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Sentral Michigan Avenue Chicago, bright apartment with giant windows

808 S. Michigan Avenue


Neighborhood: South Loop, Downtown Chicago

How Much is Rent at Sentral Apartments?

Studio Apartments from $1,860
Convertibles from $1,989
1 Bedroom from $2,085
2 Bedrooms from $2,744
3 Bedrooms from $5,000
4 Bedrooms from $7,134


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About Sentral Apartments

There’s just one thing missing from the best luxury apartment building in Chicago’s South Loop – you! And Sentral Michigan Avenue is ready to welcome you home.

Opened in 2019, Sentral – formerly named Essex on the Park – is located in the heart of South Loop, right on famed Michigan Avenue. One of the neighborhood’s newest apartment buildings, Sentral’s most brag-worthy features are its incredible views, outstanding staff and a location that just can’t be beat. 

Imagine living in a bustling urban setting, but having views of open sky, sprawling green space and sparkling Lake Michigan. That’s exactly what you get when you rent at Sentral. These apartments are located right across the street from Grant Park. Having acres upon acres of green space so close to home is a luxury when you live right downtown. 

Sentral is also steps away from the little luxuries that make everyday life easier. Walk to Peet’s Coffee, Trader Joe’s and awesome brunch, lunch and dinner spots. The CTA Harrison Station is just a 7-minute walk north. Hop on the Red Line to reach all the North Side neighborhoods, including Lincoln Park and Wrigleyville, in a snap. If you work in the central business district, the Loop is a half-mile north of Sentral. Take a stroll or catch a bus for a quick commute to work.

Sentral’s residents rave about living here, and overwhelmingly what they value above all else – yes, even the infinity pool – is the staff. From the friendly faces at the concierge desk to the maintenance team, Sentral’s staff is the best of the best! The feeling of community they’ve created is magic, and not something that you’ll find in every building. 

The amenity spaces at Sentral are one-of-a-kind too. And, they’re to-die-for. The designers took advantage of the views of Grant Park and the city skyline, positioning the shared spaces with spectacular peeks of downtown. 

Sentral’s winter garden is the kind of space you never knew you always needed. This plant-adorned atrium overlooks the park and is the picture of serenity. Other zen-inspired amenities include an outdoor pool with a spa deck and a yoga room with the best views in the city. 

The practical spaces are beautiful too. If you’re an apartment dweller who works from home, consider the fourth-floor co-working space your new office. It’s light, bright and has private conference rooms for calls and meetings. Even the dog parks, where your pup can take care of business, are pretty! Yes, Sentral is one of the most dog-friendly apartment buildings in South Loop with several dog runs, parks and a pup-spa too. 

Now let’s talk about the apartments for rent at Sentral. In a word, they’re smart. They have smart floor plans that are laid out to take advantage of every square inch. And, they’re equipped with smart technology, like Ecobee thermostats, too. 

From studio apartments to four-bedroom apartments, and everything in-between, you’ll find a floor plan that fits your needs. The interiors feature 9-foot ceilings and sunshine-filled open-living spaces. High-end finishes like quartz countertops, rainfall shower heads and frameless glass shower doors are yours too. 

Sentral Apartment Features and Amenities

  • Balcony-Some Units
  • Central Air-Yes
  • Dishwasher-All
  • Dogs-No Weight Limit
  • Fitness Center
  • Flooring-Hardwood Only
  • Laundry- W/D In Unit
  • Luxury Property
  • New Property
  • Pool-Indoor
  • Security-24 Hour Doorman
  • Smoking-No
  • Stove-Gas

Sentral Apartments for Rent

Sentral’s Neighborhood

Sentral is located in one of Chicago’s best downtown neighborhoods – South Loop!

Bordering the south side of the Loop, the neighborhood is most popular because it’s so close to the heart of downtown. Being able to walk to work, entertainment venues and the city’s best restaurants make city living extra sweet. The South Loop also checks all the boxes regarding livability – from grocery stores to dog parks, this ‘hood has it all.


South Loop is flush with great restaurants, and when you live at Sentral Michigan Avenue, you’ll have tons of choices within walking distance. A few of our favorites include:

  • Mercat a la Planxa: Spanish Tapas
  • Low Country: Cajun and Creole
  • Taco Maya: Tacos
  • Bureau: Pizza
  • Grant Park Bistro: American Fare

Transportation Options

If you’re not lucky enough to be able to walk to work from Sentral apartments, no worries – public transport has you covered. Living right on Michigan Avenue means it’s easy to catch a bus and buzz all over the city. If the train is more your style, hop on the CTA Red Line – it’s just a 7-minute walk from Sentral Michigan Avenue.

And for renters who want to live downtown, but need to drive out of the city frequently, Sentral is the place for you. Access to Interstate 90/94 is easy and will get you to and from home in a snap.

Parks and recreation

Live at Sentral Michigan Avenue, and Chicago’s front yard is YOUR front yard. Living in an apartment close to Grant Park equals loads of green space to run, bike or to even just lay down on a grassy knoll and have a picnic.

Perhaps not as famous, but equally serene, Roosevelt Park and Printer’s Row Park are both close enough to Sentral that residents can walk to them.

Grant Park:

  • Gardens
  • Skate Park
  • Tennis Courts
  • Softball Fields
  • Fountains

Roosevelt Park

  • Tennis Courts
  • Playground
  • Dog Play Area
  • Running Track
  • Green Space

Printer’s Row Park

  • Home of the South Loop Farmer’s Market
  • Green Space

Universities and Employers

If you work or go to school in South Loop, Sentral Michigan Avenue is a great apartment building to live in. Some notable nearby universities and employers include:

  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Robert Morris University Illinois
  • Roosevelt University
  • East-West University
  • Exalon
  • Inland Steel
  • Goettsch Partners
  • Federal Courthouse
  • US Department of Labor
  • CoreSite

Grocery and Conveniences

Rent an apartment at Sentral Michigan Avenue, and not only do you have awesome shopping, entertainment and restaurants nearby, you’ve got all the conveniences that make living in downtown Chicago easy. Grocery stores and drug stores are abundant in South Loop, and many are super-close to Sentral:

  • Trader Joe’s
  • South Loop Market
  • Jewel-Osco
  • Totto’s Market
  • Target
  • Whole Foods
  • CVS
  • Walgreens

Sentral Apartments Reviews

With all the choices of apartments to rent in downtown Chicago, why choose Sentral Michigan Avenue? Residents have plenty of reasons…
“Exceptionally customer-focused management team. Somehow they seem to know all the tenants by name. Any emails are answered within hours. And they are always happy to see you and hear how things are going.” – Robin, Sentral resident
“I could not be more pleased and mind-blown by the daily majesty of the view. Every morning is a new flavor of sunrise I’ve never seen before. I’ve seen more sunrises in the last month than in the first few dozen years of my life.” – Bryce, Sentral resident
“Amazing, unobstructed views of the skyline and the lake. Amenities and atmosphere are top-notch and spa-like. And finally, the staff is extra kind and warm.” – Oskar, Sentral resident
“From the outdoor terrace, you have a bird’s eye view of all that’s happening in Grant Park… it’s like going on stage for your first performance!” – Dorothy, HotSpot Rentals Agent
Disclaimer: Pricing, availability and specials are subject to change at any time and without notice. Prices may be net effective of specials (after specials are factored into the monthly rent price) and may be on different lease terms other than 12 months. Information is believed to be accurate, however is subject to errors and omissions.
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