Near North Side, Chicago, IL
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Near North Side Neighborhood Guide Chicago, IL

About

The Near North Side neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois is a bustling and vibrant area known for its luxury high-rises and upscale restaurants. This neighborhood is bordered by Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago River to the south and west. Significant roads that run through it include the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and State Street, which forms part of the area's western boundary. The Near North Side is home to the historic Navy Pier and is in close proximity to the famous Millennium Park.

What You Will Love About Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois

  • You'll enjoy the upscale and diverse dining options available, from fine dining to local eateries.
  • The Near North Side hosts many cultural attractions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Historic Water Tower.
  • The neighborhood offers a range of luxury shopping along the Magnificent Mile, from high-end designers to more affordable options.

What’s Nearby

The Near North Side is conveniently close to downtown Chicago, with its various attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago and the Cloud Gate ("The Bean"). It is also near to Lincoln Park, a large public park with a zoo, conservatory, and beautiful lakefront views.

The Rental Market

Renting in the Near North Side can be a bit pricier with the average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment in the last 12 months being $2,735. However, there is some variation with the minimum average price being $1,772 and the maximum average price being $2,748.

Rental Price Stability

The rental rates in the Near North Side have been relatively stable in the past year, with a low standard deviation of $317.62 reflecting less significant changes in price.

Lifestyle

The lifestyle in the Near North Side is a mix of urban sophistication and vibrant cultural scene. It is ideal for those who enjoy being in the heart of city life with countless cultural, dining, shopping, and entertainment options at their doorstep. Its proximity to the lake also offers opportunities for outdoor activities and watersports.

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Explore the Neighborhood

There are 1,168 restaurants, 141 grocery stores, and 161 parks within a mile of the Near North Side neighborhood.

  • GROCERY
    Enrich Market

    Dining and Drinking, Restaurant, Retail, Convenience Store, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.2 miles

    805 N La Salle Dr

  • GROCERY
    Foxtrot

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.2 miles

    114 W Chicago Ave

  • SHOPPING
    Chicago Review Press Incorporated

    Retail, Warehouse / Wholesale Store

    0.2 miles

    814 N Franklin St

  • GROCERY
    Gold Coast Market

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.2 miles

    71 W Chicago Ave

  • GROCERY
    Potash Market Wine Cellar

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store, Liquor Store

    0.3 miles

    1525 N Clark St

  • GROCERY
    Potash Markets

    Retail, Food and Beverage Retail, Grocery Store

    0.3 miles

    875 N State St

Near North Side Apartments and Rentals

5396 Rental properties in Near North Side, Chicago, IL.

  • Presidential Towers property

    $1,630+

    Presidential Towers

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    471–1101 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Lake Shore Plaza property

    $1,955+

    Lake Shore Plaza

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    590–950 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Wells Place Luxury Apartments property

    $2,427+

    Wells Place Luxury Apartments

    1–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    782–1170 Sqft

    3 Units Available

  • Cassidy on Canal property

    $2,382+

    Cassidy on Canal

    Studio–2 Beds • 1–2 Baths

    503–1988 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

  • Park View property

    $1,425+

    Park View

    Studio–2 Beds

    247–1000 Sqft

    Available 8/15

  • 40 East Oak Vintage Apartments property

    $1,590+

    40 East Oak Vintage Apartments

    Studio–1 Beds • 1 Bath

    430–875 Sqft

    10+ Units Available

Cost of Living

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CategoryCompare to State Avg.Compare to National Avg.
housing
15.2%
39.2%
utilities
0.2%
8.9%
food
1.6%
3.4%
transportation
0%
5.8%
healthcare
3.4%
7.3%

Near North Side Demographics

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Near North Side Reviews

people smiling
  • Area Has Litter

    No

    Say 12 of 13 renters

  • Near Grocery Stores

    Yes

    Say 12 of 13 renters

  • Well Lit

    Yes

    Say 12 of 13 renters

  • Area Has Potholes

    No

    Say 11 of 13 renters

  • Near Downtown

    Yes

    Say 10 of 13 renters

  • Nearby Parks

    Yes

    Say 10 of 13 renters

Near North Side Transportation

walk bike and transit

Walker’s Paradise

97/100
Walk Score®
The Walk Score© measures walkability on a scale of 0-100 based on walking routes to destinations such as dining and drinking, groceries, and shopping.

Very Bikeable

85/100
Bike Score®

Rider’s Paradise

92/100
3 train stops

CTA - Chicago Brown Line

Train Stop

300 W Chicago Ave

CTA - Chicago

Train Stop

300 W Chicago Ave

CTA-Chicago-Red Line

Train Stop

800 N State St

Source: foursquare.com

Near North Side Schools

Neighborhoods Around Near North Side

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West LoopNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,630
106%
River NorthNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,000--
Gold CoastNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,650
1%
Old TownNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois----
Lincoln ParkNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,402
17%
North SideNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,370
14%
River WestNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,900--
The LoopNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,500
28%
StreetervilleNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,057
16%
Fulton MarketNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,500
0%
West SideNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,198
72%
Near West SideNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,198
2%
Logan SquareNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,600--
Lake View EastNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,332
10%
West TownNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,070
38%
Fulton River DistrictNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,594--
Wicker ParkNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,600--
UptownNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,451
16%
Near East SideNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,625
11%
Printer's RowNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois----
BucktownNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,600--
Near South SideNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,057
2%
Park WestNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,222
10%
Ukrainian VillageNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,450--
Little ItalyNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$2,247
4%
Prairie ShoresNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois----
BridgeportNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois----
Buena ParkNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,465
7%
Roscoe VillageNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois----
Lake MeadowsNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,369--
North CenterNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$1,245
4%
AvondaleNeighborhood in Chicago, Illinois$900--