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1111 North Dearborn apartments, Gold Coast

by Joe Zekas on 4/21/14

1111 North Dearborn is a 32-story, 286-unit, full-amenity apartment tower.

The building was completed in 1981, making it the second newest rental high-rise in a true Gold Coast location.

Capital Associates Development was the developer, Barancik Conte the architecture firm and Burton Lipman Associates the general contractor. The broad white verticals that typify many of Barancik Conte’s buildings are a familiar sight in downtown Chicago.

The apartments

1111 North Dearborn has a mix of studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments.

Floor plans are available online. In mid-April 2014 available studios rented from $1,350, 1-bedrooms from $1,675, 2-bedrooms from $2,350 and 3-bedrooms from $3,100.

The apartments have space-expanding bay windows. One and two-bedroom units have a well-defined dining area. Three-bedroom apartments have been created from two-bedroom floor plans.

Kitchens have been updated in a variety of styles and feature ample cabinet space, dishwashers in select units, built-in microwaves and electric ranges.

All of the units have comparatively good closet space. Heat and air-conditioning are individually controlled.

Apartments lack the high ceilings and in-unit washer / dryers found in the new apartment buildings – but rents are substantially lower than in those buildings, and room sizes and closets are typically more spacious.

Views. East-facing units offer the best views, especially from lower floors.

High-floor south-facing units have views over River North to the Loop. Bay windows expand the views from many of the units.

Amenities, services, policies

1111 North Dearborn has a full suite of amenities, including an outdoor pool and sundeck that’s the highest among Gold Coast apartment buildings.

The fitness center is adjacent to the pool.

The building has a business center with free Wi-Fi.

Bike and personal storage spaces are available. The building has a receiving room for deliveries.

Reserved parking and guest parking are available in the on-site garage. Vintage buildings in the area lack on-site parking, and parking in the area is scarce and expensive.

The building has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, a valet dry cleaners and 24/7 door staff. Cats are welcome; dogs aren’t.

The location

1111 North Dearborn is in a very attractive, steps-to-everything location on a tree-lined street with a neighborhood feel.

The immediate area has strong appeal to all age groups and an almost-indescribably rich array of dining, nightlife and recreational options.

Shopping. Residents of 1111 North Dearborn have convenient access to several major grocery stores, in addition to the popular seasonal farmers market on Division St.

Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a block northwest 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 1111 North Dearborn.

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

Two short blocks north 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 1111 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 short 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 a few blocks south of 1111 North Dearborn, and Seward Park is a few blocks west for more active recreation.

Resident kids and their visiting friends will head for Goudy Square Playlot on landmark-laden Astor Street, a few minutes’ walk from 1111 North Dearborn.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent.

The CTA Red Line stop at Clark and Division is two blocks north and a block west.

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

A ZipCar location is on-site and DIVVY bike stations are a block away. Taxis swarm the area 24/7.

The competition

Direct competitors for 1111 North Dearborn include four other Planned Property buildings in the immediate area: 1133 North Dearborn, 1330 North Dearborn, and 1000 and 1120 North LaSalle. Elm Street Plaza is at the north end of the block from 1111 North Dearborn.

Rentals are 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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