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How to find the best deal on a Streeterville apartment

by Joe Zekas on 2/18/13

Chicago’s rental services would like you to believe that it’s a difficult task to find your best apartment deal in the Streeterville. In fact, it couldn’t be easier to find Streeterville apartments, and working with a rental service may be the best way to ensure that you don’t get your best deal. The rental services won’t show you the buildings that don’t pay them a commission, and they’ll often steer you away from the buildings that pay lower commission rates.

To make your Streeterville apartment search as fast, easy and productive as possible, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of rental buildings in the neighborhood, with a summary of each building’s unit types, pet policies and amenities, and links to the building websites. The buildings all have photos and floor plans online, and most have near real-time availability checks. We’ve included video tours of several buildings.

How do you find your best deal? Use the list below to home in on the buildings you’re most interested in, then visit them all in a brief walk-around without the hassle of a rental service agent pressuring you to make a decision. Be sure to print out any coupons for rent discounts – discounts that aren’t available if you work with a rental service.

If you can’t find what you want in a managed rental building, check in at Koenig & Strey, Prudential Rubloff or one of the other major brokerage sites where you can search MLS-listed townhomes (rare, pricey) and condos for rent in Streeterville. Be aware that the rental services, unlike the brokerage firms, will typically not show you condos available for rent. They rarely have them listed, and they hate splitting the commission with the brokers that list them.

North of Chicago Ave
The part of Streeterville north of Chicago Ave was largely developed years earlier than the area south of Chicago, and many of the residential buildings date to the 1920s. It’s common to hear this area referred to as part of the Gold Coast, sometimes as “Gold Coast / Streeterville,” although the traditional Gold Coast doesn’t extend south of the buildings that front East Lake Shore Drive.

The area’s strengths include its pleasant tree-lined streets, proximity to Oak Street Beach, Lake Shore Park, Oak Street and Mag Mile shops, Northwestern’s downtown campus, and immediate access to a vast array of medical, cultural, dining and nightlife venues.

The rental buildings in the area are older, and lack the extensive common-area and in-unit amenities packages found in the newer buildings south of Chicago Ave. They do not have pools, balconies, in-unit washer / dryers, floor-to-ceiling windows, or the dramatic views from some of the newer buildings. Only one has on-site parking, and only one allows dogs. What they often do offer is vintage character, higher ceilings, more spacious layouts, more ample closet space – and a lower price point.

211 East Delaware, 211 E Delaware Pl. Built in 1920s. Studios. Fitness room, sun deck.

The Seneca, 200 E Chestnut St. Built in 1920s. Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms. Pet friendly. Fitness room, sun deck, business center, on-site management, 24-hour door staff. Two restaurants on-site. Open M-5 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun noon to 5. Check availability.

The Chatelaine, 215 E Chestnut St. Built in 1920s. No dogs. 1 and 2 bedrooms. Fitness room, sun deck, on-site maintenance. Check availability.

860 DeWitt, 860 N DeWitt Pl. Built in 1960s. Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms. No dogs. Fitness room, sun deck, bike storage, on-site maintenance, 24-hour door staff. On-site garage. Check availability.

South of Chicago Ave
This is where you’ll find the newer, full-service, full-amenity buildings, some with pools, private outdoor space and in-unit washers and dryers.

Onterie Center, 441 E Erie St. Built in 1980s. Studio, convertible, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Sun deck, community room, health club, business center, indoor pool, sauna, furnished guest suite, 24-hour door staff. Loft units have private outdoor space, in-unit washer / dryer. Covered parking. Open M-W 9-5, Thu 9-7:30, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun noon to 5. Check availability.

McClurt Court, 333 E Ontario St. Built in 1970s, 45 stories. Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms. No dogs. Sun deck, indoor pool, fitness center, indoor tennis courts, business center, bike storage, storage lockers, 24-hour door staff, 24-hour convenience store. Heated indoor parking. Open M-F 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun noon to 5.

The Streeter, 345 E Ohio St. Built in 2007. Studio, convertible, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Pet friendly. Sun deck, outdoor pool, indoor resistance pool, steam and sauna, fitness center, media room, library lounge, cybercafé and business center, bike storage, 24-hour door staff. 475 parking spaces. In-unit washer / dryer. Some 1 and 2 bedroom and all 3 bedroom units have balconies. Non-smoking. Open M-W 9-6, Thu 9-7:30, Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun by appt. Check availability.

Streeter Place, 355 E Ohio St. Built in 2009. Studio, convertible, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Pet-friendly. Sun deck, outdoor pool, fitness center, whirlpools, steam and sauna, media room, business center, resident lounge, 24-hour door staff. In-unit washer / dryer. Some 1 bedrooms, and all 2 and 3 bedrooms have balconies. Parking. Open M-F 9:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5.

420 East Ohio, 420 E Ohio St. Built in 1990. 40 stories. Studio, convertible, 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Pet friendly. Sun deck, fitness center, indoor lap pool, club room, business center, guest suite, bike storage, storage lockers, 24-hour door staff. In-unit washer / dryer in 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms. Reserved garage spaces. Open M-F 9-6, Sat 9-5. Check availability.

Lake Shore Plaza, 445 E Ohio St. Built in 1986. Studio, convertible, 1 and 2 bedrooms. No dogs. Sun deck, outdoor pool, fitness center, party room, guest suites, 24-hour door staff. Reserved parking. Open M-W 9-6, Thu 9-7, Fri 9-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. Check availability.

Cityfront Place, 400 N McClurg Ct. Built in 1991. Studio, 1 and 2 bedrooms. Pet friendly. 1 and 2 bedrooms have balconies. Sun deck, indoor lap pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam, on-site maintenance, 24-hour door staff. Parking garage. ZipCar. Open M-F 9-6, Sat 10-5, Sun noon to 5. Check availability.

You’ll find more information to aid your apartment search in our Near North rental guide and our Near North at-a-glance apartment list.

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