11 Chicago Dream Apartments To Rent Right Now

Photo: Courtesy of 73 East Lake.
There’s been a huge construction boom in Chicago as of late — especially in downtown, where thousands of luxury high-rise apartments have cropped up over the past year. So what makes these towering new additions to the skyline so special? Top-of-the-line features and finishes inside the units and, more importantly, the incredibly extravagant amenities (think rooftop pools and tricked-out fitness centers).

Want to see what kind of paradise you could be calling home? We surveyed the city's ever-changing rental landscape to find the best of the best. Click through to tour some of the most luxe options Chicago has to offer.
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Photo: Courtesy of Eight O Five.
Eight O Five's ideal River North location — near several restaurants, bars, shopping, convenient stores, and CTA brown and red lines — might be what initially draws residents, but its amenities put it over the top. Each element has been designed to cater to an elevated lifestyle, from the 33rd-floor rooftop pool, sundeck lounge, and fire pit to the secure dog run with heated pergolas for colder months.
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Photo: Courtesy of Eight O Five.
The building itself is architecture with a soul, displaying high-end artwork throughout the lobby and hallways. There are several floor plans available, so you can choose which one suits your needs best. If you want more space, the penthouse or townhouse units would probably appeal most to you, but you can also scoop up a 779-square-foot one-bedroom for $2,400/month. See a list of all available units here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Arkadia Tower.
For the last few years, Greektown has been overlooked when it comes to luxury rentals, but Arkadia Tower's 'hood is incredibly convenient. It’s right next to 90/94; is a shorter walk to the Loop for downtown commuters; and has a Whole Foods, Mariano’s, and Walgreens within a block of one another on Halsted Street. And then there's the building itself, which has several amenities, including a massive 24,000-square-foot rooftop deck with phenomenal city views that will take your breath away.
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Photo: Courtesy of Arkadia Tower.
Rents range from $1,780 for a studio through $7,250 for a penthouse. A few two-bedroom and three-bedroom penthouses are available from $6,250 to $7,250 right now, if you're willing to pay for the extra amenities these apartments offer: private balconies, oversized walk-in closets, custom wide-plank floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Photo: Courtesy of 73 East Lake.
At only 42 stories, 73 East Lake might be on the small side for these luxe buildings, but its top-floor amenities — which include a bar and private dining room with direct access to an outdoor terrace and roof deck — pack a major punch. And there are even more amenities in the lower portion of the building: an indoor pool with a hot tub with a 20-foot waterfall; a steam room and sauna; two additional resident lounges; a demonstration kitchen; a business center with two conference rooms and a media room with theater-style projection. The fitness center on the 10th floor overlooks the pool area and has an independent yoga studio. A setback on the parking podium allows the ninth floor to lead out to yet another outdoor terrace with additional seating and fire pits.
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Photo: Courtesy of 73 East Lake.
Rents for these apartments range from $2,314 to $4,453, and there are a variety of plans to choose from. Spacious three-bedrooms, for example, include dedicated computer niches, ideal for a home office, large walk-in closets complete with built-ins, GE Energy Star stainless steel appliances, and in-unit full-size washer/dryers.
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Photo: Courtesy of 500 LSD.
500 Lake Shore Drive is a 42-story, 500-unit ultra-luxury apartment tower just steps from Navy Pier and popular shopping and dining destinations along Michigan Avenue. Developed by Related Midwest in 2013, the tower includes a mix of studio, convertible, and one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of downtown Chicago. Each unit features gourmet kitchens with custom Snaidero cabinetry, quartz countertops with white marble mosaic backsplashes, and professional stainless steel appliances; natural stone baths; and custom-designed wide-plank flooring throughout all living areas.

Residents can also enjoy more than 27,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, including a resident-only fitness center by Equinox; a fully equipped game room; a screening room with dual televisions and a wet bar; a lounge, library, and coffee bar; a tech center; an entertainment suite with a catering kitchen and private terrace; and a rooftop terrace with a pool, hot tub, private cabanas, a fire pit, and kitchens with grills.
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Photo: 500 LSD.
Residents also have access to three luxury guest suites for friends and family members who come to visit, as well as Dog City, a full-service, on-site pet spa that offers everything from grooming and training services to veterinary care.

Rents for available units range from $1,920 to $5,030. All units range from $1,750 to $12,000 for a penthouse unit; right now, a prime corner two-bed, two-bath is available for $4,180 on the 23rd floor.
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Photo: Courtesy of Eric Hausman.
AMLI River North is another building that has a convenient River North location, close to all of the trendy restaurants, bars/lounges, and donut shops (it's across the street from Firecakes and not far from Chicago's infamous Doughnut Vault). The amenities floor features a large outdoor space with several grills and a lounge/bar area for dining and hosting parties, a dog run, a pool with cabanas, a fire pit, and even an outdoor movie screen. This floor is also home to an indoor movie theater, fitness center, golf simulator, and a coffeehouse with free coffee and tea available for residents. On the rooftop, you'll find an herb garden that residents are welcome to use.
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Photo: Courtesy of Eric Hausman.
This 50-story building has 409 apartments, which range from $4,784 a month for a1,257-square-foot two-bedroom to $7,377 for a 1,752-square-foot three-bedroom.
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Photo: Courtesy of E2.
You might think students in a college town aren’t able to afford a luxury rental, but that isn’t the case in Evanston. Already 50% leased in just three months, E2, downtown's first uber-luxury apartment project, comprises two apartment towers and 12 adjacent rental town homes offering spectacular city and lake views, the walkable and convenient location, and top-of-the-line amenities. Units feature luxury finishes, and the building's impressive fourth-floor amenity deck is like no other in Evanston, with a full-size basketball court, state-of-the-art fitness center, lounge area, party room with demonstration kitchen, theater, business center with conference room, coffee bar, and an outdoor pool and spa with cabanas, grills with sinks, and dining areas.
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Rents range from $1,675 for a studio to $4,050 for a three-bedroom in the apartment towers. Prices for town homes start at $3,995. If you’re not a typical broke Northwestern student and can afford those, you can probably afford one of the five available three-bedroom town homes; these vary from 1,735 to 1,806 square feet — plenty of space to throw parties — and the high-end finishes (quartz countertops, 9-foot ceilings, oversized windows, walk-in closets) make it feel like you’re living luxe.
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Photo: Courtesy of Presidential Towers.
Presidential Towers is the city's largest rental community with 2,346 apartments, located at the gateway to the West Loop. The four-tower property, which recently underwent a top-to-bottom renovation that updated all units and common areas, offers a variety of floor plans, including studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom units that appeal to everyone from single professionals who enjoy the proximity to Chicago's central business district to young families looking for larger rental units in the heart of the city.
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Photo: Courtesy of Presidential Towers.
Because of its size — 2.7 million square feet, to be exact — Presidential Towers feels more like a Las Vegas resort than an apartment building, with a full suite of amenities that includes an outdoor barbecue and picnic area as well as a rooftop Zen garden. A Chicago-themed playroom is available for residents with young children. The community is also home to several restaurants and a two-story FFC athletic club featuring a Protein Bar, indoor lap pool, and outdoor recreation pool complete with a multi-tier sun deck and cocktail bar. Residents also have exclusive 24-hour access to an on-site Walmart Neighborhood Market, making it easy for them to pick up essential grocery items without battling the crowds.

There are only three two-bedroom apartments left right now, which were renovated to include spacious walk-in closets and kitchens, dark-toned cabinetry, sleek stainless steel appliances, and updated bathrooms. While the apartment amenities are great, let’s be honest: If there’s another minus-20-degree winter, you don’t have to go outside to go shopping or to the gym.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Scott.
The Scott opened last fall in the heart of Old Town, which has plenty of bars, restaurants, grocery stores (including Plum Market!), gyms, public transit, and easy access to parks and the lake. Residents enjoy the usual amenities, like a state-of-the-art fitness center and on-site management, plus a billiards room, lounge with a fireplace, and a rooftop terrace with grills and a fire pit.
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Rents range from $2,005 to $5,997 a month. Pick your preferred view on The Scott’s website and pick your floor plan; several two- and three-bedroom apartments are available, and they all have 9-foot ceilings and large windows to enjoy whatever view you choose (select apartments also have balconies/terraces to lounge on when the weather is warm).
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Photo: Courtesy of Hubbard Place.
No matter what floor plan you choose in Hubbard Place, the finishes and appliances come standard in each and every one — including in-unit washer/dryer, stainless steel refrigerator, and quartz countertops. Rents range from $1,700 to $4,700 and include A-list amenities such as a sunroom lounge, deluxe media theater, landscaped dog run, an "over-the-top" fitness center, and a stunning rooftop pool.
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Photo: Courtesy of Hubbard Place.
Hubbard Place might be a bit further down from the Hubbard Street bars, but inside its apartments the city views are stunning. The largest floor plan available, a 1,325-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bath, has expansive glass for panoramic views, generous walk-in closets, oak floors, grand bay windows, a serene balcony, and solar window shades — all for between $4,604 and $4,684 a month.
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Photo: Courtesy of North Water Apartments.
The recently completed North Water Apartments are adjacent to the Loews Hotel, but unlike the residential units in Aqua (which also has a hotel in the building), the amenity spaces at this new tower are completely separate from the hotel — yet residents still have access to all the amenities the Loews has to offer.

Located 15 floors above street level, the podium roof serves as the main amenity deck, and includes an outdoor pool and a lounge area with a flat-screen TV and gas grills. Indoor areas include a conference room, media and sitting rooms, business center, and coffee bar.
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Photo: Courtesy of North Water Apartments.
The building also includes a second amenity floor with amazing views looking out towards Ogden Slip, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago River. Only a few of the three-bedroom units (which start at $7,999) are left, so hurry for maximum space and unparalleled city views.
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Photo: Courtesy of AMLI Lofts.
In the past, if you wanted to rent a loft-style apartment, you’d find it only in the West Loop. Well, not anymore — AMLI Lofts in the South Loop boasts exposed brick, 10-foot ceilings, and plentiful windows in each unit, along with countless building amenities, including a 24-hour lounge complete with TVs, a billiards table, and foosball, a tech lounge with a private meeting space, a fitness center, a pool, and a landscaped outdoor deck. Easy access to the lake, Grant Park, and highways is a perk as well.
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Photo: Courtesy of AMLI Lofts.
Rents range from $1,830 (for a 522-square-foot convertible, one-bath apartment) to $3,190, and select units have either a balcony or a terrace for some private outdoor space. Although on the small side, the convertible units (which are the only ones left!) feel bigger with large windows, high ceilings, and city views, and are more elegant with designer kitchens, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, and modern fixtures.
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