6 Hottest New Chicago High Rises

Luxury in the Clouds: Hot High Rises

The boom in Chicago’s rental market isn’t slowing down any time soon, and developers are capitalizing on the demand by continuing to build some spectacular high rise rental complexes in the downtown area. Last year, thousands of new apartment units were delivered, and this year is set to be a repeat. Here’s a look at our top six for 2016: 

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Looking for the best of the best in high rises? Take a tour at Wolf Point West to see one of their 509 apartments starting in the $2,000 range for a studio space. Two more are planned near the site at the confluence of the Chicago River.

Atwater Apartments

Steps away from Navy Pier, this 54-story Streeterville tower recently underwent a major overhaul, and took on the new identity of Atwater Apartments. The updated studios start out at just $1,700.


Short for Michigan and Lake, this 41-story tower has 402 luxury rentals at the location on Michigan Avenue between Millennium Park and the Chicago River. While single bedrooms range from $2,300 to $3,500, corner units can get you upwards of about $5,000.

Marquee at Block 37

In terms of units, this project is the biggest to hit the area in decades, with 694 individual spaces. This building is still in construction, but leasing has started at $1,900 for a studio apartment.

Gateway West Loop

It’s no surprise that the SoHo House brought with it these hip new apartment options. Availability is limited, but micro apartments are available at $1,600 per month.

City Hyde Park

This mixed-use project is another Studio Gang Architects design. The building is anchored by a 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods, with 180 units above starting at $1,800/month.

Have any other hot, new high rise recommendations? Leave us a comment below!


Neighborhood Guide

Which Summer Flowers are Blooming Near You?

Each neighborhood has its signature look: Uptown is jazzy and colorful, Wicker Park is classy and artsy, and the South Loop is contemporary and cool. With so much variety, it’s only natural that the city is inhabited by neighborhood-distinct foliage as well. From one area to the next, flowers help define the vibe for the summer festivities.


Lincoln Park has Hydrangeas.


These are no ordinary flowers. The hydrangeas that line the residential sidewalks in LP can grow several feet tall, with blooms the size of your head. The best part? From dark plum to pale blue, these flowers provide Lincoln Park with beautiful color all summer long.

Edgewater is known for its Bleeding Hearts.


The shady gardens near Hollywood Beach, also known as Osterman Beach or Ardmore Beach, provide the perfect light for these dramatic flowers.

Pilsen is overflowing with Sundrops.


Sundrops give this already colorful neighborhood even more to smile about. It’s hard not to feel sunny while gazing at these buttery little flowers that also attract some spectacular butterflies.

Roscoe Village is marked by Alliums.


A member of the onion family, these flowers usually bloom in mid June, but this year in Roscoe Village they’re cropping up early. These medium-sized purple bulbs prefer drier soil, and the village’s relative distance from the lake helps them thrive.

Hyde Park has an abundance of Knockout Roses.


The University of Chicago campus is absolutely brimming with these hearty, gorgeous pink flowers. The bright, shadeless areas help these fragrant and fast-growing beauties bloom all the way through autumn.


Chicago offers the best of both worlds: industrial lines and abundant greenery. Whether it’s daisies or tulips, hydrangeas or bleeding hearts, our city is bursting at the seams with flowers, and the summer’s just begun!


Trending Home Design, Unique Homes

Architecture Trend: Residential Conversion

In the past few years, Chicago developers have been getting a little more creative with their residential conversion projects as vacancy has become more and more precious. It’s nothing new: taking an old commercial building and revamping it into modern living space has been an ongoing trend for cities for the past century. The difference now is that developers are choosing more unique spaces for these revamps, as well as the amount of instances of these one-of-a-kind properties. Everyone knows of one or two converted firehouses, but Chicago planners are scooping up old banks, churches, and warehouses for residential conversion as well.


The Chicago-based Cedar Street Companies announced that they plan to convert a synagogue and Loop office building into residential spaces. This particular company has been busy in recent years rehabilitating notable structures across Chicago, like their current restoration of the Bush Temple of Music and the recently approved plan to renovate the Wilson Avenue Theatre.


From Curbed Chicago:

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First up is the Agudas Achim Synagogue located at 5029 N. Kenmore Avenue in Uptown. Included on Preservation Chicago’s 2015 list of most threatened buildings, the 1922 structure was acquired in April for $1.25 million, according to Crain’s. The project represents Cedar Street’s first foray into adapting religious buildings and, though dividing the temple’s large stained glass-lined sanctuary into smaller dwelling units presents a unique architectural challenge, the firm is confident that it can find a creative solution that also respects the history of the site. The developer has yet to reveal exact unit count or if the units will be offered as rentals or condos.

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Meanwhile, the 12-story Hartman Building at 30 E. Adams is also set to receive the Cedar Street treatment after being acquired by the firm for $14.3 million. Designed by Alfred Alschuler — the same architect behind the London Guarantee & Accident Building that was recently reborn as theLondonHouse hotel — the Loop office building first opened 1925 and is perhaps best known as the longtime home of Miller’s Pub. While the classic downtown watering hole will remain in place, the Harman Building’s 137,000 square feet of office space will be converted into new apartments. Units will be roughly 500 square feet in size and rent for an estimated $1,600 to $2,200 per month, saysCrain’s. The $40 million conversion project is expected to begin in about nine months and will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.