ON THE RISE
Since last summer, rental towers have been popping up all over downtown Chicago — and the boom shows no signs of slowing down. Here, we highlight 5 of the most decadent apartment buildings to move into now, and 5 to keep an eye on in the coming year.
1001 SOUTH STATE
Creativity is encouraged at this new apartment tower, and the modern units are a perfect blank canvas.
Selling point: Forget looking for the nearest Divvy port — 1001 offers its own bike-share program. Home chefs can pick fresh herbs from the living Biowall, and engineers can tinker in the Makerspace, complete with a 3-D printer.
What’s nearby: The South Loop is on the rise, so you’ll see more and more in the coming months and years. For now, you’re steps from the basic necessities (aka Target) and gorgeous public parks, and don’t miss Eleven City Diner for breakfast.
Opt for: Apartment 3904 faces southeast, getting gorgeous morning light.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,750. 1001 S. State, (312) 212-1001; 1001southstate.com
MARQUEE AT BLOCK 37
Defying the notion that the Loop is all business suits and power lunches, Marquee is a chic new residential addition.
Selling point: Not only does this building have a high-end fitness center, it offers daily fitness classes — led by instructors from Orange Theory, CrossTown Fitness and more — complimentary to residents.
What’s nearby: Block 37 shopping center has a newly expanded Zara and underground pedway straight to the Red Line, and theater buffs couldn’t get any closer to the stage.
Opt for: Unit 3725 — the biggest two-bed, two-bath — has vaulted 10.5-foot windows.
The need-to-know: Studio, one-, two- and three-bed units start at $1,915. 25 W. Randolph, (312) 372-3737; Marqueeblock37.com