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River North

From humble beginnings to a thriving high-end community, complete with a world-famous art and culture hub, River North is where the heart of the trendy downtown Chicago lifestyle beats.


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River North is adjacent to Streeterville, just north of the Chicago Loop. Its boundaries include Chicago Avenue on the north, Michigan Avenue – better known as the Magnificent Mile – on the east, and the Chicago River on the west,

The area that comprises River North today was formerly the Windy City’s industrial and warehouse district. Its abundance of dormant factories and storage buildings was transformed into art studios and workspaces during the 1970s and 1980s. The creative crowd trickled in soon afterward, attracting new business into the neighborhood in the decades that followed.

The reinvigoration of the local economy sparked a wave of residential and mixed-use property development in the area in the 1990s through the early 2010s, creating the vibrant cultural hub that draws sports players and younger urban professionals – both for real estate purchases and casual activities.

River North, Chicago real estate

River North is an exceptional option for buyers eyeing hip luxury Downtown Chicago homes while opting to keep just the right amount of distance from the Loop.

With options for uber hip and highly stylish three to six-bedroom row houses and lofty penthouse suites, executive-level professionals and trendsetters can realize their dream homes in this stylish slice of the Windy City. Some of the trendiest home options here are lofts built from repurposed warehouse buildings.

The Contemporaine is one of the best-known condominium buildings in River North. It won the American Institute of Architects’ Award for Outstanding Architecture for Residential Buildings in 2005. Other notable luxury condo high-rises in this neighborhood include:

  • The Montgomery
  • Ronsley Lofts
  • The Pinnacle
  • Ritz Carlton Residences

Living in River North

River North has plenty of personality on display in its many neighborhood highlights. Check a few of them out here:

  • Schools
    Primary to secondary level students residing in River North attend schools administered by the Chicago Public Schools district, as well as a number of private schools. There are also schools for the arts like the Illinois Institute of Art, the Arthur Murray Dance Center, and Chicago Dance. Graduate-level schools like the Erikson Institute and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology are also based here. Just click on any property you like to see nearby schools and their ratings.
  • Shopping
    The high fashion crowd is always in for a treat with the array of retail destinations along Chicago’s famed Magnificent Mile. High-profile hometown designers like Azeeza Khan and Maria Pinto showcase their creations here, as do favorite luxury brands at stores like Ikram and Christina Karin.
  • Dining
    Like most of the downtown Chicago area, top-rated steakhouses – Bavette’s, Chicago Cut, Gibson’s and Gene & Georgetti – abound in the River North neighborhood. For more adventurous palates, Bohemian House is a unique restaurant that offers Czech cuisine.
  • Attractions and activities
    A well-known hub of creativity and entertainment, River North features the greatest concentration of art galleries second only to Manhattan, specifically in the Superior-Huron district. Merchandise Mart, a commercial building that was at one point the largest building in the world, boasts of a 4-million-square-foot space that typically hosts art galleries and trade shows for furniture and design.

Contact the Walker Real Estate Group for more information on high-end real estate in Chicago’s downtown neighborhoods. Call Carla Walker at 312.342.0078 or 312-264-1236, or email your inquiries to cwalker(at)koenigrubloff(dotted)com today.