The Hensley, 707 N Wells St, River North

The Hensley is an 11-story, 43-unit apartment tower at 707 N Wells St in River North. The building has restaurant space on the ground floor, which is slated to be occupied by GT Prime, and an on-site 41-space parking garage.

Akara Partners is the developer and Pappageorge Haymes Partners is the architecture firm.

Occupancy for the building started in January 2016.

The apartments

The Hensley has one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.


Units feature floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washer / dryers, wood-look floors, 9-foot ceilings, designer window shades and balconies.


Kitchens include stainless steel Samsung appliances, Grohe fixtures, soft close drawers, dual tone cabinets and quartz counters.


Living rooms are spacious and can comfortably fit a dining room table.

Some units have separate dining rooms and bathrooms with both a shower and tub.

Views. The building has relatively unbroken views to the east, west and south, especially from higher floors. The northern views will be blocked by a new apartment tower under construction at 165 W Superior.

Amenities, services, policies

The Hensley has limited amenities.

The building has a landscaped roof deck with a fire pit. There is a fitness room on the fourth floor with state-of-the-art machines. On-site heated parking and bike racks are available to residents.

The Lobby is large with a few separate seating areas and a package room.

The location

The building has a strong River North location close to public transit and daily conveniences.

The Hensley is a few blocks south of the Gold Coast and west of Streeterville.

The Chicago campus of Moody Bible Institute, which has over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, is a block north of The Hensley. The majority of the students live on campus.

Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business is half a mile north east of the building. The former Montgomery Ward catalog warehouse, now home to the corporate headquarters of Groupon and Dyson, is a half mile west of the building.

Shopping. Residents of The Hensley have convenient access to grocery shopping.

There’s a locally-owned Potash Markets and a Whole Foods a few blocks to the east.

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 River North Gallery District, shrunken by the economy in recent years, is just south of The Hensley and remains a scene worth visiting.


The 900 North Michigan shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops, and Water Tower Place and Oak Street boutiques are all within a 10-minute walk of The Hensley.

Dining, nightlife. The Hensley residents are a few minutes’ walk from scores of popular dining and nightlife options in River North and the Gold Coast. They can avoid the crowds and explore the more relaxed scene closer to home in the 700 blocks of Clark, LaSalle and Wells, steps from the building.

Café Iberico on LaSalle is known for its tapas, and for an outstanding selection of affordable wines.


Nearby Clark St venues include Zed 451, 25 Degrees, and Clark Street Ale House.


The 700 block of Wells St hosts Brehon Pub, Prosecco, Karyn’s Cooked and the ever-popular Yolk.

Parks, recreation. Residents of The Hensley have limited access to parks and recreational opportunities.

Washington Square Park, a tranquil oasis a few blocks northeast of The Hensley, is the only public park within a 10-minute walk of the building.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is excellent.


The Hensley is a few minutes’ walk from the Brown / Purple Line stop at Franklin and Chicago and the Red Line stop at State and Chicago.

A variety of CTA bus routes run on LaSalle St and along Chicago Ave, Clark St and State St near 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.

A Zipcar car-sharing location and a DIVVY bike station are just over a block away. Taxi service is available 24/7.

The competition

You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive River North apartment guide.

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

The Hensley in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Big Changes Are Happening on This Block in River North
  • New 11 Story Development Coming to Heart of River North
  • Construction Update: 707 North Wells
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    The Hensley

    Address 707 N Wells St
    City Chicago
    # of Units 43
    Parking 41 on-site parking spaces
    Completed 2016
    Website The Hensley

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