Looking for Luxury? Here are the Most Upscale Neighborhoods in Chicago

February 9, 2021 | By Luxury Living Chicago Team
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If you are looking for the most upscale neighborhoods in Chicago, look no further. 

It’s no secret that Chicago is booming with construction and brand new buildings are added to the skyline every month.

We’re often asked what are the best neighborhoods to live in Chicago, a topic we’ve covered recently. As we put our thoughts on that together, we’ve rounded up the most upscale neighborhoods, buildings, and features that make them unique to help you find the perfect apartment.

Chicago’s Most Upscale Neighborhoods

Gold Coast 

The Gold Coast is home to some of the best shopping in the city. From Hermes to Barneys, to Jimmy Choo, and Tory Burch all along Oak Street, The Gold Coast is a shopaholics dream. If you love apartment interiors, make sure to visit Restoration Hardware in the heart of the neighborhood. Gold Coast is also home to excellent restaurants, and there is easy access to Chicago’s Lakefront Trail.

River North

River North downtown Chicago apartments are home to buildings with stunning amenities like fitness centers, roof decks, lounge spaces, spas, and pools. Living in River North places you directly in the heart of it all. There is easy access not only to work but also to top Chicago dining and entertainment options like Siena Tavern, Sunda, Gilt Bar, Eataly, and Chicago Cut Steakhouse.


Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood is home to some of the newest and most exquisite luxury buildings in the city. Streeterville is also home to premier attractions and conveniences, including weekly firework displays at Navy Pier during the summer,  gourmet grocery stores, and downtown’s most popular movie theater and entertainment complex.

West Loop

West Loop apartments offer luxury living in a dynamic and rapidly growing neighborhood. With West Loop rentals, you’ll find amazing restaurants on Randolph Street and Greek Town, plus a blossoming gallery district.

The Best Amenities in Chicago’s Upscale Neighborhoods

The most luxurious buildings in Chicago boast some of the finest features on the market. Between extensive amenity lists and designer kitchens with stunning finishes, these buildings are some of the best in the business.

Wolf Point East

On the East end of the Chicago River, Wolf Point East is a River North apartment building with unparalleled views of the river and city at 313 W Wolf Point Plaza. Recently built in 2019, this tower is home to 698 apartments that feature floor-to-ceiling windows, plank flooring, spacious closets, in-unit washer/dryer, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, white quartz counters, soft-close duotone cabinetry, and glass backsplash, and select units include balconies. Building amenities include a business center/co-working space, full-floor fitness center, river gallery and lounge, outdoor pool and hot tub, golf simulator, dog run, club room, sky lounge, a sky deck with outdoor kitchens, TVs, fire pit and lounge seating. Since the building sits right on the Chicago River, residents will be able to enjoy their very own private river walk patio and access to restaurants and retail.


Norweta is a Lincoln Park residential rental apartment development located at 2611 N Hermitage. The property offers a unique take on city living as it is part of an extremely luxurious development tucked away from the rest of the city. Completed in 2019, Norweta is home to 40 ultra-luxury apartments that range from 2 to 4 bedrooms. The community amenities are unmatched. The property features a courtyard and gardens, cozy fire pits, grilling areas, conference room, resort-style pool, 24-hour fitness center with on-demand virtual training, guest suite, sports court, climbing wall, solarium, hammock park, courtesy bikes, and underground parking.

One Bennet Park

One Bennett Park is a luxury Streeterville tower located at 451 E Grand Avenue. The property is part privately-owned condos and part apartment rentals. The property features ultra-luxurious amenities and services. Including an abundant fitness center with a Pilates studio and an indoor lap pool. There is also a sun terrace with an outdoor pool. The property features a 1.7-acre park, designed by a landscape architect, Mark Van Valkenburgh. Residents will enjoy the community spaces for dining, entertaining and relaxing. Residents with children will love the onsite children’s playground and playroom. The residences at One Bennett Park include a motor court entrance with parking beneath the building.

8 East Huron

Featuring just 102 units with an emphasis on penthouse-style living, this building is for the renter who appreciates high design and attention to every detail. Each floor contains only a handful of units, and there is a private art collection displayed throughout. 8 East Huron apartments feature a dedicated concierge, penthouse-level pool with fountains, indoor/outdoor community room, fitness center, private art collection, demonstration kitchen, private media room, and Wi-Fi access in all common spaces. These luxury River North apartments boast expansive ceilings, Snaidero cabinetry, wide plank flooring, Whirlpool washer/dryer, stainless appliances with island hood, gas ranges, quartz counters, custom closets, solar window shades, USB outlets, Grohe and Kohler fixtures, high-speed internet.

The Sinclair

The Sinclair Gold Coast luxury apartments, at 1201 N LaSalle, offers upscale living in a downtown Chicago location. This is a beautifully designed building with expansive and thoughtful amenities and details that go above and beyond. The building features a sun terrace with cabanas, outdoor pool, and spa, outdoor dining, resident lounge and demonstration kitchen, business center with conference room, state-of-the-art screening TV, coffee bar, large dog run, and bike storage with a workshop.

Optima Signature

Optima Signature, at 220 E Illinois Street,  is a luxury Streeterville apartment building with a robust offering of amenities, resort-like services, and modern conveniences. The list of amenities seems to be never-ending with property highlights that include: fitness center with basketball and squash courts, indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor and indoor kid’s playground, putting green, gaming room, business center, golf simulator, and a showcase kitchen. For apartment seekers that are amenity-driven, Optima Signature in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood is perfect for you.

If you are in the market and want to learn more about the neighborhoods in Chicago click the link below!

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*This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated to reflect updated information.

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