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River North, Chicago Real Estate

Trendy, chic, vibrant, and eclectic, River North is one of the city's biggest comeback success stories. For years, the River North real estate market was known as Smokey Hollow, a major industrial corridor in the city. Today, it's one of the hippest residential corridors in Chicago. Featuring one of the highest concentrations of art galleries in the US, River North is where the new elite live and party. River North condos for sale are located in the 60611 and 60654 ZIP codes. The neighborhood is a wonderful place for shopping, dining and nightlife.

Browse through the most recently listed River North homes for sale below or read more about community stats and the market trends of this area.

Condos for Sale in River North, Chicago

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River North Chicago Homes, Condos, and Lofts


River North is a pocket of the city where you will find oodles of new condo buildings, industrial buildings turned residential apartments, and lofts. Prior to the Second World War, this area of Chicago was heavily industrialized. Since then, the neighborhood has undergone a massive transformation. The development boom that began in the 1970s brought luxury glass high-rise and mid-rise buildings to the neighborhood, and there was no looking back. Old industrial buildings have been transformed into warehouse-chic housing, leading to the high concentration of lofts in the River North real estate market. Luxury condos round out the neighborhood, with a few single-family homes. Prices begin around the $140,000 range, extending to $11.2 million for a 6600 square foot penthouse.

Whether you are shopping for a studio apartment fit for a single person who likes to work from home or you have a family and you are searching for a space where you can all live in comfort, you won't be disappointed by the variety of River North homes for sale. There are plenty of options for all kinds of buyers.

Architecturally, River North has a diverse profile. In some instances, buildings are new. Elegant glass high-rises extend upwards into the sky. Inside, they feature floor-to-ceiling windows, granite countertops, and stainless steel accents. Other buildings are defined by a warehouse-inspired look. With high-gloss acid-washed concrete flooring, red-brick interior walls, and exposed beams in the ceilings, they call back to the once industrial profile of this community.

Featured River North Condo Buildings

A few River North condo buildings of interest may include:

Park Tower at 800 North Michigan finds itself above the Park Hyatt hotel. These condos are some of the most luxurious in the area. Residents of the complex can make use of the hotel's amenities, including the pool, sun deck, concierge service, and health club.

The River Plaza at 405 North Wabash Avenue features exceptionally beautiful condos. Kitchens include beautiful slabs of granite. Bright interior spaces ensure residents do not feel cramped. Windows brag views of the city skyline that are nothing short of beautiful.

The Fordham at 25 East Superior Street was completed in 2003. The complex extends 52 floors upwards and includes 250 units. The Fordham offers its residents a sophisticated lifestyle. Living rooms are accompanied by gas fireplaces and link to private balconies with stunning city views. On the higher floors of this complex, you can find expansive penthouse suites.

The Pinnacle was designed by Lucien Lagrange Architects and completed in 2004. This stylish luxury complex features unique elements such as marble bath tubs, gourmet kitchens, and spacious balconies. Onsite, residents can make use of the spa, private theater, health club, indoor pool, business center, and sun deck.

The Contemporaine Condos at 201 West Grand Avenue were finished in 2004. This building has won awards for its stylish architecture. The exterior of the complex is composed of glass and concrete for a distinctly Modern look. Units in this building tend to have ten-foot ceilings, custom details, and high-end finishes.

A Look Into the History of Chicago's River North Neighborhood

As mentioned previously, River North was once known as Smokey Hollow, as it was originally heavily industrial. That ended at the conclusion of World War II, with the factories becoming warehouses and storage facilities. That ended in the 1970s, when the need for warehousing in that part of the city ended. In 1974 development began on the newly-named River North, with the area being marketed to art galleries. With the galleries came those who frequent them, and River North began to transform.

Today, River North is known as the home of the Tribune Tower, Trump Tower, and some of the most expensive and luxurious residential buildings in the city. In addition to the galleries, River North features numerous bars, clubs, restaurants, and a vibrant urban life.

Dining and Nightlife Options In Chicago's River North

Made famous by John Belushi's ‘Cheezeborger’ sketch on Saturday Night Live, the Billy Goat Tavern is a combination of tourist trap and local haven. A bit more upscale crowd is found at Mexican food genius Rick Bayless' Xoco (if it says Yucatan, order it), or tapas restaurant Café Iberco.

For a lot of people, it begins and ends at House of Blues, but the River North neighborhood has so much more to offer. Public House on N State is a popular after-hours stop, as is the iconic Green Door Tavern, built in 1872. For a more modern, hip, environment, check out Sound-Bar, and dance the night away.

River North Culture, Shopping, and Lifestyle

Galleries, lots of galleries. They are both culture and shopping in this neighborhood. Emerging artists are featured at the following popular galleries:

  • Addington Gallery
  • Galerie Waterton
  • Schneider Gallery
  • Gruen Galleries
  • Driehaus Museum

Each gallery curates exhibits that have their own unique sense of style. Art lovers will find plenty worth exploring in this charming Chicago neighborhood.

Shopping for things other than art is all about the Magnificent Mile. Shops here cover everything from high-end cosmetics at Kiehl's Since 1851, clothing from East London fashion house AllSaints, and century-old men's clothier Ermenegildo Zegna. Off the Mile, it is worth trekking over to the Merchandise Mart, built in 1930, featuring 4,000,000 square feet of floor space, and home of LuxeHome, with more than 30 kitchen and bath showrooms.

River North caters to the young professionals calling it home, with an abundance of restaurants, bars, and social activities.

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