The Loop is Community Area 32 of the 77 on the city’s official list. Its official boundaries are from Roosevelt Rd (1200 S) north to the Chicago River, and Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River.
The Loop is more commonly thought of as the area bounded by the El tracks and the streets that border the El: Van Buren St (400 S) to Lake St (200 N), Wabash Ave (45 E) to Wells St (200 W). The Loop includes ZIP codes 60601 through 60607.
The New East Side is part of the larger Loop neighborhood, and the Lakeshore East development is part of the New East Side.
Every major Loop and New East Side apartment building is listed in this guide, with links to building websites and near real-time rent and availability checks, where available. Structured information on apartments, amenities and a building’s immediate surroundings can be found on the linked YoChicago Review pages.
This guide also includes a grid of video tours of many of the buildings, and a map locating all of the buildings.
Working with a rental service broker
One of the (many) lies that rental services tell renters is that they can negotiate a better deal for you. In fact, you surrender all your negotiating leverage when you’re working with a broker who’s being paid by the landlord / management company. Your only hope for a deal when you’re represented by a broker is to negotiate a rebate of a portion of the broker’s commission. Ask about the compensation that they’re being paid, and demand a rebate of everything over a half-month’s rent. A half-month’s rent is the co-op commission that brokers receive on condo rentals, and condo rentals are typically more time-consuming for the broker.