Chicago’s neighborhoods are some of the most eclectic, vibrant and unique spaces in the country. From young professionals, to those raising children, to retirees, Chicago truly offers something for everyone. Plus, Chicago is a great place for affordability mixed with luxury.

The third-largest metropolitan city in the United States, Chicago boasts 32 Fortune 500 companies and a median home value of $228,900 on Zillow. There certainly are plenty of options to choose from, so read on for our top 5 best luxury living buildings in the Windy City!


Essex on the Park

Live Here If: You’re looking for luxury living in the heart of downtown Chicago, with incredible views of Lake Michigan mixed with the conveniences of Grant Park, Michigan Avenue and the city’s various museums and nightlife.

Neighborhood: South Loop/Michigan Avenue

Synonymous with high-end, luxury living, Essex’s address right on Michigan Avenue gives it a well-known feel mixed with convenience, recreation, transit opportunities and succulent dining options. Residents have the choice of studio to four bedroom spaces within the 56-story tower marking an architectural wonder with a two-story indoor-outdoor sky bar and nightclub.

Unique touches of the Essex include:

  • 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.

The Essex is a WELL Certified building with Ecobee programmable thermostats, rainfall shower-heads, plank flooring and 24-hour concierge service.

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NEMA

Live Here If: If you prefer something brand new.

Neighborhood: Central Station/South Side Chicago

NEMA is a 76-story building that is new to the spring of 2019. Designed by skyline landmark expert Rafael Vinoly, NEMA is located on Grant Park and marks Chicago’s tallest rental residence. Once inside, the Rockwell Group took over design, which welcomes residents with a contemporary feel adorned with raw materials.

Amenities are the highlight of NEMA:

  • 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 buildings current ground, which opens onto an outdoor park terrace offering Grant Park views
  • A 75-ft. lap pool featuring windows overlooking the city

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1001 S. State

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

Neighborhood: South Loop

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 is LEED Gold certified. Walk outside the front door and head to nearby attractions such as Soldier Field, The Art Institute and the Wabash Art Corridor.

In addition to its prime location, 1001 S State offers the latest in style+technology fusion like:

  • Makerspace– 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

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73 E. Lake

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

Neighborhood: The Loop

Floor-to-ceiling windows, GE stainless steel appliances and Venatino Quartz countertops adorn this rental community featuring convertible, one or two bedroom luxury apartments. Movie lovers will enjoy the convenience of six area theaters, but if walking isn’t your style, 73 E Lake offers the 73 Theatre inside the building.

The LEED Gold certified building also allows for the following:

  • 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

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Alta Roosevelt

Live Here If: You’re a fan of modern living for busy professionals

Neighborhood: South Loop

Alta’s luxury living spaces feature high-rise patios and amenities for busy lifestyles. From the Roosevelt Collection Shopping Center, craft breweries and restaurants and onsite tailoring and dry cleaning, Alta Roosevelt is the space for busy professionals.


Inspired by urban vibes filled with amazing views, this building has:

  • A state-of-art rooftop deck and pool with private cabanas
  • On-site Dollop Coffee Co.
  • Multi-screen theater
  • A bar and so much more!

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The Best Luxury Apartments in Chicago
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The Best Luxury Apartments in Chicago
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Looking for luxury apartments in Chicago? Look no further than our guide to the best luxury Chicago apartments and the best downtown Chicago apartments. From pet-friendly apartments to studio apartments, these are the best in Chicago.
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