Located along the west bank of the South Branch of the Chicago River, River West is an up-and-coming neighborhood that offers a great view of downtown Chicago. This former industrial area is undergoing a facelift, transforming its factories and warehouses into trendy lofts and apartments. River West also features vintage two-flats and three-flats along with a flourishing market area teeming with bakeries, cafes, restaurants and produce stands. River West Chicago’s easy access to major highways plus its proximity to downtown and the Loop make this the perfect place to live if you want to rent a home that’s close to both your work and your leisure activities.
This locality offers rental options to fit a variety of budgets and lifestyles. Studio apartments in River West Chicago can cost $1,000 to $1,800 a month. Rent for one-bedroom apartments starts at $1,250 and can go to $2000, and rent for two-bedroom units ranges from $2,700 to $3,400. The area features many high-rise residential buildings, and each complex offers unique amenities. Some places feature hardwood floors and rooftop decks while others feature private balconies, washers and dryers in each unit, community rooms or indoor parking.
A number of warehouses along Randolph Street have been converted to cafes and restaurants and, from coffee shops to popular restaurants like Sepia or La Scarola, you’ll find lots of dining options throughout River West Chicago. The neighborhood also features rock clubs, wine bars and trendy night spots like the Matchbox and the Funky Buddha Club. Sports fans will appreciate the proximity of the United Center stadium where the Chicago Bulls play, and art connoisseurs will enjoy the many art galleries along Milwaukee Avenue. Entertainment venues in River West Chicago include the Chicago Dramatists Theater on West Chicago Avenue and the Edge Comedy Club on North Green Street.
Most River West Chicago apartments allow pets. The area is also near multiple veterinarians and animal clinics and hospitals. You can find plenty of groomers and pet stores like Petco within driving distance of the community too.
Residents in this community can enter I-90/94 via the Ogden Avenue entry ramp and the proximity of this highway provides easy access to the rest of Chicago. The CTA Blue Line has several stops in River West Chicago and provides rail travel downtown, to O’Hare International Airport and just about anywhere else in the windy city. For commuters who prefer a bus ride, both the #8 Halsted Street and the #56 Milwaukee Avenue buses stop in River West. You can also hail a cab on any of the community’s main thoroughfares.
The Chicago Public School system serves the River West Chicago community. Students in grades kindergarten through eight attend Ogden, then go to Wells High School for grades nine through twelve. Other high school options include the Whitney Young Magnet School and the private Saint Ignatius College Prep School.