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Behold! The Pre-Season Rental Heatmap

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Try this on for size, all you savvy renters. We're introducing our very first Rental Heatmap today, well in advance of the high season. Its task? Highlighting desirable and trendy rental buildings around town. Our 15 selections were culled from Yelp reviews, tipsters, and a moderate amount of sleuthing, with the added guidance of YoChicago's At-a-glance apartment lists. We've tried hard to abstain from prejudices, but there's obviously plenty of that in Yelp reviews, so don't take our list as absolute. Every building below had a cumulative four-star or better Yelp rating, and many have unique attributes that put them on top. We've summed up those attributes for you. If you're disgruntled that the list is North Side-centric, we say that's inevitable considering the popular large rental communities are also North Side-centric. There are, however, a couple picks from the South Loop and one from Hyde Park. We should also note, we made a decision to avoid condo buildings with a culture of renting. That just blows up the field far too much. Got more for us to add, we're happy to abide. Keep the tips coming!

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1. Belden Stratford

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2300 North Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL

2. 10 W. Elm

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10 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610

3. Parc Huron

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469 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Kingsbury Plaza

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520 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Flair Tower

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222 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Left Bank at K station

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300 N Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

7. 180 North Jefferson

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180 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661

8. The Tides

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360 E South Water St
Chicago, IL 60601

9. North Harbor Tower

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175 N Harbor Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

10. Columbus Plaza

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233 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

11. Aqua

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225 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

12. The Regal Apartments

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651 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Hawthorne House

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3450 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60657

14. Del Prado Apartments

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5307 S Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615

15. Roosevelt Collection

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150 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60605

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1. Belden Stratford

2300 North Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL

2300 North Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL

2. 10 W. Elm

10 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610

10 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610

3. Parc Huron

469 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654

469 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Kingsbury Plaza

520 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60654

520 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Flair Tower

222 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

222 W Erie St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Left Bank at K station

300 N Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

300 N Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

7. 180 North Jefferson

180 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661

180 N Jefferson St
Chicago, IL 60661

8. The Tides

360 E South Water St, Chicago, IL 60601

360 E South Water St
Chicago, IL 60601

9. North Harbor Tower

175 N Harbor Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

175 N Harbor Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

10. Columbus Plaza

233 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

233 E Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

11. Aqua

225 N Columbus Dr, Chicago, IL 60601

225 N Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60601

12. The Regal Apartments

651 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607

651 S Wells St
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Hawthorne House

3450 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657

3450 N Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL 60657

14. Del Prado Apartments

5307 S Hyde Park Blvd, Chicago, IL 60615

5307 S Hyde Park Blvd
Chicago, IL 60615

15. Roosevelt Collection

150 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60605

150 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60605