The photo above shows construction progress as of October 14, 2015. First occupancies for the building are slated for 2017.
Aurélien will have 78 studios and convertibles, 212 one-bedroom units, 76 two-bedroom units and 7 penthouse apartments.
Apartments will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, in-unit washers and dryers, walk-in closets and pre-wiring for high-speed internet and cable. Some of the units will have private balconies.
Views. Aurélien is bordered by mostly low- and mid-rise development, resulting in decent views in all directions from the higher floors.
Amenities, services, policies
Aurélien will have amenities on three different levels including the 31st floor, a fourth-floor terrace and the ground floor.
The 31st-floor amenities will include a resident lounge, party room with a gaming center, and a fitness center. There will be a sundeck with outdoor pool, private cabanas and fireplaces.
The fourth-floor terrace features bocce ball courts, grilling stations and fire pits.
The first floor will include a library, resident lounge, business center, conference room and dog run with grooming stations.
Management and leasing staff will be on-site and the building will have door staff. On-site parking and storage will be available.
The building has an excellent Near North Side location in River North.
Loyola University’s Water Tower campus is half a mile from the property and Loyola’s new Quinlan School of Business is three blocks east of the building. Northwestern and Lurie Children’s hospitals are a short walk further east.
Shopping. Residents of Aurélien will enjoy convenient access to grocery shopping.
There’s a locally-owned Potash Markets two blocks away.
The nearest of several nearby Starbucks is four blocks east at State and Chestnut.
The 900 North Michigan shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops, and Water Tower Place are a few blocks to the east. Oak Street boutiques are a few blocks to the north.
Dining, nightlife. Head a few short blocks north on State St and you’re in one of the most vibrant 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 Aurélien, you’ll pass a pleasant strip to the east along Chicago Ave before entering the thriving River North restaurant and nightlife scene.
Parks, recreation. Residents of Aurélien will have limited access to parks and recreational opportunities. The nearest park with facilities for active play is more than a half-mile from the building.
Transportation. Public transportation is excellent.
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 is nearby. Taxi service is readily available 24/7.
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.
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