West or East River North? There’s a Big Difference

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.

But the Eastern half of River North is where the real retail and restaurant action is. This is the home of the Magnificent Mile and its stretch of shops and restaurants. This is where the tourists flock, especially on weekend nights.

Where should you live?

This begs the question: In what part of River North should you live?

The answer, of course, depends on what you’re looking for from your River North experience.

The West side of River North will feel more like a traditional neighborhood for most residents. Yes, there is still plenty of activity here, along with a good number of shops and restaurants to which residents here can walk.

But West River North boasts nowhere near the bustle and activity of the community’s eastern half.

Developers have been quick to fill this neighborhood with plenty of residential options, from modern condo towers to converted loft buildings. This is good news for future residents: They can choose from older stock and newer units, according to their tastes.

This is a great neighborhood for residents who want some quiet but still want to be within a short walk of the Magnificent Mile and the high-end restaurants and shops for which River North is famous.

The bustle of the East Side

There are fewer options for residential on the East Side of River North. That’s because this side of the neighborhood is filled with retail and restaurants.

This is the part of River North that attracts the tourists and those looking for a high-end retail and dining experience. It’s home to the famed Magnificent Mile.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t find residential towers in East River North. You can, there just aren’t as many choices as on the West side of town.

Who should live in this half of River North? Anyone looking for the excitement that the city of Chicago can offer. Anyone who wants to be steps from the newest restaurants and shops.

Fortunately, no matter which side of River North you choose, we can help you find the condo that best meets your needs. Whether you’re an empty nester ready for the excitement of urban living, a single buyer or a young family, we can help you find the River North home of your dreams.