Chicago’s best Loop / New East Side apartments – walking distance to Loop

Chicago’s Loop includes the area known as the New East Side, which in turn includes the Lakeshore East development. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in the Loop and New East Side on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

Our goal is to help you find the apartment that best fits your needs. Renters simply have so many differing priorities – and budget constraints – that singling out an overall best building would be a pointless exercise. We’ll identify the Loop / New East Side buildings that rank highest on each of eighteen different criteria in three main groups:

Location. Views; Grocery shopping convenience; Public transit access; Close to parks, beaches; Proximity to the expressway grid; Walking distance to the Loop; Most dining, nightlife nearby; Shopping

Building features. Affordability; Amenities package; Boutique ambiance; Pet-friendliness

Apartment features. Apartment finishes; Private outdoor space; Studio / convertible floor plan; One-bedroom floor plan; Two-bedroom floor plan; Three-bedroom floor plan

Picking the property with the “best walking distance to the Loop” doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense when we’re talking about properties in the Loop – and it doesn’t. You’ll easily determine which properties are closest to your Loop office if a walk-to-work experience is one of your priorities.

We’ve included the category because it’s one of the criteria in other neighborhoods, and to highlight the convenience of the Chicago Pedway.

Many Loop and New East Side destinations and CTA lines can be reached via the Pedway without exposure to winter cold, spring rains or summer heat. Couples and roommates who branch out to offices in different directions should factor in Pedway access when evaluating their walk-to-work.

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

You’ll find links to our objective, visually-rich apartment reviews of Loop / New East Side buildings, and links to near real-time availability checks for most of the buildings, at our downtown apartments at-a-glance list, and some tips and advice at our Guide to renting in Chicago’s Loop / New East Side.

We’ve also spotlighted the best apartments in River North, Streeterville, the South Loop and the West Loop / Near West neighborhoods.

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