On the Rise

By / Living / February 23, 2017

Since last summer, rental towers have been popping up all over downtown Chicago — and the boom shows no signs of slowing down. Here, we highlight 5 of the most decadent apartment buildings to move into now, and 5 to keep an eye on in the coming year

Niche 905

You can’t get any newer than this: Move-ins begin March 1 at this Near North tower.
Selling point: This is city living at its finest — the roof deck offers 360-degree views — with everything you need on site, from laundry and dry cleaning to pet grooming and parking.
What’s nearby: Luxury shopping is right at your fingertips, with the best Oak Street has to offer — Carolina Herrera, Hermés and Jimmy Choo — just a short walk away.
Opt for: The two-bedroom corner units on floors 6-14 offer the best views.
The need-to-know: Convertible, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $2,000. 905 N. Orleans, (866) 602-9931; Niche905.com

Exhibit on Superior

Foodies and fitness buffs, rejoice — Exhibit has everything you need, including the imminent opening of Left Coast, a healthy food and juice joint, downstairs.
Selling point: Just because you live in a studio apartment, it doesn’t mean you can’t entertain. A private dining room is available for booking so you can host the dinner party of your dreams.
What’s nearby: Though technically in River North, Exhibit is just north of the overcrowded Hubbard Street action, and just south of the congested Gold Coast restaurant scene — so you get the best of both, but with a little reprieve.
Opt for: A three-bed, three-bath on any of the top five floors (30-34) offers ultimate luxury.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,801.165 W. Superior, (312) 661-5000; Rentatexhibit.com
Bonus: This week, Exhibit announced a Musician-in-Residence contest: One acoustic guitarist or vocalist could win free rent for a year. Check out the details — and sign up before March 21 — here.

1001 South State

Creativity is encouraged at this new apartment tower, and the modern units are a perfect blank canvas.
Selling point: Forget looking for the nearest Divvy port — 1001 offers its own bike-share program. Home chefs can pick fresh herbs from the living Biowall, and engineers can tinker in the Makerspace, complete with a 3-D printer.
What’s nearby: The South Loop is on the rise, so you’ll see more and more in the coming months and years. For now, you’re steps from the basic necessities (aka Target) and gorgeous public parks, and don’t miss Eleven City Diner for breakfast.
Opt for: Apartment 3904 faces southeast, getting gorgeous morning light.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,750. 1001 S. State, (312) 212-1001; 1001southstate.com

Marquee at Block 37

Defying the notion that the Loop is all business suits and power lunches, Marquee is a chic new residential addition.
Selling point: Not only does this building have a high-end fitness center, it offers daily fitness classes — led by instructors from Orange Theory, CrossTown Fitness and more — complimentary to residents.
What’s nearby: Block 37 shopping center has a newly expanded Zara and underground pedway straight to the Red Line, and theater buffs couldn’t get any closer to the stage.
Opt for: Unit 3725 — the biggest two-bed, two-bath — has vaulted 10.5-foot windows.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,915. 25 W. Randolph, (312) 372-3737; Marqueeblock37.com

1333 S. Wabash

Space out in the South Loop: This new construction offers the largest square footage on our list (plus extra outdoor balcony space).
Selling point: The spotlight is on sleek architecture and ultra-urban design — think exposed concrete ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and stainless steel appliances.
What’s nearby: Football fans will love the short walk to Soldier Field (and even shorter walk to Bears bar The Scout), and culture buffs can easily enjoy the Museum Campus.
Opt for: Penthouse 2808 boasts a two-story atrium, 82-square-foot balcony a killer downtown view.
The need-to-know: One- and two-bed and three-bed penthouse units available; units start at  $1,975. 1333 S. Wabash, (312) 899-1333; 1333wabash.com

FIVE MORE TO LOOK OUT FOR

If you’re waiting for your current lease to expire, or aren’t quite ready to make a move, keep these buildings on your radar for the near future:

For the sky dweller

The standouts of under-construction ELEVATE Lincoln Park — which will offer studios and one-, two- and three-beds — are the 16 penthouses with opulent finishing touches, like massive glass-railed staircases, soaking tubs and two-sided fireplaces. Select penthouse leasing begins this spring; full pre-leasing begins January 2018. Lincoln Park, 930 W. Altgeld; Elevatelincolnpark.com

For the home chef

Canadian Onni Group’s first residential tower in Chicago (they have four more planned for 2018), The Hudson features 240 one- to three-bed luxury apartments with high-end Bosch kitchen appliances and natural granite countertops. Leasing begins mid-April for summer 2017 move-ins. River North, 750 N. Hudson; Thehudsonhicago.com

For the outdoors lover

A combination of condos and rental apartments, the under-construction One Bennett Park at the base of Navy Pier will come complete with its own grassy park, designed by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh. Coming 2019. Streeterville, Lake Shore and Grand; Onebennettpark.com

For the detail-oriented

The Gold Coast is all about luxe living, and The Sinclair from Fifield Realty Corp. definitely fits the bill. The 390 units range from studio to four-bed penthouses, and amenities include on-demand trainers in the fitness club, a demo kitchen, bike workshop and 24-hour concierge. Leasing begins this spring for summer 2017 move-ins. Gold Coast, 1201 N. LaSalle; Sinclairapts.com

For the eco-conscious

Though completion isn’t slated until spring 2018, Solstice on the Park is well worth the wait. The 250-unit, 26-story tower designed by renowned Studio Gang features windows at a 72-degree angle, which maximizes sunlight and heat in the winter and minimizes it in the summer. Hyde Park, 1616 E. 56th; Macapartments.com


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