New Streeterville lofts are a visual delight

The new The Lofts at River East in Streeterville offers an alternative to the often-bland apartments in high-rise buildings.

The amenities at The Lofts at River East are nearing completion, and they retain and revel in the rich textures found in what was once the largest mill-timber loft warehouse in Streeterville.

The amenities include a business center, a resident lounge overlooking the Ogden Slip, a sprawling fitness center and the largest media room in a city apartment community.

When the multi-level roof deck opens in the spring, residents will enjoy views in every direction, multiple grilling areas, and a variety of seating and lounging options.

The north-facing areas of the deck overlook an adjacent park, which has a popular dog-friendly area.

South-facing portions of the deck serve up lake views. A grassy area has a large screen for movies on the roof with the Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building as a backdrop.

The Lofts at River East is pet-friendly and has on-site management, maintenance and leasing staff, and 24/7 door staff.

Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info for the studio to 3-bedroom lofts can be accessed online.