Printers Row

Printers Row

Chicago, Illinois Homes for Sale

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About Printers Row

Printers Row is a pocket neighborhood of the South Loop best known for its history as a hub for printing and publishing. Over the years, Printers Row has morphed into a mostly residential neighborhood and now provides residents a refuge from the heart of downtown Chicago. Situated between Congress Parkway and Polk Street, the quieter but lively streets of Printers Row are home to bookstores, bars, and restaurants, and the neighborhood is surrounded by amenities and some of Chicago’s best attractions.

Quick Facts

Current Prices: $124,000 to $1,135,000

Closed Prices: $114,000 to $1,500,000

Median Sale Price: $275,750

Average $ per sq ft: $265

Association Fee Ranges: $253 to $1518/mo

Type: Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home

Age: 1880 to 2009

Sq. Ft.: 1880 to 2009 Sq. Ft.

Bedrooms: 0 to 3 Bedrooms

Bathrooms: 1 to 3 Bathrooms

Getting Around Printers Row

Around Printers Row

Printers Row is known for maintaining much of its original architecture, and many of the industrial buildings in this neighborhood that were once used for printing have been converted into residences. Lofts and condos make up most of the neighborhoods’ housing stock, and this smaller, walkable neighborhood allows residents easy access to public transportation, grocery stores, and the Chicago Loop. Printers Row is also ideal for dog owners, just blocks from Grant Park’s ample greenspace and lakefront paths.

As one of downtown’s newer residential neighborhoods, Printers Row can be more affordable than neighboring River North or the West Loop. Even then, residents can expect to pay for a central location and close proximity to Chicago’s many attractions. Locals value this neighborhoods’ convenient location, and as Printers Row continues to see growth and development, it’s been able to maintain it quieter, friendly atmosphere that makes it an attractive place to live.

Printers Row has its fair share of local bars and restaurants, all conveniently located within walking distance of one another. Flaco’s Tacos is a local favorite for late-night tacos and happy hour bites, and Standing Room Only is a sports-lovers haven, full of local sports memorabilia, tasty food, and outdoor patio seating. Just outside this neighborhood, residents have easy access to culinary hotspots along Randolph Street in the West Loop and some of Chicago’s trendiest restaurants in River North.

The tree-lined streets of Printers Row offer an escape from downtown, but there’s still plenty going on in this neighborhood. In line with its history as a hub for printing and publishing, Printers Row is home to a handful of bookstores, including Sandmeyer’s, a local mom-and-pop book shop that has become a neighborhood favorite for book lovers. Printers Row also hosts the annual Printers Row Lit Fest, where booksellers from across the country line Dearborn and Polk streets in the biggest free literary event in the Midwest.

Printers Row is home to local bars and taverns that make up the neighborhood’s nightlife scene. Kasey’s Tavern and First Draft bar are among the best known, offering a casual atmosphere and a great beer selection. The Printers Row Wine Shop is another local favorite, with an extensive wine selection, craft beer, and tastings. Printers Row is also home to the Jazz Showcase, the oldest jazz club in Chicago, hosting live performances from local and international artists. Nightlife in River North and the West Loop are only a quick train ride away, where you’ll find art galleries, nightclubs, cocktail lounges and a wide variety of restaurants and bars.

Take advantage of the neighborhood’s proximity to Grant Park and Lake Michigan, where many dog owners, walkers, and joggers head for the greenspace and lakeside paths on sunny days. Locals love Meli Cafe for brunch, a neighborhood spot known for their fresh squeezed juices, comfort-style cooking and secret menu. With downtown Chicago only minutes away, Printers Row residents have access to some of Chicago’s best museums, tours, and shopping, and the many concerts and events that take place in Millennium Park.

Centrally located Printers Row offers plenty of public transportation options to get around the city. The Harrison stop on the CTA Red Line connects the neighborhood to the Chicago Loop and runs north to south, and the LaSalle stop on the CTA Blue Line provides access to the West Loop and northwestern Chicago neighborhoods. A handful of bus routes operate throughout the area, and the quieter streets of Printers Row are very bike-friendly and walkable.

Locals Love

  • Quieter atmosphere
  • Local bars and restaurants
  • Plenty of nearby grocery stores
  • Park and lake access

Locals Don't Love

  • Difficult street parking in some areas
  • Pricey housing

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