Lucky Dogs: A Guide to Pet-Friendly Apartments in Chicago

Monday, February 26, 2018

If you’re a pet owner who’s looking for an apartment in Chicago, you’re in luck. While it used to be a plus when apartment buildings allowed pets, it’s become an increasingly popular offering in communities old and new, many of which have embraced the trend by incorporating special amenities just for their four-legged residents.

Here are just a few Chicago apartment communities that offer easy living for renters and their furry friends:

The Northland – 1550 N. Wieland, Old Town
Rents: $1,700 - $3,100, with one-time pet fee of $400

Located at 1550 N. Wieland, just across the street from Chicago’s famed Second City improv theater, The Northland offers 60 apartments in studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom layouts. Residents of the boutique community enjoy high-end features like Italian cabinetry, Sonos sound systems and Nest thermostats while their four-legged companions can often be found on the rooftop deck, which features an on-site dog run and play area.

For some fun away from home, dog owners can check out pet-friendly restaurants located just a few blocks away. For example, Old Town Pub, located at 1339 N. Wells, has six outdoor tables for those wanting to enjoy a beer alongside their dog during the warmer months. Nearby, Benchmark at 1510 N. Wells includes a 36-seat, dog-friendly patio as well as a special menu with pooch-friendly snacks, including chicken breast, carrots and a mini burger.

Additionally, Old Town’s tree-lined streets and proximity to the lakefront offers the perfect backdrop for a walk.

The Westerner – 2407 W. Eastwood, Lincoln Square

Rents: $1,225-$2,000, with one time pet fee of $400

In the heart of Lincoln Square, The Westerner is located at 2407 W. Eastwood. The new 40-unit boutique community offers a variety of floor plans, including studios and one-bedroom units.

Residents at The Westerner enjoy upscale finishes, including wood plank-style flooring, oversized windows, in-unit laundry; and modern kitchens with quartz countertops, premium cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

One of the most dog-friendly neighborhoods, Lincoln Square has many dog friendly restaurants like Rockwells Neighborhood Grill, located at 4632 N Rockwell. Within proximity to The Westerner, Rockwells offers patio seating for you and your furry friend. Additionally, Welles Park is less than a half a mile away, offering a scenic space for walking your pet. You can stock up on dog toys, treats and food Ruff Haus Pets, located just around the corner at 652 N Rockwell.

Morgan Place – 1002 W. Van Buren, West Loop
Rents: $2,500 to $3,500, with one-time pet deposit of $400.

Extra space is always a good thing in households with pets. Renters in the market for spacious two-bedroom apartments with condo-quality finishes should look no further than Morgan Place, located at 1002 W. Van Buren in the West Loop. All 26 apartments feature bamboo hardwood floors throughout, 10-foot ceilings, crown molding, stainless steel appliances and custom closets in each bedroom. Open living areas lead to oversized private balconies that provide ample space for a grill and patio furniture – the perfect hangout spot for residents and their pets. The community’s heated garage includes a separate dog wash area for in-home grooming.

Additionally, Morgan Place is only a five-minute walk to Mary Bartelme Park, which includes a .10-acre dog park with seating and play areas. After working up an appetite, pet owners and their hungry pups can head over to Wishbone at 1001 W. Washington and enjoy some soul food on the restaurant’s pet-friendly patio, complete with water bowls and treats.

For more information on the above properties, call Kass Management at (773) 975-7234.