Jones Chicago apartments, 220 W Illinois St, River North

Jones Chicago is a 25-story, 188-unit apartment tower at 220 W Illinois St in the River North. The building has ground-level retail space and garage parking for 176 cars.

The developers are Gerding Edlen and Fred Latsko of Structured Management, Hartshorne Plunkard is the architecture firm and Lend Lease is the general contractor.

The development proposal included restoration of the existing Chicago firehouse at the northeast corner of Illinois and Franklin Street. The firehouse is a Chicago landmark, and will be rehabilitated for commercial use.

The apartments

Jones offers studio, 1-bedroom, 1-bedroom plus den and 2-bedroom, 1- and 2-bath apartments. There are 18 studios, 96 one-bedrooms and 74 two-bedroom apartments.

A typical floor has ten apartments, with one studio, one 1-bedroom, four 1-bedroom plus dens, three 2-bedroom, 2-baths and one 2-bedroom, 1 bath apartment.

All of the apartments, including studios have private outdoor terraces or balconies.

Floor plans, without dimensions, and near real-time availability are available online.

The apartments have LED lighting, in-unit washer / dryers, wood-look floors in living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, and kitchens with “cabinet fronted” appliances.

Views. Jones Chicago is in a largely low-rise area toward the west edge of River North.

The building’s orientation along an east / west axis maximizes the views to the north and south, but the Merchandise Mart limits Loop skyline views.

Amenities, services, policies

Jones’ amenities include a rooftop lounge with pool table, TV area and a fully-equipped kitchen. The building has “modern athletic facilities.”

The outdoor terrace and sundeck has a pool, lounge chairs, cabanas, a fire pit and gas grills.

Jones’ lobby has a fireplace, bar-top workstation and a conference room with AV equipment.

Parking is available in a 155-car on-site garage.

Jones is pet-friendly, subject to limits, and has a covered dog run and dog washing stations.

The location

Jones is two short blocks north of the Merchandise Mart in the southwest part of River North.

Shopping. Jewel, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Mariano’s have outlets within a mile of the building. There’s a CVS Pharmacy two short blocks southwest on Hubbard St.

There’s little retail development in the immediate area, but The Shops at North Bridge and the shops along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile are only a few minutes away and furniture showrooms are abundant near Jones Chicago. For the work-at-home crowd, there’s an Office Depot a block west.

The River North Gallery District has shrunk during the economic downturn in recent years but remains a vibrant art scene.

Dining, nightlife. There are numerous dining, bar and nightlife options within a short walk of the building.

Gene & Georgetti’s, which bills itself as “Chicago’s oldest and one of its finest steakhouses” and has been known to attract celebrities, is a few steps west of Jones.


Jones residents are more likely to frequent the popular bar and restaurant scene along Hubbard St, a block south of the building.


A few short blocks east, Clark St is becoming one of the densest restaurant venues in the city.

Parks, recreation. Jones does not have convenient access to public parks, but that’s true of most River North apartment buildings. There is a dog park near the property at the southwest corner of Ohio and Orleans.

Jones has reasonable proximity to Chicago’s expanding Riverwalk.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The CTA Brown and Purple lines stop a few blocks south at the Merchandise Mart. The nearest Red Line stop is about an 8-minute walk east at Grand Ave.

CTA bus routes along Grand, Wells and LaSalle connect to Streeterville, Loop and Near North destinations. Taxis regularly cruise the area.

Access to the city’s expressway grid is excellent, via the nearby Ohio / Ontario off / on ramps to I-90/94.

DIVVY bike stations are a block east and a block south of Jones. Several Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.

The competition

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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Jones Chicago

Address 220 W Illinois St
City Chicago
# of Units 188
Parking 155-car on-site garage
Completed 2015
Management Greystar
Website Jones Chicago

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