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1100 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

by Joe Zekas on 1/27/14

1100 North Dearborn is a 20-story, 247-unit Gold Coast high-rise. The building was completed in 1930.

McNally & Quinn was the architecture firm that designed 1100 North Deareborn.

The brick building has some limestone trim, but it’s sparsely ornamented compared to nearby buildings built in the same era. Bands of thin limestone columns rise from the base to emphasize the building’s height. The minimalism of the façade is almost modernist.

Dark-blue awnings make the building recognizable from a distance. A dark-blue canopy cantilevers from the building to the sidewalk to shelter residents from wet weather.

The apartments

1100 North Dearborn tower has a mix of mostly studio and one-bedroom apartments, with a few two-bedrooms. Floor plans are available online. In late-January 2014 rents ranged from $1,200 to $2,300 per month.

The apartments were renovated some years ago and have 9-foot ceilings, crown moldings and hardwood parquet floors. Some of the units have built-in bookcases.

Apartments typically have small kitchens with gas ranges and an adjacent dining area.

Closet space varies from marginal to good. The apartments have radiator heat and window air-conditioning units.

Views. Some of the higher-floor apartments have decent skyline views, but most of the units have very limited views.

Amenities, services, policies

1100 North Dearborn, typical of Gold Coast vintage buildings, has a limited suite of common-area amenities and no on-site parking.

The building has a rooftop deck, a fitness room, a laundry room and a bike storage area. A furnished guest suite is available to accommodate short-term guests.

A cleaners, shoe repair shop, salon and swimwear store are on the first floor of the building.

The building has on-site management and maintenance, and 24-hour door staff. Cats are welcome; dogs aren’t.

The location

1100 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 1100 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, including a 7-Eleven across the street.

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 1100 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 1100 North Dearborn have good access to a variety of parks and recreational activities.

Washington Square Park, a tranquil gem, is just south of 1100 North Dearborn, and Seward Park is a few blocks west for more active recreation.

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

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

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.

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