A Guide to Choosing Your First Apartment in Chicago

A Guide to Choosing Your First Apartment in Chicago

Embarking on the adventure of selecting your first apartment in Chicago marks an exciting new chapter. As you explore Chicago’s best neighborhoods and research various apartment options, prioritizing your specific needs becomes essential to narrow your search for the perfect apartment.

In this vibrant city known for its rich culture and dynamic neighborhoods, the choices are as diverse as the communities themselves. Below are some key considerations to guide you in making well-informed decisions about your new apartment. 

Find the Best Apartment Location to Balance Work and Life

Belmont Harbor

Choosing the right neighborhood and location tailored to your daily lifestyle is essential. To ensure your living experience aligns seamlessly with your lifestyle, consider the unique offerings each neighborhood provides.

Whether your preference is to reside near the iconic Wrigley Field in Lakeview or immerse yourself in the bustling ambiance of downtown Gold Coast, factoring in your frequently visited destinations is imperative. Considerations such as proximity to grocery stores, accessibility to public transit stops, and acceptable commuting distance to work or school all play a vital role in the apartment search.

Fortunately, all 31 buildings in PPM’s apartment portfolio are strategically close to public transit, grocery stores, shopping centers, and dining establishments. And, with PPM Connect Rewards, residents can enjoy exclusive discounts at select local businesses!

Apartment Layout – Deciding Between Studio or Multi-Bedroom Units

Living Room

After determining the location, the focus shifts to the layout of your living space. For independent living, choose between a studio apartment, a convertible, or a one-bedroom unit. Studio apartments offer a singular room with a kitchen and private bathroom, while one-bedroom units feature a distinct bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen space. Consider the cost-effective and versatile option of convertible units, featuring a sliding door that transforms an open space into a closed room.

For those sharing space with a roommate, explore two-bedroom or three-bedroom units, with additional considerations for a separate dining room and the option of an office space or den. Our apartments at 634 W. Cornelia feature unique 1-bedroom units with an attached den for extra space.

Regardless of your layout preference, PPM offers a variety of units, spanning from studios to penthouses. Schedule a tour today to experience our spaces firsthand!

Choose Apartments with Amenities Most Important to You

Pool Sundeck 750 N Rush

Amenities play a pivotal role in selecting your future residence, serving as the cornerstone of your living experience. These features are designed to enhance your daily life, offering convenience and ease. Considerations for amenities include on-site gyms, business centers, the choice between in-unit and in-building washer/dryers, a front desk concierge, access to a pool or rooftop deck, modern kitchen appliances, and parking facilities.

Whether it’s the indoor pool and spa at 100 W. Chestnut, the in-unit laundry at 750 N. Rush, or the top-floor gym at 1120 N. LaSalle featuring by floor-to-ceiling windows, all PPM apartment buildings provide amenities designed to streamline your lifestyle and alleviate the challenges of acclimating to city living.

An Apartment with a View is a Great Way to Enjoy the City

City View Gold Coast

Enjoying Chicago living comes with the benefit of stunning views of the city and its surroundings. Imagine waking up to the iconic skyline or unwinding with a sunset over Lake Michigan right from the comfort of your own balcony!

Whether you lean towards a downtown panorama or the serene beauty of the lake, residing on a higher floor can offer an enhanced perspective. These elevated vantage points not only provide picturesque views but also encapsulate the vibrant energy and diverse character that define Chicago.

Explore our high-rise properties with balconies at 750 N. Rush, 1120 N. LaSalle, 1133 N. Dearborn, and 441 W. Oakdale for breathtaking sights of the city.

Pet-Friendly Apartment Buildings Close to Dog Parks

Gold Coast Dog Park

For those planning to bring furry companions, securing a pet-friendly building is crucial. At PPM, we understand that pets are an integral part of your home, and that is why we offer six dog-friendly apartment buildings, each designed to cater to the needs of your four-legged friends.

Three of these buildings go the extra mile by featuring their own on-site dog parks, providing a convenient and enjoyable space for your pets to play and socialize. The dog parks are located at 1000 N. LaSalle, 632 W. Addison, and 515 W. Briar, ensuring your pets have a safe and welcoming environment at their doorstep.

Before submitting your application, be sure to verify pet fees or deposits and fulfill any prerequisites for your pet’s residency, such as vaccinations and necessary documentation.

Start Your Search with PPM Apartments

When it comes to finding your ideal apartment in Chicago, PPM Apartments offers you a distinct advantage. From convenient access to public transit and local businesses through PPM Connect Rewards to a wide range of apartment layouts and a host of modern amenities, we’ve got your needs covered.

And for those with furry companions, our pet-friendly buildings with on-site dog parks set us apart. Begin your search with us, and let us help you make your first Chicago apartment the perfect starting point for countless new memories and experiences in the Windy City.

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