There’s plenty to do this summer in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, everything from free movie nights in A. Montgomery Ward Park to the annual Taste of River North food fest and high-end shopping along the Magnificent Mile.
To the outsider, it might look like River North is one large area of restaurants, condo towers, shops and office buildings. But there are nuances to River North. It’s Western half, though still dotted with restaurants and shops, is a quieter, residential neighborhood.
More people are choosing to rent today, and if you travel through River North you’ll find plenty of new-construction apartment buildings rising in this neighborhood. But developers aren’t limiting themselves to apartments. Many are now building new condominium towers, too, in River North.
These new condo towers are a bit different, though, from what developers have brought to River North in the past. Today’s new condo buildings tend to be smaller, with anywhere from six to 75 units. New apartment rental towers in the neighborhood, on the other hand, tend to house hundreds of units.
And the new condos hitting River North tend to cater to the luxury buyer, with most units in them priced at $1 million or more.
Few architects have had the impact on Chicago’s skyline as has Lucien Lagrange. Lagrange has designed 27 important buildings in the city, including many in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Some of the key buildings that this Paris-born architect has designed include Chicago’s Park Tower, 65 East Goethe, the Waldorf Astoria and the Ritz Carlton Residences.
Lagrange isn’t quite as prolific as he once was, and he officially announced his retirement at least once, in 2010. “Retired,” though, isn’t quite the right word. Lagrange today runs his own Chicago-based studio, and is now working on a five-story luxury housing development in downtown Winnetka.
Lagrange, though, is best known for his work in the city, and his influence in River North has been particularly impressive.
An-An Ku is a long time Chicago area resident with extensive experience in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. Having owned property in the area for many years, An-An can effectively help clients navigate the real estate market in River North and the surrounding areas. Learn More »