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Living In River North

Nestled cozily on the north bank of the Chicago river, the aptly named River North neighborhood is part of the core group of neighborhoods most people envision when they think about Chicago.

Filled with towering, bejeweled skyscrapers and dotted by welcoming commercial spaces and delicious restaurants, the history, richness and walkability of the area make living in River North worth considering.

Bordered by the Chicago River on its west and south sides, River North real estate is synonymous with technology and progress.

The neighborhood contains one of the largest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the city, with giants such as Groupon, Twitter, Motorola calling it home.

Explore all River North real estate listings for sale below or read more about living in River North.

River North Real Estate For Sale

New Listing - 3 days online
$344,500
Condo For Sale
New
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
915
SQFT
500 West Superior Street #808
Chicago, IL 60654
MONTGOMERY Subdivision
New Listing - 4 days online
$385,000
Condo For Sale
New
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
520 West Huron Street #209
Chicago, IL 60654
River North Commons Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$847,747
Condo For Sale
New
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,245
SQFT
500 West Superior Street #612
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - 5 days online
$315,000
Single Family Home For Sale
New
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
963
SQFT
225 West Huron Street #215
Chicago, IL 60654
River North Subdivision
New Listing - 6 days online
$242,000
Condo For Sale
Contingent
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
725
SQFT
300 North State Street #4135
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - a week online
$1,900,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,746
SQFT
401 North Wabash Avenue #52E
Chicago, IL 60611
TRUMP TOWER CHICAGO Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$649,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,600
SQFT
150 West Superior Street #801
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - a week online
$309,900
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
788
SQFT
411 West Ontario Street #609
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - a week online
$499,500
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,240
SQFT
10 East Ontario Street #4402
Chicago, IL 60611
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$799,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
375 West Erie Street #510
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$550,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,245
SQFT
700 North Larrabee Street #807
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$320,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
813
SQFT
225 West Huron Street #608
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$365,000
Condo For Sale
Active
1
BED
1
TOTAL BATHS
847
SQFT
400 North Lasalle Drive #4211
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$430,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
411 West Ontario Street #220
Chicago, IL 60654
 
Open House 12/21 at 10AM
$1,650,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,396
SQFT
360 West Erie Street #4D
Chicago, IL 60654
THREE SIXTY WEST Subdivision
Open House 12/20 at 10AM
$1,169,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,735
SQFT
360 West Erie Street #7B
Chicago, IL 60654
THREE SIXTY WEST Subdivision
Open House 12/18 at 10AM
$1,616,900
Condo For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,273
SQFT
360 West Erie Street #5A
Chicago, IL 60654
THREE SIXTY WEST Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$795,000
Condo For Sale
Contingent
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
360 West Illinois Street #9F
Chicago, IL 60654
SEXTON LOFTS Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$499,888
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,200
SQFT
33 West Ontario Street #55F
Chicago, IL 60654
 
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$535,000
Condo For Sale
Active
2
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,271
SQFT
400 North Lasalle Street #902
Chicago, IL 60654
 

More On Living In River North

In a city renowned for its architecture, River North real estate does not disappoint. The area boasts many of Chicago’s iconic landmarks.

If height is your thing, Trump Tower holds the neighborhood’s title, though it falls just short of the Willis Tower’s (Sears Tower, for the old school among you) distinction as second-tallest in the country. However, what the Trump lacks in size is made up for in stature by heavyweights like the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, and Holy Name Cathedral.

River North Real Estate - Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building

The Iconic Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower

The Wrigley Building

The Wrigley Building holds the unique honor of being the founding member of River North.

When they broke ground in 1920, there were no other major office buildings and the Michigan Avenue bridge was still under construction. The land was personally selected by William Wrigley Jr. to serve as his company’s headquarters. And it was designed by famous architecture firm Graham, Anderson, Probst, & White.

Fun trivia fact: the Wrigley Building was Chicago’s first air conditioned office building.

This Wrigley tradition of being would echo for years and include Wrigley Chewing Gum’s place in history as the first item scanned via UPC barcode in 1974.

Holy Name Cathedral

Likewise, Holy Name Cathedral is a place steeped in history and lore.

The seat of the Archdiocese of Chicago (among the largest Roman Catholic dioceses) opens its doors to all and ensures those living in the River North have a quiet place to reflect. Though the parish was founded in 1843, it was dedicated 1875 following the loss of the Cathedral of Saint Mary in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

Ironically, Holy Name was almost lost to fire as well in February of 2009 when a fire broke out in its attic just before sunrise. Holy Name stands today because of the actions of a few brave Chicago Firefighters who broke protocol and entered the blazing attic without their helmets or oxygen tanks. By all accounts, their actions saved this icon of River North.

River North Real Estate

On the cusp between River North and the Gold Coast is Chicago’s famed Holy Name Cathedral.

Designer Buildings & Iconic Architecture

Of course, living in River North wasn’t always designer buildings and iconic architecture.

At the turn of the 20th Century, River North was previously known as Smokey Hollow after its dubious distinction as an industrial and transportation hub.

Marked by factories and forges, and scarred by train yards and rail ways, Smokey Hollow’s role connecting Chicago’s ports to the surrounding areas would make it so the smog was so thick it would often blot out the sun.

In lieu of the homes and shops those living in River North see today, a visitor to Smokey Hollow would’ve seen massive coal bins sprawling across the area.

Even the world famous Merchandise Mart has ignominious roots as a giant storage warehouse, its long unused railroad tracks slumbering beneath its footprint.

Elegant Style & Modern Convenience

Modern residents living in River North may find it difficult to visualize their home as the setting of some dystopian fiction. Today, one of River North’s signature characteristics is its meshing of elegant style with modern convenience.

For example, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is one of the few places remaining where you can enter to view firsthand the magnificence of the Gilded Age of River North. Housed in the restored mansion of wealthy 1883 banker Samuel Nickerson, the museum highlights the prevailing design of the age replete with marble, onyx, exotic wood, glazed tile, and stained glass. On top of the architecture and design, the museum is the permanent home of art work from the private Driehaus Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts.

Foodie Central

This being Chicago, one would be forgiven for thinking living in River North means eating steak for most meals, most days.

While its true River North has its share of delicious steakhouses, such as Bavette’s and David Burke’s, there are many more equally tempting choices for foodies of all palettes.

The Boarding House offers unique, beautifully-executed fare like duck breast in black garlic sauce, cooked octopus tentacles, and even house-made pasta. For for a more casual, quirky feel, there’s the Bohemian House. From its back bar made entirely from wooden tables, to its impressive collection of grandma china, this Czech gem welcomes patrons with such delectable treats as chicken paprikas, pickled sweet peppers, and beef cheek pirogues.

River North real estate, Living in River North at The Montgomery

Living in River North – One of River North’s premier condo buildings, The Montgomery is home to some fabulous amenities creating a super convenient and elegant living environment.

Nightcap Anyone?

Got a full belly but not ready to call it a night yet? River North has its share of bars certain to cap your evening off right.

For those looking for scene with a view, look no further than Drumbar. This 18th-floor bar inside the Raffaello Hotel divides into uniquely impressive indoor/outdoor spaces and boasts pop-culture themed cocktails like the Stranger Things and the Orange is the New Black.

Afraid Of Heights?

Stick to ground level and check out the Berkshire Room. This old-world callback features a gorgeous main bar area that spiders off into side rooms that include barrel-staves paneling and whiskey lockers for those exceptionally rare spirits.

Equally tasteful and classic is the nearby bar, The Drifter. While many places claim the title “speakeasy”, The Drifter actually was one. Located in the basement of the Green Door Tavern, you can still spot the secret door amidst the virtually untouched classic decor adorning its walls.

Helpful Information About River North Real Estate

We invite you to check out the latest River North Market Report or read What To Look For In A Chicago Loft Condo.

River North includes two zip codes: 60611 and 60654.

Looking to rent? View current River North rentals.

Pet owner? Browse River North pet-friendly condos for sale.

If you’re looking for a knowledgeable River North real estate broker, talk with us. We know the neighborhood well and will help you find and negotiate the purchase or rental of the River North condo or loft that best meets your needs.

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