River North Park apartments, 320 W Illinois St, River North

River North Park is a 24-story, 399-unit apartment tower at 320 W Illinois St in River North. The building includes ground-level retail space and a 201-car garage with a landscaped area above it bordered on three sides by townhome-style apartments.

The building was completed in 1986 and was originally named Orleans Court.

Irving Marken was the developer, Skidmore Owings & Merrill was the architecture firm, and W.E. O’Neil Construction was the general contractor.

The apartments

River North Park offers studio, convertible, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments, and 2-bedroom, bath-and-a-half townhomes.

Floor plans and a near real-time availability check are available at the building’s website.

The all-electric apartments have updated kitchens with “clean steel” appliances. Upgraded kitchen and appliance packages are available in some units. Heating and air-conditioning is via individual through-the-wall units.

The apartments do not have balconies, although some have direct access to the landscaped courtyard. Some units have in-unit washer / dryers. Ceiling heights are typical of the era in which the property was built. Closet space is above average for River North apartments.

Views. River North Park is in a largely low-rise area toward the west edge of River North. The building’s orientation along an east / west axis maximizes the views to the north and south, but the Merchandise Mart limits Loop skyline views.

The views to the east will be impacted by a new high-rise that’s currently under construction in the 200 block of Illinois.

Amenities, services, policies

River North Park’s major amenity, in a neighborhood where outdoor space is precious, is a large private landscaped courtyard with gas grills above the garage. It’s located on the north side of the building, limiting its exposure to the sun.

There’s a fitness center and a small heated indoor pool, a “cyber café” with complimentary coffee, and bicycle storage.

Parking is available in the 201-car garage.

Management and leasing staff are on-site, and the building has 24/7 door staff. River North Park is pet-friendly, subject to limits.

The location

River North Park is bordered by three busy streets carrying traffic to and from the feeder ramps for I-90/94 just north of the building.

Walk Score gives the location a Walker’s Paradise score of 98 and a Rider’s Paradise transit score of 100. Both scores are inexplicably higher than locations that are more pedestrian-friendly and transit-oriented.

Shopping. Jewel, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and Mariano’s have outlets within a mile of River North Park. There’s a CVS Pharmacy a short block south on Hubbard St.

There’s little retail development in the immediate area, but The Shops at North Bridge and the shops along Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile are only a few minutes away and furniture showrooms are abundant near River North Park. For the work-at-home crowd, there’s an Office Depot across the street from River North Park.

The River North Gallery District has shrunk during the economic downturn in recent years but remains a vibrant art scene.

Dining, nightlife. There are a multitude of dining, bar and nightlife options within a short walk of River North Park.

Gene & Georgetti’s, which bills itself as “Chicago’s oldest and one of its finest steakhouses” and has been known to attract celebrities, is next door to River North Park.

River North Park residents are more likely to frequent the popular bar and restaurant scene along Hubbard St, a block south of the building.

A few short blocks east, just around the corner from Hubbard, Clark St is becoming one of the densest restaurant venues in the city.

Parks, recreation. River North Park lacks convenient access to public parks. There is a dog park near the property at the southwest corner of Ohio and Orleans.

River North Park has reasonable proximity to Chicago’s expanding Riverwalk.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent. The CTA Brown and Purple lines stop a few blocks south at the Merchandise Mart. The nearest Red Line stop is a 10-minute walk east at Grand Ave.

The CTA’s #65 bus route provides frequent (although not always rapid) access to Streeterville and North Michigan Ave, and busses along Wells and LaSalle connect to Loop and Near North destinations. Taxis regularly cruise the area.

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

The competition

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

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

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River North Park

Address 320 W Illinois St
City Chicago
# of Units 399
Parking 201-car on-site garage
Completed 1986
Management Waterton Residential
Website River North Park

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