Where to Rent in Chicago: Luxury Apartments of 2017

Over the past year Chicago's skyline has become increasingly littered with cranes. Everywhere you look there is a new building bursting out of the ground, and construction workers are becoming as commonplace as tourists.

"In 2016 alone, developers will be completing 4,000 new units—a record for Chicago—and nearly 5,000 more later on in 2017" - Gold Coast Realty Chicago

A lot of these buildings are following the trend of high-rise, full amenity apartment buildings that has been developing in the Chicago real estate market. How can anyone keep track of all the new buildings you ask?

AptAmigo has compiled a comprehensive list of all the potential new apartment buildings you could be moving into in 2017. We've also added our AptAmigo Favorite detail about each new building; whether it has a close proximity to a good grocery store (because who wants to walk 20 minutes when its 10 degrees outside), or an interesting historical fact.

And don't forget, before you start your search at one of these new buildings, check out our insider tips for apartment hunting in Chicago!

Optima Chicago II

220 E Illinois St. Chicago, IL 60611

Completion is set for 2017, with an expected 57 stories and 498 units. Amenities are projected to include: indoor and outdoor pools, a golf simulator, and an indoor basketball court.

Optima II is the sister property of the original Optima Chicago Center; its eastern neighbor in the heart of Streeterville.

AptAmigo's Favorite: The biggest highlight of this building's location would have to be its close proximity to Michigan Avenue and Whole Foods (just out your front door, and down a staircase).

The Sinclair

1201 N LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60610

Slated for opening in the summer of 2017, this luxury apartment tower in Gold Coast will have 35 stories and approximately 390 units. The amenities included are a fitness club with yoga studio, cinema and party rooms, a resident lounge, game room, and a large outdoor amenity deck with a pool and spa, communities grills, fire pit, and dog run.

Wondering where the Jewel-Osco went? There will be an even bigger, and better, Jewel grocery store directly next to the building giving residents of The Sinclair 24 hour access.

AptAmigo's Favorite: The Sinclair will be within a short walking distance of Old Town and, you guessed it, Wells Street! A plethora of bars, restaurants, and boutique retail will be within reach like Old Town Pour House and Arch Apothecary. Not to mention the Wells Street Art Festival in the summer, and all of those gorgeous holiday lights in the winter.

Gallery on Wells

167 W Erie St. Chicago, IL 60654

The Fall of 2017 will introduce Gallery on Wells in River North with 39 stories, 442 units, and 131 residential parking spaces. The building will include studios, convertibles, one, two and three-bedrooms.

Gallery's outdoor amenities will be placed on a 26,000 sq ft outdoor deck with a pool, hot tub, fire pit, grills, and cabanas. A game room, fitness center, and sauna will be located indoors.

AptAmigo's Favorite: It's one block away from Portillo's.....need we say more?

Exhibit on Superior

720 N Lasalle St. Chicago, IL 60654 This River North mixed-use tower will add 34 stories, 298 residences, and a 109 car-parking facility to Chicago in 2017. With both indoor and outdoor amenities including: fitness center, meeting areas, outdoor deck and pool, hot tub and cabanas.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Exhibit gets you close to all of the River North nightlife you could ever ask for. Our night out would include grilled octopus at Café Iberico, followed by some vintage Mortal Kombat at Headquarters Beercade.

Alta Roosevelt

801 S Financial Pl. Chicago, IL 60607
Replacing a what seemed forever-vacant South Loop lot is the 33-story Alta Roosevelt. Boasting 496 rental units, and 348 parking spaces that will be topped with a pool and amenity deck.

AptAmigo's Favorite: To your south you can visit the Delano Court which includes a Target, Ulta, H&M, ICON Theatre, etc. No need to venture into the tourists trap at Michigan Avenue to get your shopping done!


215 W Lake St. Chicago, IL 60606
In mid-2017 the Loop will officially be home to a 33-story, 265-unit glass building complete with green accents accentuating the exterior.

Linea's (originally named Level) amenities will include the usual resident café with TVs, separate deck with lounge seating and an indoor pool with sliding glass walls, fitness center, media room, dog spa, and an outdoor terrace with eco garden.

AptAmigo's Favorite: We love any building that offers amenities for our four-legged best friends. A pet spa is right up our alley!

The Aurélien

833 N Clark St.Chicago, IL 60610 Described as a Eurpoean-inspired building, the aptly named Aurélien is projected to open in early 2017. Complete with 31 stories and 368 units.

The new luxury Gold Coast building will be great for commuters and beach goers, as it's within walking distance of the Chicago Red Line and Oak Street Beach.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Outdoor lovers rejoice! Just a block away is Washington Square park, perfect for reading a book under a shady tree. Or, pack up that cooler and head to Oak Street Beach!

The Hudson

750 N Hudson Ave. Chicago, IL 60654 Coming in at a short 25 stories, and sporting 240 units in River North, The Hudson is set to open its doors for leasing this 2017.

Just off Chicago Ave, The Hudson seems to be pushed back far enough to avoid the tourist crowd, but close enough to easily get to the nightlife whenever you're craving a craft cocktail.

AptAmigo's Favorite: The Hudson isn't really super close to anything, and we like that! Sometimes you don't want to live in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. It's nice to walk out your door and not see someone who's had one too many vodka-sodas sitting on your curb. As long as you're still in walking distance when you do feel the need to dance until 3am!

Atrium Village

1140 N Wells St Chicago, IL 60610
The grand plan for the revision of Atrium Village in Old Town will include 4 high-rise buildings around 44 stories tall, adding about 1,500 new units. The first tower to start construction is projected to be done for November 2017 hosting 400 units, 31 stories tall, and an attached seven-story parking garage.

AptAmigo's Favorite: The most interesting speculation surrounding the new construction is that they've left room to possibly rebuild the old Division Brown Line stop that was torn down in the late 1940s. Fun Fact, the CTA used to be called the CRT (Chicago Rapid Transit).

1035 W Van Buren

1035 W Van Buren St. Chicago, IL 60607 2017
Nestled between Van Buren and the Eisenhower Expressway this new, still nameless, building will bring 308 units and a parking garage to the West Loop.

Although the West Loop landscape seems to change monthly and is becoming increasingly busier, there isn't much by this building save for a super Target and UIC campus.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Our favorite thing about 1035 W Van Buren is purely its existence. We're excited for all new developments in West Loop! One of the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago needs more buildings for people like us to call home.

8 E Huron

8 E Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

In the spring of 2017 the corner of State & Huron in River North will see the addition of a 26-story apartment tower featuring ground level retail and three levels of parking. Although pre-leasing is set for spring, it looks like you won't be able to move in until the fall.

Resident amenities will be located on the 24th floor of the tower featuring a fitness center, infinity pool, and a demonstration kitchen.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Living within walking distance of Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Eataly is never a bad thing! Except maybe for your wallet....

215 W. Hubbard

215 W. Hubbard St./412 N. Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654 215 W Hubbard is continuing the River North trend of parking lot turned building, opening its doors for leasing in 2017. The development consists of two buildings; a curvy structure that will hold office space and an adjacent tower with 22 stories, 193 apartments and 92 parking spaces.

AptAmigo's Favorite: (Explaining to friends where I live) "I'm right next to that really cool curved building built solely that way to fit the curve of the train tracks." Everyone will be able to identify your building with ease!

640 North Wells

640 North Wells St. Chicago, IL 60654 Nestled in River North, 640 N Wells will have 22 stories, and 251-units at its completion in 2017.

The building is working towards gaining LEED certification; LEED is a green building rating system that promotes the construction of environmentally conscious buildings. In order to gain a LEED silver certification, 640 N Wells will have a green roof and on-site storm water retention amongst other green details.

AptAmigo's Favorite: We love that 640 N Wells is striving to be a LEED certified building! For all of our green minded Chicagoans out there, you can rent with good conscience.

2950 North Sheridan

2950 North Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60657 Lakeview isn't exactly full of modern buildings, but it looks like 2950 N Sheridan is going to try and change that. Rising to 19 stories with 82 units, this apartment building will have 1 bedroom - 3 bedroom units all with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving the outside of the building more modernity in comparison to surrounding buildings.

In the way of amenities, there will be a cafe, fitness center, heated indoor parking, 24/7 door staff, pet-park, and outdoor terraces.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Although we appreciate the charm and beautiful architecture of the older buildings in Lakeview, it's nice to have a more modern option with more accurate temperature control.

1001 W Chicago

1001 W Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 2017

In the heart of River West, 1001 W Chicago will max out with 363 units spread across 14 and 15-story towers including covered parking.

Within walking distance of the new construction residents will be ale to make a quick run to a CVS, or enjoy a handful of night life spots like The Matchbox and the Silver Palm. Tenants with furry friends will be in luck, VCA Lakeshore Animal Hospital will be a short block away!

AptAmigo's Favorite: Dog and cat owners rejoice! No longer will you have to hassle with that ride-share driver who cancels your trip just because you have a small dog in a carrying-case. With Lake Shore Animal Hospital so close, you can even fool your dog into thinking you're "just going for a walk."

Niche 905

905 N Orleans St. Chicago, IL 60610 Niche 905 is expected to be completed this summer at only 18 stories with 202 units in the Near North Side neighborhood. The units will include 1 bedroom - 3 bedroom apartments and will also have 152 parking spaces available.

Niche will have the expected list of amenities similar to all new buildings such as: Sky deck pool and spa, on-site dog run and pet spa, and fitness center. A unique amenity we're looking forward to is their outdoor bar. What's better than a Chicago rooftop in the summer? Having your own easily accessible by an elevator ride!

AptAmigo's Favorite: The outdoor bar of course! Even if it's BYOB, is there a better way to get to know your neighbors then over a glass (or 4) of wine?

30 East

30 E Balbo Ave. Chicago, IL 60605 The end of August 2017 will bring a new 16-story student oriented housing in the South Loop.

There will be about 134 units and 254 beds from studios to four-bedrooms. The building will feature modern amenities like an outdoor terrace with BBQ grills, large screen outdoor TV, fitness center, social lounges, multiple study rooms, tech bar with printing area, club room with HDTV and game tables, and a sky lounge with views of the Chicago skyline.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Anything that gets you out of a dorm we count as a blessing.

165 N Desplaines

165 N Desplaines St. Chicago, IL 60661 Projected to open in the Fall/Winter of 2017 in West Loop Gate, 165 N Desplaines is a much smaller construction than the other buildings on this list at only 13-stories high. The building will have 199 apartments, and 99 parking spaces, as well as some office/retail space.

Unique features of this building include a green roof, an open air pool, and amenities deck on the top floor.

AptAmigo's Favorite: We're very excited about the aspect of a green roof. It looks like we'll have another building perfect for those who are more ecologically responsible than the rest of us.


2293 N Milwaukee Ave. Chicgao, IL 60647 MiCa will be Logan Square's newest addition to the high-rise, full amenity family joining The L in which opened for leasing last year.

Deriving its name from the its placement at the intersection of Milwaukee and California, this new construction's units range from studios to 3 bedrooms and feature 10'-11' high ceilings, balconies in some units, and contemporary finishes.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Our favorite feature would definitely have to be the tall ceilings. A higher height in your unit can make any apartment feel bigger; so you can spend a little less on a studio, but still feel like you're living in a unit with much more square footage.

The Aberdeen

171 N Aberdeen St. 60607 The Aberdeen which is set to finish construction late in 2017 will include a mixture of retail opportunities, office space, and apartments in the Fulton River District.

The 75 luxury apartments will have floor plans ranging from studios to 2 bedrooms, and come with 130-140 parking spaces. Similar to other buildings finishing this year The Aberdeen will also have a rooftop amenity space with a club room, workout areas, and a roof top terrace with skyline views.

AptAmigo's Favorite: This building is close to Restaurant Row. We're talking super close! Maybe way too close.....our wallets and scales may suffer.

165 W Superior

165 W Superior St. Chicago, IL 60654 Another building for River North! This 37-story apartment tower with 298 luxury units, will feature floorplans averaging 714 square feet.

There is a long list of amenities included: sun deck, outdoor pool, barbecue grills, indoor and outdoor dog run and dog wash areas, a fitness center,and a 8,500 square-foot park that will include a café/wine bar.

AptAmigo's Favorite: Did we mention we're big fans of pet amenities? This building goes above and beyond with a dog run AND a dog spa for your convenience.