Near North Side

Overview

With clusters of towering buildings that rise up along the border of the Chicago River, the Near North Side provides some of the most picturesque views of Downtown Chicago. Residents of this bustling community are always on the move, reflecting the fast-paced heartbeat of Chicago's big-city atmosphere. With its many cultural, commercial, and nightlife offerings, the Near North Side is a reflection of Chicago's most metropolitan qualities.

Quick Facts

  • Current Prices:$180,000 to $11,500,000
  • Closed Prices:$105,000 to $12,500,000
  • Median Sale Price:$420,000
  • Average $ per sq ft:$481
  • Association Fee Ranges:$0,$40 to $8015/mo
(based on data from the last 12 months)
  • Type:Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single Family Home
  • Age:1876 to 2018
  • Sq. Ft.:1 to 15,000Sq. Ft.
  • Bedrooms:0 to 6Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms:1 to 7Bathrooms

Homes

Homes in this area come in a wide range of prices, styles, and sizes.

Where to Live

High-rise condominiums will be the preferred choice for most buyers interested in the Near North Side. Buildings are densely packed along the streets in this area, so to find open real estate you'll have to search upwards. With higher heights come more impressive views, however, and many buildings offer fantastic amenities and perks as well as great walkability to all that Downtown Chicago has to offer.

Where to Eat

Residents are sure to find something to suit their cravings among the wealth of options found in the Near North Side's restaurant scene. Try a deli or a sandwich shop if you're on the go, but those with time on the clock and cash in their wallet can enjoy one of the many fine dining options in the neighborhood. Red meat lovers, rejoice: some of Chicago's best steakhouses can be found here, including Gibson’s and Ditka’s. Excellent Italian and seafood cuisine can be enjoyed in the neighborhood as well.

What You'll See

The many benefits of the Near North Side do require a high monthly expense, so expect to see many residents here that are well established in their careers and choosing to reap the rewards of professional and financial success by living in the center of the city. However, some younger professionals and even students are able to swing apartment space here, attracted by the night life and glamor of the area.

Friday Night Fun

The bustling nightlife here is sure to provide entertainment for many crowds. A late dinner can be followed by drinks at a laid-back lounge or rooftop, where patrons can admire the serenity of Chicago's skyline. Those looking for musical entertainment can drop by one of the numerous theaters, piano bars, or jazz spots. Night owls with a party bug will gravitate towards the northern end of the neighborhood, where the bars stay open late to accommodate the area's insomniacs and dance enthusiasts.

The Perfect Sunday

A walk by the river offers a great view of Chicago's finest towers, including the historic Wrigley and Tribune buildings. For a more educational look at the skyline, hop into one of the architecture tour boats and learn about the history and subtleties behind each building's design. Finish the day by shopping along Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile, where luxurious stores line Michigan Avenue and provide goods appealing to buyers of all types.

Locals Love

Proximity to Lake Michigan • Great bars and restaurants • Everything you need within walking distance.

Locals Don't Love

Lots of tourists • High cost of living • Few options for car owners.

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Disclaimer: School attendance zone boundaries are supplied by Maponics and are subject to change. Check with the applicable school district prior to making a decision based on these boundaries.

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