The 2017 list of new downtown Chicago apartments

If you want to experience the thrill of moving into a never-lived-in apartment in downtown Chicago, we’ve got your list.

We also have some advice for you. If you want to lock in the most desirable apartments in a new building, plan at least four and perhaps six months ahead. Apartments typically become available on the lower floors first, and high-floor units with the best views may not deliver until six months after pre-leasing begins.

All of the new buildings are listed on the map, below. Click on any building with a green place marker to view videos. Yellow place markers identify buildings that are still under construction and have not begun pre-leasing.

Our 2017 list includes nearly 10,000 apartments in more than three dozen buildings. Some of the buildings opened in 2015 and 2016 and still have first-occupancy units; some have recently opened; some are about to begin pre-leasing; and some may begin leasing later this year for 2018 occupancy. We’ll supplement this list as we learn more.

The buildings are grouped by neighborhood, and we provide an aerial view of each of the neighborhoods. Neighborhood names link to our comprehensive apartment guides, which show you all of your options in each neighborhood.

Within neighborhoods, buildings are presented in order of their opening date, oldest first. First occupancy dates are estimates only for projects that have not begun pre-leasing. Linked reviews provide additional info for each building, and video tours of a number of the buildings.

Aerial of Fulton River District & River West, Chicago

Kenect, Chicago

Kenect, is a 14-story tower at 504 N Green and a 4-story mid-rise at 505 N Green St. The complex was built in 2016 and includes ground-level retail space and 227 apartments.

Linkt, 830 N Milwaukee, Chicago

Linkt, 830 N Milwaukee Ave, is a 5-story building with 47 apartments and ground-level retail space, slated to welcome its first occupants early in 2017.

1001 West Chicago is a mixed-use development with ground-level retail space and 336 apartments, slated for late 2017 occupancy.

The Sinclair, 1201 N LaSalle, 35 stories, 390 units, ground-level Jewel-Osco, pre-leasing April 1 for summer 2017 occupancy.

  • Studio to 3-bedroom, 3-bath apartments
  • Review | Website | 312-855-1600

Spa terrace, Marquee at Block 37, Chicago

Marquee at Block 37 is a 38-story, 696-unit tower at 25 W Randolph St, above the Block 37 mall. Marquee welcomed its first residents in June of 2016.

MILA apartments, Chicago

MILA is a 41-story, 402-unit tower at the corner of Michigan Ave and Lake St, with a lobby entrance at 201 N Garland Ct. MILA welcomed its first residents in July of 2016.

View east from Linea, Chicago

Linea is a 33-story, 265-unit tower under construction at 215 W Lake St. Pre-leasing is slated to begin in the spring of 2017, with occupancy slated for June 1.

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

NewCity apartments, Chicago

NewCity Apartments, 1457 N Halsted St, is a 19-story tower with 199 units, opened July, 2015.

Xavier, Chicago

Xavier, 625 W Division St, is a 16-story, 240-unit tower that opened in December of 2015.

Terrace 459, a 9-story building with 94 units, welcomed its first residents at 459 W Division St in 2016.

  • One- to 3-bedroom, 1-bath apartments, some w/in-unit laundry
  • Review | Website | 312-328-1490

Aerial view Atrium Village, Chicago, September 2016

The existing Atrium Village is being demolished in phases. The first phase of a 4-tower mixed-use redevelopment, a 32-story, 405-unit building, is currently under construction at 1140 N Wells St. Pre-leasing is expected to begin late in 2017.

Aerial view of River North, Chicago

The Hensley, Chicago

The Hensley, 707 N Wells St, 11 stories, 43 units, opened February 2016.

Wolf Point West, River North, Chicago

Wolf Point West, 343 W Wolf Point Plaza, 48 stories, 493 units, opened April 2016.

Next, Chicago

Next, 347 W Chestnut St, 29 stories, 310 units, opened late summer 2016.

Exhibit on Superior, Chicago

Exhibit on Superior, 165 W Superior St, 35 stories, 298 units, mid-January 2017 occupancy.

Niche 905, Chicago

Niche 905, 905 N Orleans St, 18 stories, 202 units, March 2017 occupancy.

640 N Wells, Chicago

SixForty, 640 N Wells St, 23 stories, 250 units, pre-leasing underway for July 1, 2017 occupancy.

View east from Aurélien, Chicago

Aurélien, 833 N Clark St, 31 stories, 373 units, early 2017 occupancy.

The Hudson, Chicago, at arrow

The Hudson, 750 N Hudson Ave, 25 stories, 240 units, pre-leasing for June 1, 2017 occupancy.

8 East Huron, Chicago

8 East Huron is a 26-story building with 102 apartments and ground-level retail space, targeting fall 2017 occupancy.

  • Studio to 3-bedroom apartments, in-unit laundry
  • Review | Website

Gallery on Wells, Chicago

Gallery on Wells, 167 W Erie St, 39 stories, 442 units, late 2017 occupancy.

  • Studio to 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments, in-unit laundry
  • Review | Website

View of 3Eleven location, Chicago

3Eleven, 311 W Illinois St, 25 stories, 245 units, pre-leasing summer 2017.

Centrum Hubbard, Chicago

Centrum Hubbard, 221 W Hubbard St, 23-stories, 193-units, pre-leasing late in 2017.

1000 S Clark, Chicago

1000 South Clark, 29 stories, 469 units, opened February 2016.

Pool deck, 1001 S State, Chicago

1001 South State, a 39-story, 397-unit tower, opened August 2016.

1333 S Wabash, Chicago, at arrow

1333 Wabash, 28-story, 307-unit tower at 1333 S Wabash, opened September 2016.

Wells Place, Chicago

Wells Place, a 4-story, 42-unit building at 837 S Wells St, opened for occupancy in March of 2017.

Alta Roosevelt, Chicago

Alta Roosevelt, a 33-story, 496-unit tower, is under construction at 801 S Financial and is likely to begin pre-leasing late in 2017.

  • Studio to 3-bedroom apartments, in-unit laundry
  • Review

Crane at 1136 S Wabash, Chicago

The 24-story, 280-unit tower under construction at 1136 S Wabash Ave is likely to begin pre-leasing late in 2017.

Ancora rendering, Chicago

Ancora, a 29-story, 452-unit tower at 700 S Wells is likely to begin pre-leasing late in 2017 for 2018 occupancy. Ancora is part of the large Riverline development along the south branch of the Chicago River.

1411 South Michigan rendering, Chicago

1411 South Michigan, a 15-story, 199-unit apartment tower is likely to begin pre-leasing late in 2017.

Lofts at River East, 445 E Illinois, 6 stories, 285 units, opened August 2015.

Moment, Chicago, Jim Tschetter photo

Moment, 545 N McClurg, 45 stories, 490 units, opened July 2016.

Sienna, 423 W Ohio, 6 stories, 50 units, opened August 2016.

Optima Signature, Chicago, January 6, 2017

Optima Signature is a 53-story, 490-unit apartment tower under construction at 220 E Illinois St. First occupancies are slated for late in 2017.

  • Studio to 3-bedroom apartments, in-unit laundry
  • Review | Website

One Bennett Park, Chicago, 1/6/2017

One Bennett Park, is a 68-story high-rise designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects under construction at 451 E Grand Ave. The building will include both condos and rental apartments, with occupancy slated for 2018.

Aerial view of the West Loop, Chicago

The Parker, a 29-story, 227-unit tower at 730 W Couch Pl, welcomed its first residents in the summer of 2016.

1035 W Van Buren, Chicago, at arrow

Landmark West Loop, 1035 West Van Buren, 30 stories, 300 units, pre-leasing for summer 2017 occupancy.

Rendering, 165 N Desplaines, Chicago

165 North Desplaines, a 14-story, 199-unit tower, will begin pre-leasing late in 2017.