The Best Apartments in Chicago for Pet Lovers

Whether the apartment communities include access to nearby trails or the buildings are close to pet shops, groomers and doggie daycare centers, you’ll never be too far to enjoy a game of fetch or to feel comfortable leaving your pet in capable hands.

Here are the top apartments in Chicago for pet lovers.

10. 596 W. Hawthorne

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A three-story vintage apartment building in Lakeview, 596 W. Hawthorne features a thoughtful garden entrance, on-site laundry and a bicycle room. Classic moldings, hardwood floors and sunny bay windows make the studio and one-bedroom apartments feel both cozy and comfortable.

Cats are permitted and 596 W. Hawthorne is just a block away from Wigglyville, an indie pet shop that features natural foods, toys and accessories for all pets.

9. 24 S. Morgan

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Enjoy contemporary urban living at its best at 24 S. Morgan. Located in the heart of the bustling West Loop, residents can choose from a one-, two- or three-bedroom unit with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, top-of-the-line finishes, chef-inspired kitchen, stylish bathroom with separate tub and shower, large closets, an in-unit washer and dryer and other in-unit amenities.

Building-wide, enjoy two terraces with grilling stations, a fully-equipped fitness center and a state-of-the-art clubhouse. The building’s close proximity to Restaurant Row on Randolph Street makes it easy to meet up with friends or grab a bite to eat.

Its location is also pet-friendly. Head to dog-friendly Paw Naturals a block away for popular brands of pet food and grooming accessories or Wigglyville Pet Boutique a couple of blocks away for high-end, organic and eco-friendly supplies as well as full and self-service grooming options. If you need a place to leave your furry friend, the 24-hour Pooch Hotel West Loop is just two blocks away and is popular with neighbors who need a dog day care center.

8. Lakeview

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Lakeview is conveniently located to a number of great restaurants and coffee shops. This pet-friendly building offers residents the option of a studio or one-bedroom apartment, each of which has hardwood floors, updated appliances and free Wi-Fi.

Lakeview is a dog-friendly neighborhood, evidenced by a number of pet and grooming shops nearby. Also, its close proximity to the Lakefront path makes it easy to either run or walk with your dog.

Treat your furry friend to some dog treats at Wiggleville, just one block away, as the indie pet store offers natural foods, toys and accessories. Next door to Wiggleville, literally, is Happy Tails, a pet groomer. It doesn’t get any easier than this for you and your furry companion.

7. 3838 N. Broadway

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All renovated studio units at 3838 N. Broadway come with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher and microwave. Its close proximity to the lakefront path and parks make it easy to enjoy the outdoors as nearby Waveland Park includes a golf course, lighted tennis courts and softball fields. Just a few minutes away is Wrigleyville, home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs.

Cats are permitted in the building and PetSmart is conveniently located just one block away for all your feline need

6. Park Michigan Apartments

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Whether you’re living in a studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment at Park Michigan Apartments, you’ll be enjoying high-rise living at its best. Natural light fills the units, which include open-concept kitchens with stainless steel appliances.

Covered parking is available and a rooftop deck complete with BBQ grills make for a relaxing evening after a long day fun. The building is just two blocks to the Red, Orange and Green line trains, as well as Michigan Avenue buses, making it easy to get around on public transportation.

For your natural pet food and treats, as well as grooming service needs, head to Kriser’s Natural Pet just a couple of blocks away. About a mile away on State Street near 17th Street is DoGone Fun, a dog daycare center.

5. 1120 N. LaSalle

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Bring along your feline friend to 1120 N. LaSalle, an affordable luxury apartment in the heart of the Gold Coast and near Old Town. Residents enjoy rooftop swimming followed by relaxing on the sun deck while they take in stunning views of the city. A fitness center, valet dry cleaners and covered parking are also available.

Choose from studios, one- and two-bedroom units, which feature newly-remodeled kitchen and baths, floor-to-ceiling windows and energy-efficient appliances.

Across the street is Bentley’s Pet Stuff, making it very convenient to stock up on pet supplies, food and toys. Within walking distance and less than a mile away is Tails in the City, a swanky supply store for pets with treats, clothing, accessories and grooming supplies.

4. The Hudson

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Private balconies come standard at The Hudson, whether it’s a one- or two-bedroom unit, making it particularly pet-friendly. And there’s more to like about this luxury property, including a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room, sundeck with outdoor pool and hot tub, grilling stations, fire pits and lounge with a shuffleboard table.

The luxury features extend to the units, too. Residents enjoy glass-encased showers and Kohler soaker tubs, granite slab waterfall countertops and an in-unit, full-sized GE washer and dryer, among other amenities.

Pet lovers will appreciate having not one, but two pet shops nearby as both Bentley’s Pet Stuff and Petco are within walking distance. PUPS Pet Club offer doggie day care services. Ohio Place Dog Park and Ohio Street Dog Park are nearby for socializing with other dogs and their companions while PUPS Pet Club a couple of blocks away offers doggie day care services. Belmont Harbor Dog Park is just shy of five miles from The Hudson for those dog days of summer.

3. Atrium at Old Town Park

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The Atrium at Old Town Park offers residents relaxing community areas to enjoy, whether it’s a great community room or the entertainment lounge. A state-of-the-art fitness center helps residents stay fit.

Choose from studios, one- and two-bedroom units which feature a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining area as well as walk-in closets.

Pet lovers will find Gold Coast Animal Hospital down the block, while Bentley’s Pet Stuff and World’s Babies Pet Grooming are conveniently located a block away. Just a couple of blocks away is You Dirty Dog, giving residents another pet grooming option within walking distance.

2. Old Town Park

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Residents enjoy condo-level finishes at Old Town Park, a modern 32-story tower with floor-to-ceiling windows located in the heart of Old Town. Resort-like amenities include fully-equipped kitchens and spa-like bathrooms and exclusive access to its recreational and social areas, which include a premium fitness center, outdoor pool and laidback sports lounge. In-suite laundry, a 24-hour concierge and complimentary Wi-Fi make living here, whether it’s a studio or three-bedroom unit, fun and convenient.

Across the street is Bentley’s Pet Stuff, which offers a wide stock of dog and cat supplies, treats, food and toys. The shop also offers local delivery, making it really easy to get Fido a treat without having to go very far, even if it is across the street.

1. 2010 Pierce Apartments

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Wicker Park is filled with great shopping and restaurants and the walkable neighborhood is perfect for pet-lovers, too. 2010 Pierce Apartments is located near the neighborhood’s namesake park, and each of the spacious two-bedroom units in this pet-friendly building features granite countertops, GE Energy Star Appliances and an in-unit washer-dryer. Storage lockers are also available.

Just around the corner is Wicker Park, a triangular park that includes a small dog park for your dog to socialize and run around. One block away is Wicker Pet, a dog daycare center, Paw Pals Pet Supply Co, a pet supply store, and Kriser’s Natural Pet, which offers all-natural pet food, accessories and grooming services. On Division Street, check out Doggy Style Pet Shop, a pet supply shop with food and eco-minded toys for cats and dogs, as well as a self-wash spa.

Methodology

We looked at all apartments in Chicago and rated them on the number of pet-related businesses within a half-mile radius. We used an exponentially decreasing scale based on distance from the apartment. For instance, veterinarians located across the street from a specific property would carry more weight than those a quarter-mile away. Our establishment counts come from commercially available business listings and may not reflect recent openings and closings.

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Megy KarydesAs a Chicago-based freelance writer, Megy Karydes has covered everything from space-aged tomato seeds grown in a Chicago Public School to Chicago Blues musician Lurrie Bell. Her work has been featured in USA Today, Travel + Leisure, Midwest Living magazine and other national and regional media outlets. When she's not out exploring the city with her two children and husband, she's perfecting her air hockey technique.

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