The Lofts at River East offer appealing alternatives to downtown high-rises with amenities like high timber ceilings, spacious layouts, and a riverside setting.
If someone mentions “city living,” towering, impersonal high-rises are one of the first things that spring to mind—particularly in Streeterville, which is chockablock with them. Then there’s The Lofts at River East.
At just six stories tall, but with an incredibly expansive nearly 550,000 square feet, this residential building is unlike any other mid-rise in the city. Born in 1905 as the city’s former product exhibition center and pier, the structure’s prime location, proximity to the Chicago River, and the subdued elegance of the expected finished product inspired its new life, says Bill O’Kane, owner of building developer Group Fox. “We worked with what the building gave us; it was built that way, over 100 years ago,” he notes. “The building is quite wide, so larger units were a natural result.”
The property is the only loft-style apartment building in Streeterville, and with loft layouts come higher ceilings, brick interior walls, and timber beams throughout. Another feature that sets the residences apart are their NanaWalls, which help create indoor/outdoor living space and stellar views for the apartments with balconies, which jut out over the Ogden Slip. “It creates an amazing living experience that you cannot find anywhere else in the city,” says Liz Pietka, managing broker and VP of marketing, who adds that The Lofts at River East is the first apartment building in Chicago to install the NanaWalls.
The standard finishes of each of the 285 apartments (studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans are available, ranging from 595 to 1,600 square feet and from $1,795 to $4,400) are all high-end, including gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances; granite countertops and backsplashes; ample walk-in and walk-through closet space; in-unit laundry rooms; hardwood flooring and carpeted bedrooms; and storage space aplenty. There’s also a 10,000-square-foot roof deck with several gas grills and a wet bar, as well as an outdoor movie screen; a private screening room; a gaming/club floor with a wet bar, several TVs, arcade games, pool table and more; a 24/7 doorman; a 24/7 athletic room equipped with TRX and boxing equipment; and bike storage, among other amenities.
“I think it will impact [the downtown] lifestyle in several ways,” O’Kane says. “It’s a loft style that is very synonymous with the city, [and] it’s close to different amenities you wouldn’t expect from downtown living—you can walk out your unit and hop in your kayak. It certainly will be different.” 445 E. Illinois St., 312-854-1818