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.
Cityfront Place offers studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedrooms in 16 different floor plans. Floor plans and near real-time rent and 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.
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.
Amenities, services, policies
Cityfront Place’s amenities level is above the parking podium
The recently-updated 8th-floor sun decks are spacious and include a variety of seating, gaming and grilling areas.
The extensive amenities at Cityfront Place have window walls that open to the decks.
The resident lounge offers a variety of spaces for large gatherings, small-group encounters, working, studying and simply hanging out.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and accordion doors open the indoor pool to the decks when weather permits.
The fitness center has cardio and strength-training equipment and a separate yoga studio.
The spacious business center / library has a separate conference room.
Cityfront Place has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff.
Cats and dogs are OK, subject to limits.
Cityfront Place is on the Chicago River at the southern end of Streeterville, almost midway between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier.
Shopping. Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks northeast of the building.
Whole foods recently opened a few blocks northwest of the building.
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 is open across the street in the North Water tower. Your best bet for Sunday brunch, if you don’t mind a wait, is Yolk, a few short blocks directly north.
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.
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.
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 options at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Streeterville apartments.
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