If the shores of Lake Michigan are calling you to the Windy City and you want to live in a luxury high rise, you’ll likely want to call the Loop home which is where most of the city’s skyscrapers are. (Fun fact: Chicago is actually the birthplace of the skyscraper!)
Chicago is now the third-largest city in the United States behind New York and Los Angeles, the city offers urban living in a slightly more affordable and centrally-located setting. Is green space essential for you? Nature lovers will enjoy the city’s more than 600 parks.
One of the best things about living in a Chicago high rise is the ability to live car-free. All of the city’s L train subway lines run through the Loop, so getting around without a car is easy and cheap (most rides cost just $3).
The toughest part can be deciding which building is right for you. If you’re on the hunt for a luxury high rise in Chicago, look no further than these seven stunning buildings.
1. 1500 N. Lake Shore Drive
This building is one of the city’s few lakefront properties that are separated by Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan by just a strip of the Lakefront Trail. A 23-floor co-op, 1500 N. Lake Shore Drive offers door service as well as a fitness center, on-site management, and in-unit laundry. Plus, the lake views from the courtyard are nothing if not simply stunning.
2. One Bennett Park
With light, sparking interiors designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, One Bennett Park boasts stunning views of Chicago’s skyline and is set on a 1.7-acre park. The 67-floor building offers both rental apartments and condominiums for sale in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
3. Park Tower
If the gold-laced glass entrance doesn’t wow you from the moment you step foot in front of the property, the rest of Park Tower certainly will. Despite it’s 67 floors, there are just 177 condos in the high rise, which means that residents have a higher level of seclusion here than in other buildings. It’s also pet-friendly and has a hotel on the lower levels, so residents can take advantage of hotel amenities on site.
4. The Pinnacle
From eight penthouses to two, three, and four-bedroom condos that stretch from 1,300 to 5,400 square feet, The Pinnacle offers lavish living in a variety of formats (think marble entries and primary baths, whirlpool tubs, sprawling balconies, and floor-to-ceiling windows). Outside of the units themselves, there’s a health club and spa, an indoor pool and sundeck, an entertainment suite, a private theater, and more.
5. Ritz-Carlton Residences
The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago has 89 ultra-luxury condos constructed with a range of exceptional materials and finishes that feature high ceilings, large windows, and spacious balconies. The building offers deeded valet parking and a full floor residence club that’s architecturally stunning and offers a grand salon, a private dining room, a billiard room, a wine cellar, and more.
6. Astor-Banks Condos
Located in the historic and lakefront Gold Coast area of Chicago, the Astor-Banks Condos offer vintage luxury courtesy of its 1929 construction date. All of the tree-ringed building’s units are full-floor and offer central air and the option for gas cooking. In addition to 24/7 staffing, there’s also a building engineer on site as well as a bike room and extra storage space.