Chicago Rental: Urban Lofts in West Loop for $995
That's reason No.1 to check out these one- and two-bedroom apartments in the West Loop, a former industrial part of town where old factories have been converted into posh living spaces. Private balconies and terraces usually come with a premium, but you can find buildings with communal rooftop spaces that are priced at just about the same rate as an apartment without the outdoor amenity.
According to local data, the average one-bedroom in the West Loop costs $1,437 while the average two-bedroom runs $1,904. Depending on floor plan, one-bedrooms at this complex, known as Lake Street Lofts, start as low as $995.
This building also, offers a range of amenities that are attractive all-year round, such as a 24-hour laundry center, a self-cleaning microwave, and a tier of parking options. For an extra $85 per month, parking is available and for about double the price, you can get spots that are either gate secured or for slightly more, in a heated garage.
The gentrifying neighborhood has a very urban feel. You could walk down a West Loop street, pass a couple of abandoned warehouse-like buildings, and then come across a lively eatery or a hidden fashion boutique. There might be a few more empty buildings before you find another sign of life at a coffee nook. In fact, some of the city's most delicious culinary experiences are tucked away in the West Loop.
But because the neighborhood is growing, but far from overdeveloped, you may also find that it's not as congested and noisy as some other parts of town. By the way, that's positive news for the sundeck. It might come with fewer horns beeping, truck engines roaring and less interruptions--but with more relaxation.