Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments – Apartment finishes and features

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing priorities – and budget constraints – that singling out an overall best building would be a pointless exercise.

Our first posts in this series focused on location. We spotlighted the buildings with the best views, most convenient grocery shopping, and the best access to public transit, parks, the expressway grid, the Loop, dining and nightlife and retail shopping.

We turned our attention to aspects of the buildings, starting with affordability, building amenities, boutique ambiance and pet-friendliness.

Our final group of selections focuses on the apartments, starting with finishes and features.

K2 is the Fifield Companies‘ fourth major development at K Station in the Fulton River District, and the newest in the near west neighborhoods. At K2, Fifield made a conscious effort to top its prior offerings.

The apartments have 9-foot ceilings, hardwood plank floors, kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, under-mount sinks, 42-inch cabinets and subway tile backsplashes.

Baths have granite countertops and oversized vanities. The apartments have large windows, balconies with many units, Bluetooth audio, in-unit washer / dryers and more.

Chime in with a comment if you disagree with our selections.

You’ll find links to our objective, visually-rich apartment reviews of near west buildings, and links to near real-time availability checks for most of the buildings, at our downtown apartments at-a-glance list, and some tips and advice at our Guide to renting in Chicago’s near west neighborhoods.

We’ve also spotlighted the best apartments in River North, Streeterville and the South Loop.

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Note: K2 is a YoChicago advertiser. Make of that what you will.

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