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Parc Huron apartments, 469 W Huron St, River North

by Joe Zekas on 10/9/13

Parc Huron is a 21-story, 221-unit apartment tower at 469 W Huron St in River North. The property, which was completed in 2010, is across the street from Montgomery Ward Park.

RMK was the developer, Hartshorne Plunkard the architecture firm, and Walsh Construction the general contractor.

The apartments

Parc Huron has the distinction of being the only River North apartment tower that has no studios or convertibles. The building has seven 1-bedroom floor plans, four 2-bedroom, 2-bath plans and a 3-bedroom, 2-bath layout.

Floor plans are available online, but rents are quoted only in ranges. In early October 2013 1-bedrooms started at $1,955 a month, 2-bedrooms at $2,518 3-bedrooms t $3,823.

The apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows, ceiling heights of at least 9 ½ feet, hardwood floors in living areas, in-unit washers and dryers, granite countertops, large walk-in closets and private balconies or terraces.

Views. Parc Huron’s north – south orientation maximizes the skyline views to the east. That said, some of the east-facing units and most of the west and south-facing units have views that are constrained by neighboring buildings.

Amenities, services, policies
One unusual amenity at Parc Huron is a wine room.

Parc Huron, 469 W Huron St, Chicago

The building has a fitness center, a media room, a business center, an outdoor terrace with a fireplace, a “cyber café” and a business center.

Parc Huron, 469 W Huron St, Chicago

The building doesn’t have an indoor or outdoor pool but does have an “oversize spa pool,” steam room and sauna.

Garage parking is in assigned spaces. Guest parking is available, which is worth noting given how scarce parking can sometimes be in River North.

Parc Huron has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, and 24/7 door staff. The building is smoke-free and pet-friendly, subject to limits.

The location
Although it’s in a pleasant, relatively quiet part of River North, Parc Huron is the least walkable of the neighborhood’s apartment towers.

Walk Score gives the location a Walker’s Paradise score of 92 and a Rider’s Paradise transit score of 95.

Shopping. Parc Huron’s predominantly-residential location results in what some may find to be inconvenient access to grocery shopping and pharmacies.

The reason for the caveat is that the Chicago Ave stop on the Brown and Purple lines is about an 8-minute walk from Parc Huron and a Walmart Express and Walgreens pharmacy are adjacent to that stop. Parc Huron residents who commute via that stop will have a more positive impression of the location’s convenience.

A 7-Eleven convenience store is a block south of Parc Huron, opposite a popular Caribou Coffee. A newer Jewel, possibly the city’s best, is about three-quarters of a mile from Parc Huron. Dominick’s and the new Plum Market are about a mile north, and Whole Foods about six-tenths of a mile east.

Retail development in the immediate area is sparse, but the shops along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile and The Shops at North Bridge are only a few minutes away.

The River North Gallery District has dwindled in the economic downturn, but remains a vibrant art scene.

Dining, nightlife. River North dining, bar and nightlife options are within a short walk or cab ride of Parc Huron, and coffee shops and sidewalk cafés are a short walk away.

Erie Café and Citizen are popular venues that are steps away from Parc Huron.

If you crave Italian, Scoozi and Club Lago are a short walk from the building.

Parc Huron has ready access to the thriving West Loop restaurant and club scene and to the growing array of options in the adjacent Fulton River District.

Parks, recreation. There’s a small park just east of Parc Huron and the popular 3-acre Montgomery Ward Park on the Chicago River is across the street from the building. Ward Park is primarily a passive recreation area sloping down to the river, but it does have an excellent children’s playground and an adjacent dog park. The park hosts a number of Night out in the Parks events.

Parc Huron has good proximity to Chicago’s expanding Riverwalk.

Transportation. Public transportation is decent.

The Chicago Ave stop on the Brown and Purple lines is about an 8-minute walk from the building, and there’s a Starbucks adjacent to it.

CTA bus routes on Chicago Ave and Grand Ave provide frequent (although not always rapid) access to Streeterville and North Michigan Ave, and busses along Wells St and LaSalle Blvd connect to Loop and Near North destinations. Taxis regularly cruise the area.

Zipcar and I-Go car sharing locations are nearby.

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

The competition

Parc Huron’s most direct competitors include the nearby Kingsbury Plaza, the recently-opened Hubbard Place and the new K2 Apartments in the Fulton River District. The building also competes with the new AMLI River North. All of those buildings have superior amenity packages.

You’ll find additional tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Chicago’s River North and our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

Parc Huron in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • River North tower to sell for $110 million
  • Parc Huron makes good on park promise
  • Designing Parc Huron
  • Parc Huron to live again as a rental tower
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