Common Types of Chicago Apartment Complexes

Renters in Chicago face a diverse market with rooms of every shape, size, and price, varied amenities, mounting demand, and buildings that boggle the mind in variety and number. Fortunately Core Group Chicago is here to help give you a rundown of the most common types of Chicago rental apartment buildings. We are also more than willing to help consult and advise you in person regarding your Chicago apartment search, just give us a call or use the contact us tab above and to the right.

#1. Chicago Luxury apartments. These apartments are typically found in high-rises downtown. They are new, the apartments are large and typically carpeted, they often have parking, and a doorman is typically on duty around the clock. Central air is also usually included. Large windows are common. However these advantages do cost renters, as the term luxury is an expensive one.

#2. 4+1 Apartments. These structures are common on the North side around Lincoln Park and Lakeview. They typically include four floors of apartments above one floor of a lobby/ parking area making five floors total. These buildings resulted from a loophole in zoning laws during the second half of the 1900s where a bottom floor, when used for parking, didn’t count along with the total number of floors included. Thus five story buildings were constructed in four story zones, thanks to the 4+1 notation. Expect a small lobby, elevator, and in building laundry. No central air, carpeting, and 8 foot ceilings.

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#3. Chicago Courtyard Apartments. Resembling college dorms these buildings curl around a central courtyard to provide  a small park space as well as additional window space. Most were constructed in the 1920s, have no parking, no ac, and no elevators. However apartment sizes tend to be larger than elsewhere.


#4. Chicago High rise apartments. Most built either in the 1920s, 50s, 60s, or early 70s these structures are similar to the luxury apartments, except for the luxury. As older buildings they lack ac and typically offer a mix of studio and one bedroom apartments. Parking may or may not be included on lower levels. Amenities are fewer, wood floors more common, and many were once hotel buildings before they were converted.

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