A list of Chicago’s best landlords

The City of Chicago recently published a list of Chicago’s worst landlords, and plans to update it twice a year. The list has no properties in the near-lakefront neighborhoods where YoChicago concentrates its coverage.

A list of bad landlords isn’t very helpful to renters, who are typically far more interested in finding a good one than in avoiding a bad one.

We know some bad landlords. We don’t allow them to advertise at YoChicago, and we don’t include their properties in our otherwise comprehensive at-a-glance apartment lists.

We also know some very good landlords – some of the city’s best. We know them because they’re current or former YoChicago advertisers. We’ve been in 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.

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.

Aviation Lofts is a newly-renovated loft apartment building in the South Loop.

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 Chicago offerings include OneEleven in the Loop, Atwater in Streeterville, and Lofts at Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop.

Crescent Heights is a national developer of condos, apartments, offices and hotels. The company’s Chicago offerings include Astoria Tower (South Loop), Burnham Pointe (South Loop), Echelon (Fulton River District), Park Michigan (South Loop), The LEX (South Loop) and Walton on the Park (Gold Coast / River North).

Golub & Co is a Chicago-based international builder. Golub manages Chestnut Place (Gold Coast / River North), Marquee (Loop), Moment (Streeterville) and 1001 South State (South Loop).

Greystar manages more than 1,500 apartment communities throughout the United States. Greystar’s Chicago buildings include 1225 Old Town, Halsted Flats (Lakeview), K2 and Kenect (Fulton River District), One Superior Place (River North) and The Seneca (Streeterville).

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.

The Habitat Company has been building great buildings, many of which have been converted to condos, for more than 40 years. Habitat’s current offerings include Kingsbury Plaza and Hubbard Place in River North, the new 1000 South Clark in the South Loop, and McClurg Court in Streeterville.

Lennar Multifamily Communities is a nationwide developer of luxury rental communities. Lennar manages Gateway West Loop, the neighborhood’s newest luxury apartment tower.

Lincoln Property Company is the second largest property manager in the United States, with over 163,000 units currently under management. Lincoln’s Chicago properties include West 77 in River North and JeffJack and Circa 922 in the West Loop.

North Water is the newest luxury apartment tower in Streeterville.

Planned Property owns and manages nearly 4,000 apartments in prime River North, Gold Coast, Near North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations.

Reside Living and its affiliates own and manage about 30 buildings in prime Buena Park, Fulton Market, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Rogers Park and Wicker Park locations.

RMK Management. RMK manages 29 rental properties in Illinois and Minnesota with more than 10,000 apartments. Its Chicago offerings include the new Scott Residences in Old Town, Parc Huron in River North, 73 East Lake in the Loop, and Residences at New City on the Near North Side.

Suite Home Chicago rents more than 300 furnished apartments in 24 city and suburban locations.

Village Green manages more than 40,000 apartments in ten states. Village Green’s local communities include Eugenie Terrace, the only full-amenity apartment tower in Lincoln Park.

ZRS Management. ZRS manages Chestnut Tower (River North), North Harbor Tower (New East Side) and 420 East Ohio (Streeterville).

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