Chicago Lofts for Sale: A Loft Living Guide

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Chicago Lofts For Sale - Loft Real Estate Guide

Chicago Loft Real Estate For SaleMany Chicago loft and condo developments have transformed formerly run-down industrial areas into modern, chic enclaves that epitomize contemporary city living. Nowadays, Chicago lofts are often found in the most cutting-edge of neighborhoods like the West Loop and South Loop in Chicago. Hip and trendy, lofts represent a blend of modern living with an appreciation for the past. Significantly, Chicago lofts offer an abundance of space right in the heart of an ever-enlarging city. Read more about Chicago lofts below.

During Chicago's industrial golden age, the city was awash both with factories, pumping out both heavy and light manufactured goods, and the warehouses in which to store them. The onset of a new era, however, brought with it a changing economy. Greater efficiency and further mechanization meant that mass-scale manufacturing began to dwindle and was pushed overseas as skilled labor and an ever-growing service industry began to take hold.

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1601 S. Michigan Avenue Lofts For Sale1601 S. MICHIGAN-1601 S. Michigan is a mid-rise loft building in Chicago’s South Loop housing one, two, and three bedroom lofts.

1440 S. Wabash1440 S. WABASH-1440 S. Wabash is a newer loft building located on a beautiful tree-lined street in Chicago’s South Loop.

1260 W. Washington1260 W. WASHINGTON- 1260 W. Washington is a fabulous loft building in Chicago’s West Loop with updated units and attached garage parking available.

1040 W. Adams1040 W. ADAMS-1040 W. Adams in the Chicago West Loop offers loft buyers high ceiling, private balconies, and tremendous building and living amenities.

1017 W. Washington1017 W. WASHINGTON- 1017 W. Washington is a luxury loft building in Chicago’s West Loop that boasts incredible open floor plans and high quality finishes.

1000 W. Washington Chicago Lofts For Sale1000 W. WASHINGTON- 1000 W. Washington was originally constructed in 1910 and has the character & charm buyers have come to expect in a Loft home in Chicago.

910 S. Michigan 910 S. MICHIGAN- 910 S. Michigan in the South Loop boasts classic Chicago architecture and is located on one of Chicago’s most famed thoroughfares.

728 W. Jackson728 W. JACKSON- 728 W. Jackson, also known as the Haberdasher Square Lofts, is conveniently situated in the heart of the West Loop Gate.

720 S. Dearborn720 S. DEARBORN- 720 S. Dearborn is an extraordinary residential loft development in the South Loop’s highly-desirable Printer’s Row neighborhood.

711 S. Dearborn711 S. DEARBORN- 711 S. Dearborn is a classic Chicago South Loop loft development positioned nicely in the Printer’s Row part of the neighborhood.

600 S. Dearborn600 S. DEARBORN- 600 S. Dearborn is a large loft development in Chicago’s South Loop and is actually the tallest building in Printer’s Row at 22 stories.

547 S Clark547 S. CLARK- 547 S. Clark is a nine story loft building in the South Loop loaded with building amenities that are highlighted by spectacular sun decks.

540 N. Lake Shore540 N. LAKE SHORE- 540 N. Lake Shore Drive is a rare residential loft building situated on beautiful North Lake Shore with stunning views of Lake Michigan.

523 S. Plymouth523 S. PLYMOUTH- 523 S. Plymouth Court was originally built in 1917 and is home to large, spacious, and open work-live lofts that are close to downtown.

411 S. Sangamon411 S. SANGAMON- 411 S. Sangamon is a mid-rise South Loop loft condo building loaded with great layouts, modern amenities, and spacious layouts.

400 S. Green400 S. GREEN- 400 S. Green Street is a 67 unit loft building located in Chicago’s most up-and-coming and desirable neighborhoods-the West Loop.

331 S. Peoria331 S. PEORIA- 331 S. Peoria is an exceptional loft building in Chicago’s West Loop. High ceilings and nearby transportation set these lofts apart.

222 S. Racine Chicago Lofts For Sale222 S. RACINE- 222 S. Racine, once the Daily News building, is a fantastic loft building that is a favorite among locals and loft buyers searching the West Loop.

212 W. Washington212 W. WASHINGTON- 212 W. Washington is a desirable Chicago Loop loft building with top-notch amenities, private balconies with endless appeal.

208 Washington208 W. Washington- 208 W. Washington is a full amenity loft building complete with bike storage, door staff, an exercise room and sun deck, and more.

130 N Canal130 S. CANAL- 130 S. Canal is a modern Chicago Loop loft building filled with spacious loft units, quality finishes, and terrific building amenities.

17 N. Loomis17 N. LOOMIS-17 North Loomis is a phenomenal work-live loft option in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Find your dream concrete loft for sale.

165 W. Randolph165 W. RANDOLPH- 165 N. Canal was originally built in 1917 but has since been converted to very attractive loft residences that sit on the West Loop border.

161 W. Harrison161 W. HARRISON-161 W. Harrison is a Chicago Loop loft building with one to three-bedroom units, practical layouts, and generous amount of space.  



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More About Lofts For Sale in Chicago IL

Society’s continuous progression saw traditional manufacturing hubs like New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago witness a gradual abandonment of what were once highly productive work spaces. With so much raw space housed within what had become obsolete factories and warehouses, the million dollar question became what to do with these structures. The answer; recycle them. Hence began the conversion of these massive working spaces into living spaces, or, lofts.

While the original Chicago converted lofts date back to the early 1960s, located Chicago Loftsin warehouses and used conjointly with manufacturing plants, Areas like Printers Row in Chicago had some decades to go before they became trend-setters. Come the 1960s, loft living took on a new meaning. Beginning to separate from their association with industrial, old warehouses, lofts started to be recognized for all their benefits.

Artists living in Chicago's Printers Row were the first to inhabit these converted warehouse spaces. Wide open expanses, high ceilings, a superabundance of natural light, and raw brick walls and wooden support beams provided a perfect venue in which to create. The more people who took advantage of loft-living, the more the popularity of loft-living spread. Soon, it was no longer just artists and bohemians who inhabited lofts but a variety of urban professionals and others, all of whom saw the undeniable advantages of loft living.

While it is generally accepted that four main features define a loft (high ceilings, big windows, open spaces and exposed building materials), there are several subcategories that further distinguish certain loft types. Raw lofts, soft lofts, timber lofts and concrete lofts all posses general loft features at the same time that each boasts its own defining characteristics.

Raw Lofts in Chicago

Raw lofts, as their name suggests, are the most unfinished of all. Quite sparse, raw lofts are simply open spaces minus any facilities. The downside of raw lofts is the lack of such creature comforts as toilets and sinks but, on the plus side, raw lofts are terrific for ready-to-go art studios. Equally, they are an open canvas and are therefore completely customizable.

Soft Lofts in Chicago

Soft lofts are slightly more finished than raw lofts. Soft lofts have all the facilities of a standard condo but instead of having fully separated rooms, floor to ceiling walls, soft lofts typically feature partial walls; partial in that they don’t reach the ceiling. Additionally, soft lofts are often times not converted but are new construction, stripping them of them of some of the intrinsic character found in the hard lofts of reused warehouses. A benefit of this style loft is that you get more privacy than you would in a raw loft, as well as a more finished feel.

Concrete vs Timber Lofts 

Chicago Loft PropertiesTimber lofts differ from concrete lofts in their mediums. As their names imply, one is constructed with timber, the other concrete. Uniquely, Chicago is home to a significant number of vintage timber lofts, a fact that few, if any, other cities can claim. Timber, a material seldom used these days, adds a warmth to lofts which at times can, due to their sheer amount of open space, feel cold. Conversely, a benefit of concrete lofts is their sound-proof nature. Since lofts have been known to easily transmit noise between units, concrete can help quell this problem. Additionally, concrete lofts have a truly industrial feel, a quality that is very much in keeping with the origin of lofts and one which adds to their desirability.

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Listing information last updated on July 1st, 2015 at 11:53am CDT.