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The Chicago Loop, a Neighborhood Rental Guide

Having an apartment in the loop offers renters spectacular architectural displays.

Renters will have the chance to enjoy everyday views of iconic skyscrapers-ranging from the former Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower) to the John Hancock center-or easy access to the best eateries on the Chicago River or the most famous beaches along Lake Michigan. Renting an apartment in Chicago's Loop puts tenants at the center of a celebrated theatre district, a long list of legendary dining. Renting an apartment near Chicago's Loop makes shopping a breeze on State Street and commuting throughout the city in a snap.


Apartment rents near the Loop can vary greatly. New luxury apartment buildings near the Loop offer spectacular amenities.


Get ready for a fast paced, business oriented, and exciting life amongst Chicago’s Loop.


Between the Chicago residents and the visiting tourists, you can expect an energetic community in the Loop. With luxury highrises near the Loop popping up regularly, the energetic streets have become even more lively.


Named after the Loop of the CTA trains, you can also be catch a Metra train or you are close to Kennedy and Eisenhower expressways.


The Loop is home to many tourist attractions: Buckingham Fountain, The Willis Tower, and The Bean are just a few.


Because it is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, all CTA trains offer service into the Loop. This makes commuting around downtown, with out a car, a breeze. The Loop’s central location means almost everything is a walk, a bike ride, or quick

2 cta routes

3 bus routes

7 metra routes

25 notable landmarks

Recreation / Entertainment

In the Loop, some of the most important and best-known buildings are frequented by hundreds or even thousands of people each day; both tourists and residents. From monumental skyscrapers to innovative sculptures, the Loop prides itself on its rich and unique history.

Buckingham Fountain

One of the largest fountains in the world, this Chicago landmark is located in the center of Grant Park in the Loop.

Chicago Theatre

Originally known as the Balaban and Katz Chicago Theatre, this Chicago Loop landmark is located on North State Street.

Art Institute of Chicago

This landmark is known as an encyclopedic art museum and is located in Grant Park.

Grant Park

A large urban park that features some of Chicago’s most notable and prized landmarks.

822 restaurants bars & coffee shops


The Loop offers many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops so you can expect a spot to eat on almost every block of the loop. Whether you enjoy high-end award-winning dining, or are just looking for a quick bite to eat, the Loop provides a variety of dining options to satisfy your needs.


Casual Dining

Fine Dining

Fast Food

Toni Patisserie Café

A scrumptious bakery/cafe offering from-scratch French-style sweets and savories for dine-in or takeout near the Loop.


A festive Cuban cafe in the Loop known for its sandwiches, also serving coffee drinks, milkshakes, and other bites.

Intelligentsia Café

A high-end coffee bar chain in the Loop serving daily deliciously roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting.

Caffé Rom

European-style cafe near the Loop offering breakfast items, sandwiches, and panani in a high-end and bright space.

Lavazza Café

A bright and modern coffee shop near the Loop serving up authentic Italian espresso drinks, sandwiches, and sweets.

Argo Tea

A chic and contemporary cafe/shop near the Loop serving loose-leaf teas and coffee, plus tea-infused sandwiches and pastries.

Elephant & Castle

Stop by Elephant & Castle if you like to eat, drink, and enjoy pub fare & brunch in an unpretentious setting in the heart of Chicago's Loop.

The Gage

An inventive American style bar with a long list of beer, a lively space, and Millenium Park Views in the Loop.

Tutto Italian Restaurant

Standard Italian fare in a homey space, with a room decked out like a train car and sidewalk seating near the Chicago Loop.

Blackwood BBQ

BBQ as a sandwich, salad, or platter, served with regional sauces and sides in a modern, counter-served digs. A favorite casual dining spot in the Loop!

Rosebud Prime

A classic Chicago steakhouse fare in a clubby two-level space with a high-end, warm, and romantic atmosphere centered in the Loop.

Lockwood Restaurant

Upscale, imaginative New American dining amid elegant surrounds in the Palmer House Lobby in the Loop.


Modern velvet-trimmed dining room serving upscale Italian dishes matched to a huge wine collection.


Seasonal, inventive, upscale American in a brick and wood interior evoking classic Chicago vibes in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Panda Express

Fast-food chain for Chinese standards, including kids options. A good spot to grab a quick bite during a day of shopping near the Loop.

Max’s Take Out

Tiny American take-out spot serving burgers, hot dogs, sausages, and more. Halal items are also available.

Epic Burger

Part of a local Chicago Loop fast-service chain that uses natural and organic ingredients in its burgers and shakes.

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Mexican chain for counter-service, custom burritos, tacos, and more, including some health-conscious options.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

New Jersey-based counter-service sandwich chain serving jumbo subs filled with cold cuts and toppings.

Noodles & Company

Counter-service chain offering international noodle and pasta dishes from Wisconsin mac ‘n’ cheese to pad Thai.

Nightlife / Bars

The Loop is primarily a business district, but there are some solid leisure spots if you know where to look. Whether you're looking for a quick craft beer before heading home or a bit of jazz and karaoke, these are bars for blowing off some post-work steam near the Loop.


The Bar Below

This watering hole with an easygoing vibe offers classic pub grub, craft beer and weekly improv shows near the Loop.

Roof on TheWit

A summer hotspot on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel with skyline views of Chicago's downtown Loop, an upscale feel, and fine cocktails.


Sleek open space in the Swissotel lobby with seasonal snacks and light fare along with craft cocktails.

Brando's Speakeasy

Intimate lounge/club delivering drinks, karaoke, and dancing in a vintage space in a historic building.

Sidebar Grille

Bar & grill serving an eclectic menu among walnut tables, leather booths, and plasma screen TVs.


The lobby of the Mercantile Building houses, this modern eatery serves contemporary American dishes in the Loop.


The Loop has been a shopper's paradise for more than a century and is anchored by State Street, located in the heart of downtown. The Loop offers a wide variety of shopping experiences, from upscale boutiques to discount outlet malls, and everything in between.

700+ retail shops

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Luxury Apartments at 111 West Wacker Drive

With spectacular unobstructed views east and west along the river and north over both River North and the Gold Coast the apartment's renters will find at 111 West Wacker Drive are among downtown Chicago's most luxurious. Designed as a series of interlocking blocks, the rental complex answers both the Chicago River and its neighborhood with a cut that runs from the building's base to its penthouses, wrapping the building in a recessed glass ribbon. As it climbs the tower, that ribbon becomes opportunities for balconies and green spaces. Wrapping its 25th floor, the ribbon ties into the setback of the building's neighbor before wrapping again into a green roof atop a podium then continuing skyward. To simply describe the effect as "ultra luxury" is an understatement. Originally developed by Related Midwest, the apartment complex at 111 West Wacker Drive is in an amazing location overlooking the main branch of the Chicago River. It's just steps from the downtown theatre district, dozens of foodie-heaven restaurants and the iconic attractions that quite literally define downtown Chicago's landscape. The building at 111 West Wacker offers prospective renters options including-studios, convertibles, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, three-bedroom rentals and stunning penthouse apartments-all featuring nine to ten foot tall ceilings. It also boasts a list of in-building amenities that really make this complex of luxury rentals stand out of the downtown crowd. It would actually be fair to describe the amenities 111 West Wacker boasts "hotel-level" and renters will no doubt agree. The tower has an ultra-modern exercise facility, a theatre, a game room, party rooms and a large indoor pool with a sun deck. 111 West Wacker will also offer its renters 24-hour door service and 445 garage parking spaces. The 504 extraordinary apartments there will start at $1,600 per month. If you're interested, just contact Downtown Apartment Company for a private viewing of this new luxury high-rise in downtown Chicago. Schedule a tour today by completing the form below. One of our agents will get back to you shortly!

Luxury Apartments in the Loop at 73 East Lake

Designed to complement an urban renter's active lifestyles, the 42-story luxury high-rise apartment tower located at 73 East Lake Street-between Michigan and Wabash-at the North edge of The Loop, is a truly stunning addition to Downtown Chicago's residential offerings. It's a 332 unit all-rental building that features a mix of convertible, one- and two-bedroom luxury apt. residences; the towering glass structure will be seeking LEED Gold certification and boasts amenities including a 24-hour concierge service, a full-service gym, a rooftop terrace, a screening room and 178 reserved onsite parking spaces.   Renters will be able to invite their friends or family to join them at 73 East Lake's Penthouse Sky Lounge and Sky Deck; an outdoor lounge area adorned with a fireplace, gas barbeque grills, a demonstration kitchen, flat screen televisions and private dining. Residents entertaining small groups will be able to take advantage of the downtown high-rise' 160 inch screen "home" theatre. Fitness minded renters will have an easier time keeping up with their demanding exercise routines in any one of the apartment building's three different gyms. 73 East Lake Street boasts a state-of-the-art "Fitness Gym" that features weights, cardiovascular equipment and strength training equipment. A "Fitness Plus Studio" that offers space for floor exercises and provides Fitness on Request software for fitness classes anytime. And a "Core Workout Gym" that features Life Fitness Synergy360 machines and a full equipped training center.   Each apartment at 73 East Lake includes GE Energy Star stainless steel appliances, engineered hardwood flooring, 9 foot or 9.5 foot ceilings, full-sized washer and dryers, Venatino Quartz countertops, Kohler fixtures, double-bowl vanity sinks, pendant lights and so much more. Dog owners will even have the building's Pet Spa and the enclosed dog run on the eighth floor at their disposal. We look forward to you calling Downtown Chicago your home.   If you're interested in renting a one- and two-bedroom apartment at 73 East Lake, just contact Downtown Apartment Company for a private viewing of this new luxury high-rise in downtown Chicago.  Complete the form below and one of our agents will contact you shortly!