Find Chicago apartments with some of the best views from every neighborhood. We’ll give you the run down on what kind of view you’ll enjoy from each of our favorite buildings in Chicago.

Almost everyone likes the view from the top, and Chicago offers some of the most spectacular views of both city skylines and lake horizons in the entire country. Just like when we select the best rental property for our customers, we’ve hand-picked our seven favorite apartment views from Chicago’s downtown residences. 


#1. 1001 South State

Views of: Downtown Chicago & Lake Michigan

Neighborhood: South Loop

1001 South State boasts spectacular views of downtown Chicago, Lake Michigan and South and West Loops. Its studio up to three-bedroom apartment offerings are housed in the South Loop’s Wabash Arts Corridor, and residents who love the view from outdoors can enjoy the rooftop lounge with terrace and the outdoor pool that offers unique views of the city.

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#2. Eight O Five

Views of: Lake Michigan & Skyline

Neighborhood: Gold Coast

Eight O Five offers an open feel to its apartment residences, complete with open floor plans and floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views. Select homes feature views of Lake Michigan, and the 34th floor roof deck pool and promenade and fourth floor Bark Park and dog run both offer views for canines and humans alike.

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#3. Essex on the Park

Views Of: Lake Michigan, Downtown Chicago, Grant & Millennium Park & Museum Campus

Neighborhood: South Loop

Essex on the Park offers the best of city and park life, situated perfectly on Michigan Avenue. Swimmers get a bird’s eye view of Lake Michigan from Essex’s infinity pool. Other outdoor amenities that offer amazing views include the four-story winter garden with lake and park views; indoor/outdoor gathering spaces; outdoor grilling areas; and a yoga studio with access to the outdoor terrace. Large living spaces feature oversized windows with views of the city.

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#4. Coast Lakeshore East

Views Of: Chicago River, Lake Michigan, Skyline, Grant & Millennium Park

Neighborhood: New East Side

Coast Lakeshore East is self described as an “urban coastal retreat on the shores of Lake Michigan.” With that in mind, the residence offers unique views of the Chicago River, Millennium Park and Chicago’s skyline. The 51-story tower is located on the northwest corner of Lakeshore East, and is described by its architecture firm as “a composition of light and transparency  … built to feature a curtain wall on the east and west facades that combine translucent glass, fritted glass, and aluminum, while continuous inset balconies on the north and south elevations provide extraordinary views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan and Grant and Millennium Parks.”

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#5. Axis

Views Of: Lake Michigan & Downtown Chicago

Neighborhood: Streeterville

Axis housed in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago are all about the sky, complete with a 360° Rooftop Sky Park and the Sky Club Resident Lounge. The indoor pool’s surround includes floor-to-ceiling windows offering clear, amazing views of the city.

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#6. Moment

Views Of: Skyline & Lake Michigan

Neighborhood: Streeterville

“Dwell in the Now” at Moment, which boasts both city and lake views from its 490 resident apartments in Streeterville. From studio to three bedrooms, each apartment has fantastic panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, Lake Michigan and the Streeterville neighborhood, one of the fastest growing areas in the city. The 45th floor showcases an outdoor pool, sundeck and lounge with views, and your furry best friend can take a look at the view from the 600 sq. ft. outdoor dog run.

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#7. 727 West Madison

Views Of: Skyline & Lake Michigan

Neighborhood: West Loop

727 West Madison offers “iconic living at the intersection of Madison and Halsted.” And, with that, comes iconic views. Floor-to-ceiling windows, outdoor cabanas at the sun terrace, a resort-style pool and a rooftop sky lounge allows residents to sun worship and take in the breathtaking 360° atmosphere that Chicago’s skyline has to offer.

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If you’re moving to Chicago, or moving within Chicago, we can help save you thousands a year on rent. Water views are understandably desirable (read: limited and expensive). But with our insider knowledge of the best rent specials in Chicago, you might be surprised what you can get for your budget. Learn more about AptAmigo here and let’s find your dream home!