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1120 North LaSalle apartments, Gold Coast adjacent

by Joe Zekas on 11/1/13

1120 North LaSalle is a 20-story, 263-unit, full-amenity apartment tower situated at the cusp of the Old Town and Gold Coast neighborhoods. The building was completed in 1981.

Barancik Conte & Associates was the architecture firm for the building. Its soaring vertical columns are a signature of the firm’s work, which includes 990 N Lake Shore Dr, 1730 N Clark St and 1111 N Dearborn. Burton Lipman Associates was the general contractor.

The apartments

1120 North LaSalle has studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments in 11 different floor plans. Two-bedrooms have either 1 or 2 baths. Floor plans are available online.


The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows and most have space-expanding bay windows. One of the two-bedroom plans has a split-bedroom layout and also features a well-defined dining area.

Bedrooms are spacious enough to accommodate large furniture.


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

Some of the apartments have a mix of wood-like floors and carpeted areas. Almost all of the units have comparatively good closet space. Heat and air-conditioning are individually controlled.

Many of the apartments have private balconies.

Apartments lack the high ceilings and in-unit washer / dryers found in the new apartment buildings – but rents are substantially lower and living spaces comparatively more generous than in those buildings.


Views. East-facing units offer the best views, with higher-floors having sweeping views of the skyline. The view north looks out on the Gold Coast.


West-facing units look out over the cityscape. There are views of the Loop from higher floors. Angled bay windows expand the views from almost all of the units.

Amenities, services, policies

1120 North LaSalle has a good mix of amenities.


There’s a popular multi-level outdoor pool and sundeck on the roof that occasionally turns into a party scene.

Adjacent to the pool is a fully-equipped fitness center with skyline views to the east.

The building has a business center with free Wi-Fi. Bike storage is available.

Covered reserved parking and guest parking are available on-site.

1120 North LaSalle has on-site leasing and management staff, and 24/7 door staff. Cats are welcome; dogs aren’t.

The location

1120 North LaSalle is in a keystone location that affords residents walkable access to the Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park and River North. The immediate area has a strong appeal to all age groups.

WalkScore gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 100 and an “Excellent Transit” score of 85 – lower than many locations that have far inferior access to public transit.

Shopping. Residents of 1120 North LaSalle have several major grocery stores nearby, in addition to the popular seasonal farmers market on Division St.

Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a short block east of the property.

Jewel Foods, a half a block north and a short block east, is open 6 am to midnight 6 days a week and 24 hours Sunday.


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

CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are a few minutes’ walk east of the building.


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

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Residents at 1133 North LaSalle are within a short walk of three major clusters of bars, restaurants and entertainment venues along Wells Street, Division Street and Rush Street.

The pedestrian-friendly Wells Street strip that begins a block west of the property is packed with popular bars, sidewalk cafes and comedy clubs, and still retains a few of the quirky shops from its days as a tourist destination.


Just east of 1120 North LaSalle is the storied Division Street nightlife strip, home to Mothers, the legendary Butch McGuire’s and more than a dozen other establishments.


The Rush Street triangle that frames Mariano Park is one of the most vibrant people-watching, drinking and dining scenes in Chicago.

Parks, recreation. Residents at 1120 North LaSalle have good access to a wide range of parks and recreational activities.

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

Lincoln Park, home to the Zoo, Conservatory, North Avenue Beach and a host of playing fields and other attractions, is half a mile north. It’s one of the greatest urban playgrounds in the nation.

Washington Square Park, a tranquil gem, is a few blocks south of 1120 North LaSalle.

Seward Park, two blocks west, has ball fields and basketball courts for more active recreation.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is outstanding.

The CTA Red Line stop at Clark and Division is a half-block north and a short block east for easy access to the Loop and Cubs and White Sox ballparks.

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.

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

The competition

Direct competitors for 1120 North LaSalle include four other Planned Property buildings in the immediate area: 1111 , 1133 and 1330 North Dearborn, and 1000 North LaSalle. Elm Street Plaza is directly across the street from 1120 North LaSalle.

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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