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25 East Delaware apartments, Near North Side

by Joe Zekas on 11/11/13

25 East Delaware is a 140-unit, 18-story apartment tower on Chicago’s Near North Side.

The vintage building, which was completed in 1927, includes ground-level retail and restaurant space. Hooper & Janusch was the architecture firm for the limestone and brick tower, which has a fanciful cupola above its penthouse.

The apartments

25 East Delaware has a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Two-bedrooms have either one or two baths.

Floor plans are available online.

The units have wood-like laminate floors and crown moldings.

Kitchens include gas ranges and built-in microwaves and dishwashers. In-unit washer / dryers are not available.

Views. The building has very limited views. Studio units typically look out into the blank wall of the adjacent hotel.

Amenities, services, policies

25 East Delaware, like most vintage buildings, has a limited amenities package.

The building has a small fitness room and a laundry room.

There’s a dry cleaners on-site.

Maintenance staff is on-site. The building does not have door staff. Cats are welcome; dogs are not.

The location

The building has an excellent Near north side location.

Loyola University’s Water Tower campus is two blocks from the property and Loyola’s new Quinlan School of Business will be built a block south of it. Northwestern and Lurie Children’s hospitals are a short walk further east.

Shopping. Residents of 25 East Delaware enjoy unusually convenient access to grocery shopping.

There’s a locally-owned Potash Markets around the corner on State St. Five short blocks south is what Whole Foods bills as its “Gold Coast store” despite its River North location.

A number of convenience stores are nearby and Jewel, Plum Market and a new Target are not far away, as are a number of Walgreens and CVS pharmacies.

The 900 North Michigan shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops, and Water Tower Place are just to the east.

Diesel and Urban Outfitters are a block north of the building, and Oak Street boutiques are a block further.

Dining, nightlife. Five Starbucks, including one at the end of the block, are within a few minutes’ walk of the building.

Turn right past the Goddess and you’ll see tree-shrouded Connors Park, home to a new Argo Tea. Just beyond Argo is McCormick & Schmick’s on Chestnut.

Head north and you’ll navigate one of the densest, most interesting restaurant clusters in Chicago – the so-called Viagra Triangle. Locals just call it “the triangle,” after the shape of Mariano Park.

Just past Mariano Park, from whose shape the triangle derives its moniker, is the storied Division Street strip, home to Mothers, the legendary Butch McGuire’s and more than a dozen other establishments.

If you head south from 25 East Delaware you’ll quickly encounter the thriving River North restaurant and nightlife cluster.

Parks, recreation. Residents of 25 East Delaware have good access to parks and recreational opportunities.

Washington Square Park is a tranquil oasis two short blocks west of 25 East Delaware.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a few blocks east of the building.

The popular Oak Street Beach is within walking distance.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The CTA Red Line stop at Chicago Ave is just over a block south of 25 East Delaware. A variety of CTA bus routes traverse State St, LaSalle St, Michigan Ave and Chicago Ave, steps from the property.

The location has fairly quick access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid via the Ontario St / Ohio St on / off ramps.

Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare cars are nearby. Taxi service is available 24/7.

The competition

As you might expect, there are a number of apartments in the immediate area. You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

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

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If you’ve lived at or visited 25 East Delaware, and are not a real estate agent, add your thoughts in a comment. Comments are moderated, and commercial messages are not allowed.

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a current tenant September 30, 2015 at 10:27 AM

I have had nothing but horrible issues living here. The property managers are unprofessional and most of the time not even here. The current one is terrible and takes days to reply to your emails if he replies at all. Dryers never work in the laundry room properly always leaving your clothes wet or damp.

The management will NOT reimburse you for having to spent double or triple to dry one load and they still can be damp. Cable is always out and can be out for days. The Internet is terrible and barely gives you a connection. The brick walls give you barely any cell phone service unless you have Verizon. The hot water is either too HOT or freezing cold. The hallways are musty and carpeting is filthy. Packages sit in the lobby with the front door wide open and are not put away till the package person comes at 6pm and puts them away. The packages sit as the property manager sits in his office on his computer. If it’s a Saturday the packages sit till Monday in the lobby bc there is no package person here on wkends.

Today the power is out and the weather is fine so stairs have to be used in the dusty gross stairwell that’s never cleaned. If you go to the property manager with a complaint he will ask you how he should handle it. He sits at his desk when he is actually there and who knows what he does bc this building is a mess.

The rent here is sooo high for what you get its NOT worth it and no one cares. The maintenance man tries to do what he can but is overworked. Don’t waste your money even though the location is great. There’s enough around here to rent.


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