The Covent Apartments

Affordable Housing in Chicago, Illinois

Constructed in 1906 and originally attached to a 2000+ seat historic theatre, The Covent Apartments is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. The 3-story property functions as an SRO (single resident occupancy) hotel. It consists of 64 hotel rooms (also known as units) with sinks and closets. Residents have access to two large shared bathrooms. The property also comprises seven retail stores and an 18,700 square foot parking lot leased to the neighboring US Postal Service. This SRO property includes a lounge for residents and is located across the street from a City Target and several municipal bus lines. This property is being preserved in accordance with Chicago’s SRO Preservation Ordinance, which passed in November 2014.


Total Cost: $21,467,437


The rehabilitation of The Covent Apartments closed in September 2022. The rehab will consist of a gut renovation of the historic residential room hotel. Commercial ground floor bays will be maintained, while the 64 SRO units on the upper two floors of the building will be converted to 30 studio apartments by adding kitchens and bathrooms to all units. The buildings mechanical and electrical systems will receive upgrades, and indoor and outdoor community spaces will be added.


Secured financing and funding for this redevelopment project included:

$5,673,0024% LIHTC Equity
$3,500,000City of Chicago HOME Funds
$1,500,000City of Chicago Affordable Housing Opportunity Funds
$4,908,057First Mortgage
$3,097,846Illinois Housing Development Authority Supportive Housing Funding
$2,580,732Federal Historic Tax Credit Equity
$84,675Cash from Operations
$78,060Deferred Developer Fee
$44,964ComEd Energy Grant


Total Cost

$ 7,850,000

The Covent Apartments is comprised of 64 SRO units with sinks and closets. The property is unrestricted, but serves a low income population due to the surrounding community’s demographic profile.

The Covent Apartments purchase price was $7,000,000. Secured financing and funding for this project included:

$ 5,000,000Community Investment Capital
$ 2,200,000Chicago Community Loan Fund
$ 650,000Owner Equity