The 2023 list of Chicago’s best landlords

Presidential Towers, Chicago

Waterton, our featured management company, 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 4,000 apartments. Check available apartments and view video tours of Waterton-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.

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 lists, which are linked in the right column of this page.

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).


Chicago-based Draper & Kramer, established in 1893, is a family-owned property and financial services firm. Its most recent apartment community is the new Aspire Residences in the South Loop.

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

Golub & Co is a Chicago-based international builder. Golub manages Chestnut Place and One East Delaware (Gold Coast / River North), 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.

Pool deck, One Superior Place, Chicago

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.

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 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.

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.

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