* Article last updated in March 2023.

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As the third-largest metropolitan city in the United States, Chicago boasts 32 Fortune 500 companies, a population of 2.7 million, and an abundance of apartment buildings. With so many places to work, live, and play, the Windy City is persistently booming with relocaters and longtime residents looking for the top luxury apartment buildings.

From foodies to art aficionados, all walks of life flock to Chicago to experience its eclectic culture. Museums, dining, and drinking options line the streets on every block, so there is never a shortage of activities to enjoy. With Chicago hosting some of the most vibrant and unique neighborhoods in the country, many people are looking to move to the area. Luckily, finding a spot to live in the Windy City is easy with so many options. Read on for our list of the best luxury apartments in Chicago.

AptAmigo’s Favorite Luxury Apartments in Chicago

Sentral Chicago Michigan Avenue

Neighborhood: South Loop/Michigan Avenue

Live Here If: You’re looking for true luxury living in the heart of downtown Chicago.

Synonymous with high-end luxury living, Sentral Chicago’s address right on Michigan Avenue gives it the convenience, recreation, transit opportunities, and popular dining options that other neighborhoods strive for. The proximity to Grant Park, the Magnificent Mile, and the city’s various museums and nightlife provide entertainment just steps away from your apartment. This building boasts incredible views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows in each unit. Apartment units at Sentral Chicago range from studios to four bedrooms that stack throughout the 56-story tower.

Our favorite features at Sentral Chicago:

  • A four-story winter garden with lake and park views
  • Infinity pool and spa
  • Chef’s kitchens and private dining area
  • Yoga studio with outdoor terrace access
  • A private dog walk, indoor play areas and on-site pet groomer
  • WELL Certified building with Ecobee programmable thermostats
  • Rainfall shower-heads
  • 24-hour concierge service

Price: 1 bedrooms at Sentral Chicago usually range from $1,900 to $3,000, depending on the square footage.

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NEMA Chicago

Neighborhood: South Loop

Live Here If: If you love shiny, brand-new appliances and buildings.

Built during the spring of 2019, NEMA Chicago soars above the city at 76 stories. Designed by skyline landmark expert Rafael Vinoly, NEMA is located in Grant Park and marks Chicago’s tallest rental residence. The Rockwell Group took over the internal design of this building, welcoming residents with a contemporary style adorned with raw materials.

Our favorite features at NEMA Chicago:

  • A 10,000 sq. ft. resort-style outdoor deck and stunning pool
  • NEMA’s sports bar “The Station” – named for the original railroad terminal that once stood on the building’s current ground, which opens onto an outdoor park terrace offering Grant Park views
  • A 75-ft. lap pool featuring windows overlooking the city

Price: You can find 1 bedrooms from $2,100 to $3,200 at NEMA Chicago.

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369 Grand

Neighborhood: River North

Live Here If: You desire urban, luxury design and plentiful amenities.

Located in one of Chicago’s trendiest neighborhoods for work and play, you’ll find yourself in the center of a buzzing and vibrant community when you rent at 369 Grand. You might never want to leave the building though because of its extensive amenities list and units that contain chef-inspired kitchens and spa-like bathrooms to go with the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Our favorite features at 369 Grand:

  • Arcade room
  • Rooftop pool & jacuzzi, with fire pits, bocce court and grilling stations
  • Family lounge with kid-friendly space
  • Dog run with adjacent lounge
  • Italian cabinetry and stainless steel gas stovetops
  • 24-hour concierge service

Price: 1 bedrooms run from $2,600 to $3,400.

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73 East Lake

Neighborhood: The Loop

Live here if: You love open concepts, upscale comfort food, and boutique beers.

Floor-to-ceiling windows, GE stainless steel appliances, and Venatino Quartz countertops adorn this rental community, showcasing convertible, one- or two- bedroom luxury apartments. Movie lovers will enjoy the convenience of six area theaters within walking distance of 73 East Lake. Or, If walking isn’t your style, 73 East Lake offers its own theatre inside the building. Also, did we mention this building is LEED Gold certified?

Our favorite features at 73 East Lake:

  • Multiple fitness amenities
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Enclosed dog run
  • Club 73, which has private dining and a sky lounge
  • The Terrace with cabanas and fire pit

Price: 1 bedrooms at 73 East Lake can run around $2,100 to $2,300.

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The Elle

Neighborhood: The Loop

Live Here If: You’re a fan of modern living with a bustling lifestyle.

The Elle’s luxury living spaces feature high-rise patios and modern amenities for busy lifestyles. From the Roosevelt Collection Shopping Center, craft breweries, and restaurants as well as onsite tailoring and dry cleaning, The Elle is the perfect place for professionals who need an all-in-one location.

Our favorite features at The Elle:

  • Inspired by urban vibes filled with amazing views
  • A state-of-art rooftop deck and pool with private cabanas
  • On-site Dollop Coffee Co.
  • Multi-screen theater
  • An on-site bar

Price: 1 bedrooms at The Elle usually range from $2,000 to $2,300, depending on the square footage.

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1001 S. State

Neighborhood: South Loop

Live here if: You want to work, play, and stay in downtown Chicago.

If you work in downtown Chicago, consider 1001 S. State for an ideal work-life balance. This luxury rental building offers studio- to three-bedroom apartments, is pet friendly, and earned LEED Gold certification. Head to nearby attractions, such as Soldier Field, The Art Institute, and the Wabash Art Corridor to round out the full 1001 S. State experience.

Our favorite features at 1001 S. State:

  • Maker space, an area with a CNC milling machine and 3D laser printer
  • Biowall, a vertical garden that grows fresh herbs
  • An aqua lounge with specially made furnishings near the pool and fitness areas

Price: 1 bedrooms at 1001 S. State range from $2,000 to $2,300.

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If you plan to move to Chicago for the first time, you’ll want more information about living here. To get started, take a look at our Cost of Living guide and get some advice on How to Meet People in Chicago.

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