River North Condos You Need to See

As one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods, River North has much to offer- from some of the best nightlife and shopping to the largest concentration of restaurants and art galleries in the Windy City.

If you’re considering making this vibrant neighborhood home, then it may be time to start hunting for the perfect place to live.

The Luxury Living team is here to help you find the best River North Condos on the market.

Where to Find River North condos

The River North neighborhood is located directly north of the Loop and north and east of the Chicago River.

Throughout the community area, buyers can find a great mix of residences, from beautiful new builds to old warehouses repurposed into trendy lofts.

A high concentration of luxury condos and high-rises can be found on the west side of River North, although more luxury buildings have been making appearances throughout the neighborhood.

The Luxury Living site offers an interactive map featuring premier River North condo listings that are currently on the market.

Unique Amenities or Locations

Many of the luxury River North condos offer both competitive location and impressive amenities.

If you are looking for property along the water with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, there are plenty of options right along Lake Shore Drive.

Consider living in a two-bedroom at 1150 North Lake Shore Drive #24H in the perfect penthouse residence, fully rehabbed and move-in ready. The beautiful building features a bike room/bike trails, door person, exercise room, storage, on-site manager/engineer, party room, sundeck, receiving room, service elevator, valet, and cleaners.

A few minutes closer to the Loop, with all of the same amenities and lakeside perks, 900 Lake Shore Drive #1509 also offers a stunning and recently renovated space to call home within the historic Miles van der Rohe building.

If you prefer to be in the heart of all the action, consider 55 East Erie Street #1906. This rarely available luxurious one-bedroom is steps away from fantastic shopping at Michigan Mile and incredible restaurants and bars along Rush Street.

If you’re looking for a two-bedroom in the same phenomenal area, check out 21 East Huron Street #1507. This desirable open-floor plan corner is a rare find in the city. You will also find 24-hour door staff, fitness center, indoor pool + spa, massage room, movie theater, on-site management, receiving room, fantastic dog run, desirable first-floor parking available.

How to Tour Them

If you are ready to see some of these River North condos for yourself, set up an in-person tour today.

Connect with an experienced and licensed broker who can help narrow down suitable condos and arrange a property viewing.

Don’t let the opportunity pass you by and begin your search for the perfect River North condo today!

 

River North Bars You Should Know

River North is the place to be if you enjoy eating, drinking and socializing. This vibrant neighborhood, directly north of the Loop, offers incredible restaurants and bars along almost every street.

With an abundance of options, the Luxury Living team has compiled some of the hottest River North bars to visit.

New Bars in the Area

It’s no surprise that new River North bars love to make an appearance with the neighborhood continually evolving and growing

Blind Dragon has gained attention thanks to its speakeasy-style interior, unique cocktail menu inspired by Asian flavors, 1970s tiki bars, and private luxury karaoke suits. This bar truly has it all.

Bar Sótano’s opening also has River North residents excited. Find the entrance to the renowned chef, Rick Bayless’ new speakeasy in the alley behind Frontera Grill and take a 100-plus-year-old freight elevator down to the 50-seat bar. This cavernous agave den offers one of the country’s largest selection of mezcals.

The infamous Three Dots and a Dash bar has recently expanded, introducing the Bamboo Bar. This cozy tiki bar has converted its event area into a bar within a bar for even more drinking space and selections.

Popular Neighborhood Staples

Among the new bars in the area, River North is also home to some classic neighborhood favorites.

If you are looking for an authentic neighborhood dive bar, step inside Rossi’s Liquors and get a glimpse into River North’s past. While the bar’s exterior sharply contrasts its ritzy neighbors, once you get inside, you’ll appreciate the laid back vibes and affordably priced beverages. Some claim it’s the only true dive left in the city.

Boss Bar is another infamous River North bar. Since 1987 this timeless hotspot has been the local’s favorite late night bar, open until 4 am Monday through Saturday and 5 am on Saturday’s.

The Green Door Tavern has an even longer history in River North. This charming, vintage bar claims the reputation as Chicago’s oldest surviving drinking establishment, opening its doors only one year after the Chicago Fire in 1872.

Where to Get a Cocktail or Watch the Game

Right below Green Door Tavern you can find the Drifter, the last remaining, authentic 20s-era speakeasy in Chicago. Since prohibition, this tucked away bar has provided delicious drinks and unique bar experience. The drink menu changes daily and live music is performed weekly.

If you’re looking for the perfect date night, check out the Berkshire or Franklin Room. Both cocktail bars offer cozy interiors, romantic ambiance, and delicious beverages.

When it comes to finding the perfect sports bar, Theory and Public House provide an ideal viewing experience, complete with good vibes, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of big screens.

Stop by one of these River North bars, grab yourself a drink, and enjoy the unbeatable energy this lively neighborhood has to offer.

What It’s Like Living in River North

The River North neighborhood in downtown Chicago offers its residents a vibrant place to call home. As the city’s fastest and largest growing neighborhoods, River North has become a hub for young professionals, art lovers, and foodies taking advantage of the area’s incredible dining, nightlife, galleries, and central location.

The lively neighborhood lies north and east of the Chicago River branches, west of Michigan Avenue and south of Chicago Avenue.

Discover for yourself why living in River North is hard to beat.

River North Condos You Need to See

Strolling through River North, the recent influx of new construction is evident. This neighborhood has more new construction condo building in various stages of marketing and development than any other downtown-adjacent neighborhood in Chicago.

While the abundance of condo options may feel a bit overwhelming, the Luxury Living team is here to help streamline the search.

If you are looking for property along the water with unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, there are amazing River North condos right on Lake Shore Drive. Consider living in a two-bedroom at 1150 North Lake Shore Drive #24H in the perfect penthouse residence, fully rehabbed and move-in ready. A few minutes closer to downtown, and with all the lakeside perks, 900 Lake Shore Drive #1509 also offers a stunning and recently renovated space to call home within the historic Miles van der Rohe building.

If you prefer to be in the heart of all the action, consider 55 East Erie Street #1906. This rarely available luxurious one-bedroom is steps away from fantastic shopping at Michigan Mile and incredible restaurants and bars along Rush Street. If you’re looking for a two-bedroom in the same phenomenal area, check out 21 East Huron Street #1507. This desirable open-floor plan corner is a rare find.

Discover more property details and additional available listings on Luxury Living’s sale site. You can also get in touch with an experienced broker to help you with the next step in your search to finding the perfect condo.

What is River North in Chicago?

River North truly began to slowly evolve into the neighborhood it is today after the Chicago Fire of 1871.  Following the catastrophe, River North quickly began to rebuild and introduce municipal buildings, housing for workers, warehouses, shipping facilities, and railroad tracks. Eventually, the industrial area became a warehouse district, with the construction of the Merchandise Mart, a 25-story building storing many of the city’s goods.

After two years of construction under Marshall Field & Co., the Merchandise Mart opened its doors in 1930 as the world’s largest building at 4,200,000 square feet and spanning two city blocks. The Merchandise Mart was intended to consolidate Field’s wholesale activities, from being scattered throughout the city into a single place where both consumers and retail managers could shop. The Great Depression led to many of the shops closing its doors and the federal government leasing the vacant spaces. However, in 1945 the Mart was sold to Joseph P. Kennedy, who revitalized the original commercial concept and gradually re-opened it to the public. Showrooms thrived with conventions and events, and the building became famous as a media center, hosting Chicago’s NBC studios. The Kennedys eventually sold the Mart to Vornado Realty Trust in 1998. Today the Merchandise Mart remains a hub for design in River North and additionally houses numerous restaurants, companies, and the Illinois Institute of Art.

From the 1920s-1960s, River North lost many of its residents to the Chicago Suburbs. However, things began to turn around starting in the 1970s. Artists and creative began reclaiming the area when they discovered low real estate prices and large spaces, which was the beginning of the River North Gallery District. Old abandoned buildings were repurposed into galleries, studios, offices, apartments, shops, and restaurants.

Ever since River North has continued to experience transformative growth. The neighborhood now hosts the largest concentration of art galleries apart from Manhattan, along with the highest concentration of restaurants, entertainment, and nightlife in the city.

River North Bars You Should Know

You can find plenty of great places to grab a drink scattered throughout the River North neighborhood.

The area has recently welcomed some great bars that are worth checking out. Blind Dragon has gained attention thanks to its speakeasy-style interior, unique cocktail menu inspired by Asian flavors, 1970s tiki bars, and karaoke bar. Bar Sótano’s opening also has River North residents excited. Find the entrance to the renowned chef’s new speakeasy in the alley behind Frontera Grill and take a 100-plus-year-old freight elevator down to the 50-seat bar.

If you are looking for a true neighborhood dive bar, step inside  Rossi’s Liquors and get a glimpse into River North’s past. While the bar’s exterior sharply contrasts its ritzy neighbors, once you get inside, you’ll appreciate the laid back vibes and affordably priced beverages.

When it comes to finding the perfect sports bar, Theory and Public House make an ideal viewing experience, complete with good vibes, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of screens.

Grab Dinner at These River North Restaurants

River North is the spot to be for any self-proclaimed foodie. The list of delicious restaurants is endless, from brand new eateries to neighborhood staples.

Among all of the new River North restaurants,  Parlor Pizza Bar has the whole neighborhood buzzing. With additional locations already throughout the city, River North has gladly welcomed this trendy pizza bar, complete with an impressive selection of craft beer, cocktail, and outdoor patio.

If you’re looking for a nice dining experience at an upscale steak house, rest assured River North has countless options including Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf, RPM Steak, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Kinzie Chophouse, and Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse.

For a more casual meal, check out Frontera Grill. This casual sit-down restaurant features acclaimed chef, Rick Bayless’ creative Mexican fare in a vibrant and welcoming space. Don’t miss out on some mouth-watering tableside guac!

River North Safety: What You Need to Know

One of the greatest conveniences of living in River North is the neighborhood’s walkability. Regardless of where you live in the area, you can find easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, and just about anything you may need by foot. In fact, 40 percent of residents walk to work. River North is also served by plenty of train and bus lines making it easy to travel outside of the neighborhood. Divvy bikes are available to borrow at stations throughout the area.

While River North remains very proactive to ensure neighborhood safety, it is always crucial to be aware and take individual precautions for extra protection. If you have a car don’t leave valuables in your vehicle, and make sure always to lock your doors and roll up the windows. When walking around the neighborhood after hours, it’s smart to stay on well-lit paths, remain attentive to your surroundings, and leave your earbuds at home. You can also check out these apps designed to help keep you safe when walking home at night.

Trulia provides valuable information regarding crime data in River North, including recent crimes in the neighborhood and most common crimes within the year.

4 Delicious River North Brunch Spots

Chicagoans take brunch very seriously, and River North residents know this all too well. Thankfully the River North neighborhood boasts some of the hottest spots to brunch in the city. Here are four of our personal favorites:

  1. Ema– Enjoy a Mediterranean-style brunch at this hidden gem. Along with a cozy interior and inviting patio, Ema features out-of-this-world plates including grapefruit brulee, lamb shakshuka, kefta and eggs and blueberry. You can also find Mediterranean riffs on brunch cocktails like the signature bloody mary.
  2. River Roast– Enjoy a tasty British inspired meal overlooking the river. This charming restaurant is the ideal brunch spot to celebrate any occasion, complete with signature cocktails and live blues music on most weekends.
  3. Fremont– If you’re on the hunt for the best bottomless mimosas bar, this is your place. Enjoy a boozy brunch and indulge in a mind-blowing all-you-can-eat buffet, featuring unlimited smoked brisket, an omelet station, a doughnut wall, a waffle bar and a wide array of desserts
  4. Hampton Social– This may win most instagrammable brunch spot in the neighborhood. The nautical-themed restaurant and East Coast-inspired menu almost makes you forget you’re still in the middle of Chicago. Be sure to taste the infamous monkey bread and take a picture in front of the neon ‘Rose All Day’ sign with a glass of Rose in hand.

Living in River North truly is a treat. If you are ready to experience for yourself all of the exciting perks and opportunities this neighborhood has to offer, get in touch with a licensed broker to help find your perfect home today!

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