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Whether you are new to the area or a Chicago veteran, it is helpful to know that Chicago’s streets are a big grid, with the center of the city located at State and Madison. If you hear a street name that is called “north something,” you know it’s “above Madison.” Someone mentions “west something,” and it is left of State street. If you are directionally challenged, this actually can be really helpful.

It’s also helpful to know that there is only one train in the city that runs north and south up State Street – the CTA Red Line. It doesn’t even stop to make a circle in the loop.

Let’s take a look at some uniquely different downtown Chicago apartments from various neighborhoods right along the way.

Nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast and less than a five-minute walk to Oak Street beach, Elm Street Plaza apartments boast a location that few can offer. Not only are these apartments surrounded by some of the top restaurants and nightlife in the city, but they also offer an onsite outdoor pool and sundeck! The apartments here are huge, with tons of closet space and floor-to-ceiling and bay windows.

 

One Superior Place

In addition to the Red Line, you’ll also find yourself right near the Purple and Brown lines in this River North hotspot. The apartments at One Superior Place are surrounded by nightlife, shopping and food, both in terms of restaurants and the Whole Foods that is attached to the building, The property has all the necessary amenities and the apartments are spacious with in-unit washers and dryers, large closets and a balcony in nearly every unit.

Marquee at Block 37

A newcomer to the Loop, Marquee at Block 37, was opened in 2016 and has the unique characteristic of being attached to both an indoor shopping center and the underground pedway, making it easy to connect to the Blue or Red Lines without going outside. The apartment homes at Block are spacious and well-appointed, with European cabinetry, wide plank flooring throughout and full size in-unit washers and dryers. The property also boasts a wide array of modern amenities, in line with the top luxury chicago apartments.

1401 South State

This modern loft-style apartment in the South Loop is perfectly situated to be a five minute walk from either the Red, Orange or Green CTA trains, with super easy access to Grant Park and Lake Michigan, as well. Onsite, the building has a beautiful sky garden, private fitness center and dry cleaner. The 1401 South State apartments also feature large main living spaces, extra large closets and either hardwood or polished concrete flooring. In-unit washers and dryers are standard and some units even offer balconies.

All of these downtown Chicago apartments are cat friendly and, with the exception of Elm Street Plaza, each are dog friendly apartments, as well. We talk to people all the time who work in the city and don’t realize how easy it is to buzz up and down the Red Line. If you’re looking for help finding a downtown Chicago apartment that has an easy commute, give us a shout at hotspotrentals.com. We’re no cost to you and we’ll save you a ton of time!

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