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860 Dewitt, 860 N Dewitt Pl, Streeterville

by Joe Zekas on 10/3/13

860 Dewitt is a 21-story, 147-unit apartment building at 860 N Dewitt Pl in Streeterville. It was built in 1961 and designed by the firm of Hirschfield & Pawlan.

860 Dewitt is the only modernist rental building in Streeterville north of Chicago Ave, a part of the neighborhood that was once the exclusive turf of 1920s-era buildings but that’s now home to Water Tower Place, the Hancock Center and the Mies van der Rohe high-rises on Lake Shore Drive.

The building was recently for sale. A Crain’s report on the pending sale described the building as “a fixer-upper” that required “some substantial improvements.”

The apartments

860 Dewitt has a mix of studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath units.

A number of the two-bedroom units were created by combining a one-bedroom and a studio. The result is an unusually large master suite that has its own entrance from the common hallway.

The units have larger living areas and more closet space than is typical of most of the newer apartments in Streeterville. One- and two-bedrooms have a well-defined dining area.

The units have updated kitchens with built-in microwaves and electric stoves. Not all of the apartments have dishwashers. Some of the kitchen layouts have an eat-in area

Heat is included in the rent. Air-conditioning is individual through-the-wall units.

Views. 860 Dewitt is not a view building due to the density and height of the neighboring buildings.

Amenities, services, policies

Building amenities include a fitness center, a bike room, a large rooftop sundeck, a business center and on-site dry cleaners.

860 Dewitt has on-site management and maintenance, and 24/7 door staff. Cats are OK, dogs are not.

The location

860 Dewitt is in the long-established north section of Streeterville, an area characterized by a rich architectural mix but dominated by high-rise buildings dating to the 1920s.

The building has an attractive location just east of two of Chicago’s most instantly-recognizable buildings, the iconic John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place.

860 Dewitt is close to Loyola University’s Water Tower campus and Northwestern University’s downtown campus, and a short walk from Lurie Children’s and Prentice Women’s hospitals.

Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” score of 95 and an “Excellent Transit” score of 87. The transit score is dubious.

Shopping. The nearest full-service grocery stores, each about a half-dozen blocks from 860 Dewitt, are Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” and Whole Foods.

Several delis and convenience stores, including East Delaware Pantry, are within a block or two of the building. A Walgreen’s Pharmacy is a short walk away on Michigan Ave.

Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops are two blocks west of 860 Dewitt, and Oak Street boutiques are just beyond.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
860 Dewitt is in a restaurant-dense environment, with something for almost every mood and palate. Much of the scene caters to hotel guests, office workers and tourists, but there’s also a plethora of neighborhood favorites. An

Francesca’s and Saloon Steakhouse are at the east end of the block and Pelago Ristorante is around the corner on Delaware.

River North nightlife is a few minutes’ walk away.

Parks, recreation. A block south of 860 Dewitt and just east of the Museum of Contemporary Art is Seneca Playlot Park, a tree-shrouded oasis that always seems to be flooded with small children enjoying two playground areas.

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

860 Dewitt is a few blocks from the popular Oak Street Beach.

Transportation. CTA bus routes stop a block from the building and represent the most accessible form of public transportation. CTA trains and Metra rail service are not within what most would consider convenient walking distance.

Access to and from Lake Shore Drive is convenient. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood.

Taxi service is readily available, 24/7. Zipcar and I-Go cars are nearby at 260 E Chestnut St.

The competition

860 Dewitt’s primary competition is three buildings that are within a block of it: The Chatelaine, 215 E Chestnut, The Seneca, 200 E Chestnut, and 211 East Delaware.

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

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Streeterville and our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

860 Dewitt in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Local investor to buy 860 Dewitt
  • Spacious apartments in a Streeterville high-rise
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