The 2018 list of Chicago’s best landlords

Our featured management company, Village Green, is one of the nation’s largest privately-held, third-party-only apartment management companies. Throughout its nearly 100-year-long history, Village Green has maintained a culture focused on exceptional customer service and helping people live better, live social and live green.

The service-oriented leasing professionals at each of Village Green’s apartment communities have up-to-date familiarity with all of them. When you call, email or visit, they’ll offer suggestions about available alternatives if they don’t have an apartment that fits your needs. View video tours of Village Green-managed properties.

We know some very good landlords – some of Chicagoland’s best. The properties they manage range from vintage walk-ups to the newest luxury high-rises and suburban communities. We know them because they’re current or former YoChicago advertisers. We’ve visited their buildings, met their staff, and informally debriefed residents about their experience living in the buildings. We’d recommend them to prospective renters without hesitation, and would rent “site-unseen” with confidence at their properties.

If you’re looking to rent near Chicago’s lakefront, from the South Loop north to Rogers Park, contact the following before heading to Craigslist or any other source. You’ll find floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info at almost all of the sites listed below. You can see links to narrated video walk-throughs of 100s of apartments on our downtown, Lincoln Park and Lakeview grids.

We also know some bad landlords. We don’t allow them to advertise at YoChicago, and we don’t include their properties in our neighborhood apartment guides.

BJB Properties and its affiliates own and manage about 40 buildings in the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Rogers Park, Streeterville and West Loop.

Bozzuto is a national developer and property manager. Bozzuto’s local presence includes a dozen luxury downtown high-rises. View video tours of Bozzuto-managed properties.

The John Buck Company is a Chicago-based national development firm that has acquired, developed or redeveloped more than 41 million square feet of property. Its most recent residential additions to Chicago’s skyline are MILA (Loop) and 3Eleven (River North).

Fisher Building City Club, Chicago

City Club Apartments is a national developer of apartment communities that are customer-centric, design-focused, technologically-advanced, amenity-rich and environmentally-compatible. City Club’s local apartments include Gold Coast City Club, and MDA City Club and Fisher Building City Club in the Loop.

Crescent Heights is a national developer of condos, apartments, offices and hotels. The company’s Chicago offerings include Astoria Tower (South Loop)and Echelon Chicago (Fulton River District).>

Aerial view of Lake Meadows and Prairie Shores

Draper and Kramer is a Chicago-based firm founded in the 1890s whose management portfolio includes Lake Meadows and Prairie Shores (South side), pictured above.

Golub & Co is a Chicago-based international builder. Golub manages Chestnut Place and One East Delaware (Gold Coast / River North), Marquee (Loop), Moment and Sienna in Streeterville, 1001 South State (South Loop) and owns a portfolio of fully-renovated neighborhood properties. Check for available apartments and view video tours of Golub-affiliated properties.

Greystar manages more than 1,500 apartment communities throughout the United States. Check for available apartments and view video tours of Greystar-managed local properties.

Group Fox owns and manages dozens of renovated apartment buildings in prime locations, including The Lofts at River East, the only loft rental building in Streeterville, and Axis in Streeterville. Check available apartments and view video tours of Group Fox apartments.

The Habitat Company has been building great buildings, many of which have been converted to condos, for more than 40 years. Properties currently managed by Habitat include Kingsbury Plaza and Hubbard Place in River North, Columbus Plaza on the Loop’s New East side, and McClurg Court in Streeterville. Check available apartments and view video tours of Habitat-managed apartments.

Lincoln Property Company is the second largest property manager in the United States, with over 163,000 units currently under management. Check available apartments and view video tours of Lincoln-managed Chicago properties.

Magellan Development Group is one of Chicago’s most experienced developers. Magellan’s Chicago offerings include Wolf Point West and Exhibit on Superior in River North, and Aqua in the Loop’s Lakeshore East.

Morguard owns and manages office, industrial, retail, apartment and hotel properties in North America. Morguard’s local offerings include Alta, a high-amenity, two-tower community in the Fulton River District, and Coast in Lakeshore East.

Pool deck rendering, The Hudson, Chicago

Vancouver-based Onni Group is one of North America’s leading private real estate developers. Onni recently opened The Hudson in River North and is nearing completion of Old Town Park.

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,500 apartments in prime River North, Gold Coast, Near North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations. Check available apartments and view video tours of Planned Property apartments.

Reside Living and its affiliates own and manage about 30 buildings, including the new State & Chestnut tower, in prime Buena Park, Fulton Market, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Rogers Park and Wicker Park locations. Check available apartments and view video tours of Reside Living apartments.

RMK Management. RMK Management, founded over 30 years ago, manages rental communities with more than 10,000 apartments in Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota. View video tours of RMK-managed properties in Chicago and Wilmette.

Suite Home Chicago rents more than 300 furnished apartments in luxury buildings in city and suburban locations.

View east from The Parker, Chicago

The Parker is one of the newest high-rises in the West Loop.

Presidential Towers, Chicago

Waterton is a Chicago-based $4 billion investor and property manager whose “passion for service and investment excellence drives us to deliver experiences that exceed expectations.”

Waterton’s Chicago portfolio includes Cobbler Square Lofts (Old Town), North Harbor Tower (New East Side), Presidential Towers (West Loop) and The Montrose (Uptown).

Roof deck, 2950 N Sheridan, Chicago

Wirtz Residential has more than 80 years of residential ownership and management expertise in the Chicago area. Wirtz has dozens of properties in prime near-lakefront locations, including a broad selection of apartments in Lakeview at 2970 N Sheridan, 529-41 W Wellington, 535 W Cornelia & 634 W Stratford, 3000 N Sheridan, 422-24 W Melrose, 3240 N Lake Shore and 3260-3270 N Lake Shore. Wirtz’ latest offering, 2950 North Sheridan in Lakeview, opened for occupancy in April of 2017. Check available apartments and view video tours of Wirtz-managed apartments.

ZRS Management. ZRS manages Chestnut Tower in River North.