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Dearborn North apartments, 1117 N Dearborn St, Gold Coast

by Joe Zekas on 2/13/14

Dearborn North is an 8-story, 134-unit vintage mid-rise in the Gold Coast.

The building was completed in the early 1920s. It was designed by Maurice Bein, a Russian-born architect who was in his 20s at the time. Bein designed scores of Chicago buildings before turning to general contracting at the age of 33.

The neoclassical brick building has a limestone base punctuated by rounded arches.

Dearborn North is book-ended by contemporary high-rises.

The apartments

Dearborn North tower has a mix of studio, convertible and one-bedroom apartments.

Floor plans are available online. In mid-February 2014 studio rents ranged from $1,000 to $1,300, convertibles from $1,200 to $1,495 and one-bedrooms from $1,400 to $1,600. Rents include heat and cooking gas.

The apartments were renovated some years ago and have 9-foot ceilings and hardwood parquet floors. Some of the units have built-in bookcases in a niche that probably once housed a Murphy bed.

Apartments have kitchens with gas ranges. Some of the kitchens have dishwashers and built-in microwaves. One-bedrooms have a dining area adjacent to the kitchen.

Closet space is generally good. The apartments have radiator heat. Window air-conditioning units are available at additional cost.

Amenities, services, policies

Dearborn North, typical of Gold Coast vintage buildings, has a limited suite of common-area amenities and no on-site parking. Parking is generally available for rent in neighboring high-rises.

The building has a fitness room, a laundry room, and a business center / media room with free Wi-Fi, computer, fax and printer.

There’s a dry cleaners on the first floor of the building.

Dearborn North has on-site management and package receiving sevice. Cats are welcome; dogs aren’t.

The location

Dearborn North is in a very attractive, steps-to-everything location on a tree-lined street with a neighborhood feel.

The location has a strong appeal to and something to offer every age group.

Shopping. Residents of Dearborn North have convenient access to several major grocery stores, in addition to the popular seasonal farmers market on Division St.

Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a half-block north and a half-block west of the property.

Jewel Foods, two short blocks north and another short block west, is open 6 am to midnight 6 days a week and 24 hours Sunday.

The new, upscale Plum Market is a few blocks west on Wells St, just north of Division. A new Target recently opened on Division St, half a mile west. A number of convenience stores and delis are near the building, including a 7-Eleven on the corner.

CVS and Walgreens pharmacies are nearby.


Glamorous Oak Street boutiques and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops and Water Tower Place are a few minutes’ walk from the building.

Dining, nightlife. One of the densest, most interesting restaurant and nightlife clusters in Chicago – what some call the Viagra Triangle – is a short block east of Dearborn North.


Locals just call it “the triangle,” after the shape of Mariano Park.


Two short blocks north of the building is the storied Division Street nightlife strip, home to Bootleggers, the legendary Butch McGuire’s and more than a dozen other establishments.

Parks, recreation. Residents at Dearborn North have good access to a variety of parks and recreational activities.

Washington Square Park, a tranquil gem, is just south of Dearborn North, and Seward Park is a few blocks west for more active recreation.

Oak Street Beach, with its spectacular views of the Lake Shore Drive skyline, is a few blocks east.

The fabulous Lincoln Park, home to the Zoo, Conservatory, North Avenue Beach and a host of playing fields and other attractions, is just over half a mile north.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is excellent.


The CTA Red Line stop at Clark and Division is a 4-minute walk northwest and the Chicago Ave stop is an 8-minute walk southeast.

A variety of CTA bus routes criss-cross the area along Division, State, Clark and LaSalle Streets.

Access to I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can be slow along Division St during peak hours. If you’re southbound or headed for the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290), Ontario St is a better option.

ZipCar car-sharing locations are nearby. Taxis swarm the area 24/7.

The competition

There’s a wide variety of vintage and contemporary rental buildings in the immediate area, and you’ll find them all at our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

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

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting on Chicago’s Near North Side

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