Streeterville’s best apartments – Apartment finishes and features

Earlier posts in our series on the best Streeterville apartments focused on location. We spotlighted the buildings with the best views and most convenient access to grocery shopping, bars and restaurants, retail shops, public transportation, parks and beaches and the expressway grid, and the shortest walk to the Loop.

We then switched from location to the buildings themselves, focusing on affordability, building amenities, boutique ambiance and pet-friendliness.

In our final group of topics, we spotlight the apartments themselves, beginning with the building with the best apartment finishes and features.

As you might expect, the top contenders in this category are two buildings that opened in 2013: 500 North Lake Shore and Optima Center.

500 Lake Shore Drive is a clear choice in this category. Plank flooring extends into 500’s bedrooms while Optima’s are carpeted. 500’s kitchens have Snaidero duotone cabinetry, gas ranges, range hoods and quartz counter tops. Optima has 2-burner electric cooktops in convertible and 1-bedroom apartments and limited counter space in a number of the units. You can see high-quality images in 500 Lake Shore Drive’s Flickr album.

Chime in with a comment if you disagree with our selections.

You’ll find links to our objective, visually-rich apartment reviews of Streeterville buildings, and links to near real-time availability checks for most of the buildings, at our Near North at-a-glance list, and some tips and advice at our Guide to renting in Streeterville.

Next topic: Private outdoor space.

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