While the recent recovery in Chicago housing prices makes this the time to buy, it’s also a pretty good time to be a deep-pocketed renter. Developers began building a slew of luxury rental buildings during the real-estate slump, and many are hitting the market this year. Here’s a cheat sheet to six shiny new downtown towers (total number of apartments: 2,695) and some of the unusual amenities they’re offering to stand out from the pack.
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345 E. Wacker Dr.
One-bedroom rent: $2,075+
Perk: A patio dog park with a TV and wash tub
365 N. Halsted St.
One-bedroom rent: $2,050+
Perk: Onsite bike repair workshop and storage
500 Lake Shore
500 N. Lake Shore Dr.
One-bedroom rent: $2,385+
Perk: A salon for pampering pets
Amli River North
71 W. Hubbard St.
One-bedroom rent: $2,523+
Perk: Movie screenings on the outdoor patio
Photo: Courtesy of Optima Renderings: courtesy of property managers
200 E. Illinois St.
Opening: August (planned) One-bedroom rent: $1,845+
Perk: Indoor pool converts to outdoor in good weather
360 W. Hubbard St.
Opening: October (planned) One-bedroom rent: $2,039+
Perk: A fitness center with light-therapy showers