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The 2016 List of Chicago’s Best Landlords

March 20, 2016

The City of Chicago publishes a list of problem landlords, and updates it twice a year. The list has no properties in the prime near-lakefront neighborhoods where YoChicago concentrates its coverage.

A list of bad landlords isn't very helpful to renters, who are typically far more interested in finding a good one than in avoiding a bad one.

We know some bad landlords. We don't allow them to advertise at YoChicago, and we don't include their properties in our reviews and at-a-glance apartment lists.

We also know some very good landlords – some of the city’s best. The properties they manage range from vintage walk-ups to the newest luxury high-rises. We know them because they’re current or former YoChicago advertisers. We’ve been in their buildings, met their staff and informally debriefed residents about their experience living in the buildings. We’d recommend them to prospective renters without hesitation, and would rent “site-unseen” with confidence at their properties.

If you’re looking to rent near Chicago’s lakefront, from the South Loop north to Rogers Park, contact the following before heading to Craigslist or any other source. You’ll find floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info at almost all of the sites listed below.

Akara Partners recently completed The Hensley, a luxury boutique building in River North, and is nearing completion of Kenect, 240 apartments in River West.

Atlantic Realty Partners has developed over 3,000 apartments, including The Parker in the West Loop and 1717 in Evanston

Aviation Lofts is a recently-renovated loft apartment building in the South Loop.

BJB Properties and its affiliates own and manage about 40 buildings in the Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Rogers Park, Streeterville and West Loop.

Bozzuto is a national developer and property manager. Bozzuto’s Chicago offerings include OneEleven in the Loop, Atwater in Streeterville, Parc Huron in River North, and Lofts at Roosevelt Collection in the South Loop.

The John Buck Company is a Chicago-based national development firm that has acquired, developed or redeveloped more than 41 million square feet of property. Its most recent addition to Chicago’s skyline, MILA, is a 41-story, 402-unit apartment tower on Michigan Avenue that will begin pre-leasing early in April for May 1, 2016 occupancy. Loop

Crescent Heights is a national developer of condos, apartments, offices and hotels. The company’s Chicago offerings include Astoria Tower (South Loop), Burnham Pointe (South Loop), Echelon (Fulton River District),Park Michigan (South Loop), and The LEX (South Loop).

Golub & Co is a Chicago-based international builder. Golub manages Chestnut Place (Gold Coast / River North) and the new Marquee at Block 37 (Loop), and is developing new apartment high-rises in Streeterville and the South Loop.

Greystar manages more than 1,600 apartment communities throughout the United States. Greystar’s Chicago buildings include 1225 Old Town.

Group Fox owns and manages dozens of renovated apartment buildings in prime locations, including The Lofts at River East, the only loft rental building in Streeterville.

The Habitat Company has been building great buildings, many of which have been converted to condos, for more than 40 years. Properties currently managed by Habitat include Kingsbury Plaza and Hubbard Place in River North, the new 1000 South Clark in the South Loop, Columbus Plaza on the Loop’s New East side, andMcClurg Court in Streeterville.

Lincoln Property Company is the second largest property manager in the United States, with over 163,000 units currently under management. Lincoln’s Chicago properties include West 77 in River North, JeffJack, Circa 922, Arkadia, Gateway West Loop, and The Madison at Racine in the West Loop, 215 West in the Loop, K2 in the Fulton River District, North Water in Streeterville, and Mondial in River West.

Magellan Development Group is one of Chicago’s most experienced developers. Magellan’s Chicago offerings include Wolf Point West in River North, and Aqua, Coast, The Tides and The Shoreham in the Loop’s Lakeshore East.

Planned Property owns and manages more than 3,500 apartments in prime River North, Gold Coast, Near North, Lincoln Park and Lakeview locations.

Reside Living and its affiliates own and manage about 30 buildings in prime Buena Park, Fulton Market, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Rogers Park and Wicker Park locations.

RMK Management. RMK manages rental properties with more than 10,000 apartments in Illinois and Minnesota. RMK’s Chicago offerings include the new Scott Residences in Old Town, Halsted Flats in Lakeview,73 East Lake in the Loop, and Residences at New City on the Near North Side.

Suite Home Chicago rents more than 300 furnished apartments in 24 city and suburban locations.

Village Green manages more than 40,000 apartments in ten states. Village Green’s local communities includeEugenie Terrace, the only full-amenity apartment tower in Lincoln Park. Cobbler Square (Old Town), Randolph Tower (Loop), The Bernardin (River North) and The Streeter (Streeterville).

ZRS Management. ZRS manages Chestnut Tower in River North, North Harbor Tower on the Loop’s New East Side and 420 East Ohio in Streeterville.