Maggot-mashing 101: A guide to renting in the South Loop

Chicago, Prairie District, photo by Michael Kardas

There are 1,000s of ads on Craigslist for South Loop apartments, most of them touting the fewer than a dozen major apartment complexes in the South Loop.

How does that happen? Well, it’s simple: a plague of apartment locators (I call them maggots) are on a holy crusade to make life difficult for apartment renters. They place 100s of repetitive ads every day, add “South Loop” as a keyword to many out-of-area apartments, indulge in sheer fantasy and flagrant fraud and on and on so that you, the renter, lose sight of just how easy it can be to see all of your options and narrow them down.

This post, and the accompanying South Loop rental page (which I’ll update and expand as time permits), is a starting point for clearing up the confusion and replacing fantasy, fraud and inexact locations with facts and specific addresses.

Renting a condo, townhome or single-family
There are 100s of condos and townhomes, and even the occasional single-family available for rent in the South Loop, but you’ll never hear that from most of the maggots. Look to reputable broker sites to find what’s listed for rent in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). I recommend our major clients: select property type Rental and search ZIP codes 60604, 60605, 60607 and 60616 at Coldwell Banker, or Chicago / Loop and Near South Side at Koenig & Strey or Rubloff.

South Loop apartment complexes
There are fewer than a dozen major apartment complexes (and only a handful of smaller ones) in the South Loop, which makes your task of comparing options a fairly easy one. We’ve listed the buildings in order by their proximity to the heart of the Loop, with the nearest first.

Fisher Building City Apartments, 343 S Dearborn St 60604
20 stories. Completed in 2 phases in 1896 and 1906. Renovated in 2002. A Chicago Landmark, and also on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reviews: ApartmentRatings, Yelp

Regal Apartments, 651 S Wells St 60607

Reviews: ApartmentRatings, Yelp

Burnham Pointe, 730 S Clark St 60605

Reviews: ApartmentRatings, Yelp

AMLI 900, 900 S Clark St 60605
23 stories, 440 units.

Reviews: ApartmentRatings, Yelp

1130 South Michigan Apartments, 1130 S Michigan Ave 60605
43 stories, 656 units, built in 1967.

Reviews: ApartmentRatings, Yelp

Roosevelt Collection, 150 W Roosevelt Rd 60605
Mid-rise, 324 units, completed in 2009 / 2010.

Twelve Twelve South Michigan, 1212 S Michigan Ave 60605
30 stories, 344 units.

Reviews: ApartmentRatings

Sky 55, 1255 S Michigan Ave 60605
40 stories, 411 units. An 11-story wing is seniors housing, and the complex includes 83 units designated as affordable.

Reviews: ApartmentRatings

1401 South State St Apartments, 1401 S State St 60605
22 stories.

Reviews: ApartmentRatings, Yelp

Marquee, 1464 S. Michigan Ave 60605
26 stories, 223 units, built as condos in 2008.

2101 Michigan Apartments, 2101 S. Michigan Ave 60616
Income-restricted apartments

Reviews: ApartmentRatings

Help YoChicago make renting easier
We welcome your suggestions – and criticisms – on this post and the accompanying page. Leave a comment or send me an e-mail with your feedback.

If you like this post, send a link to anyone you know who’s looking to rent in the South Loop.

In due course I’ll be adding posts and pages for other neighborhoods.

COMMENTS

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  • boilerben 8 years

    Being a leasing consultant at a rental building in the South Loop, I can truly appreciate this post. We are constantly bombarded with locators who are unprofessional and rarely do anything to add value to their client’s search. There are a few rare locators that actually listen to their client’s needs, but the bad ones definitely outweigh the good.

    BTW – love the idea of a neighborhood rental page, very educational.

  • Papu 8 years

    Way to go Joe.

  • David 8 years

    This is a great post and I’m sure it will save apartment hunters a lot of time and frustration. The Craigslist spam does make apartment-searching more difficult than it should be. I’ve always found that the best way to find a place is by dealing directly with management companies. In my experience, they’re exceptionally helpful and don’t pull BS. This method relies on you being able to find buildings on your own, but that really isn’t too difficult.

  • Papu 8 years

    I also agree very much. I have helped friends look several times in the last couple of years and “maggots” have killed Craigslist by making it impossible to find anything. I really hope they start charging for real estate like they do in NYC, even a $1 an ad would be a slight deterrent.

    Either way, this is a positive step forward and I hope to see more “maggots” squished in the years to come.

  • Tom 8 years

    zip code 60616 has nicer and newer buildings for rent than any of those other zips you posted

  • Good catch, Tom. I’ve edited my post to add 60616 (which extends past the South Loop).