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Atwater apartments, 355 E Ohio St, Streeterville

by Joe Zekas on 10/1/13

Atwater is a 54-story, 480-unit full-amenity luxury apartment tower at 355 E Ohio St in Streeterville. It was completed in 2009 and was known as Streeter Place until early in 2015.

Golub & Company was the developer, McHugh Construction was the general contractor and Solomon Cordwell Buenz the architecture firm.

Despite its being only six years old, Atwater has recently upgraded its common area amenities and apartments.

The apartments

Atwater offers 17 different floor plans of studio, convertible, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. Two of the one-bedroom plans have a separate den.

Floor plans are online, along with near real-time information about rents and available units.

Atwater apartments are typically larger than the average in the neighborhood.

Unit finishes vary. Updated apartments include hardwood-like floors in living areas, tiled kitchens and baths and carpeted bedrooms.

Kitchens have granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a gas range, built-in microwave and dishwasher. There are in-unit washers and dryers, and a separate laundry room in the building.

Closet space compares favorably with many of the newer apartment buildings. Baths typically have nice-sized vanities.

Three-bedroom plans have recessed balconies, as do some of the 1-bedroom and most of the 2-bedroom units. The largest 1-bedroom plan has a bath-and-a-half and a separate den area.

Furnished short-term rentals in the building are available through Ryan Corporate Housing and Suite Home Chicago.

The density that makes Atwater’s location attractive limits its views, but many of the apartments have great views.

The building is sited on a north / south axis, and the best views will be from high-floor east-facing units. Those views will be compromised by a new high-rise under construction immediately east of the property.

Higher-floor west-facing units have dramatic city views.

Amenities, services, policies

Atwater’s 12th floor amenities level, above the parking garage, is billed as “Club 355.”

Atwater has a west- and south-facing landscaped deck with an outdoor pool and gas grills. The deck wraps around the building to the north and east.

A spacious resident lounge and game room accommodates a variety of activities.

There’s a fully-equipped fitness center with an adjacent spa room, and locker rooms with steam and saunas.

Parking is available in an on-site garage. The building is smoke-free and pet-friendly, subject to limits.

Atwater has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff.

The location

Atwater is in the recently-developed southern part of Streeterville, a few blocks north of the Chicago River, midway between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier.

Shopping. Whole Foods is slated to open January 28, 2015 a block west of Atwater. Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks northeast. A Target Express is also slated to open a block south of Atwater.

A Walgreens Pharmacy is a block southwest of Atwater.

Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops begin three blocks west of the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
There are literally 100s of dining and nightlife options within blocks of Atwater, including alfresco cafés fronting the building’s drive-in court area.

Many of the local restaurants cater heavily to tourists and office workers, but you won’t have any trouble finding a go-back-to neighborhood favorite.

Yolk and Flour & Stone are in the building, and D4 Irish Pub and Dollop Coffee are just across the landscaped court.

If you’re a bowling or movie buff, hit the lanes at Lucky Strike then head downstairs to catch a movie at AMC River East, a block south of Atwater.

Parks, recreation. Atwater has good park access.

Immediately east of Atwater is a park that’s actually the roof of a parking garage.

The building is two blocks from Navy Pier, Jane Addams Memorial Park, Ohio Street Beach and the Lakefront Trail. River Esplanade Park, home to Centennial Fountain, is a few blocks south of the building.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a half-mile north. The Museum of Contemporary Art is at the west end of the park and just west of the museum is the delightful, tree-shrouded Seneca Playlot Park.

Transportation. Access to CTA and Metra train lines is inconvenient from Atwater.

CTA bus service, via multiple routes, is excellent along Michigan Ave, Illinois St (one-way East-bound) and Grand Ave (one-way West-bound). Many residents of Atwater may opt for cabs as their preferred mode of public transit, and cabs are always plentiful in the area.

Zipcar and Enterprise car-sharing locations are on-site.

Atwater has easy access to and from Lake Shore Drive. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood. Lower Wacker Drive provides speedier access to the Eisenhower Expressway.

The competition

Atwater’s‘s most direct competitor is its next-door neighbor and near-twin: The Streeter. If you’re interested in one of the buildings, you’ll definitely want to compare what’s available in both.

The building also competes with nearby rental buildings and the new high-rises at 500 Lake Shore Drive and Optima Center.

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

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

Atwater in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Guest suites at Atwater
  • McHugh completes Atwater apartments
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