Looking For High-End, Urban Living? Try River North’s Cathedral District


St. James Episcopal Cathedral – Photo By Eric Allix Rogers

So you’ve decided you’re moving to River North.  Even within River North, there are several sub-neighborhoods to consider.  If you’re looking for something that’s pedestrian friendly with tons of shopping and restaurants nearby, then consider the Cathedral District.

Chicago’s Cathedral District is a small community of luxury multifamily high-rises, shops and restaurants on the east side of the city’s River North neighborhood.

The Cathedral District is roughly bounded by Michigan Avenue on the east, LaSalle Street on the West, Ontario Street on the south and Delaware Street on the north. People visiting this slice of the city remember its Gothic architecture, high-end restaurants and eclectic, independent shops. And if you’re looking to buy here? The draws, again, are the mix of sophisticated high-rise residential towers and the nearby shopping, including the shops along Michigan Avenue and in Water Tower Place.

And if you don’t want to drive? You can walk or take public transportation just about anywhere.

Framed by its churches

What truly sets this neighborhood apart, though, are the stunning bookend churches that give the district its name.

The district is defined by three churches: Holy Name Cathedral, St. James Cathedral and the Fourth Presbyterian Church. All three of these churches offer intricate architecture. And they invite plenty of sight-seers.

Two of these churches – Holy Name and St. James – are especially important to their respective faiths. Originally dedicated in 1875, Holy Name Cathedral is the headquarters of the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. It is one of the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture in the city. St. James Cathedral is known as the “mother church” of the Episcopal church in the Chicago diocese. The structure is famed for its hand-painted windows and its historic bell tower. Several of that tower’s stones are still charred black from the Great Chicago Fire.

The churches, though, aren’t all there is to see here. The Cathedral District is also home to the Richard H. Driehaus Museum. The museum is housed inside a restored Gilded Age mansion, one decorated with particularly ornate architecture. Then there is the Poetry Foundation building, home to Poetry Magazine. This building, made of modern steel and glass, hosts public readings by famous poets throughout the year.

Luxury residential

Those wanting to buy into this district, have several high-end residential towers from which to choose. Three of them with the longest histories here are the Fordham at 25 E. Superior St.; the Pinnacle at 21 E. Huron St.; and 55 East Erie Street.

Each of these buildings boasts its own character. But those buying in them will find certain elements in common: Each provides stunning views of the city, modern and spacious living areas; high-end finishes; large decks; fitness centers; and indoor pools.

If you’re looking for a home in this part of Chicago, we’ll be glad to show you the condos for sale in this district. And if you’d like to extend your search throughout River North? We’d love to help you find your Chicago condo.