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High-rise Apartment
The Loop, 225 N Columbus Dr | Chicago
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  •  Cat friendly
  •  Dog friendly
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Minimum Lease Term  
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Private Decks
  •  Resident Lounge
  •  Rooftop Deck
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Swimming Pool
  •  Washer/Dryer In Unit

User Rating

8.4
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7 Reviews

About this Location

Mariano’s
4 min walk
Grant Park
5 min walk
Lots of bars and
restaurants nearby
ME (rail) - 7 min
Green Line (metro) - 10 min

Pricing 
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Studio, 0 Baths
$3,968+
Studio, 1 Bath
$1,595+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$2,175+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$3,950+
3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths
$6,500+
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(872) 704-8022
  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
  • Convenience

    •  Business Center
  • Entertainment

    •  Game Room
    •  Grilling Station
    •  Hot Tub
    •  Playground
    •  Resident Lounge
    •  Rooftop Deck
    •  Theater Room
  • Included

    •  Basic Cable Included
    •  Gas Included
    •  Heat Included
    •  Trash/Recycling Included
    •  Water Included
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Gas Range
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stainless Steel Appliances
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Washer and Dryer Hookups In Unit  
    •  Washer/Dryer In Unit
  • Lease Terms

    •  Application Fee  
    •  Furnished Units Available
    •  Minimum Lease Term  
    •  Online Rent Payment
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning  
    •  High Ceilings
    •  Large Windows
  • Parking & Transportation

    •  Parking Garage  
    •  Private Garages
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
    •  Dog Park
    •  Dog friendly
    •  Restricted breeds  
  • Security & Maintenance

    •  24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
    •  Controlled Access
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Basketball Court
    •  Fitness Center
    •  Swimming Pool
  • Storage

    •  Additional Storage Available
  • View

    •  Amazing Views
    •  Private Balconies
    •  Private Decks
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Overall rating 8.4/10, based on 7 renter reviews

8.7
Location
8.6
Amenities
9.3
Management
6.7
Value
7.4
Social
9.8
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Aqua at Lakeshore East reviews and highlights

  • floor-to-ceiling windows with lots of natural light
  • exceptional amenities
  • great pool and large gym with good classes for residents
  • great location in the Loop
  • walking distance from public transportation
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Aqua at Lakeshore East Review

Great amenities and management

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Amazing Living Experience

This building is has incredibly friendly and responsive staff, amazing and clean amenities (gym, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room, office space), and a great location. The architectural design is also beautiful and pretty famous throughout Chicago. It's also right on the edge of Lakeshore Park which is its own quiet oasis at the heart of Chicago. The units themselves also have floor to ceiling windows which bring in amazing light during the day and incredible views of the city at night.

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Quiet location in the Heart of Chicago

The staff at this building is amazing. The residents are typically fairly young and very social. The building hosts events throughout the year for people to get to know each other. The amenities are exceptional. The gym is the largest I have ever seen in an apartment or hotel. The unit itself is very pretty with lots of natural light – floor to ceiling windows.

The location is great. Many of the major bus lines pick up very close to the building

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Great Architecture, Small Space

Everyone knows Aqua, it's on the architecture tour... but what they don't tell you is how small those curving balconies are. Many apartments have the larger part of the curve, but that was out of our budget so we got stuck with a tiny balcony sliver that's barely usable and kind of scary! Also, not a fan of sharing amenities with the hotel.

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Aqua

Great pool and pretty nice gym with good classes for residents. Kind of isolated from the Chicago social scene as there are just a few other hotels and a couple restaurants. Convenient that Mariano's is basically within the building and its walking distance from public transportation.

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One of the best apt buildings in town

Excellent location, the best in class amenities, good view. But the apartments tend to be smaller than in other buildings in the area (while the price is higher). Overall, I think not the best value for money, but the experience is very positive and I would definitely recommend renting here

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Love it

I really like my home. It is conveniently located next to my office, it has nice views, it's well maintained, clean and updated. The building is located in the loop which is a great location. However during the winter it can be a bit quiet. A part from that I love living here. The amenities are great too.

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The Neighborhood

Signature Spots

dining 25 Recs

Giordanos
Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe
Naf Naf Grill
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grocery 3 Recs

Mariano’s
Whole Foods Market
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convenience 1 Rec

Walgreens
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fitness 34 Recs

Chicago’s First Lady
Chicago Line Cruises
Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon
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parks 9 Recs

Grant Park
Millennium Park
The Park at Lakeshore East
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coffee 26 Recs

Do-Rite Donuts & Coffee
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About The Loop

This centrally located neighborhood offers its residents with very popular architectural signature landmarks such as the Frank Gehry-designed amphitheater or the most visited Cloud Gate with its contemporary designs. Alongside these remarkable structures, the Loop encloses cultural institutions, imp...
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Median rents in The Loop
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2,000
1 Bedroom
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2,400
2 Bedroom
$
3,300

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The Loop Reviews

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Love the neighborhood! As long as you don't mind an influx of tourists in the summer, it's a great place to live. It's a quick walk to Millennium Park & the lake. It's also very easy to get to the River North area. It's a central area for the CTA and walkable to the Metra. Some restaurants are closed early and on weekends, but there are more places open the closer you get to Michigan Ave.
The Loop is an unlikely place to live but I love it. You are in the heart of the city, close to every L line possible, very good restaurants and walking distance to River North without paying River North prices for apartments. Apartments are smaller throughout the neighborhood but if you are an urbanite and don't mind limited closet space you will love it here. Mostly everyone is walking distance to work.
The Loop has pros and cons. Living in the Loop is nice because during the day up until about 8 p.m. there are people walking around the streets which is nice because you feel more secure walking. However, on weekends and after a certain time at night it empties and it can be a little eerie.

That being said, if you're anywhere near State St. or the Mag mile, there's pretty much people around at any given hour. It's fun to live downtown because the streets are bustling with interesting people, sometimes there's live music on street corners and there are a lot of restaurants and shops.
The loop is always bustling and is a fun place to live. We are right near the lake, and it's super easy to get to State or Michigan. It's a pretty central location. The only downside is it's a very touristy area, and to go to the bars and restaurants we like we have to walk over about 15 minutes to River North.
The "bucket boys" place themselves at the intersection of Michigan and Randolph and often play all day. The sound is so loud and irritating that it often wakes me up on the weekends and I am unable to study in my apartment. The only way to get them to leave is to call the cops and even then the cops will take forever to do anything.
Great location close to blue, brown, green, pink, orange and red lines. 10 minute walk to State St., 5-10 minutes to River North, 15 minutes to Michigan Avenue. Grocery stores aren't really walkable but most people in the building use PeaPod/Instacart. Safe to walk around at night. A lot of new restaurants (quick service) opening in the area.
The apartment is in a business area so most things immediately nearby shut down after about 7 on weekdays and aren't open on weekends. It's very easy to get elsewhere in the city though to more exciting neighborhoods, the centrality is why we chose it.
The neighbor is a growing area. There are several new restaurants which has made it nice! Transportation is so easy with everything steps away.

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