River West is a relatively new Chicago neighborhood. It was once considered a part of River North, but it is now a viable, thriving community in its own right. In recent years, the construction of mid-rise condominiums in River West has attracted residents seeking a little more peace and quiet without moving too far from downtown. River West is full of converted loft spaces and condos, which happen to be prime real estate on Chicago's housing market. Trendy designs and upgraded amenities have become the norm in this hip, new community. Fashionable restaurants and nightclubs have also sprouted up, but locals aren't the only ones who frequent these hip hangouts.
The Loop by train, by car
Merchandise Mart by train, by car
Union Station by train, by car
Millennium Park by train, by car
East to West - Chicago River to Kennedy Expressway
North to South -Grand Avenue to Kennedy Expressway
Nearby Neighborhoods - Fulton Market, River North, and Noble Square
$165,000 to $1,180,000
Median Sale Price:
Average $ per sq ft:
Association Fee Ranges:
$0, $77 to $686/mo
600 to 3399 Sq. Ft.
Attached Home (Condo, Townhouse, Loft, etc.), Single-Family Home
$295,000 to $1,950,000
0 to 5 Bedrooms
1 to 5 Bathrooms
1900 to 2020
River West has a more urban and less refined vibe than nearby West Loop or River North. But don't be fooled by its slightly rough exterior; River West is a diamond in the rough. New residents are moving in as fast as new luxury apartments can be built. These newcomers are eager to contribute to River West's transformation while respecting and preserving its industrial roots.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The area is still developing its identity, and young professionals are flocking to the area.
A mix of old and new.
What will you see while strolling through River West? Simply put, a mixture of old and new. You'll notice remnants of the factories that once powered the neighborhood, which has been transformed into magnificent loft apartments. Lift your head to the sky to see a new crop of glassy, shiny, and new high-rise apartment buildings.
One neighborhood, two vibes.
River West is the story of two (really BIG) intersections. Milwaukee, Chicago, and Ogden are on the north side, while Milwaukee, Grand, and Halstead are on the south. They're less than a half mile apart, but each has its own personality.
Milwaukee, Chicago, and Ogden have that nitty-gritty-city feel, with energy that bounces off the bustling streets and brick buildings. Local favorites like Big Shoulders Coffee, the Windy City Cafe, and the Matchbox will welcome you in off the street with a hot cup of coffee and conversation.
All of life’s everyday conveniences within arm’s reach.
If you're looking for a delicious bite to eat, head to River West's foodie corner at the intersection of Milwaukee, Halstead, and Grand. La Scarola and Piccolo Sogno, two of the city's best Italian restaurants, are located there. They both have 4.5+ ratings and low double-dollar-signs on Google, so you can eat delicious Pollo alla Pasquinelli without breaking the bank.
But, let's be honest, does anyone still go grocery shopping? Mariano's and Whole Foods in the West Loop both offer quick delivery. Life is good in River West, right?!
A bright future ahead.
With pockets of the neighborhood still underdeveloped, this is one to keep an eye on over the next 3-5 years. As more people move into River West's new luxury apartments, new businesses will undoubtedly spring up.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
The sight and smells.
The Bloomer Chocolate Factory, located less than a half mile south in the Fulton River District West Loop, is famous for wafting the scent of freshly made chocolate throughout the neighborhood.
River West is served by the Blue Line, which runs from O'Hare Airport through the Loop and to the southwest part of the city. The Loop is usually only a 10-minute walk from the station. A bus line runs along Milwaukee Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the area, providing direct access to Wicker Park and the West Loop. Milwaukee Avenue has a long history of being bike-friendly, with long stretches of protected bike lanes. A popular route for cyclists—the street is affectionately known as "Hipster Highway"—drivers should keep an eye out for bikers.
West Town Winterfest
Located just near River West, Winterfest invites residents and visitors to shop and dine at West Town's diverse retail and dining options. Winterfest shopping guides will be distributed throughout the neighborhood, allowing participants to "shop the blocks" of West Town. The return of everyone's favorite curated shopping experience - the "Jolly Trolley" guided shopping trolley tours - will also be part of the event. Polar Beverages is the event's sponsor.