With many companies around the globe now offering staff a remote work option, extended stay traveling is on the rise, allowing travel lovers an opportunity to explore cities and destinations for much longer than your typical weeklong vacation. For many jetsetters, there’s nothing quite like the vibe and energy surrounding the city of Chicago, the 7-time running “Best Big City in the US” winner of Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
Thanks to an iconic skyline and a geographical location that lies just off the shores of Lake Michigan, many rooftop pool decks in the Windy City offer jaw dropping views of the city’s breathtaking cityscape, which only further enhances the appeal and desirability of having direct access to such an awesome amenity. For decades, developers and architects have been designing luxury condo buildings that feature a rooftop pool, so the trend itself is of course nothing new. But now that construction for high-rise apartments has been outpacing condo development in Chicago in recent years, many of the city’s most spectacular rooftop pools are specifically linked to apartment living right now, ideal for anyone considering the third largest city in the US as a potential destination for short-term residency.
728 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60642
Designed by Fitzgerald Associates Architects, Spoke was completed back in 2017 and houses 363 gorgeous apartment units. With floor plans ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, there’s something for everyone at Spoke, and especially those who put a premium on building features and amenities. Along with a rooftop deck and swimming pool that features sweeping views of the Chicago skyline, residents also have access to a doggy play area, outdoor grilling stations on the rooftop, a meeting room with co-working space, and an expansive lounge and entertainment space complete with a catering kitchen. Additionally, the fitness center at Spoke is also among Chicago’s best for an apartment building and even includes access to a Peloton bike studio.
355 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60661
Situated in one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods right now, Onni Fulton Market has it all, from a trendy location to premium, resort-style amenities that, yes, include one of the city’s best rooftop pool decks. Standing 32 stories high, this shimmering glass apartment tower features 373 pet-friendly rentals, with floor plans that range from studio layouts to spacious 3-bedrooms. As a newer building, interior finishes at Onni Fulton Market are also noteworthy and include chef-inspired kitchens, spa-quality bathrooms, and wide-plank flooring throughout that helps give each unit more of a high-end look and feel. Oh, and at the time of this writing, the building is also offering up to $3,000 off your first full month on select units, so act now if you’re currently in the market for a fabulous Chicago apartment.
640 N. Wells, Chicago, IL 60654
River North is widely regarded as Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods, making 640 North Wells an attractive apartment building to consider if being close to all the action is somewhere near the top of your priority list. Location aside, 640 North Wells also presents residents with over 10,000 square feet of first-rate lifestyle amenities, which are headlined by a sprawling rooftop deck with firepits, seating, and an adequately-sized swimming pool that’s perfect for taking a quick dip on those hot summer days in the city. You’ll also find a business center, an oversized dog run, a state-of-the-art exercise facility, and a social club lounge with a golf simulator at 640 North Wells, helping make it one of Chicago’s best apartment buildings in terms of lifestyle amenities offered. Like the other buildings mentioned above, layouts at 640 Wells include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom floor plans.
740 N. Aberdeen, Chicago, IL 60642
While neighborhoods like River North and the West Loop certainly get a lot of hype, and rightfully so, River West isn’t far behind on the desirability scale. Loaded with some of the coolest bars restaurants, and cafes in town, River West also provides easy access to both River North and the West Loop thanks to a location that is conveniently wedged in between both; so living here is like having the best of both worlds. And when it comes to apartments in River West, nothing quite compares to what you’ll find at Westerly, a newly constructed building located next door to the longstanding Matchbox bar. Inside, apartment units at Westerly are admittedly fairly standard. But it’s also on the more affordable side for a newer construction building as well. In terms of amenities, we absolutely love this building, as residents have direct access to a rooftop party room with grills and a demonstration kitchen, a state-of-the-art fitness studio, a dog wash and run area, a full business center with co-working pods, an additional resident lounge with an 85-inch TV and surround sound, and a spectacular outdoor sun deck with a resort-style swimming pool.
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