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One East Delaware apartments, 1 E Delaware Pl, Near north side

by Joe Zekas on 11/4/13

One East Delaware is a 306-unit, 36-story apartment tower on Chicago’s Near North Side.

The building was completed in 1989, and includes 5 stories of retail and office space in addition to parking.

The original development team included architect James Loewenberg and Loewenberg-Fitch was the architecture firm for the project. The building changed ownership several times and was acquired by Waterton Residential in 2007.

The apartments

One East Delaware has a mix of studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartments.

Floor plans and prices of available units are accessible online. The building’s website has an annoying auto-play video that begins anew each time you switch pages. Turn off your speakers!

All of the apartments have balconies, some of them very generously sized. Closet space compares favorably with what’s available in the newer buildings. The units have floor-to-ceiling windows.

Updated kitchens are all-electric and include built-in microwaves and dishwashers. In-unit washer / dryers are not available.

Short-term furnished rentals are available from Premier Luxury Suites.

Views. The building currently has dramatic skyline views to the south and southwest. Those views will, however, soon be substantially blocked by the new 35-story apartment tower under construction at 845 N State St.

Views from most of the north-, west- and east-facing units are compromised by neighboring buildings. Floor-to-ceiling bay windows take maximum advantage of the views that are available.

Amenities, services, policies

The amenities package is on the light side, compared to the building’s newer competitors and some of its contemporaries.

One East Delaware is one of the few newer buildings that lack a pool. The building has a sun deck above the garage, but its exposure to the sun will be impacted by the construction of a new 35-story apartment that’s currently underway to the south.

The building has a fully-equipped fitness center and a 24-hour business center.

Leasing, management and maintenance staff are on-site, and the building has 24/7 door staff. Cats and dogs are welcome, subject to limits.

The location

The building has an excellent Near north side location but, despite the claim on its website, it’s not “in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast.”

The Gold Coast is a predominantly residential neighborhood characterized by tree-lined streets and large vintage homes. One East Delaware lies two blocks beyond the southern boundary of what YoChicago and the Gold Coast Neighbors Association define as the Gold Coast.

All that said, neighborhood boundaries in Chicago are fluid. One East Delaware’s immediate area has become more solidly affluent over the years, and many local businesses have come to boast of being in the Gold Coast.

Loyola University’s Water Tower campus is two blocks from the property and Loyola’s new Quinlan School of Business will be built a block south of it. Northwestern and Lurie Children’s hospitals are a short walk further east.

Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 100 and a “Rider’s Paradise” transit score of 93.

Shopping. Residents of One East Delaware enjoy unusually convenient access to grocery shopping.

There’s a locally-owned Potash Markets outlet in the building. Five short blocks south is what Whole Foods bills as its “Gold Coast store” despite its River North location.

A number of convenience stores are nearby and Jewel, Plum Market and a new Target are not far away, as are a number of Walgreens and CVS pharmacies.


The 900 North Michigan shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops, and Water Tower Place are just to the east. Oak Street boutiques are a few blocks to the north.


Dining, nightlife. Turn right as you exit the lobby of One East Delaware and you’re at Cru Kitchen & Bar, and just beyond Cru is the Goddess and Grocer deli.


Turn right again past the Goddess and you’ll see Connors Park, which hosts a new Argo Tea and just beyond Argo is McCormick & Schmick’s on Chestnut.


Head north and you’ll navigate one of the densest, most interesting restaurant clusters in Chicago – the so-called Viagra Triangle.


Just past Mariano Park, from whose shape the triangle derives its moniker, is the storied Division Street strip, home to Mothers, the legendary Butch McGuire’s and more than a dozen other establishments.

If you head south from One East Delaware you’ll quickly encounter the thriving River North restaurant and nightlife cluster.

Parks, recreation. Residents of One East Delaware have good access to parks and recreational opportunities.

Washington Square Park is a tranquil oasis a short block west of One East Delaware.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a few blocks east of the building.

The popular Oak Street Beach is within walking distance.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The CTA Red Line stop at Chicago Ave is just over a block south of One East Delaware. A variety of CTA bus routes traverse State St, LaSalle St, Michigan Ave and Chicago Ave, steps from the property.

The location has fairly quick access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid via the Ontario St / Ohio St on / off ramps.

Zipcar and I-Go cars are nearby. Taxi service is available 24/7.

The competition

As you might expect, there are a number of apartments in the immediate area. You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting on Chicago’s Near North Side and our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

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

One East Delaware in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • One East Delaware captures LEED Silver
  • Apartment REIT sells its last Chicago building
  • Debt on Delaware
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