for rent in Chicago are located in just a few areas around the city and
with rare exceptions there are just two main styles. A few Chicago loft
apartments are old warehouses or factories that have been converted
into apartments or condos for rent. This style of loft apartment is
located in neighborhoods that in the past were primarily industrial like
River West and parts of West Town. These lofts are of older
construction and tend to have the features associated with a warehouse
such as high ceilings, exposed brick, timber or metal duct work and
usually have floorplans that are absent of walls except for the bathroom
and perhaps a partition to separate the bedroom instead of a full wall.
The bedroom walls not only don't reach the ceiling but they lack doors.
For both of these reasons despite the unique character, loft apartments
are generally not good options for those people who want privacy from
their other tenants on the lease.
other style which is the most common type of Chicago loft rental is
known as a soft loft apartment. These types of lofts are only located in
neighborhoods that have been recently torn down and rebuilt like the
South Loop and the West Loop. These are composed almost entirely of new
construction midrises and hi-rises built after the year 2000 and have
many modern bells and whistles like granite countertops, black or
stainless steel kitchen appliances, dishwashers and in unit laundry. To
recreate the loft like feel these loft apartment rentals tend to have
traditional loft features like high ceilings, exposed timber beams or
metal ductwork, exposed brick and sometimes have concrete floors. The
floorplans of these Chicago loft rentals tend to resemble a typical
apartment however to be classified as a loft, with the exception of the
bathroom, the rooms are doorless and the walls have about a 12 inch
opening near the ceiling which can lead to privacy issues between the
occupants of the soft loft apartment rental.
lofts for rent Chicago are typically located only in neighborhoods that
were primarily industrial in nature and filled with warehouses and
factories or in areas that have been torn down and rebuilt, Chicago's
most popular residential neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Gold
Coast or areas further north like Andersonville, Edgewater or
Ravenswood are mostly void of loft apartments or loft condos for rent.