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Loft Apartments

Lofts 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.

The 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.

Because 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.