River East

A Developing Area with Lots of Eateries and Popular Entertainment Spots
Still growing quickly, River East is home to many wonderful residences, restaurants, and attractions. Most buildings are above sea level giving many units and high rise condominiums spectacular views of the water. It is also home to the most popular movie theater in the city and the famous Fox and Obel food market. Due to its smaller size, most amenities,entertainment destinations and great restaurants are a short walk away.
What River East Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
8.3
value
8.0
amenities
8.5
social
7.6
management
8.0
safety
10
Median rents in River East
Studio
$
1,900
1 Bedroom
$
2,550
2 Bedroom
$
4,050

Living in
River East

Right on the River
Touristy
Grocery Stores
High Rises
Mature Professionals
Bustling
Safe
More Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes
River East — 8.9/10 Rating (based on 21 neighborhood reviews)
It's tough in the summer with all of the tourists running in and out of Navy Pier. Lakeshore also floods right outside of the building, but it's always bustling and it feels safe. It's great to have the Target right down the street and several grocery stores in the neighborhood.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
500 North Lake Shore
Streeterville is essentially a more remote (and better smelling) River North. Close to Navy Pier, so can be congested in the summer. Right on the river, which is great. Right down the road from Northwestern Medical and law school, so pretty safe neighborhood overall.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cityfront Place Apartments
Streeterville is a very residential neighborhood so there isn't a ton of nightlife, but there are some nice restaurants! River North is only a short walk away so sometimes it's nice to come home to a quieter neighborhood.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
500 North Lake Shore
I think the area is nice because there is so much around... but it can get a little hectic with tourists since it is so close to Navy Pier. Especially in the summer. It is a little bit of an older crowd- I am 25 and am considered young. But everyone is nice and there is a lot to do
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
480 N Mcclurg Ct
Close to grocery stores (Whole Foods and Treasure Island), Target Express opening later in 2015, about a 10 minute walk to red line subway but lots of nearby bus lines, LA Fitness and Planet Fitness are the closest gyms. Safe area with high foot traffic towards Navy Pier.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Residences at River East Center
Our neighborhood is slightly crowded due to the influx of tourists coming to Navy Pier, but this has brought a boom of new businesses around the area.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
I really like this neighborhood. There's lots of food options and a lot of young people in the area so it's great for someone like myself.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
The food is excellent (albeit pricey at times!) And the neighborhood itself feels very safe even late at night walking home.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
Very safe neighborhood that has great proximity to the lake and to all types of transit. Would highly suggest.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Residences at River East Center
It is close to Navy Pier although you don't get that busy tourist feel due to the location of the building.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cityfront Place Apartments
Streeterville is incredibly safe and easy to walk around. Good shops and restaurants around the area.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
The neighborhood is amazing. WholeFoods and Target are both 1-2 blocks away, as is a movie theater and beer/liquor store. Not to mention, Ohio Street Beach is literally less than a 5 minute walk.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
500 North Lake Shore
Love Streeterville. It's only getting better. More and more restaurants, bars, and cafes are moving in! We have everything we need in just a few blocks. Grocery store, Movie Theatre, Hospital, Lake Front Trail, Banks, Coffee shops, and food!
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
Streeterville is a super convenient neighborhood - the building is right next to Whole Foods, Target, drug stores, etc. Everything you need is right here. It's not very close to the L is the only drawback.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
North Water Apartments
I like the Streeterville neighborhood so far, there is a good amount of grocery stores and restaurants. My only complaint is that there is limited El train lines in the area.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Cityfront Place Apartments
Streeterville is a pleasant neighborhood. However, it is very upscale and predominantly white. Not much diversity in terms of people, food, nightlife, etc.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
It is a little too busy for my liking. It is a very tourist spot for the city so frequently on weekends there are tons of tourists seeing Navy Pier.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
Amazing neighborhood, whole bunch of restaurants, movie theatres, Navy Pier attractions etc. Downside is far from any CTA lines.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
North Water Apartments
Great shopping with the Magnificent Mile. Lots to do on the weekend. Good happy hours. I feel safe in this area.
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10
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Residences at River East Center
Very touristy. Downfall of being so close to Navy Pier we get a lot of people on vacation and becomes crowded
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
474 North Lake Shore
Streeterville is a new area in Chicago with lots of fancy high rises and good restaurants. Live in style.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Residences at River East Center


Getting to Know
River East

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: N Lake Shore Dr to Cityfront Plaza Dr
North to South Boundaries: E Grand Ave to Chicago River
dining
Bellwether Meeting House & Eatery
Flamingo Bar & Grill
Kanela Breakfast Club
Volare Ristorante Italiano
grocery
Whole Foods
convenience
Walgreens
fitness
Brian Donovan Fitness
Chicago Line Cruises
CorePower Yoga
parks
Chicago Park District
Ohio Street Beach
The Park at Lakeshore East
coffee
Dollop Coffee & Tea
Espressamente illy
Molly’s Cupcakes
Starbucks
bus
121/65 (bus)
135 (bus)
29/65/66 (bus)
29/65/66 (bus)
parking
Sp Plus Ogden Plaza
About your Neighbors
Data from the 2013 American Community Survey

Zip Codes
River East includes zip code 60611
Rent vs Own
39
%
of River East residents are renters
Driving to Work
32
%
of River East residents drive to work
New Construction
22
%
of housing units in River East have been built in the last 15 years
Building Types
5
%
<20 units
4
%
20-49 units
90
%
50+ units
Demographics
Children (under 18)
5
%
18 - 34
38
%
35 - 54
23
%
55+
34
%
Unit Mix
15
%
Studio
43
%
1 Bed
26
%
2 Bed
15
%
3+ Bed
Occupation or Education
Working Professional
64
%
Undergrad Student
4
%
Grad Student
8
%
Unemployed
5
%
Retired
19
%

Best Apartments
in River East


Studio $1,500
1 Bed $2,150
2 Beds $3,100

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Studio $1,520
1 Bed $1,450
2 Beds $3,086

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Studio $1,761
1 Bed $1,839
2 Beds $2,643

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Studio $1,827
1 Bed $2,384
2 Beds $3,685

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Studio $1,495
1 Bed $1,800
2 Beds $2,500

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Studio $1,450
1 Bed $1,595
2 Beds $2,350

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Nearby Neighborhoods

Neighborhood Guide
The Loop
The Loop is a neighborhood which embraces it culture and architecture, which brings the area a beauty of its own
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Magnificent Mile
Magnificent Mile has a developed and contemporary neighborhood with several shopping and dining options throughout the area.
Neighborhood Guide
Streeterville
With an interesting historical background, Streeterville is an attractive and family oriented neighborhood.