Earlier posts in our series on the best apartment towers in River North concentrated on their location. We spotlighted the buildings with the best views, the most convenient grocery shopping, the best access to retail shops, public transit, parks and beaches , the expressway grid, the most nearby dining and nightlife, and the shortest walking distance to the Loop.
We then shifted focus to the buildings themselves, beginning with affordability, the topic that’s top-of-mind with many renters, and moving on to the best building amenities, boutique ambiance, and the most pet-friendly environment.
Affordability is a consideration for one-bedroom renters, so we only looked at apartments renting for less than $2,500 a month in making our selection.
Our best-of-River-North choices are the 825 square foot deluxe one-bedroom at Asbury Plaza and a one-bedroom at Kingsbury Plaza. The Kingsbury one-bedroom varies in size from 867 to 879 square feet. When we checked, a few days ago, deluxe one-bedrooms were available at Asbury Plaza for $1,572 to $1,667 a month and one-bedrooms at Kingsbury Plaza for $2,000 to $2,145.
What we liked about these apartments is their relatively sizable square footage for one-bedrooms, ample closet space, balconies and un-boxy layouts that have space to accommodate a dining room table.
Kingsbury Plaza has superior amenities and in-unit washer / dryers. You’ll have to decide whether those features are worth the rent differential – assuming you can afford to pay it. If access to public transit and grocery shopping are prime considerations, Asbury Plaza has a clear edge.
Chime in with a comment if you disagree with our selections.
You’ll find links to our objective, visually-rich apartment reviews of River North buildings and links to near real-time availability checks for most of them, at our at-a-glance list, and some tips and advice at our Guide to renting in River North.
Next topic: Best two-bedroom floor plan.