Built in 1886, the heavy-timber building was home to the Zimmerman Brush Company store and factory before its 2000 renovation and conversion. FitzGerald Associates, the architecture firm responsible for the conversion, has its offices on the ground floor of the building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lake Street Lofts has a mix of one-bedroom, one-bedroom plus den and two-bedroom, 1-bath apartments in seven different floor plans.
Apartments have a classic loft aesthetic, with 12- to 16-foot ceiling heights, exposed brick and ductwork, timber ceilings and beams, gas fireplaces and large windows. Floors are carpeted. Heat and air-conditioning is via individual units.
Most of the units have a shoe-box layout, with the bedrooms having borrowed light and ventilation rather than windows. One of the two-bedroom plans does have the split-bedroom configuration that’s popular with roommates and home office workers, and that plan has bedrooms with windows.
The long and narrow layouts result in a fair amount of square footage being lost to hallways.
The kitchen appliance package includes a gas range, dishwasher and built-in microwave.
Views. Most of the surrounding development doesn’t rise above 4- or 5-stories in height, so upper-floor units at Lake Street Lofts enjoy good views.
Amenities, services, policies
Amenities are limited to a rooftop sundeck and a laundry room.
Lake Street Lofts does have parking available on-site, both in a gated outdoor area and a lower-level heated garage.
Lake Street Lofts has on-site management and maintenance. The building accepts cats, subject to limits and a fee.
Lake Street Lofts directly overlooks the El tracks along Lake Street.
The building is in an area dominated by low-rise loft buildings, many of which have been converted to a variety of office, residential and restaurant uses. It’s bracketed on the north by Fulton Market, which is in transition from a meat-packing district, and on the south by Randolph Street‘s popular restaurant row. The Fulton Market Cold Storage building, a block to the west, is being renovated and expanded as 1K Fulton, and will house part of Google’s Chicago presence.
Shopping. Residents at Lake Street Lofts have reasonably convenient grocery shopping options.
Mariano’s, four short blocks southeast of the building, has been generating a lot of positive buzz and drawing crowds to a large selection of prepared foods and craft beers.
There’s a new Target eight-tenths of a mile southwest of the building.
Retail options are few in the West Loop. State Street shops, anchored by Macy’s, and the big box cluster in the Clybourn Corridor are readily accessible by public transportation.
Dining, nightlife. The West Loop is an almost indescribably-rich dining and nightlife venue, and 910 W Lake has great proximity to the best of it.
The thriving Randolph Street restaurant corridor is a block south of the building.
Greektown is a few blocks southeast of the building.
Parks, recreation. The location has poor proximity to public parks and recreational opportunities.
The nearest public park, Mary Bartelme Park, is four blocks south of the building and a neighborhood favorite for kids and dogs.
Transportation. Public transportation at the location is excellent.
Lake Street Lofts is a block from the new CTA Pink and Green Line stop at Morgan.
Lake Street Lofts has good access to the city’s expressway grid. Taxi service is readily available. Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.
Lake Street Lofts’ most direct competitors are likely to be River West Lofts and 13Thirteen. The West Loop apartment market will become very competitive in 2014 as several new high-rises open in the neighborhood.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
You’ll find additional tips and options at our Guide to renting in Chicago’s Near West neighborhoods and our at-a-glance list of downtown Chicago apartments.
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