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1036 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

by Joe Zekas on 12/12/13

1036 North Dearborn is a 10-story, 135-unit Gold Coast high-rise, built in the mid-1920s and recently renovated.

The building’s classic architecture is easily recognizable. A brick column, framed by corner quoins, rises above the two-story limestone base to a band of decorative limestone that marks the building’s tenth story. A distinctive wrought-iron canopy frames the lobby entrance.

The apartments

1036 North Dearborn has a mix of studio and one-bedroom apartments. Floor plans are available online. In mid-December 2014 rents ranged from $900 to $1,645 per month.


The apartments have been renovated with a number of touches that hark to the building’s vintage heritage, including hardwood-like floors and crown moldings.


All-electric kitchens have dishwashers and built-in microwaves.


East-facing one-bedrooms have spacious bedrooms with two walk-in closets and an additional entry-hall closet.

All of the units have comparatively good closet space, and most have walk-ins. The apartments have individual heating and air-conditioning units.

Views. East-facing units offer a “New York view,” i.e. a glimpse of the lake and skyline.

South-facing studios look out at the brick wall of an adjacent, taller building.

Amenities, services, policies

1036 North Dearborn, typical for vintage buildings in the Gold Coast, has a limited suite of common-area amenities and no on-site parking.


The building has a first-floor fitness room and laundry room.

There’s a large rooftop sundeck.

A cleaners and convenience store are on the first floor of the building.

The building has on-site management. Cats are welcome; dogs aren’t.

The location

1036 North Dearborn is in a very attractive, steps-to-everything location on a tree-lined street with a neighborhood feel. The location has a strong appeal to and something to offer every age group.

Shopping. Residents of 1036 North Dearborn have convenient access to several major grocery stores, in addition to the popular seasonal farmers market on Division St and an on-site convenience store.

Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a short block north and a half-block west of the property.

Jewel Foods, two short blocks north and another short block west, is open 6 am to midnight 6 days a week and 24 hours Sunday.


The new, upscale Plum Market is a few blocks west on Wells St, just north of Division. A new Target recently opened on Division St, half a mile west. A number of convenience stores and delis are near the building.

CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are nearby.


Glamorous Oak Street boutiques and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops and Water Tower Place are a few minutes’ walk from the building.

Dining, nightlife. One of the densest, most interesting restaurant and nightlife clusters in Chicago – what some call the Viagra Triangle – is a short block east of 1036 North Dearborn.


Locals just call it “the triangle,” after the shape of Mariano Park.


Two short blocks north of the building is the storied Division Street nightlife strip, home to Bootleggers, the legendary Butch McGuire’s and more than a dozen other establishments.

Parks, recreation. Residents at 1036 North Dearborn have good access to a variety of parks and recreational activities.

Oak Street Beach, with its spectacular views of the Lake Shore Drive skyline, is two blocks east.

The fabulous Lincoln Park, home to the Zoo, Conservatory, North Avenue Beach and a host of playing fields and other attractions, is half a mile north.

Washington Square Park, a tranquil gem, is just south of 1036 North Dearborn, and Seward Park is a few blocks west for more active recreation.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is excellent.


The CTA Red Line stop at Clark and Division is a 4-minute walk northwest and the Chicago Ave stop is an 8-minute walk southeast.

A variety of CTA bus routes criss-cross the area along Division, State, Clark and LaSalle Streets.

Access to I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can be slow along Division St during peak hours. If you’re southbound or headed for the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), Ontario St is a better option.

ZipCar car-sharing locations are nearby. Taxis swarm the area 24/7.

The competition

There’s a wide variety of vintage and contemporary rental buildings in the immediate area.

Rentals are also typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting on Chicago’s Near North Side and our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

1036 North Dearborn in the news

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