Wells St. by the Southbank development and asks that you bring a mask. Have a Picnic [caption id="attachment_25807" align="alignnone" width="301"] Courtesy of Maria Ilves[/caption] Downtown Chicago is chalk full of spacious, gorgeous public parks, which is rare for such a large city. Each neighborhood has its share of great picnic spots, but it's hard to compete with Promontory Point. Promontory Point is a human made peninsula at Burnham Park that juts out into Lake Michigan, just south of downtown. Get some fresh air and take in the city and stunning lake views from a new perspective. If you're looking for socially distant things to do near downtown Chicago, a picnic at Promontory Point is hard to beat! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in and rent credit specials!

Outdoor Dining Near Lincoln Park

Streets throughout Chicago are being designated as "shared streets", which means they are closed to auto traffic on weekends to maximize the space available for outdoor dining. In Lincoln Park, North Lincoln Avenue from West Fullerton Avenue to West Wrightwood Avenue has been designated as shared street space for outdoor dining on weekends. During the rest of the week, however, you can still head to these Lincoln Park favorites for outdoor dining. Cafe Ba Ba Reeba - 2024 N. Halsted St. Head to Cafe Ba Ba Reeba for tapas, pinxos, paella, and sangria. Their all seasons enclosed patio is open for up to 50% capacity. Reservations are required for patio dining due to the limited seating and availability. You can make your reservations on OpenTable or here. Not looking to dine out? Cafe Ba Ba Reeba also offering carryout including Spanish cocktail kits, like the popular Mezcal Mule. Summer House Santa Monica - 1954 N. Halsted St. [caption id="attachment_25797" align="alignnone" width="417"] Avocado toast with poached eggs and scallion mascarpone[/caption] Just up Halsted Street from Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is Summer House Santa Monica, a trendy spot serving California inspired fare with local and market driven ingredients. The front patio and Vitamin D room are now both open with 50% capacity and an all day menu. The J Parker Rooftop at Hotel Lincoln - 1816 N. Clark St. Enjoy stunning views of the lakefront, Lincoln Park, and the Chicago skyline from the J Parker rooftop. The J Parker, from Boka Restaurant Group, offers small plates, like spring rolls and elote hush puppies, as well as a few salads and burgers, but is best known for it's unrivaled selection of signature cocktails. [caption id="attachment_25799" align="alignnone" width="514"] Take in sweeping views from the J Parker rooftop atop Hotel Lincoln[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

River West Outdoor Restaurants

Looking for restaurants with outdoor seating near River West? Try one of these neighborhood favorites!  The Dawson- 730 W. Grand Ave Originally built in 1888 and reimagined in 2013, The Dawson's ambiance and decor perfectly blend rustic, historic charm and chic, modern aesthetic. With gorgeous topiary work and greenery, trendy but comfortable lounge furniture, an outdoor fireplace, hanging lights, reclaimed wood partitions, and the high fence that surrounds it, The Dawson's large patio makes you feel transported to a world of its own. There's a reason The Dawson is known as the "gathering place of River West". Matcha grilled ahi tuna served with papaya salad, chopped salad topped with chicken fried lobster, house made spirits and expert mixologists, there's not much The Dawson doesn't have. See their creative menu here. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="25791,25790"]   Frontier- 1072 N. Milwaukee Ave James Beard Award winning chef, Brian Jupiter, crafted a menu "dictated by nature" at Frontier. Frontier is probably best known for its signature, "Whole Animal Experience", which allows you to order a whole boar, goat, alligator, lamb, or salmon, among others. For those who aren't quite as carnivorous, Frontier has a host of other dishes, like cauliflower or salmon hash, cauliflower steak, ahi tuna sandwich, kale salad, and more. Twisted Spoke- 501 N. Ogden Ave Twisted Spoke has both patio and rooftop seating and is a River West go to for burgers, brunch, and drinks. Their brunch menu, which they call, "Hangover Hospital", features classic brunch favorites, like omelettes and French toast, and innovative twists, like breakfast gumbo, banana fritters, and pears poached in champagne. Twisted Spoke also has an extensive Bloody Mary menu as well as impressive beer, bourbon, and spirit lists. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River West? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in person apartment tours. Be sure to ask about move in specials!

1325 N. Wells Old Town Apartments

1325 N. Wells offers modern, luxury apartments in the heart of Old Town. If you're looking for contemporary finishes, useful amenities, and a prime location, this could be the place for you! Each luxury apartment comes with built in custom closets, an in unit washer and dryer, hard surface flooring, and a Nest thermostat for conveniently controlling your unit temperature, even when you're not home. The spa like bathrooms feature rich Italian tile, great lighting, frameless mirrors, ample storage space, chrome faucets, and spacious, contemporary vanities. With sleek finishes like the quartz countertops, tiled backsplashes, and stainless steel appliances, and thoughtful features, like undercount stainless steel sinks with garbage disposals and pull out spray faucets, and large kitchen islands, the gourmet kitchens at 1325 N. Wells are a dinner party host's dream come true. The large living room windows and private balconies are perfect for taking in unobstructed views and natural light. 1325 N. Wells has both seasonal and year round amenities. Soak up the sun in the summer months at the rooftop lounge pool with views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan or entertain at the roof sun deck, complete with ample seating, an outdoor kitchen with gas grills, and a fire pit area. If you're having company, you can also head to the multi-purpose roof lounge which opens to a private rooftop terrace and comes equipped with TVs, seating, and a wet bar. Year round, enjoy the state of the art fitness center, indoor resident lounges (with WiFi access for working from home) and all of 1325 N. Wells' resident conveniences, including valet dry cleaning, on site retail, a heated garage, and bicycle storage. The apartments at 1325 North Wells are also pet friendly and close to plenty of parks, including Washington Square Park which typically hosts events like Doggie Yoga and "Yappy" Hours. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions! We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours. Ask about move in specials!

South Loop Restaurants With Outdoor Seating

What's a summer in Chicago without a trendy new rooftop lounge or al fresco dining? After months of quarantine and winter, this Chicago summer has made outdoor dining even more of a staple than it already was. Here are some of the restaurants in the South Loop offering outdoor dining. The Bar at Moody Tongue - 2515 S. Wabash Ave Moody Tongue's bar menu is less like what you'd expect to see on a bar menu and a little more like what you'd expect at a contemporary, Michelin Starred dinner place with a month long waiting list. If you're looking for something light, try the smoked beet and charred strawberry tartare with spruce infused ricotta and sourdough, the salmon crudo, heirloom tomato and compressed watermelon salad, or the butter poached king crab with corn, gnocchi, fennel, and host of other flavorful accoutrements. If you're looking for something even more decedent, try the confit pork belly, Maine lobster roll, fried quail, or crispy whole summer flounder with fermented bok choi, shiitake, and a chili crunch. Kurah Mediterranean - 1355 S. Michigan Ave Kurah Mediterranean has something for everyone. From vegan to gluten free to carnivore, all types of eaters can find a dish to enjoy here. Pomegranate tabouli, roasted eggplant flatbread, bacon wrapped dates, and the shwarma platter are just a few of the menu favorites. Kurah also has a daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm offering $5 wines, beers, sangria, and appetizers as well as $2 off cocktails. AO Hawaiian Hideout - 1315 S. Wabash Ave AO Hawaiian Hideout serves up homestyle southeast Asian and Hawaiian fare. Poke bowls, sushi, short ribs, fish tacos, and curry dishes all grace the menu. AO also has an entirely gluten free vegan menu and a broad cocktail menu. Although AO has postponed their weekly live entertainment due to COVID-19, they still have fantastic specials! Click here to see more details. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop in downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours!

Columbus Plaza at Lakeshore East

If your top priorities in an apartment are square footage, storage and closet space, and central location, then keep reading. Columbus Plaza Lakeshore East apartments could be the place for you! Each layout offers an incredible value on square footage. Pushing 600 square feet, the studio and convertible layouts are larger than most 1 beds in the downtown area. 1 bed layouts are even larger, ranging from 792 to over 1000 square feet and 2 beds come in at 1352 square feet, rare finds for downtown Chicago! Most layouts also include at least one walk in closet. Entertain company on the expansive outdoor terrace, complete with a fire pit, grills, plenty of seating, and a relaxing fountain. If your guests are in from out of town, reserve the on site hospitality suite. Unwind in the resort style sun room with a retractable skylight and energize in the state of the art fitness center. Work from home from the 24/7 business center. [gallery ids="25751,25754,25753"] Columbus Plaza is located on E Upper Wacker just east of Michigan Avenue. With the Chicago Riverwalk just across the street, the Lakefront trail, Navy Pier, and Magnificent mile just blocks away, direct access to the Pedway, and close proximity to the Loop, Gold Coast, and Streeterville, it's no mystery why Columbus Plaza has a WalkScore of 95 for it's convenient location. Although situated near all the hustle and bustle of downtown, if you walk just a few minutes southeast, you can enjoy Lakeshore East's quiet residential park, walkways, and a flagship Mariano's supermarket. For a limited time, Columbus Plaza is currently offering a $2000 concession on studio, convertible, and 1 bedroom apartments and a $3500 concession on 2 bedroom apartments! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in person apartment tours!

West Loop Restaurants With Outdoor Dining

In light of COVID-19 protective measures, rooftop and al Fresca dining has become even more of a Chicago summertime staple than it already was. Here are some of the top places in the West Loop to enjoy outdoor summer dining! Nobu Hotel Rooftop - 155 N. Peoria St. One of the West Loop's newest summer hot spots is Nobu Hotel's rooftop. Take in stunning views of the Chicago skyline as you enjoy light Japanese inspired fare, a wide range of sakes, wines, and hand crafted cocktails. Menu favorites include the black cod lettuce cups, Arctic char rococo, New Zealand lamb, ribeye Kushiyaki, nigiri, sashimi, and sushi rolls. Nobu's rooftop is open daily from 4pm to 10pm and hosts live music and DJ performances throughout the summer months. Reservations are recommended. Aba - 302 N. Green St. Aba, a Fulton Market favorite, is a Mediterranean restaurant with a rooftop patio. Try one of Abc's signature dishes, including skirt steak shawarma, short rib hummus, Muhammara with pomegranate molasses, or the whipped feta appetizer. Mixologist Liz Pearce showcases rare Mediterranean-inspired wines and spirits. Aba is open for nightly dinner and weekend brunch. Beatrix - 834 W. Fulton Market St. Whether you're stopping by for their classic freshly squeezed juices, an innovative floral cocktail, farm to table breakfast pastries, or any number of lunch or dinner favorites (like the quinoa burger, truffle risotto, or miso glazed salmon), Beatrix is undeniably a neighborhood staple. Beatrix Fulton Market is open daily for coffee and bakery service starting at 9am, breakfast through dinner on weekends, and for patio dining and carryout for lunch and dinner on weekdays. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided apartment tours.  

Coast at Lakeshore East Apartments

Coast at Lakeshore East apartments offers an incredible value on luxury rentals. These pet friendly apartments are beloved by residents for their sleek interiors, top of the line appliances, outstanding amenities, panoramic views, and little extra building conveniences. If you're looking for great natural light and sweeping city views, look no further! With glass paneled balconies, open floor plans, and floor to ceiling windows, these stunning apartments take in optimal natural light with great views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, Lakeshore East Park, and the Chicago skyline. Kitchens come equipped with GE Clean Steel Energy Star appliance packages including a refrigerator with an ice maker, gas range and oven, full sized microwave, dishwasher, and full sized washer and dryer. Whether you're looking for light and bright white quartz or dark and homey espresso cabinetry with nickel hardware, Coast has something for you with a choice between two finish packages. Bathrooms all have sleek finishes with oversized marble vanities, ceramic tile, and mosaic accents throughout. The apartments at Coast also have excellent storage space between the generous amount of cabinetry and spacious closets. All units also have individually controlled heat and air conditioning, high speed internet, window treatments, and plank flooring. [gallery ids="25731,25730,25729"] Coast is a full amenity building. Residents have access to plenty of co-working space including private meeting rooms, a tech center with PC and MAC stations, and shared areas. All the amenity spaces are outfitted with complimentary WiFi, so you can feel free to take your Zoom meetings from the outdoor landscaped garden and deck or the adjacent indoor lounge. Year round enjoy the indoor spa lounge with a hot tub, sauna, and steam room, the state of the art fitness center with Cybex equipment, and the private dining lounge. [gallery ids="25741,25740,25739,25738,25737,25735"] Warm up at the heated outdoor lap pool or around the fire pit with lounge seating. Coast also offers a multitude of on site resident conveniences like a private dog run and washing station, stainless steel barbecue grills, on site parking, bicycle and resident storage, an eco-friendly neighborhood courtesy shuttle, Zip Cars, electric car charging stations, 24 hour door staff and maintenance, package receiving, valet dry-cleaning, and of course, Pedway access. [gallery columns="2" ids="25734,25733"] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, in person, and self guided tours.

The Tides at Lakeshore East

The Tides at Lakeshore East offers spacious studio, convertible, one, and two bedroom apartments for rent in a prime location with state-of-the-art amenities. These apartments feature in unit laundry with full sized washers and dryers, high speed internet, floor to ceiling windows, expansive glass paneled balconies, great storage space, walk in closets, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, and spacious layouts, with upgraded finishes and renovations in select units. Kitchens come equipped with gas ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators with ice makers, islands, ample cabinet space, and ceramic tiled or espresso wood floors. In the bathrooms you'll find additional generous storage space including oversized vanity cabinets and tri-view medicine cabinets. [caption id="attachment_25722" align="alignnone" width="565"] Renovated kitchen with white cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.[/caption] Amenities include both indoor and outdoor places to lounge, entertain, and work from home. Rain or shine, entertain at the indoor amenities. The Shore Club, a private reservable club floor retreat, and the billiards room are both perfect for entertaining company. Unwind in the spa and sauna, work out in the 24/7 fitness center, or work from home in the lounge off the complimentary coffee bar. Soak up the sun from the outdoor amenities, including the rooftop pool and sundeck which offer stunning views of downtown Chicago. Furthermore, Magellan Development, the developers of the majority of Lakeshore East, arranged the high rise buildings in the neighborhood like a sundial so that each rooftop pool gets unobstructed sunlight, as is the case with the rooftop pool at The Tides. [caption id="attachment_25723" align="alignnone" width="603"] Rooftop Pool at The Tides Lakeshore East[/caption] The Tides is pet friendly and also offers resident conveniences such as 24 hour door staff and maintenance, on site parking, car sharing, electric car charging stations within the vicinity, storage, bicycle storage, direct dog park access, on site housekeeping, valet dry cleaning, 24/7 package receiving, The location is, itself, an additional convenience. The Tides has an on site pre-school, is adjacent to a 6 acre quiet park, on the other side of which there is a large Mariano's grocery store, CVS pharmacy, Chase Bank, salons, and multiple restaurants ranging from Eggy's for breakfast, Brown Bag Seafood for lunch, III Forks or MingHin for dinner, Filini for happy hour, and many more. Last but not least, The Tides offers access to the Pedway, which is an efficient way to access anything downtown, transit, shops, and the airport in the winter time, all without going outside. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer all your questions. We are now offering virtual, self guided, and in-person tours! https://vimeo.com/233857254

Phase 3 of Reopening in Chicago

Illinois is now in phase 3 of reopening post COVID, meaning that infection rates are stable or declining, which allows residents to gather in groups of 10 or less and continue to wear a mask in public. Here's an overview of what's open and allowed in downtown Chicago as part of phase 3 of Illinois' post COVID reopening plan. [caption id="attachment_25698" align="alignnone" width="247"] Courtesy of Jason Mowry[/caption] Although restaurants have already been open for carryout, phase 3 allows restaurants to offer outdoor dining and drinking for groups of 6 or less with social distancing measures. Some restaurants that did not previously offer outdoor dining, like Smyth and The Loyalist of the West Loop, have made accommodations on the surrounding sidewalks and outdoor areas to offer outdoor seating. [caption id="attachment_25696" align="alignnone" width="218"] Courtesy of Megan Markham[/caption] As of June 17th, bars that do not serve food were allowed to open for outdoor seating as well. If you're looking for summer activities, many outdoor attractions in Chicago are reopening, if they haven't already. Walking, biking, and hiking as well as boating with no more than 6 to 10 people (depending on boat size) are already allowed. Parks are open with 25% maximum capacity for indoor facilities. The Lakefront Trail is set to reopen on June 22nd with hours from 6am to 7pm, while other parks and beaches east of Lakeshore Drive as well as the 606 trail will remain closed. Pools, playgrounds, beaches, museums, theaters, and zoos are to remain closed for the time being as well. [caption id="attachment_25697" align="alignnone" width="344"] Kelly Sikkema[/caption] For more information on what's reopening near you, here's a comprehensive list of what each phase means for each type of site and which phase your area is currently in by zip code. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions.

North Harbor Tower at Lakeshore East

If you're looking for a spacious floor plan in a convenient location at a great price, North Harbor Tower at Lakeshore East could be the place for you! [caption id="attachment_25679" align="alignnone" width="415"] All layouts are particularly spacious, even the studios![/caption] North Harbor Tower is known for its spacious floor plans, great storage and closet space, and wraparound windows for panoramic views. Many units have been recently renovated with premium kitchen finishes, offering a choice between dark and light interiors. Select units offer in-unit laundry and high ceilings. With apartments starting around just $1445 per month, these luxury apartments are an incredible value. [caption id="attachment_25678" align="alignnone" width="384"] Classic dark kitchen finishes[/caption] [caption id="attachment_25676" align="alignnone" width="398"] Renovated light kitchen finishes[/caption] North Harbor Tower recently underwent a full amenity renovation, which you can enjoy year round. Rain or shine, you can access the indoor pool (which converts into a semi-outdoor space during the summer months), party suite, 24 hour fitness center, yoga studio with complimentary classes, 24-hour library, and business center with co-working space. [caption id="attachment_25675" align="alignnone" width="397"] The library space[/caption] In the warmer months, soak up the sun in the outdoor BBQ and picnic area, one of multiple outdoor lounge spaces, and sun deck. North Harbor Tower also offers a host of conveniences including door staff in the elegant lobby, bike storage, parking, high speed internet, on-site management and maintenance, package receiving, and even pet amenities. [caption id="attachment_25677" align="alignnone" width="425"] One of multiple outdoor amenity spaces[/caption] These luxury rentals are located in a prime location for dog owners. Lakeshore East's 4.6 acre park is just two blocks away with quiet walking paths and a shaded dog friendly area for off leash play. North Harbor Tower also offers an on-site dog run and dog walking services for days you can't make it to the park with your four-legged friend. Select floors at North Harbor Tower are pet friendly. Whether or not you're a pet owner, everyone can appreciate the convenient location of these luxury apartments, with Mariano's grocery store just two blocks away, broad selection of restaurants, easy access to Lakeshore Drive and public transit, and short walking distance to the Gold Coast, Streeterville, and the Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts would be happy to answer all your questions and fill you in on current rent specials. We are now offering virtual tours with in-person showings at select buildings!

Lakeshore East Restaurants

Although Lakeshore East is a small neighborhood and one of Chicago's best hidden gems, it is still home to lots of restaurants. Here are some of our favorite Lakeshore East restaurants offering take out and delivery. Mezcalina Mezcalina offers upscale Mexican cuisine with lunch, dinner, and brunch menus. Their menus are full of seafood, vegetarian, and meat based options. Mezcalina is currently offering take out and delivery. MingHin MingHin serves Cantonese favorites like hot pots, seafood, and dim sum as well as signature cocktails. Their menu is centered around sharable, small dishes, making MingHin a great place to try with friends. MingHin is currently offering take out and delivery. Check out their menu and order online here. [caption id="attachment_25623" align="alignnone" width="230"] Courtesy of MingHin[/caption] Eggy's Diner Eggy's is the neighborhood go-to spot for all day breakfast and baked goods but they also make great lunch and dinner dishes. Their rotating menu uses seasonal and local ingredients. A little known fact is that Eggy's is actually named after the David Carlins' (president of Magellan Development) childhood friend, Robert Mallin, who was nicknamed "Eggy". Magellan Development is largely responsible for the development of the Lakeshore East neighborhood, so it seems fitting! Eggy's is currently offering take out only. Check out their menu here. [caption id="attachment_25624" align="alignnone" width="319"] Courtesy of Eggy's Diner[/caption] III Forks III Forks serves seafood, steaks, and classic American fare with all the favorite steakhouse sides. Grab a wedge salad, shrimp cocktail, creamed corn, lobster mac and cheese, or roasted seasonal vegetables with any one of their .005% quality hand picked steaks. III Forks is currently offering take out only. See their complete dinner menu here. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are now offering virtual tours!

Best Food Delivery Services For Your Chicago Apartment

Food delivery has come a long way in recent years. Before, the options were basically pizza and, if you were lucky, a local Chinese restaurant. Food delivery services in Chicago, especially, have evolved spectacularly in a short time, driven first by convenience and now by safety and social distancing concerns. When it comes to apartment building food delivery, the first thought is a hot meal delivered by the restaurant that made it. However, if you’d rather make the food yourself, write a list and let a grocery delivery service do the shopping; or better yet let a cook-at-home company send you complete meals ready to be prepared. Hot Meals These days, the best way to support your local favorite is to order delivery directly from the restaurant — their staff will bring the meals to you. However, where that isn’t an option, here’s a rundown of companies that provide meal delivery in Chicago: Caviar: Pricey, but in addition to standard fare, this app offers exclusive access to upscale operations such as Duck Duck Goat, Honey Butter Fried Chicken and Mott St. DoorDash: If there has been a winner in the pandemic, it is DoorDash, which with its subsidiaries earned 45% of all US meal delivery sales in April. While its customer service record can be spotty, DoorDash essentially brings every restaurant in the city to your door by not limiting orders to a specific radius. GrubHub: Founded and headquartered in Chicago, GrubHub has many options and is easily navigated. It, along with subsidiaries including Seamless and Eat24, had 23% of US sales in April. Postmates: With an unlimited option for a yearly flat fee, Postmates is great for frequent users — and since their promise is “anything from anywhere,” including medicine, booze and groceries — you might become one of those users. Uber Eats: Fast, with a wider radius than most and in-app tipping. Grocery Delivery Perhaps you’re not particularly close to one of the many grocery stores in Chicago. Maybe you’re after something a little different. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of grocery delivery options available: Amazon Prime Now: If you’re a Prime member, they offer free, same-day delivery of groceries from Whole Foods and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, plus Amazon’s marketplace. Imperfect Foods: Offering up to 30% savings over typical retailers, Imperfect pulls from food rejected by those stores (e.g., surplus or blemished produce) and delivers weekly bundles based on customers’ answers to an enrollment questionnaire. Instacart: This service includes all the big grocers, plus options such as Petco, CVS and Binny’s. It mostly charges retail prices plus a $4-$8 delivery fee. Shipt: An annual fee, yes, but no delivery charges for orders over $35 — and whose grocery bill is less than that? Plus, Shipt promises hand-selected items and offers an in-app messaging service to put you in touch with the shopper. Cook-at-Home Options  Vegetarian? Pescatarian? Keto? Paleo? Maybe you’re just tired of the five recipes you know? Meal kits could be your salvation, and, luckily, there are dozens available. Here are some standbys: Blue Apron: Weekly deliveries provide everything you need for at least two meals for two, or a family of four. Customized to your dietary preferences, recipes are lean on seasonal and hard-to-find ingredients. Plus, add wine or kitchen tools to any order. EveryPlate: Easy-to-follow recipes for two to four people, these meals require minimal tools and about 30 minutes to cook. Freshly: Delivering prepared dishes that are ready to eat in three minutes, this subscription service starts at a minimum order of four meals per week at $50. Gobble: Super easy (everything comes peeled, chopped and marinated), super-fast (15 minutes) and available in two- or four-person plans. Hungryroot: Plant-based Hungryroot takes pains to personalize its weekly deliveries, covering all meals and snacks. Ingredients come pre-chopped. Sauces are made. Meals take about 10 minutes to assemble. Sun Basket: With an emphasis on healthy and sustainable options, Sun Basket will cater to just about any dietary restriction, with hormone-free meats and wild-caught seafood. We’ll Deliver, Too Face it — you can get just about anything delivered to your door. All those great meals should be enjoyed in an equally great place. Downtown Apartment Company will help you find the perfect home to savor that dish. Check out our listings today.

Aqua Building at Lakeshore East

Magellan Development's Aqua building was designed by prolific Chicago architect, Jeanne Gang and delivered in 2009. The 82 story mixed use tower consists of residential rental units, condo units, commercial space, and hotel space with amenities that were ahead of its time. The eighth story amenity deck spans over 82,000 square feet and includes a running track, fire pits, a club quality fitness center, co-working space, a media room, basketball court, a steam room and sauna, a billiards and game room, hot tubs, both indoor and outdoor pools, indoor entertainment suites with private dining areas, a terrace with small gardens and seating areas. Radisson, who operates the hotel portion of the Aqua building, also operates Filini, the on site restaurant. The Aqua building also connects to the Pedway, which allows for convenient downtown access rain or shine as well as direct access to a plethora of shops and services without going outside. The stunning views from the balconies of the luxury residential units are also another major draw. The Aqua building has received notoriety from its cinematic appearances, social references, and many accolades including the Emporis Skyscraper of the Year award, selection by the American Institute of Architects as one of Illinois' greatest places, recognition by USA Today Travel magazine as one of Illinois' 25 must see places, and its title as the tallest woman-designed building in the world, (a title which will belong to Vista Tower, also designed by Gang, upon its completion). [caption id="attachment_25608" align="alignnone" width="296"] All photos courtesy of Magellan Development[/caption] Lakeshore East has become an increasingly sought after neighborhood. Its proximity to downtown, quiet neighborhood vibe, and easy access to conveniences make it an attractive location. A 6 acre park sits in the center of Lakeshore East with designated trails, a dog park, a kids play area, outdoor wifi, and shady trees, fountains, and curated landscape design that give it a peaceful ambiance. South Water Street, which surrounds the park, is lined with shops, salons, excellent restaurants, Mariano's grocery store, and GEMS World Academy, a highly ranked preschool-grade 12 private school. Lakeshore East also has convenient access to the riverwalk and lakefront trails. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lakeshore East? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours on Chicago apartments.

The Neighborhood Hotel Apartments

The Neighborhood Hotel in Lincoln Park offers both short term and long term furnished luxury rentals with a unique, artful blend of historic charm, modern interiors, and homey conveniences. The Neighborhood Hotel was originally built in 1893 and still has some of its preserved vintage details, like the original banister, staircase, and limestone cladding. It has since been updated with 21st century finishes and conveniences. [caption id="attachment_25563" align="alignnone" width="318"] The Neighborhood Hotel's exterior around the time of construction. Its exterior still looks similar today.[/caption] Each furnished rental unit at The Neighborhood Hotel has been thoughtfully designed and furnished. Apartments come equipped with air conditioning, WiFi, a hair dryer, coffee, books, Sonos speakers and record player, a TV with video games and YoutubeTV, linens, washer and dryer, beach essentials, and other essentials like shampoo, kitchen utensils, and spices. Entertain outside on the balcony or patio, complete with grills. Large bedrooms are complete with fire places, seating areas, and bay windows. The grey wash hardwood floors, mosaic tiling, pastel accent walls, and Art Deco light fixtures are part of what gives these rentals their character. The prime Lincoln Park location sits between Diversey and Fullerton, just a few short blocks west of Diversey Harbor, the lakefront trail, Lincoln Park Zoo. The Neighborhood Hotel is also near the red, brown, and purple line trains, allowing for a quick and easy commute south through the Loop, north through Evanston, and to the Depaul, Loyola, or Northwestern campuses. The Neighborhood Hotel offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments. See more photos in the gallery below. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Lincoln Park? Contact us today! One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours!

West Loop Apartment Specials

Many luxury high rise apartment buildings in Chicago have opted to offer virtual tours during the stay at home order. The West Loop has multiple new construction buildings in their lease up also offering virtual tours. With all the new inventory in West Loop, pricing is competitive and many buildings are offering concessions. Here are a few of the best specials at apartments offering virtual tours! Property 193- Madison & Green (Offering 1.5 months free on 18 month lease terms plus an additional $500 concession) This West Loop apartment building offers a range of rentals from studios, 1 beds, 2 beds, 3 beds, and a selection of bi-level townhomes. The third floor amenity deck connects this development's multiple towers and creates a unique, neighborhood park feel. Enjoy the club quality fitness center, pool, co-working space, indoor and outdoor lounge spaces, and more. Each unit comes equipped with in-unit washer and dryer, gas stove, stainless appliances, a mosaic backsplash, and sleek, modern finishes. Property 161- Van Buren & Halsted (Offering 2 months free on move ins by June 30th) This boutique mid-rise has the feel of a chic luxury hotel in the amenities and a spacious private home inside the units. Apartments offer ample storage space and great separation between rooms. Large kitchen peninsulas and spacious living rooms make these apartments comfortable to work from home, entertain, and relax. Head to the fitness center complete with Peloton equipment, stunning common space and quiet co-working space, and sprawling pool with grill stations overlooking the skyline all on the top floor. Enjoy additional outdoor common space and a covered dog run on the third floor. Property 134- Van Buren & Green (Offering 2 months free on select units for move ins by June 15th) Wood accents and pops of bright color throughout the property gives this modern apartment building a warm personality. Each unit has floor to ceiling windows for ample natural light, wood plank flooring, integrated Bosch appliances with quartz countertops and tile backsplashes, walk-in closets, full-size washers and dryers, and concrete accents. Select apartments also have terraces. Boho meets nautical on the amenity deck, where you can enjoy lounging on the tranquil pool terrace or in one of the multiple common spaces. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's West Loop? Contact us today and one of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours.

River North Carry Out Specials

Not only can you enjoy some of your favorite River North restaurants during the stay at home order, many are even offering specials for curb side pick up and carry out. Here are some of our favorites! [caption id="attachment_25547" align="alignnone" width="243"] Courtesy of Shayda Torabi[/caption] Pacific Standard Time- 151 W. Erie St. The best of California meets the best of the midwest at Pacific Standard Time. In addition to offering carry out for their traditional menu, Pacific Standard Time is offering a $40 option that feeds four people. It includes salad, cheese pizza, rigatoni with sausage, and chocolate chip cookies with gluten free options for pizza and pasta available upon request. Siena Tavern- 51 W. Kinzie St. Siena Tavern is another River North hot spot offering curb side pickup specials. If your order by calling their direct line at 312-595-1322 they will include a bottle of wine with your order. Orders over $150 also get a $25 gift card. Additionally, for just $40, you can order a pasta or pizza meal kit or a family style meal. Siena Tavern is a go-to if you're looking for innovative takes on Italian fare, serving up dishes like squid ink linguine with lobster, truffle pizza, or the giant wagyu meatball with tomato sauce made for dipping (pictured). [caption id="attachment_25546" align="alignnone" width="592"] Courtesy of Siena Tavern[/caption] Gene and Georgetti- 500 N. Franklin St. As Chicago's oldest steak house, Gene and Georgetti has been a neighborhood favorite since 1941. Order curb side carry out for menu staples like the Bibb lettuce salad with seared tuna, Italian sausage with peppers, baked clams, huge portions of pasta, and of course, steaks. For a limited time, receive a $25 gift card with every $100 you order for carry out. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near River North? Contact us today. One of our neighborhood experts will be happy to answer your questions. We are currently offering virtual tours!

West Loop Restaurants Offering Curbside

Even with the shelter in place order, you can still enjoy many of the West Loop's greatest restaurants. Here are some of the West Loop restaurants offering curbside pick up. [caption id="attachment_25538" align="alignnone" width="404"] Courtesy of Louis Hansel[/caption] Aba- 302 N. Green St. Aba is a favorite when it comes to Mediterranean fare. With an assortment of spreads and hummus, meat, fish, and vegetarian options, there's something for everyone. Aba is offering both carryout and delivery (including bottles of wine) Au Cheval- 800 W. Randolph St. Au Cheval isn't going to let anything stand in the way of its customers getting their hands on it's world famous burger. With a high quality patty, dijonnaise, thick cut bacon, fried egg, and even fois gras, it's easy to see why this burger has developed quite the following. Thankfully, it's available for curbside pick up. Monteverde- 1020 W. Madison St. If homemade pastas, gnocchi, and dishes with truffle galore are your cup of tea, try Monteverde. The menu includes traditional classics like spinach and ricotta ravioli or gnocchi with pesto and innovative creations like wok fried arrabiata with shrimp and tagliatelle. Momotaro- 820 W. Lake St. [caption id="attachment_25539" align="alignnone" width="289"] Courtesy of Momotaro[/caption] Be as involved or uninvolved as you'd like. Momotaro offers an a la carte menu with sushi, ramen, and other favorites if you're looking for standard pick up, but you can also spice things up with one of their meal or cocktail kits. Little Goat- 820 W. Randolph St. If you're looking to enjoy your Sunday brunch ritual from home, picking up carryout from Little Goat Diner is a good place to start! Try their beloved hash browns, unique waffles (like the Fat Elvis, which comes topped with peanut butter flavored butter), and in typical West Loop fashion, an assortment of breakfast meats. The Loyalist- 175 N. Ada St. The Loyalist serves American favorites with an upscale twist. Order dishes like the homemade biscuit with n'duja butter and honey, beet and avocado salad, or their signature dish, the cheeseburger, complete with cartelized onions and seasoning. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop offering virtual tours? Contact us today for more information.

How to Stay Productive Working From Home

When our whole lives seem to occur in the same small space, possibly with others trying to fit their whole lives in that same small space, too, it can be even more challenging to get great focus at work than it already is under normal circumstances. Here are our top 3 tips for staying productive while working from home. 1. Create a Ritual (and stick to it) Start by picking a spot that's designated for work, only. Research has shown that working in a space you associate with other activities, like sleeping, lounging, or eating, can stifle focus. This could mean moving your existing furniture around, picking an area you don't normally use, or ordering a small table and chair to put in the corner of the room. [caption id="attachment_25532" align="alignnone" width="364"] Courtesy of Lucija Ros[/caption] Next, pick a morning routine. What do you do under normal circumstances? Some people feel that commuting helps to book end their day and transition between work and home life. You can recreate this by taking a walk around the block before and after your work day. Similarly, getting dressed in work clothes can help to signal to your brain that it's time to focus, even if that just means you're wearing your "Zoom outfit" (A.K.A. Dress shirt on top, sweats on the bottom.) Maybe your morning routine includes the gym and Starbucks. Whatever it is, identify what helps you transition throughout your day and get creative on how to recreate those experiences while working from home. 2. Take Breaks, Avoid Distractions (Read: Stay Off Social!) Designated breaks and distractions are different. Human ultradian rhythms generally allow for 90 minute "sprints" of focus before becoming distracted. Give yourself a designated stretch break, time to take a walk, grab a snack, or a Ted talk to listen to every 90 minutes to recharge. According to a study at the University of California Irvine, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get your focus back after a distraction. The reason distractions are different is that they are not controlled or accounted for. If you don't take a designated break, you're becoming susceptible to increased distractions (which would likely be multiple times in the same window). 3. Create Boundaries [caption id="attachment_25527" align="alignnone" width="259"] Courtesy of Bogomil Mihaylov[/caption] Boundaries both with work and with home life are important. Know when to clock out from work and give yourself designated technology free times. It's also important to have boundaries with your home life. That could mean putting a "do not disturb" sign on the door for a portion of the time you're working each day, saving household chores until after work is done, and if you share a small space with other people, setting expectations. That could mean waking up earlier than the rest of your household to get some quiet focus time, or setting spatial expectations. (For instance: "Can you please pick an hour window that I can have this designated area to myself each afternoon?")   Looking for luxury apartments for rent in Chicago with space for working from home? Contact us today! We are currently offering virtual tours!

5 Free Fitness Programs During COVID-19

It's going to be at least another month before fitness centers start to reopen, but that doesn't mean you have to get off track with your health goals. If you're looking for ways to get or stay healthy during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place Order, here are five fitness programs you can do from home for free with minimal equipment! [caption id="attachment_25439" align="alignnone" width="528"] Courtesy of Jonathan Borba[/caption] ClassPass Although ClassPass is normally a paid membership, free fitness classes are available to all users for free through the app, including HIIT, yoga, pilates, and more. If you're already a ClassPass user, you can roll over an unlimited amount of credits for when in person classes resume or use your existing credits for livestream classes anytime. Pure Barre Pure Barre is offering free live classes! Can't make the live classes work with your schedule? Classes are recorded and uploaded to the Pure Barre Facebook page to watch anytime. Classes will call for some equipment, like hand weights, but feel free to get creative with household items! (Tip-- a can of Bush's beans weighs exactly 1 lb.) [caption id="attachment_25440" align="alignnone" width="618"] Pure Barre is one of multiple boutique studios offering virtual classes online.[/caption] Barry's Bootcamp Barry's Bootcamp is streaming it's HIIT workouts twice daily on IGTV. Check out the 20 minute work out sessions on the @Barrys Instagram account. Some of the sessions will call for equipment (like elastic bands). Peloton App Peloton's on demand app offers an assortment of classes in their 30 day free trial, including yoga, running, strength training, outdoor workouts, meditation, and more, no bike required! Corepower Yoga Corepower is making select online classes available for free during the coronavirus stay at home order. Choose from CPY favorites like C1, C1.5, C2, Hot Power Fusion, Yoga Sculpt, or guided breath meditations. You can also get unlimited access to all classes for $19.99 monthly. Looking for luxury apartments for rent? We're offering virtual tours! Contact us today for more information and to get all your questions answered by one of our neighborhood experts.

Moving During The Coronavirus

A lot of tasks that once seemed approachable can seem more daunting in the current times of extreme uncertainty, namely, moving during the Coronavirus. We're here to help. Here's your guide to moving during the Coronavirus, start to finish. Step 1: Contact an Agent Your leasing consultant or broker will start by asking you some questions about your search. For instance, your ideal move time frame, price range, whether you'll be bringing any pets or cars, whether having in-unit laundry is a must-have or nice-to-have, how much furniture you're bringing, transit or sites you'd like to be near, view and lighting preference, the finishes, color palettes, and amenities you like best, and anything else that is most important to you. You'll want to give some thought to these questions so you know what you're looking for and your agent can best serve you. You can start by making a list of all the things that are important to you in an apartment, location, and lifestyle. Then, sort your criteria into "must-haves" (the non-negotiables) and "nice-to-haves" (the things you like but can do without). [caption id="attachment_25080" align="alignnone" width="412"] Courtesy of Erda Estremera[/caption] Step 2: Evaluate the Apartment Options (Round 1) After having a conversation about what you're looking for, your agent will send you options that match your criteria via email. Pick the top options (usually about 2-5) that you'd like to virtually tour and let your agent know of any feedback you have from these options. Is there something else you'd like to see? Did you realize something that is more or less important to you than you initially thought? If so, your agent will send you any additional options. Step 3: Virtually Tour Apartments & Re-Evaluate Options (Round 2) Your DAC agent will reach out to the on-site team at each property to request a virtual tour and bring the on-site agent up to speed on what you're looking for. Your DAC agent will either send you the virtual tours or make sure the on-site agents send them. Then, your DAC agent will help you evaluate each tour and talk through the tradeoffs of each option. Step 4: Apply For an Apartment Once you've chosen the best option, your DAC agent or the on-site agent at the building will send you a link to the online application. These applications are usually conducted through a third party. You'll want to have the necessary materials ready for income verification. Although managed high rise apartment buildings in Chicago don't typically ask for a security deposit, there are typically application and administrative fees around $50 and $450, respectively. Some buildings will waive or credit back the administrative fees if you apply within 24 or 48 hours of your virtual tour. Step 5: Schedule Your Move Each apartment building has their own protocol for scheduling a time to reserve an elevator for your move in. You'll want to ask the on-site team member you've been working with during the application process about how to schedule your move. If you're looking for a fully furnished apartment, you can ask your agent about furniture rental options so you can schedule furniture deliveries, as well. Step 6: Enjoy Your New Apartment! For more information about virtual tours, moving during the Coronavirus, or luxury apartments for rent in Chicago, contact us today to get your questions answered by one of our leasing specialists.

Chicago Summertime Quarantine Guide

Residents of Chicago, like those across much of the county, are under a stay-at-home order during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a town that trudges steadfastly through the winter waiting for the jailbreak of spring, it’s good to know that there are fun things to do in Chicago in the summer without violating the quarantine. State guidelines say time outdoors for exercise or fresh air is allowed. While practicing social distancing — wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet from other people at all times — we still have several choices for summertime fun. Here’s our list of the best things to do in Chicago in the summer while keeping safe. Explore the Architecture  Architectural boat tours are always among the most popular things to do in Chicago during the summer. While the boats are docked, take on the city in smaller chunks. A Loop walking tour could take you past a who’s who of high-rises — Marina City, the Rookery and Willis Tower, among many others — all within less than two miles. Or contrast the quaint, bohemian residences of Old Town with the nearby historic mansions and brownstones of the Gold Coast. Another stroll could take you among the stately Victorians lining Beer Baron Row in Wicker Park. Have Dinner Delivered  Chicago has some of the best food in the world, from fine dining to the city’s ubiquitous beef sandwiches and deep-dish pizza. You could sit in Lincoln Park and do a Saturday Showdown with pies from Pequod’s Pizza and Lou Malnati’s Pizza. Or, if you’re holed up in the West Loop, 10 of the 25 Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago are in your neighborhood. Ordering from each of them is one of those summer things to do in Chicago that could carry you into the fall. Get Out Any list of the best summer activities in Chicago must include visiting the city’s many parks. While the Chicago Park District has closed the Lakefront Trail, all nearby parks and beaches, park district buildings and playgrounds, many other parks remain open, including: Humboldt Park — A few blocks west of Wicker Park, this sprawling 197-acre park is worth the visit. Named in 1869 for German scientist and explorer Baron Freidrich Heinrich Alexander Von Humboldt, the park includes a lagoon popular with local fishermen, a youth-sized replica of Wrigley Field and several Prairie-style buildings. Wicker Park — This park features nearly five acres, including ornamental gardens, a historic fountain and a dog-friendly area. Oz Park — Taking up 14 acres on the west side of Lincoln Park, Oz Park honors “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and its author L. Frank Baum. Since 1995, statues of the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, and Dorothy and Toto have been added to the park, which also features an Emerald Garden. Washington Square Park — Easily accessed from the Gold Coast, Streeterville or Old Town, this small gem won’t be overflowing with the usual wedding celebrants this year. A lush floral garden, historic fountain and period lighting highlight its three acres. Lake Shore East Park — Surrounded by the dazzling modern skyscrapers of the New East Side and just steps from the Chicago River, this space — officially named Park No. 546 — offers nearly five acres of green lawns, a walking path and a dog-friendly area. River Esplanade Park — Take a stroll along this park’s walking paths, covering a little more than an acre on the north bank of the Chicago River in Streeterville. Ping Tom Park — Along the south branch of the Chicago River, this 17-acre site has been transformed since 1998 from an old rail yard into a beautiful, rolling green space. It’s a South Loop treasure, with many design nods to neighboring Chinatown. For up-to-date information on park closures, check the Chicago Park District website. And don’t forget, Chicago is one of the most bike-friendly big cities in the world. Of its more than 200 miles of protected, buffered and shared bike lanes, only a small fraction are currently off limits. Be a Birder  If you’re a Chicagoan, you should be able to tell the difference between a blue jay’s squawk and a cardinal’s musical call. With more than 300 kinds of birds native to the area, wander any neighborhood with an Audubon field guide and a pair of binoculars, and you’ll engage in a pursuit that is at once relaxing and competitive, solitary and communal — and among the very best Chicago summer things to do. First Things First  With all the things to do in Chicago during the summer — even during a quarantine — your first priority should be to find a perfect place in the perfect neighborhood. In this especially challenging real estate market, let Downtown Apartment Company guide you. Check out our listings of available apartments today.

Careers in Leasing: What To Know

Ever wondered what being a luxury leasing agent is like? Here's what you need to know!   Working With High Rise Buildings Although some luxury leasing consultants work with both MLS listings and high rises, some just work with high rise buildings. These high rises are seldom listed on MLS. Through years of mutual relationship building, Downtown Apartment Company (DAC) has gotten the privilege of non-exclusively representing over 200 high rises in downtown Chicago. High rises appreciate working with DAC because we bring them qualified clients, that is-- client's whose wants, needs, price ranges, and preferences match what the building has to offer. Most high rise apartment buildings have dedicated on-site leasing teams. On-site team members have extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of their particular building. DAC’s luxury leasing consultants work to have extensive knowledge of the overall market as a whole, strong familiarity with each building, and get a deep understanding of the client's wants and needs. DAC’s leasing consultants and on-site building teams have strong relationships and stay in regular communication so both parties can give the client all the information they need and find them the best suited options. This allows DAC leasing consultants to act as matchmakers between clients and on-site teams. If there's a great deal or rare unit on special, on-site team members will be the first to alert DAC’s leasing consultants. Similarly, when a client reaches out with specific search criteria, a DAC luxury leasing consultant will use their market knowledge to narrow the options from over 200 downtown high rises to a selection of 5-8 buildings. Then, the DAC leasing consultant will get in touch with the on-site experts to see which layouts in the building will be best for accommodating the client's move date, price range, view and lighting preferences, and furniture quantity. The chief responsibilities of a leasing consultant at DAC are to (1) know all there is to know about your client's wants and needs, (2) know all there is to know about the market, an (3) know all there is to know about your inventory, all so you can serve your clients' best interests. The market, pricing, and availability can change on a day-to-day, or even moment-to-moment basis, so staying on top of current information takes ongoing initiative. It takes a village to know the city! [caption id="attachment_24751" align="alignnone" width="855"] DAC works primarily with luxury high rise buildings in downtown Chicago[/caption] Being a Team Player At DAC we value character above all else. There's a misconception that you need to be "tough" or "cut-throat" to succeed in real estate. That could not be further from the truth. The people who are most likely to succeed at Downtown Apartment Company embody professionalism, kindness, great listening skills, patience, and integrity for two reasons: (1) it just feels good to be a good person, and (2) being a good person is good for business. You only do a high quality job when you're looking out for your client's best interests. When you find your client a great deal that is exactly what they're looking for, they will naturally refer you to their friends. Your clients want to help their friends, not expose them to a "cut-throat" agent who doesn't really listen. The Chicago real estate industry also feels pretty small. Over time, you're bound to run into the same agents again and again. Being kind and professional with other agents is a must. Each interaction is an opportunity to plant the seed for another positive interaction in the future. No deal is ever worth jeopardizing a relationship.  If you're someone with integrity, professionalism, a desire to learn, a good attitude, and an interest in being part of a tight-knit team, we'd love to talk with you, regardless of whether you have any real estate experience! If you're interested in learning more about leasing and real estate careers contact us at careers@downtownloop.com or click here to learn more.

Sono East Lincoln Park Apartments

The Sono sub-neighborhood (South of North Ave) in Lincoln Park is an increasingly in-demand place to live. Tree-lined side streets converge on boutique-lined Sheffield Street, surrounded by popular shops like Sephora, Lululemon, the Apple Store, and Banana Republic, restaurants from fast-casual to fine sit-down, live music venues, nightlife, theatre like Steppenwolf and the Royal George, as well as conveniences like FFC health club, Marianos, Whole Foods, a movie theatre, Chase bank, blow-dry bars, coffee shops, and the CTA Red Line station at North & Clybourn. It's all packed into a few square blocks. Sono East is located on Blackhawk (one of the aforementioned tree-lined streets) just one to three blocks from everything listed above. In fact, you don't even need to leave home to find plenty of things to do and conveniences at Sono East. The 8,000 square foot resident amenity area includes a rooftop sundeck, hot tub, pool, fire pits, outdoor entertaining space, and grill stations, a state of the art expansive fitness center, a yoga studio with complimentary classes, a party room with full prep kitchen, billiards, co-working space, and a business center. The ground floor features a spacious, secured dog run. The building also offers conveniences such as The Minte housekeeping service, bike storage, 24 hour door staff, package receiving, and even made to order room service via PearChef. [caption id="attachment_24739" align="alignnone" width="432"] Pool deck at Sono East[/caption] Each luxury apartment at Sono East features modern and soft-loft accents, like soaring 9 foot ceilings, open floor plans, concrete accents, floor to ceiling windows, hardwood style flooring, Italian marble tile, deep, stainless steel bowl sinks, sleek Poggenpohl cabinetry, and modern kitchen countertops. Each apartment also has its own thermostat, Whirlpool Energy Star appliances, and in-unit washer and dryer. Generously sized balconies and terraces are also available. Sono East is one of many high rises offering virtual tours. If you're interested in learning more about Lincoln Park's Sono area, luxury apartments for rent, or buildings offering virtual tours, contact us today to get your questions answered by one of our neighborhood experts.

Lincoln Park Apartments: Newcity

Surrounded by a mix of tree-lined residential side streets, lively strips of shops and restaurants, and live music and theatre venues, sits Newcity Apartments in the heart of Lincoln Park's trendy SoNo neighborhood (South of North Ave). The apartments at Newcity begin on the 5th floor of the high-rise, with retail (including Mariano's super market) on the lower levels for added convenience. Newcity is also a full amenity building. Indoor amenities include co-working space complete with a conference room and a cyber cafe with coffee, a 24 hour fitness center with adjacent yoga studio, equipped with Wellbeats Fitness on Demand, an entertainment room with a bar area and wifi, and a theatre screening room with a 90 inch screen. Outdoor amenities include a rooftop pool and spa, an outdoor lounge with a fire pit and grilling stations, and wifi that extends to the outdoor amenities in case you want to work from home and get some fresh air at the same time. [caption id="attachment_24723" align="alignnone" width="383"] There's plenty of space to spread out on the outdoor terrace[/caption] For optimal convenience, Newcity also offers 24 hour door staff, a bike repair and storage area, on site valet dry-cleaning, free guest parking (a rare gem in downtown high-rises), storage, recycling on every floor, on site maintenance, package receiving, and a dog run. The luxury apartments at Newcity feature in-unit washers and dryers, high ceilings for maximum natural light and an open feel, plank flooring, ceramic tile baths, stand up glass showers, private balconies, and built in quartz tech desks. Kitchens feature GE Energy Star efficient steel appliances, quartz countertops, and contemporary espresso cabinets. The cylindrical shape of the building makes most units feel like corner units, with floor to ceiling windows and panoramic views. Downtown Apartment Company has compiled a resource of all the luxury apartment buildings offering virtual tours, one of which is Newcity! Looking for apartments offering virtual tours in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood? Contact us for a consultation with one of our neighborhood experts!

Stay at Home Date Ideas

With just under a month left in the Shelter in Place order and an unknown amount of time left of suggested stay at home time, it's time to get creative with date and activity ideas. Here's some inspiration of things to do during at home dates! [caption id="attachment_24717" align="alignnone" width="401"] Courtesy of Jonathan J Castellon[/caption] Virtual Camping Trip Another at home date idea to make the most of social distancing from your apartment is to virtually tour a national park. From the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree to Yosemite, Redwoods, and Yellowstone, these 3D virtual tours allow you to visit national parks from your couch. Plan a zero-cost "trip" with your partner and turn it into a date night. Put on your camping gear, make a blanket fort (or for extra brownie points, pitch a real tent in your living room), turn out the lights, roast some marshmallows on your stove, and watch your virtual tour of the stunning state park of your choosing. [caption id="attachment_24716" align="alignnone" width="383"] Courtesy of Insider[/caption] Make Your Partner's Favorite Date Dinner Are you a couple whose go-to at home dinner is cereal and milk or microwaved ramen, but when you dine out you always order things topped with fois gras and shaved truffle? This is your time to shine! Pick your partner's favorite dine-out meal (the more extravagant, the better) and (attempt to) make it for them! It'll either end in an incredible meal and new found hobby, or in some laughs and the microwaved ramen you were originally going to make. Get Competitive Start an ongoing competition with your partner. You can order two of the same puzzle and see who completes it first over the course of the week, have an ongoing push up contest, bust out the deck of cards and play gin rummy, or make food for the other person to eat with just chopsticks (hint: this one gets interesting if you make soup for your partner). You can also turn your competition into collaboration by teaching your partner something new. Maybe your partner is great at guitar, drawing, or handstands, or maybe they have a hidden talent you've never known about before. Each partner pick a skill or talent to teach the other. [caption id="attachment_24718" align="alignnone" width="256"] Courtesy of Aditya Chinchure[/caption] Start a Partner Book Club You've finally done it. After all these years, you and your partner finally have nothing left to talk about. Maybe these past three weeks of stay at home quarantine have left you in a repetitive cycle of conversation topics. If that sounds like you, try starting a miniature book club with your partner. Each person order a copy of the book to read separately. Schedule a time or two each week you'll have book club and discuss the book.   Looking for Chicago apartments offering virtual tours and showings? Contact us today to get all of your questions answered by one of our neighborhood experts!   By Sophie Morrison

Downtown Apartment Company Office

It's been one year since Downtown Apartment Company opened its new River North Office. (Of course, working from home wasn't how we expected to spend it.) The office was thoughtfully curated with unique features and plenty of individual spaces, and rings true to the DAC slogan, "Choose Wisely. Live Stylishly." Upon entering DAC's two level River North office, you'll step into a two seat lounge-style lobby area. Up the steps to the right sits the crowned jewel of the office-- the conference room. The long table with regal chairs and furniture, quartz and crystal coasters and accents, and last but not least, the faux living green wall, are just some of the attributes that make this room feel special. Even when the office lights are turned off at the end of the day, the illuminated Downtown Apartment Company logo shines from the glassy conference room. As you move through the rest of the ground level, you'll see an open layout of work space with sleek white desks. The high ceilings and towering cathedral style windows allow for abundant natural light in this area. Our office is located in River North's acclaimed gallery district. In keeping with that theme, our office is full of inspired artwork and artisan pieces. On your way down the stairs to the ground level you'll notice a collection of artwork on the wall that spans both levels. Each piece of artwork correlates with a meaning and a playlist that ties together the fun shui of the office. The lower level is complete with a spacious training room, an "instagram worthy" seating space, a large lounge area, and a kitchenette with four glass seating tables. The crystal accents throughout the office were chosen for the properties they represent: Amethyst for the protection and prosperity it brings, agate for harmony and equilibrium, selenite for fluidity and honesty, rose quartz for agreement and resolution, and smoky quartz for vitality and balance. Looking for luxury apartments for rent? Contact us today! We're offering virtual tours and would be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Work From Home Tips: How To Set Up Your Apartment

For many of us, working from home is a change of pace. It can be challenging to have healthy work-life separation and a productive work environment if you live in a small space and your amenities are closed. Here are some tips on setting up your apartment to work from home. Whether you have a studio apartment or just want to section off your living space, there are few quick and easy ways to create an additional room. You can use a tension rod to hang curtains on the exposed side of your bed to give yourself a designated bedroom area in your studio. [caption id="attachment_24567" align="alignnone" width="298"] Bedroom created with curtains, Courtesy of IKEA[/caption] You can also use shelving to create a similar effect. Floating a couch in the middle of living space can give the illusion of separate rooms, as can area rugs. [caption id="attachment_24568" align="alignnone" width="297"] A shelving unit used to separate rooms, Courtesy of IKEA[/caption] Another way to create work-home separation is to give your tables different designations. For instance, if you don't have a desk, maybe you temporarily designate your dining table as your "office space" and eat at your island. If your island or peninsula has an outlet (as is the case in many new construction apartments) you can try designating the island as your "office" during your work from home period. You can also create separation by having your furniture face different directions. For example, try putting your desk facing a window, so you're not looking at the rest of your space while you're in work mode. If you have a studio apartment, try facing your bed away from the rest of your apartment. Having separation is important for keeping routine and healthy sleep behaviors. Regardless of whether you opt to break up your space, whatever you do, don't bring your laptop or work materials into your bed. Keep work materials out of sight when it's time to unwind by storing them in a designated spot. [caption id="attachment_24566" align="alignnone" width="520"] Living space to bedroom convertible set, Courtesy of IKEA[/caption] In addition to setting up your space to be work from home conducive, it's also crucial to optimize your living situation to be distraction free, which could mean communicating with roommates or other occupants about work from home agreements. For instance, put a "Work Mode" sign on the door to your bedroom, guest room, den, or wherever you're working. Create expectations about what it means when that sign is up. Maybe it means they need to act as if you're away at your office and should call, text, or email you to communicate rather than coming in or even knocking. Put away your pets during zoom calls. Resist the urge to do housework in the middle of the work day. If you're conducting your apartment search, DAC offers virtual tours which are, as always, a completely complimentary service. For more information about virtual tours and remote showings, contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Old Town Park Phase II’s Unparalleled Amenities

Old Town Park phase II, also known as 202 West Hill Street, is one of the newest deliveries from developer, Onni Group. The new tower features 428 dwelling units, composed of convertible, 1 bedroom, 1 bedroom plus den, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom apartments, town homes, and unparalleled penthouses, each with its own private hot tub and sprawling terrace. All residences also have access to the building's resort style amenities. [caption id="attachment_24447" align="alignnone" width="306"] Basketball court[/caption] Old Town Park phase II offers over 27,000 square feet of resort inspired indoor and outdoor amenities, including an oversized indoor hot tub, a steam room and sauna, an outdoor pool deck with loungers and daybeds, an expansive fitness center, yoga and spin bike studio complete with Peloton bikes, lockers, and towel service, semi-private outdoor kitchens and dining areas, an indoor basketball court, multiple lounge and work from home spaces, a chef's kitchen and private dining space for entertaining, multiple outdoor spaces including an outdoor theatre, a family play room, a game room, wine tasting room, and even a self playing piano. On all those freezing cold or rainy days, wouldn't it be nice to have an easier way to take your dog out? Old Town Park II's on-site dog run is enclosed and on the fifth floor, so you can let your furry friend have some room to run around. Wash your four legged family members off in the indoor pet spa when you're ready to come in! [caption id="attachment_24445" align="alignnone" width="603"] A map of the amenities at Old Town Park 2. See the gallery below for more amenities![/caption] With Old Town Park phase II's prime location off of Wells and Division, you'll be steps to the lively heart of Old Town, chalk full of shops, dining, nightlife, and entertainment. The convenient location is also just two blocks from the flagship Jewel Osco grocery store and the CTA Red Line train. Looking for luxury apartments with great amenities for rent near Old Town? Contact us today for an in person or virtual tour! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Best Chicago Neighborhoods for Advancing Professionals

Where do advancing professionals live in Chicago? They live wherever their needs are met. That means proximity to work — whether finance or fine arts — because they spend a lot of time honing their craft. Precious free time shouldn’t be spent in traffic or looking for a place to park. Advancing professionals are looking for easy access to public transportation, shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation. Hopefully, living amidst the other go-getters will energize your own vocational climb all the more. Advancing professionals also want options. In Chicago, each of the best places for ambitious professionals to live come with their own distinctive personalities. Know The Neighborhood There are a lot of great places to live in the Windy City, but the best Chicago neighborhoods for advancing professionals have one thing in common: There’s plenty to do after work. Check out these neighborhoods to find your best fit. Wicker Park: This former artists’ enclave (along with neighboring Bucktown) is eminently walkable and is relatively affordable. Two Blue Line stops get you into the Loop with ease — and between the lively boutique culture and vibrant dining scene, there’s so much to do around the neighborhood that work might be the only time you leave. Lakeview: This area is really three neighborhoods in Chicago for advancing professionals. Wrigleyville is party-central, where the bar scene draws you in to keep the party going after a great game amid tourists and other baseball fans. Boystown hosts two of the biggest events on Chicago’s summer social calendar: The Pride Parade and North Halsted Market Days. West Lakeview puts a homier spin on things — the al fresco dining is terrific, and the atmosphere is very pet-friendly. Lincoln Park: Think green and blue. The green park for which the area is named covers more than 1,200 acres, all of it essentially hugging blue Lake Michigan. Joggers and cyclists swarm the park and lakefront trails in droves. Just far enough from the Loop (15 minutes by train) to decompress on the commute home, the neighborhood offers a variety of housing styles, proximity to North Avenue Beach, and an urban lifestyle that is perhaps dialed down the tiniest bit from Lakeview’s fabulous excess. Old Town: Just south of Lincoln Park, Old Town is home to Chicago’s famous Second City comedy club. Rich in history and close enough to the Loop to walk, this community is not so gentrified as to be completely shorn of its characters. Two of its biggest summer events — the Old Town Art Fair and the Wells Street Arts Festival — happen on the same weekend in June. River North: Across the river from the Loop, River North puts power lunchers elbow-to-elbow with tourists along the burgeoning Riverwalk. Residents can walk to the theater district, Navy Pier, the Mag Mile and Millennium Park. The center of Chicago’s gallery scene and loaded with high-end condos, this is upscale urban at its most posh. Start Your Search The best way to start your search for your next home in Chicago is by visiting Downtown Apartment Company. We have thousands of constantly updated listings, filtered by price, size, neighborhood and amenities, that you can check out right now.

Old Town Breakfast Spots

Looking for places to grab breakfast in Old Town? Check out these Wells Street restaurants! Kanela Breakfast Club- 1552 N. Wells St. The name Kanela (which means "cinnamon" in Greek) is apropos for this restaurant, which serves up brunch favorites with a Greek twist. Everything on Kanela's menu is made from scratch with local and organic ingredients wherever possible. Menu favorites include chia seed pudding, loukoumades (Greek donuts), red velvet French toast, the California Benedict (made with avocado mash and vegetarian bacon), and the impossible burger. The Vig- 1527 N. Wells St. Brunch by day; bar scene by night. The Vig keeps a full house in it's prime Wells Street location around the clock. With a brunch menu that includes lobster and waffles, breakfast nachos, and ginger donut holes, a dinner menu with king crab bar, superfood salad, and cauliflower au gratin, a large dessert menu, full bar, and a late night menu that even includes a bone in ribeye and roasted eggplant Bahn mi, you can find pretty much anything you're looking for at The Vig. Nookies-1746 N. Wells St. Nookies has been a neighborhood favorite for over 47 years and still has original items on the menu! (Where else can you order a phosphate?) Nookies doesn't just serve breakfast and brunch. Their eclectic menu also includes dinner entrees like steak, pasta, salads, stir fry dishes, and innovative sandwiches like their salmon pita. Hashbrowns Cafe-1155 N. Wells St. In addition to being a beloved and cost friendly neighborhood place to meet for brunch or a coffee meeting, Hashbrowns Cafe is known for pioneering sweet potato hashbrowns. Menu items are named after Chicago neighborhoods and are made from all fresh ingredients. Stop by for breakfast or lunch favorites all day. Gluten free options are available. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Finding a Downtown Chicago Apartment Through Virtual Tours

If your move date is coming up and you're wondering how you're going to find a new apartment in Chicago while social distancing, we're here to help! DAC is offering virtual tours for downtown apartment buildings. How to virtual tours work? When you reach out to our office, one of our team members will ask you about your search. After curating a list of appropriate options, you'll select your favorites and we'll send you video walk throughs of each apartment and the amenities in each building. The application process is all online as well. How will I get a sense for the neighborhood? Downtown Apartment Company agents live and work downtown and are experts on the local neighborhoods. Your agent can provide you with local recommendations, fill you in on what's nearby, and send you photos or videos of the neighborhood, too. If you're looking for more information on each neighborhood, visit our neighborhood guide for details. Which buildings offer virtual tours? Many downtown high rises are offering virtual tours. Since the list is always growing, contact one of our agents for a complete list. Here are just a few of the luxury apartment buildings offering virtual tours: Old Town Park- located in Old Town just two blocks west of the Gold Coast and four blocks north of River North. [caption id="attachment_24297" align="alignnone" width="391"] One of many thoughtfully curated lounge and co-working spaces at Old Town Park[/caption] NEMA- located in the near South Loop across from Grant Park. [caption id="attachment_24267" align="alignnone" width="363"] The boxing ring at NEMA[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24265" align="alignnone" width="379"] Golf Simulator at NEMA[/caption] North + Vine- located on the border of Lincoln Park and Old Town in the Sono area (south of North ave). [caption id="attachment_24296" align="alignnone" width="436"] Tranquil pool terrace at North+Vine[/caption] Eleven40- located in the South Loop near Printer's Row. [caption id="attachment_24294" align="alignnone" width="356"] Game room at Eleven40[/caption] [caption id="attachment_24293" align="alignnone" width="358"] Music room at Eleven40[/caption] For more information on remote virtual showings, contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Eugenie Terrace Old Town Apartments

Located on the northern most part of Old Town on the cusp of Lincoln Park, Eugenie Terrace offers elegant apartments in a prime area. The Clark street location puts you in the epicenter of an abundance of dining, culture, green space, and local attractions. With the lakefront, the park, Second City, and Wells Street all within a few blocks, the only hard part of deciding what to do will be picking which to do first. The resort style amenities are second to none. From the 3,000 square foot fitness center with on site classes, to the penthouse sky lounge and open air grilling deck, there are plenty of spaces to enjoy your home outside your apartment. You can even get to know your neighbors at one of many thoughtfully curated year round resident events. Among other resort style amenities, Eugenie Terrace has the highest rooftop pool of any residential building in Chicago. [caption id="attachment_24232" align="alignnone" width="336"] Courtesy of Eugenie Terrace[/caption] Take in the panoramic lake, park, and skyline views from the indoor or outdoor parts of the rooftop amenities or from the floor to ceiling bay windows in each residence. Apartments also feature large private balconies, modern kitchens with quartz slab countertops and islands, stainless appliances, large walk in custom closets, hardwood floors, great separation, and rain shower heads in the bathrooms. Eugenie Terrace is a pet friendly building and even has an on site dog run. For added convenience, residents also have access to complimentary storage, complimentary coffee and espresso, a full service concierge staff, on site dry cleaning with wash and fold service, an indoor private parking garage with Zipcars, 44th floor co-working space and business center, and 24 hour maintenance and door staff. These Old Town apartments are known for being especially spacious, with 1 beds over 900 square feet, a rare find downtown! Layouts range from studio to 3 bedroom apartments and also include 2 bed and 3 bed town homes with expansive, private wrap around terraces. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Xavier Old Town Apartments

Xavier offers apartments in Old Town that aren't just modern in terms of design. The thoughtful, high tech, and sustainable features are state of the art and tremendously convenient! Xavier's prime location on Division is a more mellow part of Old Town just south of the SoNo area of Lincoln Park. The 240 rentals are composed of studio, one bed, and two beds, with a broad selection of layouts. Each apartment features sleek, modern finishes and appliances with soft loft accents. Quartz kitchen countertops and hardwood floors are accented by the blackened steel backsplashes and exposed concrete ceilings. Kitchens also feat integrated, cabinet faced appliances, which are Energy Star rated, a garbage disposal, gas range, Nest thermostats, a full sized washer and dryer in unit, and other materials sourced from local and recycled content. Water fixtures in each apartment are efficient, as are the LED lighting systems, and the finishes are sustainably sourced and non-toxic. Bedrooms come equipped with ample storage space and built in ELFA shelving systems. Select units also come with private terraces, an office nook or den, walk in closets, and 14 foot ceilings. [caption id="attachment_24224" align="alignnone" width="594"] Courtesy of Xavier Apartments[/caption] In addition to the sustainable finishes and consumption conscious appliances, the LEED Gold certified building took additional measures toward environmental wellness. All residents receive complimentary non-toxic cleaning supplies, a seasonal crop box program through their rooftop produce garden, and complimentary fitness classes at Fit Body Bootcamp, an on site retail partner. Xavier offers state of the art amenities. In the warmer months, enjoy the outdoor terrace with a pool, cabanas, grilling stations, fire pits, corn hole, and lounge space. Entertain in the rooftop lounge, complete with a chef's kitchen, edible herb gardens, an outdoor deck with a fireplace, and sprawling city views, or head to the game room, where you'll find air hockey, football, arcade games, a large flat screen TV, and group seating. The modern fitness center houses cardio and weight equipment in addition to a Peloton bike and a yoga terrace. Work from home in one of the private conference rooms, the lobby with a co-working table and fireplace, or on the wifi in any of the amenity spaces. Xavier offers excellent pet amenities as well, with both indoor and outdoor dog runs as well as two dog wash stations. [caption id="attachment_24220" align="alignnone" width="596"] Courtesy of Xavier Apartments[/caption] For added convenience, Xavier offers bike parking and maintenance facilities, reserved car parking with 5 electric car charging stations, a Luxer package receiving system, 24/7 concierge, on site maintenance and management, and Pear Chef, a service that offers residents meals and cocktails prepared by an on site personal chef delivered via room service with no delivery fee. [caption id="attachment_24219" align="alignnone" width="505"] Sun deck, courtesy of Xavier Apartments[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Cobbler Square Old Town Lofts

If you're looking for a tranquil, homey loft to live in near Old Town but don't want to compromise being close to all the action, Cobbler Square Lofts could be right for you. The front entrance of this boutique rental building is located right on Wells Street, surrounded by shops, restaurants, nightlife, boutique fitness studios, and more. In the warmer months, there's even a weekly farmers market right outside the door! However, the apartments at Cobbler Square still have a private, quiet feel. Once you walk through the front entrance into the main building, you'll go through a gorgeous  courtyard to access the residences. It feels like you've just been transported to a small, charming village hidden in plain sight. [caption id="attachment_24209" align="alignnone" width="471"] Courtyard, courtesy of Cobbler Square[/caption] Each loft apartment is unique but all of them have spacious, open layouts. Most units have 12 to 18 foot ceilings, open kitchens with large, granite islands and countertops, gas stoves, central AC and gas forced heat with individual climate control, dishwashers, and generous closet space. Some units also have loft style accents such as exposed brick walls, wood beam ceilings, stainless steel appliance packages, a balcony or terrace, walk in closets, espresso cabinetry, dens, French door separation, double vanity sinks in bathrooms, sun rooms, tiled kitchen backsplashes, split level layouts, and wood plank flooring. [caption id="attachment_24210" align="alignnone" width="477"] Living area, courtesy of Cobbler Square[/caption] The amenities at Cobbler Square include a 24 hour fitness center, on site laundry, a sundeck with grilling stations, package receiving, business center and conference room with wifi, resident lounge with popcorn and a pool table, parking, dry cleaning service, concierge, on site 24-hour maintenance, on site salon, a landscaped spacious courtyard, recycling, and on site maintenance. Cobbler Square lofts also offers dog friendly apartments! [caption id="attachment_24214" align="alignnone" width="477"] Resident Lounge, courtesy of Cobbler Square[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The Scott Residences in Old Town

The Old Town neighborhood is beloved for its tree lined streets, lively Wells Street strip, and abundance of culture, including Victorian era architecture and Second City. The Scott Residences are located just off Wells on Scott Street, so you can enjoy being in close proximity to the hustle and bustle while also enjoying living on a quiet, tree lined residential court. [caption id="attachment_24198" align="alignnone" width="384"] Courtesy of The Scott Residences[/caption] Each luxury apartment at The Scott Residences comes equipped with a full sized washer and dryer, plank flooring throughout each unit, 9 foot or higher ceilings, individually controlled heat and AC, and elegant interior lighting. Each kitchen features custom European inspired cabinetry, GE Artistry appliances, and granite countertops with a glass tile backsplash. You'll also find ceramic tile flooring in the bathroom. Select apartments come with a balcony. [caption id="attachment_24197" align="alignnone" width="386"] Elegant kitchen finishes, courtesy of The Scott Residences[/caption] The Scott Residences is a full amenity building. Residents enjoy access to a billiards parlor, a private resident club lounge with chef inspired kitchen, a state of the art fitness center, and a professionally landscaped rooftop sun deck with grilling stations and a fire pit. [caption id="attachment_24199" align="alignnone" width="383"] One of the resident lounges, courtesy of The Scott Residences[/caption] The Scott Residences also offer service based amenities including concierge staff, package receiving, a private ground floor dog run, storage lockers, private garage parking with bike storage, and valet dry cleaning service for added convenience. Perhaps the most convenient of all is the on site and nearby retail. On site retail includes Starbucks and Massage Envy. Plum Market grocer and Soulcycle are just across the street, as are a multitude of other dining and nightlife options, boutique fitness studios, salons, and green space. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Porte: New West Loop Apartments

Porte is a new set of  luxury apartment towers in the West Loop at the corner of Madison and Green. The units will be a composition of studio, 1, 2, and 3 bed apartments, as well as town home apartments, each with it's own private ground level entrance. The townhomes at Porte will surround the parking garage, concealing it from the street. The 586 unit rental project will begin pre-leasing this spring and is being developed by The John Buck Company, Lendlease, GREC Architects, and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation. [caption id="attachment_24193" align="alignnone" width="580"] A rendering of Porte West Loop apartments from John Buck[/caption] The interiors of these pet friendly West Loop apartments will feature stainless steel appliances and white quartz finishes. The outdoor amenities include an expansive green space with a pool, lounge seating, cabanas, fire pits, a dog run, and outdoor dining areas. Indoor amenities include co-working spaces, a game room, a chef’s kitchen, and a fitness center. There will also be 11,000 square feet of on site retail space. The prime West Loop location of the X makes it convenient for commuting. Porte is just a block west of Greek Town on Halsted Street, a couple blocks north of the blue line train, blocks from the Metra at Union and Ogilvie stations, blocks from the Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, two blocks south of Restaurant Row on Randolph Street, and less than a block from Mariano’s and Whole Foods grocery stores. Residents can check out the Green City farmer’s market, movies and yoga, as well as a whole host of other neighborhood events at Mary Bartelme Park, which is located one block southwest of Porte. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

1225 Old Town Luxury Apartments

1225 Old Town offers boutique style living on lively Wells Street in the heart of Old Town. With modern finishes, spacious layouts, luxurious amenities, and a convenient location, these apartments are in high demand. The open floor plans at 1225 Old Town make these apartments great for entertaining. The 9 foot ceilings and floor to ceiling windows in most apartments also add to the spacious, bright feel. [caption id="attachment_24191" align="alignnone" width="510"] Open apartment layouts are conducive to entertaining, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] Each kitchen is outfitted with espresso finish cabinetry with nickel hardware, stainless steel Whirlpool and Energy Star appliances, pendant and track lighting, and quartz countertops and islands. Each apartment also comes equipped with an in unit washer and dryer, individual climate controls with no seasonal restrictions, wood style flooring, abundant closet and storage space, and ceramic tiled modern bathrooms. Most units also have spacious balconies. [caption id="attachment_24189" align="alignnone" width="291"] Kitchen finishes, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] 1225 Old Town is a full amenity building with both indoor and outdoor spaces for residents. Residents enjoy access to an outdoor heated pool, hot tub, game room, indoor fire place, outdoor fire pit with grill stations, a demonstration kitchen, and 24 hour fitness center. [caption id="attachment_24186" align="alignnone" width="327"] Outdoor heated pool, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] Work from home accommodations include a tech room, dedicated co-working spaces, a conference room, and wifi throughout the building. There are also plenty of conveniences from 24 hour concierge service, on site laundry and valet dry cleaning, package receiving, and a coffee lounge, to the outdoor dog run located on the second floor. Residents also love the convenient selection of on site retail. Soul Cycle, Plum Market grocery store, and Intelligentsia coffee shop are all connected to the building. [caption id="attachment_24188" align="alignnone" width="294"] Co-working space, courtesy of 1225 Old Town[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

North + Vine Old Town Apartments

North and Vine apartments at 633 W North Ave are now leasing in Old Town. Developed by White Oak Realty and designed by Fitzgerald Associates, North and Vine features 261 rental apartments ranging from studios to 3 beds. This luxury apartment building offers resort style amenities, modern design, stunning views, and smart home technology. North and Vine is a full amenity building including indoor, outdoor, service, and pet amenities. Indoor amenities all include wifi and feature a health club with cardio and strength equipment, a yoga studio with Wellbeats fitness on demand, co-working space with a conference room, an acoustically engineered media library, and a resident lounge with a chef inspired kitchen space. Outdoor amenities include a resort style pool and sundeck, a spacious private terrace with fire pits, and grilling stations. Service based amenities include 24 hour package pick up, on site storage and bike room, valet dry cleaning, a residents perk program, controlled access parking with reserved spots, and a resident app. North and Vine offers pet friendly apartments as well as pet amenities, including a dog run and pet spa. Apartment feature full size stackable washers and dryers, USB outlets in the kitchen and bedrooms, high ceilings, keyless entry systems, hardwood style flooring throughout the kitchen and living space, large windows to maximize natural light, spacious walk in closets and abundant storage space, and custom roller shades. Each kitchen comes equipped with GE Cafe Series stainless steel appliances, including a slide in gas range with convection, a built in microwave, an under counter wine cooler, a French door style refrigerator, and an under mount sink with disposal, as well as custom cabinetry with soft close drawers and under cabinet lighting. Kitchen finishes include quartz counter tops and tile backsplashes. Each spa inspired bathroom features Moen designer finishes with ceramic and porcelain tiles, vanities, and 42" full width back-lit mirrors. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Old Town Spice House

Old Town Spice House has graced Wells Street for over 60 years. From Michelin starred chefs to people who only know how to make pasta, the Spice House is a neighborhood favorite. The Spice House was founded in 1957 by Bill and Ruth Penzey and over the years has scaled into a global brand. Because they have such a broad global network of suppliers, Spice House has built a reputation for having some of the highest quality products and widest selection. The Spice House is also a go-to resource on recipes and all things spice. Although the business has grown, Spice House has still retained its quaint character. [caption id="attachment_24178" align="alignnone" width="545"] Courtesy of Calum Lewis[/caption] After a fire last July caused significant damage to the original structure, which was constructed in the 1800s, Spice House used it as an opportunity to blend modern renovations and repairs with elements of the original building, and even preserve some of the original features. For instance, the reclaimed wood rafters that were previously covered have now been painted and cleaned so they could be left exposed. The building's original exposed brick has also been refurbished. They also uncovered two of the windows at the back of the store to add natural light. Gensler architects led the way on the renovations. The historic charm, loyal neighborhood customer base, wafting spice aromas, and overall engaging experience of visiting the Spice House has kept the brick and mortar store competitive in an age of increasingly popular e-commerce. The brick and mortar store is also central to their wholesale business, which supplies to local restaurants, bakeries, and breweries in Chicago. Whether you're looking for a specific rare form of truffle oil or just looking for a unique place to stop in and "spice up" your weekend stroll, be sure to check out Old Town Spice House (and grab a sample of the delectable crystalized ginger while you're in there)! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

How To Pet-Proof Your Chicago Apartment

Whether you’re adopting a kitten from a shelter or buying a pooch from a reputable breeder, caring for a pet is a great responsibility. Your new furry friend will require a lot of love, attention, training and plenty of supplies. Properly preparing your home is essential to ensure your animal companion is safe and protected, especially on those occasions when you’re away. If you’re wondering how to puppy proof your apartment, here are five ways you can plan for your pal’s arrival. 1. Create a Designated Space A new kitten or puppy may feel scared or anxious in an unfamiliar place. Creating a space in your apartment that your pet can call its own will help it feel safe and relaxed. Try to choose an area that has tile or vinyl flooring so it’s easier to clean up messes. If the floor is all carpet, use a piece of hard plastic — such as the kind you put under a rolling desk chair — to cover it. Wondering how to puppy proof the apartment so that your pet doesn’t wreak havoc on the whole house? Consider using baby gates to keep it in a particular room that doesn’t have a door. Supply the designated space with a bed, litter box, food and toys to keep your dog or cat occupied. 2. Use a Crate Crate training can help your pup slowly learn house rules and boundaries. This can make your pet’s puppyhood a more pleasant and fun experience for you both. If you plan to keep your dog in a crate while you’re away, the designated space mentioned above would be a great spot to put it.  3. Keep Toxic Chemicals Out of Reach Animals are curious by nature. As a result, it’s important to keep all harmful chemicals, such as bleach, floor cleaner and dishwasher liquid safely locked away to prevent your pet from getting into them. Be sure to place medications out of reach and avoid storing human food on tables or counters. Foods such as chocolate, raisins, grapes and onions are harmful to dogs and could result in an emergency trip to the vet if your canine ingests them. 4. Organize Your Space You can dog proof the apartment by thoroughly inspecting it for potentially hazardous objects. Be sure all electrical cords, remotes and small objects are safely tucked away so your pet can’t use them as chew toys. Cover wires that you can’t remove, such as computer, television and lamp cords. Have breakable objects that you still want to display? Store them in a china cabinet or glass encased shelving unit to showcase your objects in a safe, accessible way. Make sure to keep plants that are toxic to dogs and cats out of reach too, such as tulips, lilies and Aloe vera. 5. Protect Your Furniture Dogs love to chew and shed their fur on sofas, and cats are notorious for clawing on the backs of couches. You can cat proof the apartment by buying a scratching post or spraying your furniture with a non-toxic, bitter-tasting pet-deterrent spray. This can help your pet learn that your soft furnishings aren’t for scratching or snacking. Puppy proofing your apartment might feel like a lot of work, but keeping your animal companion safe in your home should be a priority. These helpful tips on how to cat proof an apartment can help you establish a welcoming and secure environment that your furry friend will appreciate. If you’re looking for your next pet-friendly residence, Downtown Apartment Company can help you find a luxury apartment rental in the Windy City. Click here to start the search for your new home in Chicago.

Moody Bible Selling Land Near Old Town

This week, Moody Bible Institute created a preliminary agreement to sell 10 acres in the Near North Side's Old Town neighborhood to luxury high rise developer, JDL. [caption id="attachment_24149" align="alignnone" width="323"] Courtesy of Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune[/caption] According to the Chicago Tribune, the land at 820 N. Lasalle will be developed into 2500 or more luxury apartments and condos between a half dozen high rises totaling up to 5.3 million square feet. The land for sale is mostly vacant with the exception of a few smaller structures. The soccer field west of Walter Payton College Prep is also included in the sale. The same stretch of Old Town has seen significant residential development in the past couple years and already has several projects in the works, namely, Onni Group's Old Town Park phases I-III at Atrium Village. [caption id="attachment_23164" align="alignnone" width="485"] Rendering of phase I (right), II (center), and III (left). Courtesy of Onni Group and Hartshorne Plunkard Architects[/caption] When the land went up for sale in the summer of 2019, Moody Bible president, Mark Jobe, stated that the decision to sell the land was motivated by the desire to expand the impact of Moody Bible's ministry. Moody Bible intends on staying in the southern portion of it's Old Town campus, its home since 1886. JDL has another large development in the works on the border of the Gold Coast and River North called One Chicago. One Chicago is slated to be a megadevelopment with rental apartments, condos, retail, a premiere lifestyle fitness center, and commercial space, including a large new Whole Foods. Additionally, JDL is the developer behind the Chicago luxury rental buildings 1000 S. Clark, 640 N. Wells, Two West Delaware, Halsted Flats, Eight Eleven Uptown, 1225 Old Town, and The Scott Residences, as well as Chicago luxury condo building, No 9 Walton. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Old Town? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Breakfast Spots

Whether you live in the South Loop or are looking for places to eat before you visit Museum Campus or Grant Park, here are a few of the top breakfast and brunch places in the South Loop. [caption id="attachment_24093" align="alignnone" width="365"] Courtesy of Rachel Park[/caption] Yolk- 1120 S Michigan Ave Yolk offers breakfast, brunch, and lunch options with creative twists on classic favorites, like the smoked salmon scrambler, the brisket breakfast burger, and red velvet French toast. Diners love the sizable portions and reasonable pricing. Yolk even has their own private label coffee and house made Greek yogurt. Eleven City Diner- 1112 S Wabash Ave Eleven City Diner was created in the vision of the "classic friendly diner". The black and white family photos on the walls, nostalgic "band box", neon signage, counter seating, milkshakes with barbershop straws, subway tile, and ice cream parlor style tables and chairs create the reminiscent ambiance. Eleven City Diner offers breakfast all day (including vegan and vegetarian breakfast options) as well as a walk up deli to go. [caption id="attachment_24094" align="alignnone" width="260"] Courtesy of Matheus Frade[/caption] Spoke and Bird- 205 E 18th St Spoke and Bird is a rustic chic breakfast spot that uses local, organic, and fair trade ingredients sourced from over 30 local and urban farms. The employee owned restaurant strives to offer delicious and healthy food at a reasonable price in a welcoming environment. Try a homemade quiche or Spoke and Bird's many pastries. Meli Cafe- 500 S Dearborn St (in Hotel Blake) Meli serves up favorite American breakfast and lunch dishes with a Greek twist and is known for its farm to table dishes, fresh squeezed juice, large portions, and homemade marmalade. Meli has great daily specials and full service juice, espresso, and liquor bars. If you can't decide whether to get a corned beef hash Benedict or a wheatgrass shot, get both. [caption id="attachment_24095" align="alignnone" width="410"] Courtesy of Ben Kolde[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Check Out Printers’ Row in the South Loop

Printers' Row is a highly sought after sub-neighborhood in Chicago's South Loop. Residents love the historic Chicago character reflected in the architecture and facades of old buildings, (like the Pontiac Building, 1891, and the Duplicator Building, 1886), the creative energy from the abundance of music venues, art schools, and independent coffee shops, and all the green space and tucked away parks and hidden gems. Printers' Row is generally designated by the Chicago River as the western border, Plymouth Court as the eastern border, Ida B. Wells Drive to the north, and Polk Street to the south. After Dearborn Station was completed in 1885 Printers' Row began to take shape as the printing center of the Midwest because it allowed materials (and workers) to move conveniently in and out of the neighborhood. Dearborn Station is still in tact today and has been converted into retail space. [caption id="attachment_24090" align="alignnone" width="386"] Courtesy of Hannes Wolf[/caption] Major publishing houses like Rand McNally, M.A. Donohue and Company, Franklin Printing, and R.R. Donnelley and Sons all set up shop in Printers' Row. Many of the buildings in Printers' Row that were used as printing and publishing facilities have retained landmark status and have mostly been converted into residential lofts. These buildings are characteristic of what's been deemed, the "First Chicago School" of architecture, a style which dates to the 1880s and includes work by the revered Daniel Burnham, one of the masterminds behind the World's Fair. Many of these buildings feature large windows that were originally installed with the hope that they would let in maximum natural light for book binding, type setting, and other highly detailed printing work. The Printers' Row literary scene is very much alive today. Each June the Printers' Row Literary Festival draws about 150,000 attendees to Dearborn Street, making it the largest book fair in the Midwest, according to Publisher's Weekly. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Why South Loop is Ideal For Commuters

The South Loop is conveniently situated near public transit and access points, making it an easily accessible neighborhood whether you're commuting to or from the suburbs, other Chicago neighborhoods, or even from out of town. [caption id="attachment_24084" align="alignnone" width="480"] Courtesy of Maarten Van Den Heuvel[/caption] CTA Orange Line The orange line runs through the South Loop and takes riders around the Loop and out to Midway International Airport. If you're looking for the fastest way to or from Midway or just looking to save on Uber fare, the orange line could be a great option. CTA Red Line The red line runs south to 95th Street and north through River North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater, and Rogers Park, with on campus stops at Loyola and DePaul Universities. Northwestern University in Evanston is also conveniently accessible via red line, as multiple red line stops are also serviced by the purple line to Evanston and Wilmette. CTA Green Line Take the green line for direct access to Oak Park or the best way to McCormick Place. The green line also provides access through the West Loop and west side near Rush University Medical Center. CTA Blue Line If you fly in and out of O'Hare International Airport often, the South Loop has multiple blue line stops that provide direct access to O'Hare. The blue line takes passengers either through the West Loop, UIC's campus, and out to Forest Park, or through the Loop, Fulton Market, River West, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Jefferson Park, Rosemont, and directly inside O'Hare Airport. [caption id="attachment_24083" align="alignnone" width="467"] Courtesy of Jeremiah Higgins[/caption] Metra and Amtrak Catch the Metra trains out to the western, north shore, and south shore suburbs and Indiana from the Lasalle and Van Buren stations in the South Loop or Ogilvie and Union Stations, which are just a short walk from the South Loop and are also serviced by Amtrak. Highways Multiple major highways pass directly through the South Loop. Hop directly on I-90 for access throughout Chicago's northern or southern neighborhoods and suburbs, I-290 for access to Chicago's western neighborhoods and suburbs, or I-55 to head southwest past McCormick Place toward Saint Louis. [caption id="attachment_24082" align="alignnone" width="510"] Courtesy of Jake Blucker[/caption] Lakeshore Drive Lakeshore Drive runs through the South Loop and is one of the most expedient ways north and south along the eastern edge of Chicago. Take Lakeshore south through Hyde Park to the University of Chicago campus or north through Rogers Park.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Southbank Development

In keeping with the mega development trend of the last two years, Southbank is bringing luxury rental apartments, restaurants, retail, green space, and culture to the south branch stretch of river front in the South Loop. Southbank is being developed by Lendlease. [caption id="attachment_24064" align="alignnone" width="398"] Rendering courtesy of Perkins + Will[/caption] The Cooper at Southbank is the first residential rental high rise to be completed in the development. With 452 apartments and town homes, this property is making a splash in the South Loop's rental market. [caption id="attachment_10280" align="alignnone" width="384"] Rendering of one of the lounge spaces at The Cooper at Southbank[/caption] The Cooper at Southbank offers state of the art amenities including an expansive fitness center, music room, outdoor movie theatre, a large outdoor roof deck with a pool, hot tub, bocce ball court, hammocks, grills, and an herb garden, an upper level skyline terrace for taking in panoramic views of the city skyline, a game room with ping pong and billiards, a chef's kitchen, a library, curated resident events, co-working spaces with private offices and conference rooms, a shop and craft space, entertaining spaces, 24 full service concierge, and even a salon! Southbank's new two acre park will use the foundations of the demolished Grand Central Park and is being designed by Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. Prairie grasses and landscape features (like the bird houses created in partnership with UIC students) were selected for their low maintenance qualities and with local wildlife in mind. The .2 miles of continuous river walk will feature ample seating, lighting, and a mural created by Pilsen artist, Ruben Aguirre. The Southbank development will also include 15,000 square feet of retail space. [caption id="attachment_24065" align="alignnone" width="409"] The mural by Pilsen artist, Ruben AguirreCourtesy of Curbed Chicago[/caption] Southbank strives to be an oasis in the center of the city, just minutes from the Loop and easily accessible from most of Chicago. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Best Spots In Chicago’s Neighborhoods For Deep Dish Pizza

There are a lot of terrific places to sample Chicago deep dish pizza. To get to any of them, be careful not to ask for recommendations on the best Chicago-style pizza — the answer could point you toward the legendary cracker crust, square-cut tavern-style pie at Vito & Nick’s on the far South Side, or the delicious pizza pot pie at Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. in Lincoln Park. Both are great, but neither is an example of Chicago deep dish. That particularly big-shouldered pie will come at you in a pan blackened over years of use, with an inch or so of buttery crust, chunky sauce and elastic strands of mozzarella that never quite seem to snap when transitioning to the plate. Famous Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago Exactly who has the best deep dish pizza in Chicago is a question to be answered over years of research — contented, glassy-eyed research. The search will take you to funky, ancient restaurants and chains alike. Here, in no particular order, are some great places to start: Pequod’s: Virtually any list of Chicago’s best deep dish will include Pequod’s. What separates this Lincoln Park original — it’s basically a pub in a two-flat — from the competition is the caramelized ring of cheese at the outer edge, where most pan pies will buttress their structure with a bread stick’s worth of crust. Large cheese pie price: $21. Lou Malnati’s: Lou’s is a chain with 62 locations — including Bucktown/Wicker Park, the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, River North, the Loop, West Loop and South Loop — but its origins stem from the earliest days of deep dish. Lou’s father, Rudy, is generally considered one of the two likeliest candidates to have come up with the first recipe used at Chicago’s deep dish originator, Pizzeria Uno, and Lou opened his joint in 1971. Malnati’s has two differentiators: a buttery and nearly crunchy crust, and sausage that is not placed in chunks strewn about the pie, but as a disc covering the whole crust. Large cheese pie price: $25. Pizzeria Uno: Founded in 1943, this is the original Chicago deep dish. Now part of an international chain, the original restaurant occupies a bustling River North location in a brownstone at the corner of Ohio and Wabash. The second restaurant in the chain, Pizzeria Due, is a block away. Large cheese pie price: $25. The Art of Pizza: Ensconced in a Lakeview storefront, this place has been selling flawlessly structured pies for more than 30 years. Its balance of perfectly browned crust, substantial-but-not-ridiculous amounts of tasty cheese and dazzling sauce helped lift it to No. 1 in a 2001 Chicago Tribune ranking. Large cheese pie price: $20. Gino’s East: A cornmeal crust distinguishes Gino’s East from most of its fellow deep dish purveyors. That makes the pie a bit more stable and a bit less greasy — which is a plus or a minus, depending on your point of view — than most. The original location, opened in 1966, is no more, but there are Chicago locations on the Mag Mile and in Lakeview, River North and the South Loop. Large cheese pie price: $26. Giordano’s: Dating to the ’70s, this chain is now in 10 states, but this isn’t some imitator. Giordano’s has a hefty stuffed pie — crust on the bottom, then sliced cheese, then toppings and another crust all topped with sauce — with a recipe the restaurant’s founders trace to Northern Italy in the 1800s. This weighty masterpiece can be found in the Loop, Lakeview, West Loop and South Loop — among many other locations. Large cheese pie price: $25. Deep Domiciles It doesn’t matter if you’re all about the best deep dish in Chicago or the best dim sum. Life in downtown Chicago has delights for every palate and all of your senses. The key is finding a place that helps you indulge in everything a luxurious urban lifestyle offers. Downtown Apartment Company has the inside track to the best spaces in the best neighborhoods. Check out our listings today.

The South Loop: Top Dog Friendly Neighborhood

The South Loop is one of the most dog friendly neighborhoods in Chicago. Here are some top dog friendly parks. [caption id="attachment_24050" align="alignnone" width="423"] Courtesy of Joe Caione[/caption] Coliseum Dog Friendly Area- 1466 S Wabash Ave At .65 acres with plenty of shaded benches, this fenced in dog park is the perfect place to let your pup run off the leash. Coliseum offers water stations open seasonally. Make sure to visit a participating vet to get a permit to bring your dog to Chicago Park District dog parks. Grant "Bark" Dog Park- 1000 S Columbus Dr Grant Bark Dog Park has water stations and bag dispensers, but no designated small dog area. Pets are permitted to run off the leash in this 18,000 square foot grass and gravel, tree lined park. Access the park from one of two paths on the 11th Street bridge or Columbus. Fred Anderson Dog Park- 1629 S Wabash Ave Fred Anderson Dog Park has two entrances-- one for small dogs and another for large dogs. The park is also equipped with water stations and bag dispensers. Because it is reported to be well maintained and cleaned nightly, Fred Anderson is a favorite among many South Loop dog owners. D'Angelo Park- 438 S Franklin St D'Angelo Park is a "full amenity" dog park, well lit and equipped with water stations for both people and dogs, bag dispensers, a designated small dog area, and seating. The 5,000 square foot park is located between Congress Freeway and the Thermal Building. Prairie District Dog Park- 2051 S Prairie Ave The Prairie District Dog Park has been called a "hidden gem" and "small dog sanctuary" by neighborhood dog owners. The quiet, newer dog park is right next to a kids park and offers water stations and a designated small dog play area. Click here for a list of dog friendly parks by neighborhood. Looking for luxury dog friendly apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Schools Near South Loop

The South Loop is a hub of universities, colleges, and graduate schools, with an emphasis on arts and medicine. With the South Loop as your college campus, you'll get to experience the lively city while still having a community feeling. Here is an overview of some of the major schools near South Loop. [caption id="attachment_24040" align="alignnone" width="530"] Courtesy of Ben Duchac[/caption] Columbia College- 600 S Michigan Ave Columbia College specializes in arts and media and was originally founded in 1890 as an oratorial school in anticipation of the need for speakers at the World's Fair. It has gained notoriety in the journalism field, especially through its student produced publications, including The Columbia Chronicle, which has won "Best College Newspaper" in both the state and the nation. DePaul University- 1 E Jackson Blvd DePaul University has a large focus on experiential learning, internships, study abroad opportunities, and civic involvement programs. DePaul is also on the quarter system, which means each school session is shorter, giving students an opportunity to maximize the amount of opportunities and courses they get to experience. Roosevelt University- 430 S Michigan Ave Roosevelt University is a smaller school comparatively, with enrollment around 4,400 students, with a focus on the performing arts. Social justice is also cornerstone in the school's curriculum and has been intentionally embedded into the curriculum with many student led research projects and initiatives. Notable people including Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein have served on the advisory board. Classes are held in the Auditorium and Gage buildings. School of the Art Institute- 36 S Wabash Ave SAIC is one of the nation's largest accredited independent schools of art and design and was named "Most Influential Art School in the United States" by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism Program. It's Visiting Artists program brings in highly esteemed artists from around the world for hands on experiences. SAIC also has many gallery and showcase opportunities for students. University of Illinois-- Chicago- 1200 W Harrison St UIC is a public research university between the South Loop and West Loop with over 33,000 students, a hospital and health sciences system, and 16 program specific colleges. UIC is known for it's excellent nursing, technical, and medical programs. UIC's John Marshall Law School campus is also near the South Loop.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop: A Hub For Live Music

The South Loop is a cultural hub in Chicago's art scene between the high density of museums on Museum Campus, the city's top art and film schools, and the history of creativity established by Printer's Row. The South Loop is also home to some of the most long standing live music venues, like Buddy Guy's Legends, Jazz Showcase, and Reggie's Music Joint. Buddy Guy's Legends- 700 S. Wabash St [embed]https://youtu.be/swoWM1odMx4[/embed] Buddy Guy is a 7 time Grammy winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 37 time Blues Music Award winner, the Presidential National Medal of Arts recipient, ranked 23rd on Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", and a major influence on prolific musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. At 82, he still performs on a regular basis at his blues club, Buddy Guy's Legends, which hosts live music 7 nights a week as well as free acoustic shows during lunch and dinner. Looking for a great open mic? Stop by for the Blues Jam every Monday night at 9pm. Jazz Showcase- 806 S. Plymouth Ct Jazz Showcase has been one of Chicago's premier jazz clubs since the 170 seat venue first opened in 1947, and is currently the oldest in the city. See live music 7 nights a week with a Sunday matinee event at 4pm geared towards an all ages audience. Discounts are available for students and musicians. Click here to see the calendar of upcoming performances and events. [caption id="attachment_24030" align="alignnone" width="223"] Courtesy of Konstantin Aal[/caption] Reggie's Music Joint- 2105 S. State St All under one roof, Reggie's Music Joint hosts a rock venue, a bar and grill, a a record store, and dog friendly patio and rooftop with outdoor games. The venue was formerly an auto repair shop until Reggie's opened its doors in 2007. Between the live music, walls lined with memorabilia, calendar of events, and the in house recording studio, Reggie's is every rock fan and musician's dream come true. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Riverline Development

From the few thousand new rental units that have been or are about to be delivered, and the new restaurants and retail that seem to open by the handful, to the multiple mega developments currently underway, the South Loop has been growing rapidly the past two years and is only continuing to boom. Community amenities have been cornerstone in these mega developments, which are large scale projects that include residential, commercial, and green space. One of the most highly anticipated South Loop mega developments is Riverline, a $2B project designed by Perkins + Will and developed by CMK, with landscape architecture by Hoerr Schaudt. The development will include ten residential buildings for a total of 3,600 residential units, with a mix of apartments for rent and condos for sale, in addition to an abundance of community amenities and retail space. [caption id="attachment_24023" align="alignnone" width="524"] Rendering Courtesy of CMK[/caption] Some of the community amenities will include open walkways connecting the Wells Street corridor, an additional 1,000 square feet of Riverwalk with parks, trails, and green gathering spaces, and a natural riverbank providing easy access for activities on the river, like kayaking and fishing. Riverline will have a heavy emphasis on nature with features like aquatic grasses and sedges to create a habitat for amphibious and aquatic wildlife and large, open green spaces. [caption id="attachment_24022" align="alignnone" width="560"] Rendering Courtesy of CMK[/caption] With its convenient location, Riverline is just a short distance to multiple public CTA and Metra transit stations and highway entrances, three major grocery stores, Michigan Avenue, Museum Campus, Grant Park, and several major universities like Depaul, Roosevelt, UIC, Rush Medical School, University of Chicago, School of the Art Institute, Kent School of Law, and Columbia College. [caption id="attachment_24024" align="alignnone" width="466"] Rendering Courtesy of CMK[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the South Loop near Riverline? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Development: 78Chicago

The South Loop is one of the most rapidly growing Chicago neighborhoods. In fact, it's growth includes the development of a new 62 acre neighborhood on a currently vacant site. The 78, by Related Midwest, is one of the largest South Loop projects currently in development with a social, community, environmental, and economic components all Chicagoans can appreciate. Its name comes from the idea that of Chicago's 77 existing neighborhoods, this will be the 78th. The 62 acre site is surrounded by Clark Street, Roosevelt Road, 16th Street, and the Chicago River and cornerstone of the development is the use of the riverfront, which will extend the existing Riverwalk by over a half mile to Chinatown. [caption id="attachment_24013" align="alignnone" width="447"] Rendering of new river front, Courtesy of Related Midwest[/caption] Although it is still early in development, plans show that this mixed use mega development will include residential high rises, cafes, restaurants, retail, and an abundance of community amenities and 12 acres of green space. Community amenities will include the Riverwalk extension, bike paths, an expansion of Clark Street to make it more walkable, the dedication of a community resource center to foster the growth of local minority and women owned businesses, a 5 acre riverfront lined with dining and entertainment, and 7 acre Crescent Park. [caption id="attachment_24012" align="alignnone" width="431"] Rendering of 7 Acre Crescent Park, Courtesy of Related Midwest[/caption] The 78 development will also improve transportation in the area. The project includes the addition of a new CTA red line stop on site, water taxi service, additional bikeways with Divvy rental bike stations, and a Metra stop relocation to reduce noise and improve air quality. The 78 will potentially be home to one of the country's newest research institutions, Discovery Partners Institute, an interdisciplinary innovation center that will span over 1 million square feet and service over 10,000 students every five years. [embed]https://vimeo.com/328015502[/embed] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop 2 Bedroom Apartments

The South Loop is dense with new inventory and continuing to develop at a fast pace. Between all the new mega developments, namely Lendlease's Southbank development, CMK's Riverline development, and Related Midwest's 78 development, the South Loop is in for new residences, community amenities, retail and entertainment, and green space on a massive scale. In response to all this new inventory, prices in the area are quite competitive. If you're looking for a great deal but don't want to compromise on quality, South Loop is a great place to look. These South Loop 2 bed apartments all have in unit washer and dryer and are available now! Property 14- Clark & Polk Since this Printer's Row apartment building was originally designed as a condo building all units have unique, high grade finishes, massive walk in closets, and balconies. Each layout is also more spacious than a typical apartment in the area, with 1 beds up to 963 square feet and 2 beds up to 1535 square feet. Some units even have home offices, dens, and extra half baths. Even though this building is only a few years old, it already revamped all amenities, keeping it highly competitive with all the area's brand new inventory. Two bedroom, two bath apartments are currently starting at $2525. Property 18- Delano Court & Roosevelt Looking for a 2 bed loft apartment? Look no further! These 2 bed, 2 bath loft style rentals are a steal! The finishes are modern but still warm and homey, with light hardwood in the living space, carpet in the bedrooms, concrete ceilings, a mosaic backsplash, and dark, espresso cabinetry. This prime location is tucked away on a court with lots of retail and dining, but is only a few blocks west of State Street and the Roosevelt CTA, which provides direct access to Midway Airport, the Loop, and north and west through the city. There are also three major grocery stores within walking distance and a target less than a block away. [caption id="attachment_24006" align="alignnone" width="487"] Modern bathroom finishes at Property 18[/caption] Property 147- Wells & Financial Place **Ask About 2 Months Free!** This stunning new construction rental building offers multiple styles of 2 bedroom apartments, including both traditional high rise style rentals as well as townhomes for rent. The amenities in this new luxury building are unparalleled and include multiple spacious outdoor areas, a rooftop pool, expansive fitness center, a music room, craft shop space, an outdoor movie screening area, hammocks, co-working space, and even a hair salon! All units feature state-of-the-art finishes, high quality appliances, and thoughtful layouts with ample storage space. [caption id="attachment_24005" align="alignnone" width="592"] Finishes in the traditional 2 bed layout[/caption] The 2 bed townhouse rentals are two stories and feature a balcony as well as a powder room on the living area floor. [caption id="attachment_24004" align="alignnone" width="558"] Townhome floor plan[/caption] 2 bedroom apartments are currently starting at $2770.   Looking for luxury 2 bed apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Museums: 2020 Free Days!

Museum Campus is a 57 acre park in South Loop along Lake Michigan and encompasses some of Chicago's most notable museums as well as Soldier Field and Northerly Island. If you're in the South Loop and looking for things to do near you, here are the days these museums offer free admission to Illinois residents in 2020! Adler Planetarium [caption id="attachment_23992" align="alignnone" width="438"] Courtesy of Nathan Anderson[/caption] Did you know that in Chicago's dark sky you could see 4500 stars with the naked eye? The Adler Planetarium is the first planetarium in the United States and has exhibits and sky shows that are "out of this world"! Even better, Adler Planetarium has plenty of events to keep your attention so you don't "space" out. Check out monthly events like Sun Salutations Yoga or Adler After Dark with upcoming dates on Saturday, February 1st and Thursday, February 20th. 2020 Free Dates: February 4-6, 11-13, 17-20 March 9-12 April 20-23 May 10-16 June 2, 9, 16 August 22-23, 31 September 1-4 October 12-15 November 11, 17-19 December 4-6   The Field Museum The Field Museum houses over 30 million historical, cultural, and scientific artifacts and collections designed to "inspire curiosity about life on Earth". Right now, check out the exhibit, "Fantastic Bug Encounters", which includes hands on activities and workshops for all ages. [caption id="attachment_23991" align="alignnone" width="490"] Courtesy of Fan Yang[/caption] 2020 Free Dates: February 1-29 Museum of Science and Industry [caption id="attachment_23986" align="alignnone" width="351"] Courtesy of Andrea Lightfoot[/caption] The Museum of Science and Industry is located in South Loop's Jackson Park, the historic site of the 1893 Columbian Exposition World's Fair. Learn about the differences between the genetic versus epigenetic factors that play into an animal's physiology as you watch chickens hatch right before your eyes. "Invent the Future" in the Fast Forward exhibit, as you surround yourself in a world of tomorrow's inventions. In addition to numerous exhibits, the museum also features interactive experiences like a submarine simulation and a virtual reality space walk. 2020 Free Dates: February 3-6, 10-13, 18-20, 24-27   Shedd Aquarium [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://www.downtownapartmentcompany.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/South-Loop-Shedd-Aquarium-Things-To-Do-Museum-Free-Days-Illinois-.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] The Shedd is a 5,000,000 gallon aquarium housing over 32,000 animals. Visit Annik, the new born Beluga whale, get some quality time in a meet and greet with a Magellanic or Rockhopper penguin, touch a stingray, or see the aquarium at night during one of the "Asleep With The Fishes" events. 2020 Free Dates: February 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28, 2020 June 15, 16, 22, 23, 2020 August 24, 25, 2020 September 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2020 October 5, 6, 7, 2020   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

South Loop Restaurant Week Spots

A record breaking 430 restaurants, 16 of which are in South Loop, will offer special prix fixe menus during Chicago's annual Restaurant Week, from January 24th to February 6th. Here's where to dine during Restaurant Week in the South Loop. CheSa's at the Bureau Bar & Restaurant 724 W. Maxwell St CheSa's at the Bureau, in the heart of University Village, stands out on the list because of it's dietary restriction friendly menu and kitchen. Whether you're looking for vegan, vegetarian, nut allergy or gluten free options, all are served up in the allergy friendly kitchen at CheSa's. (Of course, be sure to check with your server if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies). The $24 brunch menu includes an omelette bar, chicken and waffle station, fruit and pastries, shrimp and grits bar, and other southern favorites like collard greens, buttermilk biscuits, and country sausage gravy. The $48 three course dinner menu includes modern twists on classic southern meat, fish, and pasta dishes. [caption id="attachment_23972" align="alignnone" width="476"] $48 prix fixe restaurant week dinner menu[/caption] Grant Park Bistro 800 S. Michigan Take in the stunning views and lively energy of Grant Park at this contemporary American bistro. The $36 dinner menu includes three courses. Choose from wild mushroom soup, burnt endive salad, or ceviche for your first course, duck breast, seared scallops, roasted butternut squash, or celeriac steak for your entree, and either a teurgoule tarte or dark chocolate entremet for dessert. Grant Park Bistro also features a selection of desserts from local bakery, Vanille Patisserie. [caption id="attachment_23973" align="alignnone" width="320"] Courtesy of Grant Park Bistro[/caption] Mercat a la Planxa 638 S. Michigan Ave Enjoy modern, Catalan style tapas, meats, seafood, vegetarian fare, and charcuterie at Mercat a la Planxa for either the $24 3 course brunch menu or $48 4 course dinner menu. Mercat a la Planxa is located just across from Grant and Millennium parks and is perfect if you're looking for a trendy, semi-casual spot in a lively location. [caption id="attachment_23974" align="alignnone" width="403"] Courtesy of Mercat a la Planxa[/caption] Check out the complete list of participating South Loop restaurants here. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Is It Better To Rent Or Buy In Chicago?

Like many big cities, Chicago has a reputation for a high cost of living. Compared to New York or Los Angeles, however, it can sometimes be surprisingly affordable. When you’re moving here from another city or state, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is whether to rent or buy in Chicago. Does it make more sense to choose a less-expensive rental or to make a bigger financial commitment by purchasing a home or condo? Should you shop rentals or real estate listings? Here’s a look at the factors to consider when making a decision about renting vs. buying in Chicago. How Long Do You Plan to Live Here? If you already know that you’ll only be in Chicago for a short time or plan to put down roots, that’s important to factor into your housing decision. When you buy, you have the security of a monthly mortgage payment, rather than potentially spiraling rental rates. On the other hand, buying involves a lot of upfront money and hassle that renting doesn’t require. Generally speaking, one of the biggest benefits of home ownership — a return on investment due to appreciating real estate values — comes over time. In contrast, renting is a lost expense, even if you live in the same apartment for years. When you decide to move, buying requires a laborious process of listing, showing, negotiating and eventually selling your home. Renting, on the other hand, is as simple as fulfilling your lease and moving on. These are all important considerations as you weigh whether to rent or buy a Chicago residence. Which Neighborhood Do You Like? There are lots of different neighborhoods in Chicago, each with its own selling points. If you already know which area(s) you’re interested in, take a look at comparable rates for rentals and purchases. Which option offers lower monthly costs? How many of each type are available? Finding out the vacancy rate or the number of real estate listings where you want to live can help you think through the choice to rent vs. buy in Chicago. How Much Responsibility Do You Want? The bottom line is that owning involves more obligation than renting. When you own your home, you not only need to take full responsibility for your bank or mortgage company debt, but you also have to manage all repairs and maintenance yourself. If there’s outdoor space, you need to take care of that, too. You also may have HOA dues or building community fees. With renting, on the other hand, you avoid many of those expenses. If the dishwasher breaks, your landlord has to handle it, not you. How Much Can You Invest Upfront? Buying a home requires a significant down payment, while renting usually requires only a security deposit. If you aren’t ready to put down a significant chunk of change to get your new home, renting can afford you time to save up for a later purchase. Is it better to rent or buy in Chicago? The decision is up to you, but if you’ve determined that renting will work best, let Downtown Apartment Company make the process of searching for an apartment easier. We’re here to help you find your next Chicago property, and we have the extensive research and thousands of listings to help you do it. Contact us at your convenience!

Tips For Finding An Apartment In Chicago

Moving to the city and wondering where to live? While apartment-hunting can get a bad rap, it doesn’t have to be a discouraging experience. Whether you’re relocating for a new job, to attend school, to be near family and friends or just for an adventure, understanding Chicago’s neighborhoods, transportation and rental prices can make your search easier. So, before you begin your hunt for a new home, consider these time-tested tips for finding an apartment in Chicago! Step One: Explore the Various Chicago Neighborhoods The best way to find an apartment in Chicago is to start by choosing a neighborhood (or two) that you like. While Chicago is one of America’s largest cities, it’s divided into distinct neighborhoods that each have their own features and feel. Can you see yourself living near Wrigley Field, clubs and the lakefront, for example? Lakeview, Wrigleyville or Boystown may be the right fit. Would you rather be in the heart of downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers and near the retail establishments on State Street? If so, check out Loop apartments. Wicker Park has a quirky, bohemian vibe. River North is a cultural hub of art galleries, antique stores and famous architecture. Explore the various communities on our site and see which appeal to you. Step Two: Determine Your Transportation Needs   The next tip for how to find an apartment in Chicago that you’ll love is to consider your transportation needs. If you’re working, going to school or taking part in other scheduled activities, you’ll need a way to get to them from wherever you live. Chicago has easily accessible CTA, bus and Metra routes, as well as a grid system of roads that makes navigating the area fairly simple. What are your transportation needs, and how will that affect your apartment hunt? Use this information to help you decide where to live. Step Three: Know You’re Getting Your Money’s Worth In a city as big as Chicago, even narrowing your search by neighborhood can still yield a huge number of apartments. When you see such a variety of price points, amenities and features, how do you make meaningful comparisons? One solution is to work with Downtown Apartment Company. When it comes to finding an apartment in Chicago, we save you time and trouble. In fact, one of the most efficient, effective ways to find a new place is by coming to us. You can give us your wish list and let us do the work of scouting out listings that will work for you. We know what’s out there and how prices compare. We also know how to find apartments that meet your specific needs. Let us help you simplify your search! If the unit you want, in the location you need is available, we will find it. You can browse the thousands of rentals we offer anytime, or talk to us about streamlining your search. Our service is 100% free for you to use. Contact us today to find your perfect place!

Your Guide For Moving From NYC To Chicago

What you should know if you’re moving from New York to Chicago is that you’re sacrificing nothing. Yes, New York is essentially the center of the universe. But when it comes to all the features that make a great city, Chicago’s got you covered — in a much tidier package. More museums per capita than New York, a theater district that frequently sends shows to Broadway, culture, entertainment and dining galore. The hardest part won’t be adjusting to Chicago. It will be getting there. Making the Move Here are a few tips to help keep the cost of moving from NYC to Chicago from spiraling: Start planning and packing at least eight weeks out. This is an 800-mile move. You won’t want to make extra trips back and forth. Make sure there are no restrictions that would prohibit your moving truck from getting into your new neighborhood, such as narrow downtown streets or a loading dock. You’re going to need easy access. Move any time other than the summer, if you can. Competition for apartments is tougher in the summer and moving costs are higher. Sell or donate as many of your belongings as you can. Smaller moving trucks cost less. And new starts should be accompanied by new stuff. What You’re Getting Into Compared to New York, what is Chicago like? For starters, it is: Younger — The average resident is 33.1 years old versus 35.5 in New York. Less married — In Chicago, 68.8% of residents are single compared to 65% in NYC. Cheaper — One-bedroom apartments in the city center average just under $1,800 per month versus just over $3,000 in New York. Then there’s the dining scene, which is second to none. And we’re not arguing thin crust versus deep dish, either. Seventy-nine Chicago eateries have achieved at least Bib Gourmand status in the annual Michelin Guide. New York, with more than three times as many residents, has 129 such establishments —  or roughly half as many per capita. Winter Is Real New York and Chicago can go toe-to-toe for hot, humid summers. But winters are a different story. On average, Chicago gets about a foot more snow each winter than New York. While the coldest average monthly temperature in New York bottoms out at 27 degrees, Chicago’s average lows in winter months are 18 degrees or colder. Chicagoans make up for those rough winters by embracing the outdoors the rest of the year. Spring blooms everywhere, from rooftop drinking and dining spots to parkways and traffic dividers along grand thoroughfares. The city has 18 miles of public access along Lake Michigan and boasts 552 parks. A spring stroll on the Magnificent Mile, a summer dip in Lake Michigan at Oak Street Beach and gazing at the fall colors in Lincoln Park are the payoffs that make Chicago winters bearable — even if the Bears don’t. (Speaking of which, everyone is a Bears fan. But when it comes to the White Sox and Cubs, it’s strictly one or the other.) Getting Around Chicago is all about its neighborhoods — each with its own vibe, and in many cases, architectural style. But they are all easily connected. The average commute in Chicago is 12 minutes shorter than New York’s 45 minutes. Owning a car is less problematic. And Chicago is one of the bike-friendliest cities in America, with more than 200 miles of on-street protected, buffered and shared bike lines, off-street paths, more than 13,000 bike racks and sheltered bike parking areas at many public transit stations. No, the subway system isn’t as good as New York’s, but the Chicago Transit Authority has more than 130 bus routes and 145 L train stations city-wide, while Pace buses and Metra trains connect the city to the suburbs. So, getting around won’t be a problem. Plus, the most desirable neighborhoods in the city are eminently walkable. Whether you’re in the Loop, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Lakeview or so many others, you’ll be mere minutes away from an unending array of sights, tastes and sounds. Go Easy on Yourself The best way to simplify moving from NYC to Chicago is with the neighborhood guide and map of luxury listings available through Downtown Apartment Company. View our available properties today.

Benefits Of Living Downtown

As one of America’s largest and most dynamic cities, Chicago has plenty of areas to call home. From city neighborhoods to suburbs to rural areas, each one has its advantages — but that’s especially true when it comes to living downtown. If you want to put yourself in the middle of the action surrounded by opportunities and conveniences, choose one of our modern apartments in downtown Chicago as your new home. Perfectly situated in some of Chicago’s most exciting neighborhoods, our luxury high-rise apartments for rent offer all the best benefits of living downtown, including doormen, gyms/fitness centers, community centers, grilling stations, on-site dry cleaning and pools. The prime locations and luxurious appointments of these downtown high-rise apartments put them in high demand, so whether you’re looking for a place in Lakeview, Gold Coast, River North, Wicker Park, West Loop, South Loop or Lincoln Park, check our available units today. Our comprehensive listings make it efficient and convenient to apartment hunt with Downtown Apartment Company. Our units range from studios to four bedrooms, with amenities that may include stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and hardwood floors. The luxury living space you’ve always wanted is waiting for you. Don’t let it get away! Benefits of Renting Downtown Apartments Choosing to rent a luxury apartment in downtown Chicago means gaining the opportunity to enjoy all the Windy City offers, while also having a comfortable and stylish place to call home. First, when you rent, there’s no hefty down payment, no maintenance costs and lower insurance rates. On top of that, there are so many obvious location benefits of living downtown. You are surrounded by entertainment that’s only available in a world-class city, for example. Walk or ride a train to cultural attractions, concert halls, galleries, shops, restaurants, nightlife, parks and more. Chicago has more than 70 neighborhoods, each one unique. You don’t even need a car, since the city’s public transportation makes getting around easy and convenient. Whether you choose the bars and bistros of Lakeview or the fine dining and art galleries of the West Loop, you’ll be minutes from the attractions and amenities of other city neighborhoods. Once you’ve moved into one of our beautifully appointed units, you may never want to leave! Why Work With Downtown Apartment Company? When it comes to finding apartments for rent downtown, Downtown Apartment Company is proud to be your best source for luxury rentals. Simply put, we do all the research so you don’t have to waste time looking at apartments that don’t meet your criteria. Browse our listings to find a great selection of apartments, curated to give you the best amenities and the best deals. We have thousands of units listed, with real-time pricing and a description of features to aid in your decision-making. More than that, our service is completely free for you to use. At Downtown Apartment Company, we are committed to 100% client satisfaction from beginning to end. Get in touch with us anytime to learn more about the benefits of living downtown, and let us help you find your new home. Browse our listings now!

Restaurant Week in the Loop

With the holiday season behind us, lights and decorations disappearing, and social calendars calming down, January can seem cold, dark, and uneventful. Fortunately for Chicagoans, there's restaurant week, a bright light in the Chicago winter. Each year Chicago foodies (and really anybody who likes going to restaurants) look forward to restaurant week when over 400 Chicago restaurants will offer multi-course prix fixe menus and specials to diners over the course of 17 days. Here are some of the top places to eat in the Loop during restaurant week! Atwood- 1 W Washington St Atwood serves all day upscale American cuisine. Diners enjoy the imaginative menu, lively location off State Street, and modern decor juxtaposed with the 19th century historic Reliance building it's located in. Atwood's restaurant week menu includes appetizer, entree, and dessert courses for both lunch ($24) and dinner ($36). [caption id="attachment_23917" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Atwood[/caption] Cherry Circle Room- 12 S Michigan Ave This James Beard Award winning concept is located on the second floor of the Chicago Athletic Hotel and is a hidden gem with an old time Chicago ambiance. The three course meal offers a choice of soup or salad, a fish, burger, or chicken entree, and apple tart by pastry chef, Angela Diaz and is available both for lunch ($24) and dinner ($48). [caption id="attachment_23916" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of The Cherry Circle Room[/caption] Prime and Provisions- 222 N Lasalle St For a classic steakhouse dinner, satisfying lunch, or a more extensive brunch menu than you could imagine, Prime and Provisions has it all. Choose between the very wide selection of brunch options ($24), a 2 course lunch menu ($24), or a 3 course dinner menu, complete with a starter, entree, side, and dessert ($48) while you enjoy views of the Chicago river and skyline off Wacker Drive. [caption id="attachment_23918" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Prime and Provisions[/caption] Restaurant week begins January 24th and runs until February 9th. Click here for a list of all participating restaurants in the Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Chicago’s Cultural Mile in the Loop

The stretch of Michigan Avenue that runs through Chicago's Loop is affectionately known as the "Cultural Mile", with its high density of museums, theatre, and cultural events. Check out these things to do on the Cultural Mile! Art Institute The Art Institute is one of the oldest art museums and second largest (after the Met)  in the United States. It houses more than 300,000 permanent pieces in addition to 30 annual temporary exhibits. Some of it's famous collection pieces include Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Seurat, The Old Guitarist by Picasso, and Grant Wood's American Gothic. The current spotlight exposition is Andy Warhol's From A to B and Back Again, through January 26th. The Art Institute also hosts art driven events and will be hosting a celebration of the Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 8th, from 1 to 4:30pm, with gallery tours in both English and Mandarin, performances, music, art making, artist demonstrations, and interactive experiences. The celebration is included with museum admission. The celebration continues with a lantern procession at Millennium Park at 5pm. Better yet-- general admission is free to Illinois residents each Wednesday from 5 to 8pm, all the time for children under 14, and for children under 18 on weekdays from January 27th to March 4th and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Auditorium Theatre The Auditorium Theatre is a national historic landmark building and was designed in 1889 by Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. The Auditorium has been home to the Joffrey Ballet for over 20 years and hosts a multitude of live performances and dance companies. Upcoming performances include Alvin Ailey dance company, the American Ballet Theatre, and National Geographic-Live. Click here for all upcoming performances and ticketing. The Auditorium hosts daily tours. See the stunning 24 karat gold ceiling arches, ornate sculptural designs, floor and wall mosaics, and murals by Charles Holloway and Albert Fleury. [embed]https://youtu.be/Gqc40U26gBk[/embed] Second Fridays at the Fine Arts Building The second Friday of each month, the Fine Arts Building opens its doors to the public, free of charge, to showcase the work of its resident artists. The historic building is located on Michigan Avenue and is home to a collective of visual artists, musicians, teachers, book stores, writers, craft instrument designers, yoga studios, dance and theatre performances, and artisan workshops. [embed]https://youtu.be/5-rskBF8k8c[/embed]   Looking for luxury apartments for rent in the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

What To Know When Moving From San Francisco To Chicago

If you’re moving from San Francisco to Chicago, know this: You’re moving from a great city to a great, big city. San Francisco has not quite 900,000 people jammed into not quite 47 square yet hilly miles. Chicago is home to nearly 2.7 million, over 228 square and largely flat miles. Both are steeped in the things great cities have — culture, history, diversity, noteworthy architecture and amazing dining and entertainment. But Chicago’s brand of urban sophistication is characterized by a decidedly Midwestern neighborliness, and you will fall in love with it. The Move Itself Yes, you’ll love Chicago. But you have to get there first. When moving more than halfway across the country, here are some things to remember: Research your landing spot. Our neighborhood guide and map of luxury listings are instrumental tools for finding the perfect Chicago location. Yelp, Google Street View and the like can provide insight as well. Move any time other than the summer if you can. Competition for apartments is tougher in the summer. Moving costs are higher. Sell off as much of your stuff as you can. Smaller moving trucks cost less. And new starts should be accompanied by new stuff. Get a good calendar app or day planner. You will need to make, and keep, many appointments to make things go smoothly. Bay, Lake, What’s the Difference? Unemployment is a bit higher in Chicago. Housing costs are a lot higher (some 500 percent) in San Francisco. The cost of living in Chicago is slightly more than the national average, while San Francisco’s is nearly triple. The average commute is a little over a half-hour in either city. But numbers don’t tell the real story. Chicago life is characterized by many things, among them: Wilder Weather In San Francisco, there’s a stability to the weather many find comforting. The average high temperatures, by month, range between 55 and 73 degrees, while the average lows go from 45 to 59. You can expect around 67 rainy days per year. Chicago will require an adjustment and a more adaptable wardrobe. The average highs range from 30 to 84 degrees and the average lows from 12 to 63. Days with precipitation should number around 140. But think of the possibilities that weather diversity brings: Sunning in the summer, sledding in the winter and brilliant bursts of fall color are built into the Chicago calendar. Housing Variety Certainly, no one Chicago neighborhood is exclusive to any one housing style. But Loop residences are largely high-rise luxury. Streeterville, the South Loop and Lakeshore East have a stunning array of newer residential skyscrapers. Loft conversions are plentiful in River North and the West Loop. Historic manors can be found along the Gold Coast, and chic brownstones and funky flats can be had in Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Wicker Park. Neighborhood Culture Many Chicago neighborhoods sprang from specific cultures and retain that character to this day. To live in Chicago’s Loop is to be within six miles of Chinatown, Greek Town, Little Italy, Ukrainian Village and Boystown — not to mention Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, the United Center, Guaranteed Rate Field, the theater district, the museum campus, the opera, the symphony, the Magnificent Mile’s incredible shopping and the tourist mecca that is Navy Pier. It’s Your Move Finding your Chicago home is incredibly easy with Downtown Apartment Company. Learn about the city’s neighborhoods — including housing, shopping, dining, transportation and more — with our guide to the most desirable areas. Find your perfect place by scanning our list of available properties today.

10 Of The Best Burgers In Chicago

To embrace Chicago’s amazing dining scene is to embrace opinion. With restaurant options that rank with any great city in the world, foraging foodies can debate which of the 25 Chicago restaurants with Michelin Stars truly earned that distinction, which joint has the best Italian beef, whether to point out-of-town visitors toward deep-dish or crispy tavern-style pizza and, always, where to find the best hamburger in Chicago. Ranking the best burger places in Chicago is a daunting task. You can find ground greatness in almost any neighborhood, whether it is presented on fine china or sliding across a counter on wax paper in a plastic basket. Here are 10  options to consider if you’re seeking the best burger in Chicago, 2019: Kuma’s Corner started out in Avondale in 2005 as bar/bistro that quickly became known for its burgers and love for heavy metal. Now with five locations, including one in the West Loop, it retains an adventurous edge, with toppings for its burgers ranging from maple syrup drizzle to smoked gouda to “anger.” Prices — $14 to $17 — include hand-cut fries. DMK Burger Bar is what happens when a hotshot local chef and a bigshot restauranteur — Michael Kornick and David Morton — spend a year seeking out the best burgers in American then convert that research into a restaurant in bustling Lakeview. Ranging in price from $10 to $14, DMK’s burgers feature grass-fed beef (or bison or turkey), artisanal buns or waffles, and toppings from gruyere to roasted poblano to blueberry barbecue sauce. The restaurant’s fries and shakes also have made “best of” lists. Hot Chocolate is best known for chef-owner Mindy Segal’s incredible array of desserts. But if you’re in the mood for a great burger without the mind-bending array of choices at many other locations, try this Wicker Park restaurant’s “burger” – which many consider the best cheeseburger in Chicago. A well-spent $17 gets you Slagel Farm beef, Car Valley aged cheddar and house pickles on a house-made sesame bun. And if you want to add an egg, sunny side up, it will cost you an extra dollar. Fatso’s Last Stand is just south of Wicker Park in Ukrainian Village — and absolutely worth the trip. A neighborhood snack shop in the best sense, Fatso’s is open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, midnight the rest of the week, and will serve you char-grilled or griddle-smashed versions its Fatso Burger (single or double) for less than $10. Gooey, greasy goodness. A Chicago landmark, the Billy Goat Tavern is a subterranean lair that for decades has drawn journalists from the nearby offices of the Tribune and Sun-Times for draft beer and cheap burgers with chips (never fries). Made famous by a vintage Saturday Night Live skit, the Goat has expanded beyond its home base where Michigan Avenue divides River North and Streeterville. But it still serves super-thin burgers stacked on toasted Kaiser rolls with pickles (never lettuce or tomato). Au Cheval serves three patties on its double cheeseburger, but who’s counting? The Food Network and Bon Appetite magazine both named it not just the best burger in Chicago, but the best burger in America. This West Loop spot is a casual, dim, loud diner. Be prepared to wait for your $15 burger, but it will be worth it. At Acadia, a fine-dining destination in the South Loop, you can only get a burger in the bar. Created by Michelin and James Beard-honored chef Ryan McCaskey, this $15 beauty, topped with bacon onion jam, truffle mornay sauce and gruyere, transcends pub grub. Butcher and the Burger is a 30-seat counter joint in Lincoln Park. Yes, you can take home meats from the butcher. As for the burger, be prepared to expand on preconceptions. Pick your protein (grass-fed beef, salmon, shrimp and more), then choose your seasoning and toppings, including such out-of-the-box offerings as foie gras and duck egg. You can watch every step of the preparation — grinding, grilling and garnishing — before chowing down. Burger prices range from $10 to $15. The patty at The Loyalist, a cozy bar beneath its fine-dining companion Smyth, is a combination of chuck, short rib and bacon. Cheese and caramelized onions are abundant. The burger, named one of the three best in America in 2017 by Bon Appetit, also includes house-made pickles and onion-infused mayo on a sesame seed bun. And it only sets you back $16, fries included. Where would a great steakhouse town be without a great steakhouse burger? The USDA Prime Classic Burger at Loop power-lunch spot Chicago Cut Steakhouse may be the best burger in downtown Chicago. Dry-aged beef, cheese dripping down the sides of a mound of meat that only barely qualifies as a patty, and a perfectly shiny bun make this an $18 opportunity for the high rollers to roll up their sleeves. The Best Burgh It doesn’t matter if your palate favors burgers, pizza, Michelin Star stalwarts or molecular gastronomy — the best way to access Chicago’s world-class food scene is to live in one of its amazing neighborhoods. And there is no better way to find your new home base than by starting your search today in Downtown Apartment Company’s luxury listings.

Best Chicago Bars To Get A Craft Cocktail

Luxury living in Chicago isn’t simply a matter of inhabiting a great space. It’s inhabiting the great neighborhood, and the iconic city, in which the space exists. It’s finding other outstanding spaces in which to enjoy a food and bar scene with few parallels in the world. The best cocktail bars in Chicago are, simply, among the best places anywhere to indulge in a luxury libation. When you find your place to live in the city, be assured you’ll find your special place or places to live it up — no matter if the cocktail bars in Chicago that you favor are Lakeview lounges, Old Town taverns or Gold Coast cabarets. Cocktails at Every Corner Chicago’s best neighborhoods can each lay claim to some truly amazing destinations for craft cocktails. Here are some of our top places to savor unique and next-level concoctions in some of our favorite neighborhoods: Wicker Park: The Violet Hour makes demands on its patrons — no cellphones, no baseball hats, a request that you “do not bring anyone to the Violet Hour that you wouldn’t bring to your mother’s house for Sunday dinner.” Yet the James Beard Award winner gets away with it because of a slate of pre-prohibition-style artisanal libations, served in candlelit salons. Lakeview: Wrigleyville, where being something other than a Bud Man and a Cubs fan once drew scornful glances, can claim the coolest among the cool cocktail bars in Chicago with Mordecai and its upstairs offshoot, Hush Money, in the Hotel Zachary across Clark Street from Wrigley Field. The same team that developed Logan Square’s Billy Sunday has cultivated a menu of several rare distillates along with local craft beer. The Loop: The Chicago Athletic Association is a jewel on Michigan Avenue, an 1893 skyscraper with stunning views of Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. While scenesters vie for the view at the wonderful Cindy’s rooftop atrium bar, Milk Room will amaze the true cocktail connoisseur. A second-floor, eight-seat micro bar, Milk Room utilizes rare, vintage spirits and hard-to-find ingredients to build its takes on classic cocktails. River North: With a tagline like, “Come as you are, leave as you want to be,” The Drifter intoxicates with possibility. It has a rotating list of more than 100 cocktails — cultivated to capitalize on its basement space, a former speakeasy, below the Green Door Tavern. Nightly performances, from magicians to burlesque, add to the funky, forbidden flavor. West Loop: Grant Achatz is among the most famous chefs in the world and a bit of a gastronomic mad scientist. The Aviary, in which he is a partner, offers all manner of inventive intoxicants. Chicago craft cocktails get no craftier than drinks like the Junglebird, which plays with liquid densities to deliver drops of rum suspended in pineapple-lime syrup. Gold Coast: On the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel, Drumbar sets a luxurious tone with a dark, intimate indoor lounge, then marble floors and arched windows leading to one of Chicago’s premier rooftop spaces. With stunning views of Chicago, have an Old Fashioned or four — that’s how many varieties are on the cocktail menu. Or partake of one of many limited-release products meant to make the Drumbar drinking experience something that can’t be replicated elsewhere. Live on the Leading Edge There is no better way to keep up with the constantly evolving list of the top cocktail bars in Chicago than to live amid the shifting scene. Taking best advantage of Chicago’s trendy bars is as simple as finding the perfect home base by browsing Downtown Apartment Company’s listings.

New Loop Apartment Buildings of 2019

Gut rehabbed historic buildings turned into luxury apartments was 2019's trend in Loop construction. These three luxury Loop apartment buildings opened in 2019 and were rehabbed historic buildings. The Alfred by FLATS The Alfred apartments (named after architect, Alfred Alschuler) opened in the former Hartman Building, which was built in 1925. To keep the character of the building, the exterior brick and terra-cotta were repaired and many of the historic interior fixtures, like elevator doors and lights, were salvaged and used in the current design. The open layout apartments at The Alfred feature high, vaulted ceilings, in unit laundry, poured concrete or herringbone wood floors, with walk-in closets and dishwashers in select units. Residents have access to luxury functional amenities like the 13th floor lounge, a spacious outdoor terrace with seating and fire pits, and a coffee shop in the lobby. Millennium on Lasalle Each rental features stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, a tiled kitchen backsplash, and premium Italian cabinets in the kitchen, marble bathroom tile, in unit washer and dryer, and hard surface floors. Layouts include ample storage space-- even the efficiency studio floor plans include walk in closets. The apartments at Millennium on Lasalle are also pet friendly! Amenities include bike storage, co-working space with wifi, a movie theatre, dry-cleaning service, an expansive fitness center, an indoor multi sport court, a roof top pool with lounge space and grilling stations, a poker room, chef's kitchen, dog wash, 24/7 maintenance, and more! Millennium on Lasalle opened in the heart of the financial district in the Loop in fall of 2019. 330 S. Wells 330 S. Wells is a newly rehabbed historic insurance building. The boutique style building has a quiet, community feel despite being so centrally located. Interior finishes are stunning, with quartz countertops, GE stainless steel appliances, modern cabinets, and tile flooring throughout each kitchen, Brizo and Kohler plumbing fixtures in each bathroom, and an in unit washer and dryer in each apartment. The 16 story building houses retail and office space in addition to rental apartments. Both commercial and residential tenants get access to the bike storage room, fitness center, and rooftop lounge. The rooftop is complete with grill stations, fire pits, a chef's style "sky kitchen", and an indoor sky lounge. The 5th floor also houses a chef's style kitchen and lounge, as well as a yoga studio, conference room, and fitness center. Residents also enjoy controlled building entry, close proximity to the blue, red, and brown line CTA trains, and that these apartments are pet friendly. Looking for new luxury apartments for rent in the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Dog Friendly Spots Near The Loop

Seeing downtown Chicago is fun, but there's nothing that can't be made more fun by bringing your dog along! Here are some dog friendly places and activities to do with your pet near the Loop! 312 Chicago [caption id="attachment_23781" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of 312 Chicago[/caption] 312 Chicago is located in the heart of the theatre district in the Loop and serves northern Italian fare, brunch, bakery items, and craft cocktails. The charming patio is dog friendly and even offers homemade dog treats on Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 2pm. Insider tip-- bring your Christkindl Market mug to 312 Chicago for a complimentary refill of mulled wine with purchase through January 15th, 2020! O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe Enjoy waterside dining with your dog at O'Brien's Riverwalk Cafe. O'Brien's regularly hosts live music and is a festive place to celebrate favorite Chicago holidays (like dyeing the river green on St. Patrick's Day) as well as lesser known Chicago holidays (like Cheeseburger day). If you're looking to switch up the traditional patio scene, you might enjoy bringing your dog for a day on the Riverwalk! Mercury's Canine Cruise What's even better than the classic architectural boat tour? One that your dog can enjoy, too! Sightsee in Chicago's Loop along Lake Michigan and the river with your furry friend as you get a detailed tour of Chicago's architectural marvels. The 90 minute tour departs from 112 E Wacker Drive. There are dog water bowls and relief stations on board to keep the ride comfortable for your pet! [embed]http://youtu.be/coDU26L1xDQ[/embed] Small Dog Tea Party at the Drake Hotel February 9th, 2020 stop by the Camellia Room at the Drake Hotel from 1 to 3pm for the Small Dog Tea Party, hosted by the Dog Moms of Chicago. The tea party will have a Valentine's Day theme and all proceeds will go to local dog rescue organizations. Looking for dog friendly apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Great Deals on Apartments in the Loop

A new year (and new decade) means a new apartment! If you're looking to live in the Loop in the heart of downtown Chicago, here are some great new year specials on Loop luxury apartments. Studio- Property 46 $1755 (net $1609 with specials) available now! This Loop apartment building is offering great specials including 1 month free on vacant units and a $750 sign on bonus for students at Kaplan and nearby schools, as well as employees of select preferred employers. Find out if there are any apartment buildings offering specials and discounts for employees at your company! 1 Bed- Property 152 $1975 (net $1810 with specials), available now! Property 152 in the Loop is a beloved historic landmark with newly renovated interiors and amenities. This location is great if you're looking to be close to public transportation with convenient access to O'Hare and Midway airports, as this Loop luxury apartment is located less than a block from the blue, pink, green, orange, and brown line trains at Clark and Lake and two blocks from the red line at State and Lake. Get 1 month free when you lease a newly renovated apartment! 2 Bed- Property 85 $3022 available January 2nd This rental building on the Magnificent Mile offers spa like amenities, including a steam room, lounge pool, two fitness areas, a hot tub with a waterfall wall, a movie theatre, and multiple sun decks. This two bed two bath layout has a spacious living area, great storage space, and a modern kitchen. 3 Bed- Property 122 $4444 available now! This modern, soft loft apartment offers great separation between each bedroom, each bath, and the living space, making it perfect for roommates. Living in this 3 bedroom apartment with roommates comes out to less than $1500 per person, making it the most cost efficient option!   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New Years Eve in Chicago’s Loop

Whether you're a Chicago resident looking for a downtown "stay-cation" or in from out of town looking to explore Chicago, there are so many ways to spend New Year's Eve in the Loop! [caption id="attachment_23713" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Jude Beck[/caption] 360 Chicago 360 Chicago is the 94th floor observation deck at the John Hancock Center. 360's New Year's package includes unlimited rides on TILT, a firework display, a live DJ, party favors, drinks, and stunning views of downtown Chicago from over 1000 feet above the Magnificent Mile. [caption id="attachment_23717" align="alignnone" width="200"] Courtesy of Sapan Patel[/caption] ROOF on the Wit From 9pm to 1am on New Year's Eve, ROOF will be transformed into a French Riviera and Monte Carlo themed extravaganza, featuring gaming tables, acrobats, French cuisine from award winning chefs, an open bar, and music. This 27th story Loop rooftop bar is a great place to watch all of Chicago's lively festivities, city lights, and fireworks. [caption id="attachment_23715" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Billy Huynh[/caption] Hilton Chicago The Hilton is the happening place to be on New Years in Chicago! This multiple ballroom soiree features seven party areas, twelve acts, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and champagne, celebrity DJs, live casino, live video mixing, a confetti "storm" at midnight, table service, discounted hotel rooms, and more! It will be hosted by Kiss FM and televised by NBC 5. New Year's Eve Blast New Year's Eve downtown in any city can get pretty pricey. Looking for free things to do for New Years in downtown Chicago? Look no further! Enjoy fireworks and celebrations along the Riverwalk from Wolf Point to Lakeshore Drive with New Year's Eve Blast. You can also watch the midnight fireworks live on WGN. [caption id="attachment_23714" align="alignnone" width="300"] Courtesy of Max Bender[/caption] Travelle at the Langham If you're a foodie, head to Travelle at the Langham hotel for your New Year's Eve celebration. Enjoy a five course fine dining experience at Travelle, followed by an Andy Warhol's "silver factory" themed celebration at the bar. The dinner menu includes: Butternut Squash Soup with crème fraiche, Ossetra Royale Caviar, and chanterelle conserva; Rohan Duck Confit with beets, citrus, frisée, radicchio, braised salsify, and black truffle; Monkfish with Manila clams, bouillabaisse, braised fennel, and saffron touile; Wagyu Short Rib with pommes mille feuille, cippolini agrodolce, horseradish, and celery root; and Citrus Pavlova with grapefruit granita, black currant ice cream, and yuzu curd.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

11,000 New Luxury Apartments Still Not Enough For Demand

The supply of luxury apartments has doubled since 2015 and another 11,000 luxury rental units are in the pipeline. What's even more baffling is how quickly all these units are being absorbed. (To put this in context, the downtown market historically absorbs about 2,200 luxury rentals per year). Of the 30,000 luxury rentals in downtown Chicago, 46% have been built since 2015, and most of them have been leasing up quickly. So, who's renting all these apartments? For the sixth consecutive year, Chicago was named as a top corporate relocation target. According to articles in Multihousing Pro Magazine and Connect Chicago CRE News, the steady increase of job growth and corporate relocations is largely responsible for the absorption of the influx of luxury rental inventory. Ben Creamer, principal and managing broker of Downtown Apartment Company, says “Chicago continues to enjoy robust job growth, especially in the tech sector where jobs are concentrated in the city’s urban core (...) This perpetuates the increased demand for Class A rentals in the city, as does the large percentage of millennials and empty nesters who prefer renting to owning. With demand at an all-time high, expect to see rents continue to rise in tandem.” Speaking to the very different demographics dominating the market-- millennials and empty nesters, with Gen Z closely following-- means creating amenity spaces and design that will appeal to all of those groups. Another focus on amenity spaces stems from the expected wants and needs of Gen Z and millennials, demographics that tend to value prime locations, short commutes, great common spaces, and tech-integrated features and services and are willing to compromise on the square footage of actual units in exchange for those features. The increase of corporate relocations also means an increased demand for short term and corporate rentals. In response to all the corporate relocation traffic, some of the downtown buildings even offer incentives for employees of nearby companies. [caption id="attachment_23689" align="alignnone" width="300"] A new West Loop luxury rental building near McDonald's new headquarters, currently offering preferred employer incentives to McDonald's corporate employees[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago with preferred employer incentives? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Save On Apartments In The Loop

Living in the heart of downtown Chicago in the Loop doesn't have to be hard on your wallet. If you're interested in having the space of a 1 bed apartment but don't necessarily need a door, renting a convertible apartment is a great way to save on your rent! Many convertibles are like hybrids of studios and 1 beds, but these Loop convertible apartments have incredible separation. Some even have sliding doors, giving you a fully enclosed 1 bedroom without paying 1 bedroom rent prices. Property 82- Michigan/Lake This Loop apartment building has incredible convertibles. The sliding, light blue sea glass door fully encloses the bedroom, creating the same separation from your living space you would have in a 1 bedroom. Each unit features plenty of storage space and large kitchen islands as well as expansive, floor to ceiling windows overlooking views of downtown Chicago and the lake. Apartments in this building have in unit laundry. Property 41- Wells/Lake Travel for work often? Whether you fly out of Midway or O'Hare, this Loop apartment building is in a convenient location for direct access to the airport, less than a block from the blue line and two blocks from the orange line. With floor plans ranging in size from 652 to 968 square feet, the convertible apartments are more spacious than most 1 beds. Each convertible also has a sliding door, giving you a fully enclosed bedroom. Apartments in this building have in unit laundry. Looking for a great pet friendly apartment? The onsite dog run and pet amenities ensure your furry friends will love living here, too! Property 35- Wells/Randolph This historic high rise has fully renovated interiors and unique amenities (life-size chess, movie theatre, or hammock lounge, anyone?). The bedroom area is an enclosed alcove with a spacious walk in closet. Apartments in this building have in unit laundry. This building is offering 1-2 months free for a limited time! Living in the Loop gives you a central location to some of the best entertainment, convenient transit, and stunning outdoor amenities, like the Riverwalk and lakefront trail, in the downtown area! Looking for great deals on luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Holiday Lights in the Loop

If you're looking to see holiday lights in downtown Chicago, the Loop is the place to be! Here are some of our favorite places in the Loop to get in the holiday spirit. City of Chicago Christmas Tree [caption id="attachment_23647" align="alignnone" width="233"] Courtesy of Max Bender[/caption] The 106th annual Christmas Tree in Millennium Park was celebrated with a lighting ceremony in late November. However, the 60 foot evergreen will be brightening up the city every nigh through January. Menorah Lighting at Daley Plaza The annual menorah lighting in Daley Plaza is a great way to celebrate Hannukah! Enjoy food, drinks, and entertainment by AD the DJ and Charlie the Rapper. Museum of Science and Industry Holiday Lights & Christmas Around The World The 45 foot tree is adorned with 30,000 lights and surrounded by over 50 smaller trees, each decorated by volunteers from Chicago's different communities to reflect their cultures. The occasional indoor "snow" flurries add to the charming holiday ambiance. CTA Holiday Train Ever wonder why the downtown area is called "The Loop"? The neighborhood gets its name because the CTA L train tracks make a "loop" around the center of the city. During the holidays, hop aboard the CTA's holiday train for meet and greets with santa and his reindeer and holiday cheer. The special holiday trains are covered in multicolored lights, red bows, garlands, and candy cane striped ribbon. The tradition started in 1992 and has grown in popularity and decadence over the years. Click here for a schedule of when to check out the CTA holiday train. [caption id="attachment_23648" align="alignnone" width="226"] Courtesy of Sawyer Bengston[/caption] Macy's on State Street Macy's on State Street is known for having eye catching, festive windows. Step inside and head to historic The Walnut Room, where you'll see the Great Tree and enjoy a holiday themed cocktail. With the whimsical decorations in the Macy's windows, Christmas music coming from speakers in the flower beds, and tree covered lights, hopping along State Street takes on a whole new atmosphere Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

See Chicago’s Loop in One Of These Downtown Chicago Holiday Tours

The only thing that rivals summertime in the Loop is the holiday season in the Loop. Whether you're looking to see holiday lights, the striking architecture, or a little of both, here are some holiday tours to soak up festive holiday cheer. Chicago Architecture Center Holiday and City Lights See holiday lights in the Loop with the Chicago Architecture Center. During the 90 minute tour, you'll learn about the architects who shaped Chicago while seeing the dazzling city lights aboard a double decker bus. Tickets include admission to the Chicago Architecture Center within 7 days of your holiday tour. Tickets are available through the end of the year. The CAC will also be extending it's holiday season hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 8pm. Holiday Lights Segway Tour A segway is a unique way to see Chicago's downtown Loop. You get a more intimate and thorough look at the city than you would in a car but can cover more ground more quickly than on foot. See Cloudgate, also known as "The Bean", head down The Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, stop by Christkindl Market, and ride past the Art Institute. Holiday light segway tours run Wednesday through Sunday at 6pm until December 21st. Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Holiday Tour The holiday tour bus makes two stops-- one at the Christkindl holiday market in Daley Plaza, and another at Lincoln Park Zoo's Zoo Lights. Each rider will get a pair of 3D glasses, to view Zoo Lights at a whole new dimension, and a bag of Hot Cocoa Caramel Popcorn from famous Garrett's Popcorn. Private tours are also available. Click here for tickets! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago's Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Head To The Loop For Holiday Shows!

The Loop is home to Chicago's vibrant theatre district. Between Broadway in Chicago, live musical performances, dance, and smaller theatre productions, there are plenty of exciting and thought provoking shows to see. Here are some of the most popular holiday performances in the Loop. Joffrey Ballet's Performance of "The Nutcracker" The Joffrey Ballet's annual performance of The Nutcracker is a longtime holiday tradition. The classic ballet, composed by Tchaikovsky, follows the story of a young girl and her mother preparing for a Christmas dinner in 1892 just before the World's Fair. When everyone has gone to bed, the girl is transported to a dreamlike world where her Christmas gifts come to life. [caption id="attachment_22334" align="alignnone" width="485"] Courtesy of the Joffrey Ballet[/caption] The Nutcracker runs through December 29th at the Auditorium Theatre in the Loop. Click here for tickets. "Merry, Merry, Chicago!" at Chicago Symphony Orchestra In Merry, Merry, Chicago! the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform holiday favorites, carols, and an appearance by Santa Claus. The performance will be conducted by guest conductor, Emil de Cou, and runs December 14th-23rd. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZR66yr26-Fs[/embed] See below for the program! "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre A Christmas Carol has been a holiday favorite for over forty years. The story, originally written by Charles Dickens, follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he learns about compassion, kindness, and redemption. Tickets are available through December 29th. [caption id="attachment_22341" align="alignnone" width="573"] Courtesy of the Goodman Theatre[/caption] Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Cadillac Palace Theatre Broadway in Chicago's White Christmas is sure to leave you full of holiday cheer! Choose Chicago says White Christmas is full of, "dancing, laughter, and some of the greatest music ever written". Don't miss out! This Broadway musical only runs through mid December. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the Loop's theatre district? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Downtown Apartment Company Culture: An Inside Look

Ever wonder what it's like to work at Downtown Apartment Company? If you're looking for a career that keeps you on your toes, where everyday is different, and you can always learn something new, with a culture of welcoming, hardworking, approachable team mates, the DAC pack may be the right fit for you! Here's an inside look at what it's like to work at DAC. You'll Have A Growth Oriented Environment DAC is a growth conducive environment. The leadership is extremely approachable, cares about agents' personal and professional fulfillment, and encourages trying your best without fear of failure. Managing broker, Ben Creamer, recently sat down with Chicago Agent Magazine to discuss learning and coaching from your mistakes. “There’s no greater source of teachable moments than your own personal experience in the business" he said. The article also discussed how Ben and the DAC leadership develop agents by running through problem solving exercises. “Regardless of whether they give the right answer, they’ve learned something valuable through the thought process.” He emphasized the importance of putting your team first, being humble, and preparing your team for a range of situations, as well as having a team with diverse skill sets and knowing how to play to everyone's strengths. There's No Shortage of Things To Do Between team events, like the famous annual DAC Holiday party, industry exclusive looks, like hard hat tour previews, and whole industry networking opportunities, like broker open houses and new inventory openings, there's no shortage of team building and professional development activities at DAC. "I love working at DAC because my calendar is so full" says Alexa Morgan, an agent at DAC. "There's always an opportunity to build great, lasting relationships whether its with other members of the team or other industry professionals." There's Never A Dull Moment No two days are the same at Downtown Apartment Company. The constant influx of new rental inventory, new clients, a growing team, and regular agent trainings, there's no shortage of new places to see, things to learn, or people to meet. DAC broker, Adam Valentino, says "The market is booming and areas that weren't as residential have been rapidly growing and are therefore, now in higher demand. The popularity in these rapidly growing areas brings new real estate inventory, restaurants, green space, and an overall developing sense of community, so even as a local there's always something new to learn about the city because of how regularly it's growing and changing." Due to the growing team, Downtown Apartment Company recently opened an innovative new office in River North. [caption id="attachment_23667" align="alignnone" width="654"] The Conference Room at Downtown Apartment Company’s New River North Office Space[/caption] If you like being in a fast-paced environment that regularly challenges you to learn, DAC could be the place for you.   At DAC we build our team based on our values of integrity, desire to learn, resourcefulness, work ethic, professionalism, and above all else, kindness, with culture as our top priority. If DAC sounds like the right fit for you, contact us or email your resume to Kati at careers@downtownloop.com.

West Loop Dog Friendly Restaurants

Your furry friends shouldn't have to "sit" and "stay" home while you soak up all the West Loop has to offer. Bring them with you to these dog friendly spots in West Loop. [caption id="attachment_22316" align="alignnone" width="453"] Ericka Rios, Director of Leasing, with Ruben Oliver, the "DAC Doodle"[/caption] Saint Lou's Assembly- 664 W Lake St The patio at Saint Lou's Assembly is a prime pooch social spot. Bring your dog for a "dog beer", which comes in a regular beer-esque bottle. Stop by for one of many dog oriented events, like the dog halloween costume contest! [caption id="attachment_22313" align="alignnone" width="463"] Courtesy of Saint Lou's Assembly[/caption] Wishbone West Loop- 161 N Jefferson St Chef Joel Nickson serves up southern classics and a mix-and-match menu of side dishes. Wishbone has been a West Loop favorite for 30 years. Their dog friendly patio is a great place to go for Monday through Friday happy hour light bites, including fried chicken sliders, jambalaya, and catfish nuggets. City Mouse Chicago- 311 N Morgan St Looking for great brunch in West Loop? Look no further! City Mouse Chicago serves up seasonally inspired fare in the Ace Hotel. Dogs are welcome in the indoor lounge, where both you and your pet can order food. The pet menu includes meat based items and water is served in doggie bowls. The "human" lounge menu has great selections and happy hour specials as well. A reservation is recommended for the dog friendly lounge area. [caption id="attachment_22311" align="alignnone" width="433"] Photo Courtesy of Anjali Pinto, citymousechicago.com[/caption] Kuma's Corner- 852 W Fulton Market Kuma's Corner is known both for serving up some of the best burgers in the city with unique twists, as well as their support of local heavy music artists. Bring your pet to their dog friendly patio to check out their eclectic menu and hear a great mix of Chicago heavy musicians. You can also listen to the Kuma's playlist on Spotify.   Looking for dog friendly apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop History on Halsted: Athenian Candle

Halsted Street in West Loop is known for its high density of Greek shops, restaurants, museums, and other cultural sites, many of which are long time neighborhood treasures. Athenian Candle is a specialty spiritual goods shop that's stood the test of time as Halsted Street has evolved over the past century. Athenian Candle was founded nearly 100 years ago by Themistocles and Efthimia Godelas in 1920. This fourth generation store is the only original Greek Town business standing. [caption id="attachment_22287" align="alignnone" width="446"] Themistocles Godelas in the original Athenian Candle store in the 1940s[/caption] Athenian Candle offers over 7,000 products, including handmade candles as well as cultural and spiritual goods imported directly from Greece for use in special events and ceremonies. Products range from incense, essential oils, statues, rosaries, tapered candles, oil lamps, books for a variety of religious and spiritual faiths, and English/Greek greeting cards, and Greek flags and cook books, to Greek wedding and baptismal items like stafana (wedding crowns) and martirika (baptismal ribbons). Each year, Athenian Candle produces thousands of hand dipped paraffin and beeswax candles, ranging from 8 inches, for candles lit during most Sunday liturgies, to 5 feet, for candles used in wedding and baptismal ceremonies. These specialty candles are then sold in both the Halsted Street store and online and via catalog worldwide. The use of top quality paraffin and beeswax is crucial, as most religious and spiritual groups do not condone burning animal fat. Athenian Candle also offers candle burning and other on-site services. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xw6j8fhrM38[/embed] With the blend of historic character and modern additions, Greek Town is a cultural cornerstone of West Loop. Greek Town is conveniently accessible from most of the city via the CTA blue line, the metra trains at Union and Ogilvie stations, and the Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, making it an equally as convenient place to live as it is to explore on weekends. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Halsted Street in West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Apartments: The Venn

The Venn is a new set of  luxury apartment towers in the West Loop coming to the corner of Madison and Green. The 586 unit rental project is being developed by The John Buck Company, Lendlease, GREC Architects, and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation and will include studio, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments as well as town homes. Each town home will have its own private entrance at ground level, which will surround the building's parking garage so it is not visible from the street. [caption id="attachment_22191" align="alignnone" width="432"] Courtesy of GREC[/caption] The name, "The Venn" comes from the idea of the overlapping communities of each tower, joined by the shared amenity space, like a Venn diagram. The Venn is situated in a prime location, just a block west of bustling Halsted Street, two blocks from the UIC Blue line CTA, walking distance to the Metra at Union and Ogilvie stations, blocks from the Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways, two blocks south of Restaurant Row on Randolph Street, and less than a block from Mariano’s and Whole Foods grocery stores. Residents can check out the Green City farmer’s market, movies and yoga in the park, and a whole host of other neighborhood events at Mary Bartelme Park, which is located one block southwest of The Venn. The outdoor amenities include an expansive green space with a pool, lounge seating, cabanas, fire pits, a dog run, and outdoor dining areas. Indoor amenities include co-working spaces, a game room, a chef’s kitchen, and a fitness center. There will also be 11,000 square feet of onsite retail space. The interiors of these luxury West Loop rentals will feature stainless steel appliances and white quartz finishes. The Venn will begin preleasing in spring of 2020.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Old Main Post Office Redevelopment

The West Loop Old Main Post Office has been closed since 1996, but following the recent major redevelopment, is now welcoming its first tenants in the newly revamped building at 433 W Van Buren. The structure was first built in 1922 and greatly expanded in 1932. At the time, Montgomery Ward and Sears were the largest retailers in the United States and the post office needed to expand its capacity due to all the mail order traffic the two retailers brought in. There were a few variations on proposals for the building's redevelopment from 2011 to 2014, but none that secured the proper funding. In the interim, when it was not being used as a post office but prior to the redevelopment, the Old Main Post Office was used in filming for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon films. In 2016, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel threatened that the city would take possession through eminent domain if it remained undeveloped. The owner, Bill Davies, sold the Old Main Post Office later in 2016, just one day before his passing. The 2.8 million square foot building has already secured large tenants including Walgreens, which will be relocating from Deerfield, as well as Ferrara Candy, The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, and Uber. The lobby at the Old Main Post Office will also feature a food hall which is open to the public. There will also be a plethora of tenant amenities, including a bar and bocce court on the second floor, a gym with free weights and a boxing ring, and scattered luxury meeting and co-working spaces throughout the building. [caption id="attachment_22182" align="alignnone" width="585"] Courtesy of Michael Zajakowski[/caption] The mail chutes have been repurposed as architectural accents. [caption id="attachment_22179" align="alignnone" width="640"] Courtesy of Michael Zajakowski[/caption] Roughly 16,000 new employees will work in the building, stimulating the Southwest Loop area along the river, where office buildings and high-rises meet. [embed]https://vimeo.com/287470483[/embed] The Old Main Post Office redevelopment is consistent with the trend of corporate relocations and new amenity filled office construction in the West Loop. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

McDonald’s West Loop Corporate Headquarters Relocation

The West Loop has been an attractive spot for corporate relocations the last two years. McDonald's garnered significant attention in 2018 when it moved its headquarters from its home of 47 years in Oakbrook to downtown Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. The new headquarters office building was built at the former site of Oprah's Harpo Studios. The relocation brought over 2000 jobs downtown and had a positive impact on this year's earnings. CEO Steve Easterbrook says the move downtown was motivated by a desire to become a more modern company by tapping into a wider range of top talent and being hip with trends in food and beverage-- both things he hopes will be improved by being being centrally located right on Randolph Street. Easterbrook also noted that the downtown move has had a positive impact on recruiting. McDonald's received over 200,000 job applications sine their relocation, which is a large increase from years prior. [caption id="attachment_22163" align="alignnone" width="555"] Courtesy of McDonald's[/caption] The new McDonald's headquarters features a restaurant with menu items from around the world which is open to the public. The second floor houses Hamburger University, where McDonald's trains its managers. The third floor has a test kitchen for new potential menu items and the sixth floor has an employee cafe with co-working space, a barista style coffee bar, and an IT help bar. Over 300 conference rooms equipped for audio and video, cafe style meeting spaces, unassigned benches and cubicles, and large meeting spaces are scattered throughout the building to promote collaboration. The innovative headquarters has multiple open floor plan sub office "neighborhoods", each with private phoning rooms, tables, meeting rooms, and lockers. Last but not least, the ninth floor features a fitness center and terraces overlooking the city. [caption id="attachment_22152" align="alignnone" width="454"] Courtesy of McDonald's[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments from rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The West Loop: A Hub For Higher Education and Medicine

The West Loop is home to many of Chicago's higher education institutions. Whether you're looking for a four year degree or a specialized technical certification, the West Loop is full of excellent schools and training programs. The University of Illinois Chicago UIC is a public research university which offers degrees in the arts, business, humanities, sciences, technology, health care, public administration, and urban planning. Although many students opt to live on campus, UIC is largely a commuter school with many students living in apartments in the West Loop and other nearby neighborhoods. UIC is also easy to access with a blue line stop just a block from campus and the Halsted bus #8, which runs right through campus. [caption id="attachment_22143" align="alignnone" width="428"] Courtesy of UIC[/caption] Rush University and Medical Center Rush University is the private, academic branch of Rush University Medical Center. Rush University has colleges of nursing, health sciences, and medicine, as well a graduate college. Whether you're looking to become an internist, speech pathologist, speech pathologist, or researcher, Rush University has highly regarded accredited programs and is well known for its advanced research. Rush University and Medical Center are located just off the Polk green and pink line stop, which provides access to Oak Park through the West Loop and downtown to the Loop. Paul Mitchell School of Chicago Do you have a passion for styling hair? The Paul Mitchell School  offers placement assistance and career path planning with hands on experience on the floor throughout the program. Students also get access to prestigious additional programs and experiences, including the opportunity to attend events like Caper, Beacon, and the North American Hair Styling Awards. The Paul Mitchell School is located off Halsted near Maxwell Street with service from the Halsted bus #8. [caption id="attachment_22145" align="alignnone" width="364"] Courtesy of The Paul Mitchell School Chicago[/caption]   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop 2019 Apartment Lease Ups in Review

2019 was a busy year for both residential and commercial development in West Loop. The residential inventory went above and beyond in terms of visionary design and creative amenities. These four West Loop apartment buildings stole the show with their lease ups this past year. The Van Buren Although the Van Buren opened September 15th of 2018, most of their lease up took place in 2019. Residents of The Van Buren love that this boutique style midrise offers a quieter, more private feeling atmosphere while still offering the advantages of luxury high rise living, like resort style amenities, great management, and curated social events. Between the light finishes, large windows, and high ceilings, the apartments at The Van Buren are filled with natural light. 727 West Madison 727 West Madison opened its doors to its first residents December 1st of 2018. This high-rise is striking, rising nearly 500 feet with its glassy elliptical shaped exterior, and is known for being the tallest skyscraper west of the highway. The curved exterior makes each unit feel like a corner unit with panoramic views of the city and skyline. The high ceilings, eye catching metallic accents, and elegant terrazzo flooring add to the lobby's grandeur. 727 West Madison exudes elegance from the moment you walk in. The Mason The Mason opened its doors in spring of 2019 and filled up quickly. Residents love the unique design and trendy accents throughout the building. Black matte appliances and distressed kitchen backsplashes against white tile, quartz countertops, and wide plank grey flooring give apartments an elevated twist on the standard black, white, and grey palette. No detail was spared, especially in terms of lighting. From the street outside, you'll notice the eye catching multi-tiered chandelier that hovers above what feels like most of the room next to the lobby. The Edison bulb pendant lighting hangs above kitchen islands and the frameless bathroom mirrors are complete with excellent built in lighting around the perimeter. Milieu Milieu residents first moved in September 3rd of 2019. In addition to the wonderful amenities like a fitness center, dog run, outdoor terrace, media room, pool and spa, and several other resident spaces, Milieu adds its own creative touch. Residents enjoy having an onsite barista crafting complementary La Colombe coffee drinks, a hammock lounge area, and an outdoor fitness area. Additionally, residents on the 18th floor have access to club level living services, which include in home package delivery, daily newspaper delivery, morning coffee and refreshments, monthly housekeeping, priority parking, and monthly happy hours. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New Soft Loft West Loop 3 Beds For Rent

Looking for 3 bedroom apartments for rent in West Loop? Check out these soft loft new construction rentals! Property 120- Randolph & Halsted This building's curved exterior and floor to ceiling windows offer stunning views of downtown Chicago. The two toned interiors, dark hallways, and soft loft accents give this  three bed its distinct West Loop character. The kitchen features quartz countertops, Whirlpool stainless steel appliances, a tile backsplash, a full size washer and dryer, a Nest thermostat, and a spacious island with room for barstool seating. The master bathroom features a frameless glass shower and double vanity sink. The other full bathroom features a soaking tub. There is also an additional half bath off the kitchen area. This layout starts at $4756. Property 17- Jefferson & Lake This three bed, three bath apartment offers great separation and newly renovated interior finishes. The kitchen features granite countertops and stainless appliances, including an in unit washer and dryer. This layout is unique-- two of the three bedrooms have their own ensuite bathrooms and walk in closets so that there are effectively, two master beds. This apartment also has two balconies, one off the living space and one off the second bedroom. This three bed starts at $4419 for an immediate move. Property 171- Ada & Randolph This contemporary West Loop three bed features black, matte finishes, Edison bulb pendant lighting, a distressed, two toned metal kitchen backsplash, and premium blackout roller shades in the bedrooms as well as convenient features like full sized in unit laundry, a built in "tech shelf" with USB outlets, and a keyless electronic entry system. Both bathrooms have double vanity sinks and great "selfie" lighting around the mirrors. Despite the large, open layout, the spacious kitchen peninsula creates separation between the kitchen and living areas. An expansive patio spans most of the length of the living space. This layout starts at $4700 with 2 months free on select lease terms. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Penthouse at 727 West Madison

Looking for a luxe penthouse for rent in West Loop? Look no further! This 2 bed 2 bath penthouse at 727 West Madison features elegant finishes, stunning views, and state of the art amenities in a prime location. Take in 360 degree views of downtown Chicago, amplified by the floor to ceiling windows and 10 foot ceilings. The kitchen finishes and appliances are top of the line with Grohe Concept faucets, a marbled backsplash, Viking stainless steel appliances, spacious quartz countertops, a wine fridge, a six burner gas range, ample storage space, a Nest programmable thermostat (which you can also control remotely), soft close cabinetry, and hard surface plank flooring throughout. The bathrooms feature Kohler fixtures, a frameless glass shower, a stand alone soaking tub, double vanity sinks, premium tile, and plenty of storage. The custom walk in closet and built in shelving systems make closet organizing a breeze. The layout of this spacious penthouse makes it feel like a full home perched in the skyline. Enjoy the space and separation of a home with the amenities of a high rise. Indoor amenities include a private rooftop sky lounge, a TV and media theatre, a lounge with a coffee bar, coworking space, conference rooms with presentation screens, a club room with pool tables, private party rooms, an expansive club grade fitness center, a yoga studio, Peloton bikes, and a pet spa. [caption id="attachment_22067" align="alignnone" width="539"] Skylounge, Courtesy of 727 W Madison[/caption] Outdoor amenities include the resort style pool and spa, pool side cabanas, sun terrace, outdoor grills and seating, and the dog park and water station. Residents also get access to convenience services like 24 hour concierge, wifi throughout the common areas, curated resident events, package lockers, EV charging stations, bike storage and repair, and away from home services. This West Loop penthouse at 727 West Madison is located conveniently on Halsted and Madison, a couple blocks from the highway and UIC blue line stop, with service to O'Hare and the Loop, and is less than a block from Whole Foods and Mariano's super markets. This penthouse is priced at $10k per month. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Time Out Market: Coming Soon!

Looking for a place to eat with friends can be tricky in West Loop because there are so many great options-- it's hard to agree on just one! That's where Time Out Market comes in...If you haven't already jumped on the food hall trend, it's not too late to start! Food halls are essentially a trendier take on the classic food court, with kiosks where patrons can get their favorite items from a variety of local restaurants. [caption id="attachment_22020" align="alignnone" width="380"] Rendering courtesy of Time Out Chicago[/caption] Time Out Market Chicago is the second largest Time Out Market, after the Lisbon location and will be opening soon in Fulton Market. The 500,000 square foot, three story food hall will house 18 kiosks which will vary in cuisine and style, from fast casual to high end Michelin starred fare. The venue will also have three bars, a demonstration kitchen, and event space, complete with bleacher seating. So far, the chef roster includes Jimmy Bannos Jr. of Purple Pig, Thai Dang of HaiSous, Brian Fisher of the Michelin starred Entente, Bill Kim of Urban Belly ramen, Dana Salls Cree of Pretty Cool Ice Cream, Zoe Schor of Split Rail fried chicken, Edward Kim of Mott St., and Art Shabez of The Art of Pizza. [caption id="attachment_22022" align="alignnone" width="528"] Courtesy of Mini Mott by chef Edward Kim[/caption] Chefs have one year contracts, which they can renew, but Time Out is looking to keep bringing in new dishes and concepts to keep things fresh and interesting for customers. Time Out also shared a vision for the space to function as a multipurpose venue for private events and weddings. According to Chicago Eater magazine, customers can expect to spend about $20 to $30 on lunch or dinner. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near the West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Looking For Things To Do in West Loop This Weekend?

It's that time of year-- it's too cold to do fall things and not quite holiday season. Fortunately there are plenty of things to do near West Loop this weekend! Brooklyn Boulders Try rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders with or without ropes. Brooklyn Boulders offers intro classes for beginners as well as memberships for more regular climbers. Gear rental and climbing shoes are included with your reservation. [embed]https://youtu.be/b8GSF6Ni9vo[/embed] Emporium Fulton Market Spend your evening having some nostalgic fun at Emporium bar and arcade. Enjoy pool tables, pin ball machines, air hockey, ski ball, arcade games, and a full live music events calendar. Bad Axe Throwing Looking for a new activity to spice up your usual weekend plans? Check out axe throwing! (Think: a heavier version of darts). Walk ins start at $27 per hour, or book a group ahead of time for $35 per person flat rate. Get in free on your birthday! Open Books Open Books is a nonprofit book store with a selection of over 50,000 donated books. Stop by the location at 651 W Lake for the Snowy Soiree holiday party on November 20th at 5pm to support literacy. Your tickets get you half off any books you purchase plus free gift wrapping! Bottom Lounge Bottom Lounge has a full calendar of live music. Check out Jaymes Young and Phil Good this Saturday or click here for a full schedule of upcoming concerts [caption id="attachment_22001" align="alignnone" width="466"] Courtesy of Bottom Lounge[/caption] National Hellenic Museum The National Hellenic Museum on Halsted Street is the first and only major museum in the nation dedicated to Greek-American culture. Try one of the weekly event offerings, like Greek dance classes, or attend one of their annual events, like the gala or golf outing. Take a tour of the museum which concludes with a visit to the building's rooftop overlooking the skyline, weather permitting. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Epiphany Center for the Arts

The former West Loop Church of the Epiphany, at 201 S. Ashland, is being converted into one of the newest event venues and art centers. The high ceilings, mosaics, and historic windows add to the striking elegance and charm of this space, which will be used to house local art events and private events like weddings and rehearsals. [caption id="attachment_21989" align="alignnone" width="403"] Courtesy of Epiphany Center for the Arts and Chicago Tribune[/caption] When owner and developer, David Chase, initially applied for liquor and entertainment licenses, West Loop residents had trepidation about what they interpreted as the conversion of this historic landmark into a nightclub. However, Chase explained that his vision for the site was to "not to profit, but to 'activate' something beautiful for the community that would preserve the architectural glory of the church". He explained plans to turn it into a single destination wedding and event venue and 42,000 square foot hub for a multitude of practicing artists, including several distinct spaces. These include Epiphany Hall, located in the venue's sanctuary with capacity for 1000 people, The Sanctuary, an upstairs lounge with live magic and cabaret performances with a 100 person capacity, and The Catacombs, an underground space for live jazz performances that holds 400 people. Chase has emphasized that he intends to keep Epiphany Center for the Arts open to the public as much as possible, with public live music and events booked on Sundays through Thursdays and weddings predominantly on Fridays and Saturdays. The church was originally built in 1885 in Romanesque style, complete with a bellower and sandstone exterior. The historic West Loop gem was the site of many historically significant events, like the funeral of Mayor Carter Harrison Sr. following his assassination, an event profiled in Devil in the White City. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

West Loop Buildings With Electric Car Charging Stations

As electric vehicles have become more popular, newer construction buildings have begun to include electric car chargers in their garages. With so much new rental inventory in the West Loop, many buildings in the neighborhood offer electric car charging. [caption id="attachment_21850" align="alignnone" width="470"] Courtesy of Chicago Tribune[/caption] 727 W Madison 727 West Madison is known for being the tallest downtown building west of the highway. It just opened in Q4 of 2018 and has built a reputation for being the pinnacle of luxury in West Loop. Among its many top of the line amenities, 727 W Madison offers electric vehicle chargers in the garage. [caption id="attachment_21843" align="alignnone" width="479"] 727 W Madison also offers pet amenities like the large dog runCourtesy of 727 W Madison[/caption] Spoke Spoke offers many state of the art amenities, like a recording studio and video gaming lounge, so it's no surprise Spoke's garage features electric vehicle charging stations as one of its many amenities. [caption id="attachment_21846" align="alignnone" width="384"] Take in skyline views from one of many rooftop loungesCourtesy of Spoke Apartments[/caption] [caption id="attachment_21849" align="alignnone" width="376"] Spoke's whimsical resident loungeCourtesy of Spoke Apartments[/caption] Arkadia West Loop Arkadia is only a few years old, but its amenities recently underwent a significant renovation, keeping it highly competitive with this year's brand new inventory. One of Arkadia's modern features is electric car charging in the garage. [caption id="attachment_21852" align="alignnone" width="350"] Arkadia is known for its expansive amenity deck-- one of the largest in the city!Courtesy of Arkadia West Loop[/caption] Landmark Landmark has a wide selection of parking amenities in addition to electric car chargers. Choose from monthly or hourly parking options or discounted rates on the on site Zipcars. Enjoy discounted parking for guests and on site eco friendly car washes from in house vendor, Sparkl. [caption id="attachment_21840" align="alignnone" width="330"] Residents love the tranquil rooftop poolCourtesy of Related[/caption] What if you're out and about in West Loop and need a quick charge? Here are some public EV charging locations downtown! Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop with electric car charging stations? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

The West Loop: Downtown Chicago’s Transit Hub

Whether you're looking to commute downtown to the Loop, out to the suburbs, or to the furthest stretches of the Earth, the West Loop is outfitted with so many transit options that it makes most commutes a breeze. Union and Ogilvie Stations Whether you take the Metra to the suburbs or the Amtrak even further, both Ogilvie and Union Stations are right on the boarder of the West Loop. [caption id="attachment_21834" align="alignnone" width="200"] Courtesy of Union Station[/caption] Blue Line CTA to O'Hare International Airport The blue line train runs through West Loop at UIC on Halsted and on Clinton, providing a quick and efficient way to get to O'Hare, taking you anywhere in the world! Skip the unpredictable rush hour traffic on I-294, save your Uber fares, and take the blue line instead! Green and Pink Line CTA to Rush University Hospital and the Loop Catch the green and pink line trains the the Loop at Ashland and Ogden, on Clinton and Lake, or at the Morgan Street L station, which has been in operation since the 1800s and is located right on the bustling Restaurant Row strip on Randolph Street. The green line is also a convenient way to Rush Hospital and University. [caption id="attachment_21831" align="alignnone" width="520"] Courtesy of CTA[/caption] Highway Entrances It seems like half of rush hour traffic is sitting in the downtown area before you even get on the highway. Live in the West Loop and skip it with the nearby highway entrances on nearly every block from Ogden to Van Buren. Hop directly on I-94 or I-294. Work Remotely? If you work from home and don't commute, the West Loop could still be the most convenient neighborhood for you, too. There's no shortage of co-working spaces and coffee shops. [caption id="attachment_21828" align="alignnone" width="473"] Courtesy of WeWork[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Must-Try West Loop Coffee Shops

Whether you're looking for a place to work from home, dive into a good book, or make a quick caffeine stop on your morning commute, these West Loop coffee shops are worth checking out! [caption id="attachment_21649" align="alignnone" width="544"] Courtesy of Sawada Coffee[/caption] Fairgrounds Coffee Fairgrounds is located on Fulton Market and Ada and features unique takes on coffeeshop favorites. This West Loop coffee shop can be your one stop shop around the clock. Stop in for all day breakfast, super food elixirs, an expansive variety of coffee, and great happy hour specials each day of the week in the evenings. If you're looking for coffee shops open late, Fairgrounds stays open until 8pm on weekdays. Are you a fan of last year's big trend, nitro cold brew? Check out Fairgrounds' nitro matcha. [caption id="attachment_21646" align="alignnone" width="456"] Courtesy of Fairgrounds Coffee[/caption] Limitless Coffee Limitless Coffee's bright interior is both energizing and tranquil-- perfect for focusing. Whatever you're looking for in a coffee shop, from something conducive to large meetings to a place where you can spread out in peace and quiet, Limitless has all the bases covered. Each high top table has its own small dry erase board. There are plenty of outlets along the booths and comfortable lounge chairs, as well as several large meeting tables, one of which has a large dry erase board.   [caption id="attachment_21642" align="alignnone" width="466"] Courtesy of Limitless Coffee[/caption] The menu features classic coffeehouse favorites as well as "instagrammable" unique lattes, like the popular rose beet and charcoal glitter lattes pictured below. Limitless also offers smoothies, kombucha, tea, bulletproof coffee with MCT oil and collagen protein add ins, and a great keto friendly menu featuring multiple stellar avocado toasts and an avocado and egg umami biscuit that will leave you both full and wanting more. [caption id="attachment_21643" align="alignnone" width="492"] Traditional, rose beet, and charcoal glitter lattes. Courtesy of Limitless Coffee[/caption] Sawada Coffee Sawada Coffee is owned by world renowned latte art expert, Hiroshi Sawada, and is located at 112 N Green Street, near many of the new office developments that house tech companies and notable headquarters in the area. Patrons love the industrial aesthetic and quirky charm (namely the pinball machine, ping pong table, and punching bag). Pro tip: Tired of waiting in line every Saturday morning at River North's Donut Vault for your donuts? Grab your Donut Vault favorites at Sawada Coffee! [caption id="attachment_21652" align="alignnone" width="390"] Courtesy of Sawada Coffee[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Penthouses at Arkadia

Arkadia West Loop has four new luxury two and three bedroom penthouses available, each with it's own terrace and unique layout. All penthouses feature white quartz countertops, two toned white and espresso cabinetry with soft close drawers, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, white glass mosaic tile backsplashes, gas stoves, frameless glass showers, hard surface floors throughout, walk in closets, and side by side full sized laundry. The floor plans below of the available units show unique features of each penthouse. #3305 The terrace in unit #3305 spans the length of the apartment with floor to ceiling windows, allowing in maximum natural light. The kitchen island in the center creates more separation between the living and dining areas. #3304 The terrace in apartment #3304 also spans the length of the unit, then opens up into a larger square terrace, perfect for entertaining or setting up outdoor furniture. The kitchen and living space is more open, with a peninsula adding counter space in the kitchen. #3302 This 3 bed penthouse has an abundance of closet space, with two large closets in the master bedroom. The kitchen opens directly into the dining area, making this layout the most open. #3301 #3301 is a 3 bed 3 bath penthouse with lots of separation between the living area and bedrooms. The double vanity in the master bathroom and extra hall closets are star features of this layout. Arkadia is known for having one of the largest amenity decks in a residential building. The 24,000 square foot outdoor terrace features lounge seating, a fire pit, outdoor dining areas with grills, a resort-style pool and hot tub, and putting green, as well as stunning views of the West Loop and Chicago skyline. Arkadia's fitness center features both cardio and strength training equipment, a stretching area, and towel service. Entertain guests (and yourself) in the game room, complete with a billiards table and big screen TV, or head to the reservable resident party room and chef's kitchen. Work from home in the technology lounge, equipped with complementary coffee, or anywhere else in the building, as all common areas have complimentary Wifi access. Residents also enjoy conveniences like a private dog run and grooming station, a 24 hour on site micro market with food and beverage options, 24 hour concierge and maintenance, 24 hour package receiving, storage, a bike room, attached parking garage, and electric vehicle charging stations. Check out the gallery below for more photos! Looking for luxury penthouses for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New West Loop Office Buildings Feature Apartment-Like Amenities

The West Loop office market saw a huge increase in momentum in 2018 and is not showing signs of slowing up anytime soon. The West Loop has become an attractive area for tech companies, many of which appear to place an emphasis on employee work-life balance and healthy lifestyle. In turn, newer office building developments have started to include features and amenities geared toward the desires of these tech-culture companies. The amenities in many of these office buildings resemble the amenities you might see in residential buildings in the area. 320 N Sangamon is a 13 story office tower that recently broke ground in what was formally the AmeriGas Propane facility. The Fulton Market building will feature 268,000 square feet of office space, 7,800 square feet of ground level retail space, and plenty of additional amenity space. Office tenants will enjoy use of a fitness center with group fitness classes, a lounge space with curated services, a bike room, and an open-air communal penthouse with an outdoor terrace and fire pits. 320 N Sangamon has a 2021 expected completion date. [caption id="attachment_21588" align="alignnone" width="370"] Courtesy of Tishman Speyer[/caption] 176 N Halsted (also known as 167 N Green Street) is a planned 15 story commercial development with 234, 600 square feet of office space with additional retail space. Amenities will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, multiple outdoor terraces, a drawing room, and a group fitness studio. Renderings also include a walkway between the development's two buildings. [caption id="attachment_21583" align="alignnone" width="519"] The amenity deck at 176 N Halsted, Courtesy of Shapack Partners[/caption] 333 N Green Street is another creative Fulton Market office and retail space, being developed by Sterling Bay and designed by Gensler, in the site of what was formerly Coyne College. As far as amenities go in West Loop office space, 333 N Green takes the cake. Office tenants will have access to a skydeck overlooking the skyline, a lounge with grab-and-go food service, a bar, gaming area, a full service fitness center (that looks more like a health club), yoga studio, shuttle service to and from Ogilvie and Union stations, bike room, conference center, 24-hour door staff, on site retail, parking, and valet dry-cleaning. [caption id="attachment_21585" align="alignnone" width="466"] Courtesy of Sterling Bay[/caption]   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

845 W Madison: New West Loop Apartments Coming in 2020

845 W Madison sits in a prime West Loop location-- less than a block from neighborhood favorite, Mary Bartelme Park, two blocks from the trendy "Restaurant Row" strip on Randolph Street, and just three blocks from Fulton market, the highway entrance, and blue line to O'Hare and the Loop. 845 W Madison is also less than a block from Whole Foods and Mariano's grocery stores. The development is just up the street from last year's 727 W Madison high rise, known for being the tallest building downtown west of the highway. This new West Loop apartment building will include 586 rental units, featuring one, two, and three bedroom apartments, as well as 10,000 of ground level retail space. Additionally, 845 W Madison will include 14 rental duplex townhomes, each with a private entrance. [caption id="attachment_21570" align="alignnone" width="482"] The 2-level townhomes will create a quaint neighborhood ambiance around the base of the developmentCourtesy of GREC[/caption] The two towers will rise 15 and 17 stories and will be connected by a two level podium which will contain the retail space as well as parking. An amenity deck will sit atop the podium and will be shared between the two residential towers and townhomes. The amenity deck will include an outdoor pool, lounge seating, grills, fire pits, and open green space for residents. Other building amenities will include a fitness center, co-working space, recreational courts, a game room, and other common space. 845 W Madison is slated for completion Summer of 2020 and is being developed by Lendlease Development and The John Buck Company and designed by GREC Architects. The site was home to H2O Skincare before the company moved its headquarters to San Francisco. [caption id="attachment_21574" align="alignnone" width="594"] Renderings courtesy of GREC Architects[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Nobu Chicago Hotel: West Loop’s Luxe New Addition

2019 has been a big year for West Loop hotel development. Early next year, its likely Nobu Chicago will join the likes of the Fulton Market's Hoxton and Ace Hotel, two West Loop hotels that both made splashes as hot spots for locals. The 12 story boutique West Loop hotel has been highly anticipated since it broke ground three years ago. The Nobu brand has garnered a loyal consumer base and a reputation as the pinnacle of trendiness and modern luxury. Nobu Chicago was designed by Modif architecture and features interiors by local Studio K interior design firm. With its minimalist lobby, dimly lit zen hallways, and generous placement of candles in common areas, as well as the dark accent walls and sleek lighting in its 115 guest rooms and suites, Nobu Chicago will combine the casual sophisticated ambiance of the West Loop with influences from Classical Japanese art. [caption id="attachment_21471" align="alignnone" width="450"] No detail was spared in the design of Nobu's guest rooms. All pictures courtesy of Nobu Chicago[/caption] The indoor pool, rooftop lounge, and restaurant and bar concepts are likely to be lively hangouts for West Loop locals and visitors alike. The 10,000 square foot Nobu restaurant will occupy the ground level retail space and feature both indoor and outdoor bar and lounge space along Randolph Street. The first Nobu restaurant opened in New York in 1993 and is among the most popular of the 10 locations, along with Malibu, CA. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa says his team will be using all local ingredients. His fresh take on upscale Japanese fare grabbed the attention of actor, Robert De Niro, who became an investor in Nobu Chicago. The West Loop is eagerly awaiting the completion of the Nobu hotel. Its as if the three years of delays and a change of developer and ownership have only increased the buzz and anticipation of this new hot-spot-to-be. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Union West: West Loop Luxury Apartments

Looking for new construction apartments in the heart of West Loop? Union West offers a prime location on Washington Boulevard. Residents love that the calm of Washington Blvd is sandwiched between the lively Restaurant Row strip on Randolph to the north and coffee-shop lined Madison Street to the south. Union West is also adjacent to neighborhood gem, Mary Bartelme park, where West Loop residents flock for the Green City farmers market, yoga in the park, movies in the park, and more! Union West is also just two blocks from the Morgan CTA L station to the Loop as well as a few blocks from the Metra and Amtrak stations. Enjoy amenities galore at Union West apartments. Conveniences like on-site pet amenities, bike amenities, 24 hour package receiving, electric car charging stations, co-working space with conference rooms, high speed internet, and printing, and the fact that you can access the rooftop fitness center 24/7, make living in this West Loop community a little simpler for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle. However, when you're looking to ick back and relax, there are plenty of spaces to entertain yourself or guests. The multiple outdoor terraces are complete with fire pits, an outdoor pool with cabanas, lounge furniture, and grill stations. In the winter, head to the yoga and spin studios, one of several resident lounges, or the aqua lounge for indoor entertainment. From the warming drawers in the private dining room to the steam room and sauna in the spa area, no detail was spared. Each apartment comes equipped with a full sized washer and dryer in unit, Nest thermostat, high ceilings, USB charging ports, premium finishes, hard surface flooring throughout, rain shower heads, walk-in closets, and Whirlpool appliances, with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and terraces, concrete flooring, and quartz or granite countertops in select units. [caption id="attachment_21464" align="alignnone" width="308"] Pictures Courtesy of Union West Apartments[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

Downtown Chicago Things To Do This Weekend

Looking for things to do in downtown Chicago this weekend? From Lincoln Park to the South Loop's Museum Campus, here are some great ways to enjoy what downtown living has to offer! Spice Up Your Morning Yoga Looking for mix up your Saturday morning yoga practice? Get more grounded at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. Every Saturday morning at 8:30am, join all varieties of butterflies in the Butterfly Haven for butterfly yoga. Tickets are $15 in advance. [caption id="attachment_21422" align="alignnone" width="400"] Courtesy of Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum[/caption] Elevate your yoga practice (to about 1,000 feet) with a 60 minute vinyasa style class in the 94th floor Hancock Observatory in Gold Coast. Stop by every Saturday or Sunday at 9am to take in unobstructed views of the downtown Chicago skyline and lakefront. Bring your own mat to class. Tickets are $18 in advance and include a day pass to the observatory. Fall Festival at Maggie Daley Park Fall is in the air! Head to Maggie Daley Park of Michigan Avenue in the Loop for this free outdoor event, 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, October 19th. Enjoy games, crafts, and fare along the skating ribbon. Afterward, head to the Arts in the Dark parade on State Street. [caption id="attachment_21425" align="alignnone" width="504"] Courtesy of Eventbrite[/caption] Imagine the Moon Sky Show at Adler Planetarium This show is the Adler's newest addition and explores how the moon has been the inspiration for human creativity. The run time is 30 minutes and tickets can be purchased here. Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art This annual festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Gold Coast celebrates the cultural exchange between writers and visual artists from Mexico City and Chicago. Stop by Saturday, October 19th for readings, artist talks, performances, showcases, and a magazine finale to conclude the event. [caption id="attachment_21416" align="alignnone" width="500"] Courtesy of Lit & Luz Festival[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

New Rental Construction From CMK in the South Loop

CMK has had quite a few new residential developments in South Loop, especially in the past two years. From earlier projects, like the successful lease up of 1333 S Wabash, to newer projects, like two towered Coeval or the multiphase Riverline development, as well as several condo developments, CMK has garnered significant attention for their back to back high volume deliveries of luxury inventory. These are some of the more recent rental developments in CMK's portfolio. 717 S Clark  The most recent CMK development to break ground is 717 S Clark. 717 S Clark is a glassy new rental apartment development that began construction in Printer's Row this year in what was the former site of Palmer Printing. The 29 story residential luxury high rise will house 329 units and was designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. It is slated for 2020 delivery. [caption id="attachment_21312" align="alignnone" width="571"] Courtesy of Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture[/caption] Riverline Riverline will be an 8 acre community with 1000 feet of continuous riverwalk. CMK is developing the southern portion of the 15 acre parcel, the northern 7 acres of which are being developed by Lendlease as the Southbank development. Riverline will feature 10 new residential buildings in addition to an abundance of public green space. The Riverline project was masterplanned by Perkins+Will architecture. [caption id="attachment_21315" align="alignnone" width="632"] Courtesy of Perkins+Will[/caption] Coeval Coeval, on 14th and Wabash, is a two towered development offering amenities and boutique style rental apartments in one tower and condos in the other, as well as 10,000 square feet of retail space. With over 15,000 square feet of amenities, residents have access to a roof terrace, fire pits, a fitness center, co-working space, and indoor and outdoor lounge an entertainment space as well as indoor and outdoor dog amenities. Coeval apartments began leasing in early 2019. [caption id="attachment_20341" align="alignnone" width="477"] Courtesy of Coeval[/caption] Looking for luxury apartments for rent near Chicago's South Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!

2019 West Loop Hotel Development Boom

In 2015 the West Loop started to see the first wave of a residential development boom, followed by an influx of new office development in the past two years. This year, the West Loop is seeing an increase in hotel development. Hotels Locals Love Currently bustling hotels, including The Hoxton, Ace Hotel, and Soho House, have become social hubs which seem to be frequented at least as much by locals as out of towners. The top notch restaurant, coffee shop, and bar concepts in each of these West Loop hotels are major draws, namely Cabra-- a Peruvian concept by Girl and the Goat's Stephanie Izard and one of this year's hottest new restaurants-- located on the rooftop of The Hoxton. The Allis at Soho House and Waydown at Ace are both high-traffic spots locals frequent as part of the neighborhood nightlife scene. [caption id="attachment_21236" align="alignnone" width="614"] Cabra Chicago at The Hoxton Hotel[/caption] Hyatt House When Sterling Bay and Skender Development broke ground on Hyatt House in 2018 it was slated to be the first extended-stay public lodging option in Fulton Market. Hyatt House opened this summer with 200 rooms. Unlike The Hoxton, Ace Hotel, and Soho House, Hyatt House functions more as a traditional out-of-towner lodging place and meeting space and less as a local night life destination. Coming Soon After several delays, Nobu hotel is slated to open on Randolph Street's "Restaurant Row" in early 2020 with 115 rooms. It's rooftop bar and sushi concept is highly anticipated, making it likely to be another trendy spot locals love. The Nobu project was first announced in 2013 and highly publicized in part because of the notoriety of one of it's owners, Robert DeNiro. Equinox hotel, by Related Midwest, is a mixed use high rise development that will feature 240 rooms, as well as 30,000 square feet of amenity space and 370 residential units. The 58-story development will be geared toward fitness-focused clientele and locals looking for a wellness based "staycation". Another boutique hotel was approved this summer for a Pendry concept at 1043 W Fulton Market. The Pendry will be on the smaller side, at 12 stories with 200 rooms. Part of the Pendry will be allocated to full time office space, making its rooms a convenient choice for office tenants bringing in out-of-towners. Last but not least, Chicago-based Marc Realty is developing a 250 room Standard Hotel at 1234 W Randolph, just west of City Winery. The Standard will feature a ground level restaurant concept, expansive terrace, and rooftop bar or restaurant concept. It will likely cater its restaurant and bar concepts to local traffic. [caption id="attachment_21239" align="alignnone" width="717"] Rendering of Nobu Chicago, Courtesy of Bisnow[/caption] Proposed Developments In July F & F Realty and FitzGerald Associates Architects proposed a new hotel development at 920 W Lake that will likely be a more affordable Marriott concept upon completion. This proposed project is just up the street from another proposed hotel at 800 W Lake by North Park Ventures and GREC Architects.   Looking for luxury apartments for rent near West Loop? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!   By Sophie Morrison

Must-Sees at Open House Chicago

The Chicago Architecture hosts Open House Chicago, a free public festival which showcases 350 downtown Chicago architectural gems, every October. From well known skyscrapers, to repurposed mansions, contemporary high-rises, and historic landmarks, get a behind the scenes look at stunning Chicago architecture across 39 neighborhoods. This year, check out these stunning residential apartment buildings garnering attention from the architecture world for their exemplary design. Essex on the Park This Michigan Avenue high rise first broke ground in 2017 and was designed by Chicago based firm, Hartshorne Plunkard. Essex rises 680 feet and offers sweeping views of Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Among many other resort inspired amenities, the crowned jewel of Essex on the Park is the four story indoor winter garden, complete with an infinity pool overlooking the park. [caption id="attachment_21213" align="alignnone" width="589"] Indoor Winter GardenCourtesy of Essex on the Park[/caption] Aqua This internationally acclaimed mixed use skyscraper was designed by Jeanne Gang and James Loewenberg, is 859 feet tall, and functions as apartment rentals, condos, 55,000 square feet of retail and commercial office space, and a luxury hotel concept, Radisson Blu Aqua. The amenity deck spans over 82,000 square feet and features indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, gazebos, lounges, a rooftop running track, and more. Residents and hotel guests enjoy direct access to the Pedway as well. Aqua has won numerous awards for its innovative design, including the 2009 Emoris "Skyscraper of the Year" award. [caption id="attachment_21214" align="alignnone" width="562"] Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Center[/caption] The Alfred Before it was converted into 176 luxury apartment rentals last year, The Alfred was known as the Hartman Building, originally built in 1924. Each unit has been renovated with modern finishes but retains some of its historic character, such as the herringbone inlays in the flooring and Chicago style windows. It is one of several Loop office buildings this year that has been successfully converted into luxury rentals. [caption id="attachment_21217" align="alignnone" width="491"] Courtesy of Flats Chicago[/caption] 465 N Park Designed by Pappageorge Haymes Partners in 2016, this Streeterville apartment high rise is as eye-catching on the inside as it is on the outside. 465 N Park's cylindrical, metallic exterior creates stunning views whether you're inside or outside the building. It reflects sunrises, sunsets, the lake, and the city and also maximizes stellar views for residents from the inside with its cylindrical shape, giving every unit the "corner unit" feel. [caption id="attachment_21223" align="alignnone" width="486"] Courtesy of 465 N Park[/caption] Open House Chicago will take pace October 19th-20th. Click here for a full roster of sites. Looking for luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We'd be happy to keep you in the Loop!     By Sophie Morrison