18 Hot Chicago Apartments

Be it fratty floor-mates or a perpetual dripping faucet, sometimes you're driven to the decision not to resign that lease. But since looking for a new apartment is a full-time job, we've taken it upon ourselves to find 18 fabulous pads that are house-warming-party-worthy in more ways than one. Nestled in six rad Chicago 'hoods and equipped with a variety of amenities to suit all lifestyles (pet, parking, and otherwise), you better start packing those boxes — these hot properties won't last for long.
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Photo: Courtesy of Echelon at K Station; Apartments.com; Alta at K Station; and 1313 West Randolph Street.
West Loop
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353 North Desplaines Street (at Echelon at K Station) (at Kinzie Street and Milwaukee Avenue); $1,830.

One of the newest high-rises in the West Loop also happens to be one of the most luxurious in the area, so this definitely feels like a grown-up abode — right down to the classy, modern kitchen and spacious living space. Along with having a killer location close to numerous public transportation, dining, and entertainment options, onsite amenities like a grilling patio, cabana-lined pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, and 24/7 concierge will have you living in your own little world — or, one-bedroom.

180 North Jefferson (between Lake and Randolph Streets); $1,574-$1,981.

You may be in a studio, but with amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor resistance pool, theater room, library, and killer rooftop deck, you’ll be living like royalty — even if you have to consolidate that shoe collection. This pet-friendly pad boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, wood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Oh, and sorry. There are no chances of meeting Mr. Right in the laundry room — you’ve got your own in-unit washer and dryer.

555 West Kinzie Street (at Alta at K Station) (at Clinton Street); $1579 to $1725.

This eco-friendly studio is living proof that good things really do come in small packages. For starters, despite boasting spacious closets, there’s still enough space to outfit an in-unit washer and dryer. And, with a separate kitchen and dining nook, you won’t be forced to eat in your living/sleeping space (seriously, nobody likes crumbs in bed). When it comes to the building amenities, there’s everything from an outdoor spa and swimming pool to a sports court and 22-seat theater. Being a homebody never sounded so good.

1313 West Randolph Street (at 1313 Randolph Street Lofts); $1780 to $1810.

A gorg loft in a historical 1920s building? Yes, please! Aside from the obvious soaring ceilings and spacious quarters that come from living in a loft, you’ll find track lighting, in-unit washer and dryer, quartz countertops, Italian cabinetry, and a badass soaking tub for those romantic relaxing nights in. While there are a host of incredible building amenities like a bar and lounge area and clubroom equipped with a pool table, residents with wheels will appreciate the indoor, heated parking garage. Lest you never have to scrape another window before work again.
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Photo: Courtesy of 1130 South Michigan; Astoria Tower; 1401 South State; and Roosevelt Collection.
South Loop
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1130 South Michigan Avenue (in 1130 South Michigan Avenue Apartments) (at Roosevelt Road); $1,161-$1,424.

Work in the Financial District? Then this studio is in perfect proximity for you to ditch public transport and walk to work — and Grant Park, and Museum Campus. Features like FREE wireless Internet and light-blocking shades score points in our book, but those with Fido for a roomie will appreciate the 24-hour doggie deck. New this summer: Club 2 — the rad, new amenities feature a wine cellar, complimentary beverages, pool, sun deck, fitness center, and more.

8 East 9th Street (at Astoria Tower); $1,686-$1,711.

This may be a studio, but with floor-to-celling windows and a sunset view, you’ll feel anything but claustrophobic. Hardwood floors, top-notch kitchens, and double-insulated sliding glass doors aren’t perks but standard amenities. The indoor pool, onsite spa, and fitness center make this property feel like a resort (we likey), and because the building is green, there’s even an electric-car-charging station. Added bonus? It sounds pretty cool to say you live in “Astoria Tower.”

1401 South State Street (at 1401 South Apartments) (at East 14th Street); Starting at $1,635.

While this loft is made of concrete construction, floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing, sweeping views of the cityscape give this space a warm, urban vibe any city dweller would love — including us! And when it comes to conveniences, the community amenities — ranging from a dog run (with bathing station) and fire/barbecue pit to on-site dry cleaner and fitness center — leave little to be desired.

150 West Roosevelt Road (at Roosevelt Collection) (at South Clark Street); Starting at $1,880.

Loft living, upgraded! Beautiful hardware floors, stainless steel appliances, rainshower fixtures, and carpeted living rooms make this space homey without losing that raw, loft feel. While you can play a round of billiards in the loft lounge, or work up a sweat in the fitness center, the Showcase ICON Theater is right out your doorstep when you’re in the mood for a little entertainment outside of your abode. Then again, you do have your own balcony to hang out at…
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Photo: Courtesy of Realty & Mortgage Co. and Domu.com.
Clockwise from top left:

1400 West Edgewater Ave (between North Glenwood Avenue and North Clark Street); $1,045.

Andersonville is one of our favorite places to find yummy treats and artsy boutiques, and this one-bedroom apartment is in prime location for all of it. Even if the prospect of waking up and enjoying some of the best brunch (M. Henry is around the corner) in the city doesn’t appeal to you, maybe the hardwood floors, recently remodeled kitchen and bath, and free heat and hot water will. The building is close to some major bus lines and 10 minutes from the Red Line, but another great option is to get a bike. With Clark Street just a block away, you’ll be able to explore everything the neighborhood offers, like the perfect latte, best craft beer, or a show at Improv Olympic.

1255 West Bryn Mawr (between Lakewood and Magnolia avenues); $750 to $925.

This studio may be located in a vintage walk-up but it’s equipped with modern updates like an intercom entry system and 24-hour laundry in the building — even heat and electric are included in the rent. If you’re going a little stir-crazy just walk several blocks along quiet, tree-lined streets and you’ll hit the lake. And because It’s just two blocks away from the El, you get the perfect combo: the unique charm of Andersonville with easy access to the big city.

5645 North Wayne Ave, #1S (between West Bryn Mawr and West Hollywood avenues); $915.

Boasting a spacious living room and sunny bay windows, this charming one-bedroom apartment makes staying in a pleasure. Onsite laundry, free heat, and hardwood flooring throughout add to the goodness of this 800-square-foot unit. There’s room for two, and cats are allowed, but if you’re living solo and feel like you need to fend off some future cat-lady vibes, just head toward the many eclectic shops and restaurants in the area.
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Photo: Courtesy of Trulia.com
Wicker Park
1814 West Thomas Street, #1R (between North Honore and North Wood streets); $1,175.

Wicker Park is one of the most desirable places to live in Chicago, and in this unit just steps away from Division Street, you’ll be right in the heart of the action. One bedroom in 700 square feet might not be your most spacious option, but it’s a small sacrifice to make to find trendy shops, delicious restaurants, and bars on your doorstep. Still, the amenities are nice — the kitchen and bathroom were remodeled in the last five years.
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Photo: Courtesy of Craigslist and Apartment Savvy.

1500 W 19th St (between S Ashland Avenue and South Laflin Street); $800.

Located right in the heart of Pilsen, this newly remodeled one-bedroom apartment will place you in the center of a vibrant neighborhood bursting with character. If you love Mexican food, then you’ve found your heaven, as the area’s largely Latino population serves up some of the most authentic dishes you’ll find in the city. At the same time, award-winning restaurants like Nightwood Kitchen reflect the growing diversity occurring in the area. This pad is located in the more residential side of Pilsen, where you’ll be surrounded by small businesses and local shops, but head east toward Halsted and you’ll find a booming art scene. Even though the area is up-and-coming, Pilsen still retains a true neighborhood feel, making the community the perfect place to call home.


1550 Blue Island Avenue (between 15th and 16th streets); $1,400.

The Near West Side may not be the first place you think of for luxury living, but this gorgeous loft might make you reconsider. The one-bedroom space features an in-unit washer and dryer, large bathroom, and a granite kitchen with an island for guest seating. The building is guarded by a doorman (safety first!) and has amenities like a fitness center, event/party room, and bike storage. The most beautiful thing about the unit? The incredible views you’ll get of Chicago from your east-facing balcony.
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Photo: Courtesy of Trulia; M. Fishman & Co.; and Easy Leasing Chicago.
Logan Square Clockwise from top left:

3808 West Dickens Avenue, #2 (between North Hamlin and North Avers avenues); $825.

We understand that not everybody is making bank, so we’ve found a beautifully remodeled one-bedroom apartment that might be a little out of your comfort zone geographically but right within your price range. This vintage building is located in the southwest area of Logan Square, and while you might not be as close to the hub of the neighborhood, you’ve got access to a small park just a short walk away for those who prefer solitude. The unit itself is fully updated, with a new kitchen and richly colored crown molding throughout. Pets aren’t allowed though, and this unit comes with a few more rules: You’ve got to have an income at least 2.5 times the rent, stable employment for at least six months, and no previous evictions.

2647 North Spaulding (at West Schubert Avenue); $1,295.

Chicago’s public transit system is a godsend for those who don’t have cars, but the convenience offered by a nearby El is usually offset by the constant noise of the trains. Not so in Logan Square — the Blue Line stop here is underground, which means that you get the luxury of living a block from the station without having to deal with any of its ugly sound effects. Laundry is located elsewhere in the building, meaning you won’t have to deal with any rumbling at home either. Instead, stretch out and relax in this one-bedroom unit with a spacious living room, dining area, and walk-in closet.

2418 North Sawyer (between West Altgeld Street and West Fullerton Avenue); $1,450.

If you want your apartment to feel like a real home, this one-bedroom unit is the place for you. With separate living and dining areas, a large kitchen, and tons of closet space, there is lots of room for two — and bring your pets because both dogs and cats are welcome. Features like a butler’s pantry, fireplace, and free heat create a space for cozy living. You’ll be walking distance from the Blue Line, which means you don’t necessarily need a car. But if you do, then you won’t have to worry about finding a place to put it because free parking is included in your rent (score!).

2300 North Spaulding (between West Belden and West Fullerton avenues); $1,250.

Many people might consider Wicker Park and Bucktown the be-all, end-all for Chicago’s young, hip residents, but Logan Square is giving them a run for their money — seriously! The rent of this stylish one-bedroom is similar to what you might pay for a studio in the neighboring ‘hoods. The building surrounds a landscaped courtyard, and the unit features spacious living and bedrooms, plenty of closet space, and lots of windows to brighten it up. Details like exposed brick walls, free heat, and street parking are added perks that explain why lots of folks are making the move.