Niche 905, 905 N Orleans St, River North

Niche 905 is an 18-story, 202-unit apartment tower that began construction in December 2015 at 905 N Orleans St in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Chicago-based Ascend Real Estate Group and Boston-based Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation are the developers, Power Construction is the general contractor and FitzGerald Associates Architects is the architecture firm.

The photo above shows construction status as of November 20, 2015. First occupancies are targeted for summer 2017.

The apartments

Niche 905 will include a mix of convertible, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Units will feature wood-look plank floors, in-unit washer / dryers, private balconies and 9-foot ceilings. Kitchens will include quartz countertops, glass tile backsplashes and under-cabinet lighting.

Views. The location will afford sweeping, uninterrupted, dramatic views of the Chicago skyline to the north, east and south.

Amenities, services, policies

Niche 905 will have an amenities suite comparable to many newer buildings. The amenities will be located on the ground level as well as a penthouse level.

On the penthouse level, Niche 905 will have a rooftop pool and sun deck, grilling stations, a fire pit, a community garden, and an outdoor bar. The indoor amenities on this level will include a fitness center with yoga studio and a party room with kitchen and bar.

Lobby Level amenities feature a business center with conference room and work stations, a coffee bar and a dog run with dog wash station.

The building will have on-site leasing, maintenance and a 24-hour concierge. 150 On-site parking spots will be available to residents. The building will include a bicycle storage room and repair center.

The location

The location, at the edge of River North, is poised for rapid change.

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily has a recap of some of the developments planned and underway in the immediate neighborhood. A few short blocks northwest, 47 townhomes priced from the mid-$500s to the mid-$700s sold out pre-construction.

Walk-to proximity to 600 West, home to Groupon and other major employers, is a plus for the location.

Shopping. A new Target is a few blocks northwest of Niche 905.

The new Plum Market is a half-mile northeast, just north of Division on Wells St. Whole Foods is just over a half-mile southeast.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Residents at Niche 905 will have a decent selection of dining and drinking establishments within a few blocks of the building, and relatively easy access to River North’s vibrant dining scene. The scale of development in the area is likely to spawn additional retail and dining venues in the area.

A short block east of Niche 905, mk serves up new American fare and Kiki’s Bistro offers some of Chicago’s best French food. Both are housed in interesting loft spaces.


The 700 block of Wells St, about a 10-minute walk from Niche 905, hosts Brehon Pub, Prosecco, Karyn’s Cooked and the ever-popular Yolk.

There’s a Starbucks a 6-minute walk away at Chicago and Franklin, and the Brett’s Kitchen is a block further south.

Parks, recreation. Seward Park, which has softball / soccer fields, outdoor basketball courts and a field house with two gyms and a boxing ring, is a few blocks north of Niche 905.

Transportation. Niche 905 has good access to public transportation.

The Brown and Purple Line stop at Chicago Ave is a 6-minute walk from Niche 905.

The #66 bus on Chicago Ave, three blocks south of Niche 905, connects to the Magnificent Mile and Streeterrville to the east, and River West and the CTA Blue Line to the west.

Niche 905 has relatively good access to I-90/94 via Orleans St to the Ohio / Ontario on-off ramps, a few blocks south.

There’s a Zipcar location and a DIVVY bike station just east of the El stop on Chicago Ave. Taxi service is not as readily available as in the more established neighborhoods further east.

The competition

You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive River North apartment guide.

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Niche 905

Address 905 N Orleans St
City Chicago
# of Units 202
Parking 150 on-site spaces
Completed 2017
Website Niche 905

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