Chicago’s best West Loop / Near West apartments, a recap

We define Chicago’s “near west” neighborhoods to include the West Loop, Fulton River District and River West. You’ll find all of your major apartment options in these neighborhoods on our at-a-glance list of downtown apartments.

We’ve spotlighted the best apartment buildings in the area on each of 18 different criteria to make it easier for you to identify the one that’s best for you, based on the factors you prioritize. The following is a recap of our individual posts on these criteria, in three major groups: location, building features, apartment features.


  • Views. Alta, Echelon at K Station, K2, Left Bank and Trio
  • Grocery shopping convenience. Presidential Towers, K2, Trio and Echelon at K Station
  • Public transit access. 180 North Jefferson, Lake Street Lofts, Presidential Towers, K2 and Echelon at K Station
  • Close to parks, beach. Mod, The Madison and 13Thirteen
  • Proximity to the expressway grid. 180 North Jefferson and Mod
  • Walking distance to the Loop. Presidential Towers, Catalyst, Left Bank and 180 North Jefferson
  • Most dining, nightlife nearby. Lake Street Lofts, K2, Alta and Echelon at K Station
  • Retail shopping. No selection
  • Building features

  • Affordability. Presidential Towers
  • Amenities package. K2, Alta, Echelon at K Station and Presidential Towers
  • Boutique ambiance. Trio
  • Pet-friendliness. K2
  • Apartment features

  • Apartment finishes and features. K2
  • Private outdoor space. Trio
  • Studio / convertible floor plan. Mondial
  • One-bedroom floor plan. Presidential Towers
  • Two-bedroom floor plan. K2
  • Three-bedroom floor plan. No selection
  • If you disagree with any of our selections, chime in with a comment on the relevant post.

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