River North is bounded on the east by Michigan Ave (150 E), on the north by Oak St (1000 N) and on the south and west by the Chicago River. River North includes parts of ZIP Codes 60610, 60611 and 60654.
River North is bordered on the east by the Mag Mile and Streeterville, on the north by the Gold Coast and Old Town / Near North Side, on the south by the Loop, and on the west by the Fulton River District and River West.
River North has several very distinct sub-areas, ranging from the largely residential stretch west of the El tracks to a tourist-oriented mid-section, to a dense cluster of high-rises at its eastern border.
Every major River North apartment building is listed in this guide, with links to building websites and near real-time rent and availability checks, where available. Structured information on apartments, amenities and a building’s immediate surroundings can be found on the linked YoChicago Review pages.
Working with a rental service broker
One of the (many) lies that rental services tell renters is that they can negotiate a better deal for you. In fact, you surrender all your negotiating leverage when you’re working with a broker who’s being paid by the landlord / management company. Your only hope for a deal when you’re represented by a broker is to negotiate a rebate of a portion of the broker’s commission. Ask about the compensation that they’re being paid, and demand a rebate of everything over a half-month’s rent. A half-month’s rent is the co-op commission that brokers receive on condo rentals, and condo rentals are typically more time-consuming for the broker.
This guide also includes a grid of video tours of many of the buildings, and a map locating all of the buildings.