Renting & Living in Lakeshore East

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Lakeshore East River View

If you’ve never heard of Lakeshore East, the North Loop enclave just south of the river and north of Millennium Park, you are in no way alone. The 28-acre real estate development is tucked between the Magnificent Mile and the picturesque shore of Lake Michigan and you’ll find that many of your fellow Chicago apartment hunters don’t realize it exists either. The sub-neighborhood is also known as the New East side, which encompasses the area from roughly 150 North Randolph St to the Chicago River and from Lake Shore Drive to approximately 100 East Michigan Ave. The New East Side was quite literally developed to represent the pinnacle of contemporary Downtown Chicago living. The neighborhood’s stylish rental offerings have garnered apartment designers a multitude of prestigious awards. Towering high over the lake and The Loop, the beautiful skyscrapers and real estate within the Lakeshore East boundaries house both luxury condominiums and apartments. Many of Lakeshore East’s buildings are among the tallest in Chicago and even the tallest in the United States. They surround the tranquil Lakeshore East Park, which is currently the only park in Chicago to feature free wireless internet. Lakeshore East’s Village Market provides residents of this luxury development with easy access to on-site grocery, restaurants and shops. But with both The Loop and Streeterville mere blocks away, renters are never far from downtown’s premiere attractions. Millennium Park, the Mag Mile, Water Tower Place and Navy Pier are all within walking distance.

What’s Attracting Renters to Chicago’s Lakeshore East?

The sub-neighborhood is filled with restaurants, parks, schools and simply beautiful lakefront paths. Given its location, renters can make their way into downtown Chicago proper pretty easily and it offers residents a range of fantastic dining experiences that include several European-inspired coffee shops, fine-dining restaurants and traditional pizzerias. Renters will be able to find virtually anything they‘re craving within the neighborhood’s confines. Schools won’t be a problem either as there’s a long list of private, parochial and public schools convenient to The New East Side. When it comes to opportunities to unwind, Lakeshore East’s renters won’t be disappointed. There’s an award-winning 6-acre botanical park in Lakeshore East, Grant Park isn’t far away at all, and there are numerous lakefront paths ready to be biked, walked or run. Residents will even be able to picnic along the Chicago River’s south bank. More importantly, that’s all before mentioning its proximity to downtown Chicago attractions—ranging from nearby Navy Pier to the Museum Campus.

Shops boasting renter’s favorite brands will only be steps away in the form of eight blocks and more than four hundred stores worth of Magnificent Mile. Residents who don’t think that the Mag Mile offers enough upscale shopping will be able to stroll over to Oak Street; where high-end designer brands practically live. In terms of entertainment, the New East Side has renters covered. If they’re looking for musicals or plays, the Chicago Theater is merely a walk away. If they’re in the mood for classical music, they can hit the Lyric Opera or the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The sports fans among them will have the United Center and with it the Chicago Blackhawks, the Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Bears close at hand.

Rent an Apartment in Lakeshore East Then Visit …

  • III Forks – Steak houses aren’t exactly scarce in downtown Chicago, but few of them deliver the way III Forks does. Known for its 30 by-the-glass wines and also its steak. The rooftop lounge offers views of the downtown skyline, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.
  • Fillini – Lakeshore East’s architectural centerpiece , Jeanne Gang’s 82-story Aqua, is home to the opulent Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, which in turn houses this Italian restaurant and lounge. The bi-level space sets the stage for rustic dishes and patrons pack the downstairs bar.
  • Eggy’s – Named not for the brunch staple but for a childhood friend of one of Lakeshore East’s developers, this café was slated to open in April, courtesy of Custom House Tavern’s Peter Drohomyrecky and his wife, Sue. Slinging diner-style breakfast and lunch fare all day, Eggy’s plans to resurrect the blue-plate special with dishes like fried chicken; family-style meals will make this a stroller-friendly zone.
  • The Spa at the Radisson – Also located in the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, at 221 N. Columbus Drive this no-nonsense spa—a sauna, showers, two treatment rooms—is ideal for workers from the surrounding offices in need of an orange-blossom body polish or massage.
  • Amuse – Anyone who’s idea of the perfect aperitif includes signature cocktails such as the Amuse (Belvedere black raspberry, Grand Marnier-soaked cherries, lemon juice, prosecco), accompanied by veal schnitzel sliders, will enjoy spending happy hour lounging in Amuse. The menu also boasts an assortment of alternative appetizers including sautéed calamari and asiago gnocchi sized individually or to share.

Map of Lakeshore East, also known as The New East Side.