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Cityfront Place apartments, 400 N McClurg Ct, Streeterville

by Joe Zekas on 9/30/13

Cityfront Place, 400 N McClurg Court, is a 39-story, 480-unit apartment tower that was completed in 1991. It’s located on the north side of the Chicago River in Streeterville.

The development originally included two 12-story mid-rise buildings that have since converted to condos. The Habitat Company was the developer of Cityfront Place, Gelick Foran & Associates was the architect and McHugh Construction was the general contractor.

The apartments

Cityfront Place offers studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedrooms in 16 different floor plans. As of the end of September 2013, rents for available studios started at $1,436, convertibles at $1,530, 1-bedrooms and $1,929 and 2-bedrooms at $2,871. Floor plans and near real-time availability information are accessible online.

One- and two-bedrooms have balconies. All of the units have better closet space than many new buildings and larger bathroom vanities. The building’s square floor plate resulted in “shoebox with a window at the end” studio and convertible layouts. Some may find furniture placement challenging in the angular living areas of one- and two-bedroom corner units.

The apartments have been recently updated with 42-inch kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, and stainless steel appliances including built-in microwaves, electric ranges and dishwashers. Units have wood-like laminate flooring in living areas and carpeted bedrooms.

Short-term furnished apartments are available at Cityfront Place through Habitat Corporate Suites and VIP Corporate housing.

Views. The tower portion of the building is rotated at a 45-degree angle from its parking podium to maximize views of Lake Michigan, the Chicago River and the city skyline. The river views will remain unobstructed until the Chicago Spire site is developed, at which point they may take a bit of a hit.

Views to the northwest have already been negatively impacted by 435 North Park, a 52-story multi-use tower that’s currently under construction.

Amenities, services, policies

Cityfront Place’s amenities level is above the parking podium

The building has a fully-equipped fitness center, a yoga studio, a business center, a resident lounge, and landscaped outdoor sundecks with a grilling area.

The building has an indoor pool with sliding glass doors that open to the sundeck.

Cityfront Place has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff.

Cats and dogs are OK, subject to limits.

The location

Cityfront Place is on the Chicago River at the southern end of Streeterville, almost midway between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier.

Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” score of 98 and an undeserved “Rider’s Paradise” transit score of 100.

Shopping. A Dominick’s grocery is two blocks north and a block west of the building. Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks northeast.

An open-until-midnight Walgreen’s Pharmacy is a block north of Cityfront Place.

Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops begin 4 blocks northwest of the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
There are literally 100s of dining and nightlife options within blocks of Cityfront Place.

If you’re not a hotel-food snob the huge Sheraton Hotel, next door to Cityfront Place, has dining options from steak to burgers to breakfasts. A Loews Hotel with additional dining options will be opening across the street in the 435 North Park tower that’s currently under construction. Your best bet for Sunday brunch, if you don’t mind a wait, is Yolk, a few short blocks directly north.

Lizzie McNeill’s Irish Pub, which has had mixed reviews, is on the south side of the building.

Bowling and movie buffs can hit the lanes at Lucky Strike, just a block north and a block east then head downstairs to catch a movie at AMC River East.

Parks, recreation. The building has good park access, including reasonable proximity to Millennium Park and the new Maggie Daley Park, which are a half-mile south.

Cityfront Place is three blocks from Navy Pier, Jane Addams Memorial Park, Ohio Street Beach and the Lakefront Trail. River Esplanade Park, home to Centennial Fountain, is directly south of the building.

There are pleasant river walks along both sides of the Ogden Slip, a half-block north of Cityfront Center.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a half-mile north.

Transportation. Access to CTA and Metra train lines is inconvenient from Cityfront Place. CTA bus service, via multiple routes, is excellent along Michigan Ave, Illinois St (one-way East-bound) and Grand Ave (one-way West-bound). Many residents of Cityfront Place are likely to consider cabs their preferred mode of public transit, and cabs are always plentiful in the area.

Zipcar car-sharing is on-site and I-Go locations are nearby.

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

Chicago Water Taxi offers seasonal commuter service between Michigan Avenue and Madison Street, affording Cityfront Plaza residents a pleasant, low-cost way to reach the Loop and the Willis Tower.

The competition

Cityfront Place’s direct competitors include the newly-opened 500 Lake Shore Drive and Optima Center. The building also competes with The Streeter, Streeter Place and other nearby apartment towers.

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

Cityfront Place in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Sorry about that northwest view, Cityfront Place
  • Flipping is back in style with Streeterville apartment sale
  • Parks, plazas abound at mixed-use projects
  • Second phase underway at Cityfront Center
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