River North

River North Condos

Want to browse unique galleries for original artwork? Looking for hot spot to dine or dance? River North is the place for these activities and much more. It’s also a bustling neighborhood that is the site of many condominium buildings which serve as convenient home bases from which to explore the city. One hundred art galleries dot the streets of this chic neighborhood which is also home to boutiques, antique stores and offices for urban professionals. River North is credited with having one of the country’s largest concentrations of galleries.

Only New York has more. It’s no wonder then that the neighborhood’s dramatic transformation got its start with artists and writers. In the 1970s, they migrated to this downtown area looking for inexpensive studio spaces in which to live and work. River North began its existence as an industrial and then a warehouse district. Conversions of the large, open spaces in warehouses and factories to loft-style apartments and condos signaled a resurgence for the area that is now a cultured, dynamic neigbborhood. River North takes its name from one of its boundaries, the Chicago River, which is to the south and west. Michigan Avenue lies to the east and Chicago Avenue bounds the district on the north. Whether your taste is for primitive art or abstract painting, River North is sure to have a gallery that specializes in your preferred style.

Artwork from one of the local galleries would look lovely gracing the walls of one of the neighborhood’s many condo buildings. It is certainly just as possible to furnish a condo with sofas, chairs and lighting by shopping at the stores in River North. Antique and furniture stores are here in good numbers. There are about 20 separate antique stores or warehouses in the neighborhood with an impressive inventory of antique furniture, paintings, prints and objets d’art. A large number of specialty furniture also are here with goods to satisfy nearly any need for home décor including lighting, wood furniture, beds, and linens. The Merchandise Mart and Apparel Center, which offer home and office décor, as well as apparel, are part of the scene in River North. Condos come in all sorts and styles in River North. There are high and mid-rise buildings, as well those upscale lofts. Impressive river views, parks with green space and dog runs are among the amenities that are free for anyone to enjoy in River North.

One of its landmark structures is Marina City at 300 N. State Street. Well-recognized as the 60-story-tall “corncob towers” that overlook the Chicago River, it was designed by architect Bertrand Goldberg. In addition to condos, it features a fitness center, swimming pool, skating rink, bowling alley and marina. New condo buildings in the residential landscape include The Montgomery at 500 W. Superior Street. The modern white travertine marble and glass tower was originally the headquarters for the now defunct catalog company, Montgomery Ward Co. It was designed by the respected architect Minoru Yamasaki and has been converted to 243 condos. Another new condo structure is 237-unit project planned for the 400 block of West Huron Street.

It will have 17 residential floors over ground floor retail space and lobby and four floors of parking. Condos in high and mid rises overlook a neighborhood filled with restaurants that offer all kinds of cuisines: American, Brazilian, Chinese, French, Indian, Japanese, Mediterranean, Spanish, Thai and Vegetarian. Tourists know River North for such well-known venues as Ed Debevic’s, Hard Rock Cafe and the Rainforest Cafe. Music lovers are drawn to the legendary House of Blues for world-class music

Condos in River North are an investment opportunity for someone who seeks value in a neighborhood that is already interesting and diverse and promises to become more so with time.