As some of Chicago's downtown neighborhoods transitioned and gentrified the 1980s and '90s, old manufacturing and storage facilities were converted to residential lofts. Now, the neighborhoods surrounding the Loop (West Loop, River North, South Loop and beyond) contain dozens of industrial loft conversions. Take a look at 10 of the top industrial lofts currently on the market:
1. The Loft: 152 W. Huron St. #300 [Coldwell Banker]
The Price: $2,100,000
The Skinny: Some lofts are a little bit rugged and raw; others are polished and luxurious. This one falls into the second category. The bathroom looks like a spa, the living room has a swing, and the walls are wrapped in African mahogany planks. Need we say more?
2. The Loft: 520 W. Huron St. #612 [Prudential Rubloff]
The Price: $1,199,000
The Skinny: A duplex corner penthouse in River North's former Stiffel Lamp factory, this warm timber loft has 13.5-foot ceilings and a 620-square-foot outdoor deck that wraps around the master bedroom. The place hit the market in December, but it probably won't stay there for long. [via Deal Estate]
3. The Loft: 420 W. Grand Ave. Unit 1D2D [Dream Town]
The Price: $1,195,000
The Skinny: It isn't the biggest or the most expensive, but this three-level loft scores points for its location in River North, and because the current owner has made it look so durn livable. The place also has a curved mezzanine and office space, according to the listing.
4. The Loft: 850 W. Adams St. #5AB [Coldwell Banker]
The Price: $1,150,000
The Skinny: Another combination unit, this 4BD, 3BA loft in a mid-90s conversion in the West Loop comes with some high-end finishes and nifty skyline views. And because the home is encased in concrete, you can play your music as loud as you please.
5. The Loft: 330 N. Ashland Ave. [Baird & Warner]
The Price: $1,127,000
The Skinny: We wrote about this 9,600-square-foot West Town short sale in October, and even though the price dropped more than $1 million, it's still on the market. The previous owner made some rather dubious design choices, but it's still a bargain.
6. The Loft: 407 N. Elizabeth St. #104 [No Exit]
The Price: $849,999
The Skinny: YoChicago revealed this 5,500-square-foot loft to us in the fall, and it's one of the more playful lofts on the market. The place has a working fireman's pole, eight parking spaces, and as Joe Askins rightly put it, it looks like a nightclub inside.
7. The Loft: 1000 W. Washington St. #536 [Urban Living Properties]
The Price: $799,000
The Skinny: We've heard some serious complaints about the HOA in this building, so it should probably come with a disclaimer. That aside, this penthouse unit looks pretty spiffy. It has an enormous roof deck with a complete range and grill and an indoor hot tub.
8. The Loft: 1632 S. Indiana Ave. #708 [Baird & Warner]
The Price: $795,000
The Skinny: The ceilings soar in this South Loop timber loft. Unlike some of the other homes on this list, this 2,400-square-foot loft doesn't have an abundance of outdoor space, but it does have attached balconies with lake and city views.
9. The Loft: 913 W. Van Buren St. Unit 7B [@properties]
The Price: $499,900
The Skinny: This 1,800-square-foot duplex penthouse loft comes with a 600-square-foot roof deck with a built-in grill. The interior has a spiral staircase and a stone fireplace. Not too shabby for $499,900.
10. The Loft: 1800 W Grace St #519 [Kopley Group]
The Price: $664,500
The Skinny: Timber lofts are more common in Chicago, but here's another concrete loft in North Center (or "near Lakeview," as some of the listings describe it). The 1,976-square-foot loft looks nice enough, but it's been on the market since 2008. Might be time to lower the price.