One day you’re spring cleaning. The next you’re wondering if you need a new home entirely. Doesn’t hurt to peek around, right? From River West to the Pullman Historic District, they are changing the face of Chicago’s skyline and giving us all a taste of the unexpected.
The tallest building in River West rises 23 stories and is designed by Antunovich Associates. Living spaces are modern, and the community vibe is strong, thanks to multiple outdoor terraces, a pool, and a 22nd-floor coworking lounge with skyline views. Units start at $1,445/month. 730 N. Milwaukee; helloavenir.com
“Wow” Factor: Select units feature “robotic furniture” — the Smart Suite by Ori Living. Powered by smart technology, Ori provides three rooms in one (living room unit, bedroom closet, and rollout bed), giving you more square footage.
The latest luxury condo reads like a who’s who of design brands: Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Miele appliances; Armazem kitchen and bath cabinetry; Duravit, Kallista, and Fleurco Adagio bath fixtures. Oh, and there are those large outdoor terraces with patterned wood ceilings and grilling stations. Units start at $1,795,000. 366 W. Superior; superiorhouse.com
“Wow” Factor: With only four units per floor, each residence occupies a corner of the building, intended for more privacy and natural light.
A riverside oasis has summertime living covered with indoor/outdoor kitchens and private terraces with fireplaces. Great for families, there are three- and four-bedroom floor plans, including a rare duplex option. Units start at $1,300,000. 403 N. Wabash; renellechicago.com
“Wow” Factor: Sneak off to serenity in the yoga room.
The Historic Pullman District is on the verge of a resurge thanks in part to this campus developed by nonprofit organizations. It includes 38 rental apartments and a 2,000-square-foot community and gallery space designed by architecture firm Stantec and dedicated to art exhibits and cultural programs. Unit prices vary based on resident income. 11143 S. Langley; artspace.org
“Wow” Factor: It walks the walk; units are quickly being occupied by multimedia artists, painters, photographers, and musicians.
Designed by Chicago architecture firm Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the modern, 39-story rental building spans convertibles to three-bedroom units, along with multilevel townhouses and luxurious penthouse residences with private hot tubs. 1140 N. Wells; oldtownpark.com
“Wow” Factor: Kitchens are super-sleek with duo-toned European cabinetry, granite waterfall countertops, and Blomberg & Fulgor Milano stainless steel appliances.
A 500-unit rental tower is one big dramatic act. The midcentury modern design of the lobby is carried through into each unit — a picture of clean, geometric lines and unfussy, tailored furniture so nothing gets in the way of those city views. 1326 S. Michigan; theparagonchicago.com
“Wow” Factor: A dedicated coworking space is ready for everything from quick plug-ins to group meetings.
Take in the view from these two- to four-bedroom residences on floors 49 to 76. With their own lobby, elevators, and 48th-floor gym, they give Chicago’s tallest rental residence a boutique feel. 1200 S. Indiana; rentnemachicago.com
“Wow” Factor: You’ll have the chance to happy hour your heart out at the private bar/lounge for residents.