Old Town / Near North apartment guide

Aerial view of Old Town and the Near North Side, Chicago

Old Town is bounded by Division St (1200 N) on the south, North Ave (1600 N) on the north, Clark St (100 W) on the east and Clybourn Ave and Larrabee St (600 W) on the west.

Old Town is often confused with its more affluent and settled northern neighbor, the Old Town Triangle, which is part of Lincoln Park. ZIP code: 60610.

Old Town is bordered on the north by Lincoln Park and the Old Town Triangle, and on the south by River North.

The Near North Side Community Area is bounded by the Chicago River north to North Ave (1600 N), and Lake Michigan west to the Chicago River. Parts of the Near North Side are covered in our Gold Coast, River North and Streeterville guides. ZIP Codes: 60610, 60611 and 60654.

The Near North Side is bordered on the north by Lincoln Park, on the west by West Town, the Fulton River District / River West, and on the south by the Loop / New East Side.

Every major Old Town and Near North 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.