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The Chicagoan apartments, 750 N Rush St, River North

by Joe Zekas on 10/14/13

The Chicagoan, 750 N Rush St, is a 37-story, 221-unit apartment tower in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The property includes 164 parking spaces and ground-level retail space.

The Chicagoan was completed in 1990, marking the beginning of a drought of new apartment construction that lasted well into the 90s.

Draper and Kramer was the developer of The Chicagoan. Solomon Cordwell Buenz was the architecture firm, and Mellon Stuart was the general contractor.

The apartments

The Chicagoan’s 221 apartments include 14 different convertible, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans. A 1-bedroom penthouse has 1 ½ baths. Two bedroom units have either 2 or 2 ½ baths while 3-bedrooms have 2 ½, 3 or 3 ½ baths.

In October 2013 convertibles started at $1,647, one-bedrooms at $2,209, 2-bedrooms at $2,759 and 3-bedrooms at $3,889.

Floor plans and a near real-time availability check are accessible online.

Some of the penthouse-level units have private terraces, but other units do not have private outdoor space.

The units are all-electric and lack the high ceilings that have become standard in the newer buildings. Finishes aren’t up to the level found in new buildings. Laminate wood flooring is available in some units. All apartments have in-unit washers and dryers, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Ranges are electric.

The apartments at The Chicagoan have generous closet space that rivals any you’ll find in River North.

Short-term furnished rentals in the building are available from Habitat Corporate Suites.

Views. The Chicagoan is not a view building. Higher-floor apartments enjoy decent views to the east, but view corridors in other directions are constricted by neighboring buildings. The bay windows in many units enable residents to maximize what views there are.

Amenities, services, policies

The Chicagoan recently redesigned and upgraded its fitness center and business center.

The landscaped pool deck on the south side of the building does not receive sun throughout the day. The pool is heated, and there are gas grills on the deck.

Residents have access to additional storage and bike storage. There are 164 parking spaces in the attached five-level garage, which has an electric car-charging station. A dry cleaners is on-site.

The Chicagoan is smoke-free. The building allows cats, but not dogs.

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

The location

The Chicagoan’s location is very appealing: pedestrian-friendly, architecturally varied, saturated in the indicia of civilized urbanity and steps from major attractions.

Step outside the front door of The Chicagoan and you’re greeted by one of the city’s most recognizable urban vistas: a view of the Water Tower, the Hancock Center and Water Tower Place. The location is a major draw for shoppers and tourists, and it’s almost always teeming with people.

Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 98 and a “Rider’s Paradise” transit score of 92.

Loyola University’s Water Tower campus is a few steps north of The Chicagoan. Northwestern and Lurie Children’s hospitals are a short walk further east.

Shopping. A J.J. Peppers convenience store is in the building. Whole Foods is two blocks from The Chicagoan. There’s a locally-owned Potash Markets a few blocks north on State St, around the corner from a Goddess and Grocer deli.

A number of other convenience stores are nearby and Jewel, Plum Market and a new Target are not far away. A Walgreens pharmacy is a short block east.


Nordstrom Rack is directly across the street from The Chicagoan. Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops, Water Tower Place and Neiman Marcus are two short blocks east, and The Shops at North Bridge, anchored by Nordstrom, are a few blocks south.

Oak Street boutiques are a few blocks to the north.

Dining, nightlife. Step outside The Chicagoan and walk in any direction.

You’ll quickly encounter outdoor cafés and a nearly endless selection of restaurants and nightlife. You won’t have to venture beyond the building to grab a quick sub at Potbelly.


One of the densest, most interesting restaurant and nightlife clusters in Chicago – what some call the Viagra Triangle – is a few minutes’ walk to the north.

Stop for a cup of tea in Connors Park on your way to Mariano Park, a green oasis from whose shape the triangle takes its name.

Parks, recreation.
The popular Oak Street Beach is within easy walking distance of The Chicagoan.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is just east of the building.

Transportation. Public transportation from the location is easily accessible. The CTA Red Line stop at Chicago Ave is two short blocks west of The Chicagoan.

A variety of CTA bus routes traverse State St, Michigan Ave and Chicago Ave, steps from the property.

The location has relatively quick access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid via the Ontario St / Ohio St on / off ramps. Lake Shore Drive is nearby.

Zipcar and I-Go cars are available on-site. Taxi service is available 24/7.

The competition

The Chicagoan’s most direct competitor is a block west at The Bernardin. The building competes to a lesser extent with Grand Plaza, the new AMLI River North and One Superior Place.

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

The Chicagoan in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • Rental incentives at The Chicagoan
  • Sundecks and pools rise to the occasion
  • A view and more
  • Luxury tower rising at Rush and Chicago
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