Chicago‘s highly touted neighborhood known as The New East Side is at Chicago‘s core, and is close to the vast array of cultural amenities long associated with a destination in the heart of the city. The neighborhood is bordered by Lake Michigan, the Chicago River, Michigan Avenue to the west, and Randolph Street to the south. This community is primarily residential, in spite of its downtown location, and is noted for architecturally significant buildings that grace the city skyline as they run parallel to Millennium Park, Grant Park and Lake Shore Drive. The neighborhood is home to the well-known and often recognized Harbor Point Tower, a high rise that sits as a beacon to Chicago‘s outer drive. Newer residences such as 340-on-the-Park and the soon to be completed, Aqua, are welcome additions to the neighborhood. These new condominium destinations provide their occupants with original architecture that is esthetically appealing and both environmentally and energy efficient in design. The New East Side has truly become a sought after location for people who desire a comfortable home or an in-town that should increase in value as a result of its prime location and proximity to Chicago‘s landmarks. Within the perimeter of The New East Side one may enjoy the anchor of the Lakeshore East development known as the Park at Lakeshore East. This park has become the gem that sits insulated in the center of the community since the high rises serve as buttresses; suggesting that it is primarily for residents than for the general public. Children will be fascinated by the park with its playground area and its water spouts that can make a hot summer day more bearable and comfortable. The park has also been recognized for its lush landscape and the variety of plantings that make the park appealing to anyone who appreciates an in-town arboretum. Park benches are invitations to sit and drink in the beauty of the park, to sit and read quietly while enjoying the great outdoors, or may be a destination to which one‘s canine friend might come and rest next to its owner after a healthy workout. An open-space area also allows for the athletically-inclined to play soccer or a game of flag football with friends and neighbors.
Of course, Chicago is also known as The Windy City. As a result, residents of The New East Side are also interested in surviving the challenges of a windy, wintry day, or possibly a humidity-driven “dog day of summer.” As a resident of this particular neighborhood, Chicago‘s infamous pedway is nearby and offers locals access to Chicago‘s Loop without a need for a hat, gloves, or even sunscreen. Whether one needs a quick lunch, an express route to work, or must make a mad dash to State Street for a sale at Macy‘s, the pedway is a viable option to frost bite, chapped lips, or summer allergies gone awry.
But Chicago‘s draw is the flurry of activities and events associated with the lakefront and downtown venues that residents and visitors alike find to be Chicago‘s appeal. The New East Side is the perfect place to call home for anyone who desires to participate in all that Chicago has to offer. For the Chicago Bear fans there is the short walk along the lake on a fall day to Soldier Field. Any sport-minded person will also find the New East Side to be the perfect destination to watch the start/finish of a Chicago Marathon, or to monitor a triathlon along the lake. Of course, The New East Side also provides direct access to marinas, and to the walking and biking paths that are adjacent to both the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.
For anyone with a primary interest in the arts, science, or history, The New East Side is within walking distance of The Art Institute of Chicago, Orchestra Hall, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, the museum campus, as well as the theatre district that is in and around the intersection of Randolph and State. During the summer there are the free concerts for all to enjoy in Millennium Park and Grant Park, and the Chicago Park District‘s free movie series always draws a crowd in summer.
Within The New East Side one may also find many fine dining establishments that are either stand alone restaurants or dining rooms within one of the many hotels in the neighborhood. One need not look very far to find a dinner option that serves as an alternative to preparing a meal at home. This is certainly true during the many summer festivals, particularly Grant Park‘s Taste of Chicago which takes place in The New East Side‘s front yard.
The New East Side is quickly becoming the neighborhood of choice for vibrant and energetic people looking to take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer. The residential buildings have all the amenities of home, upgrades galore, and neighbors who will welcome you to absorb and experience with them all that Chicago has to offer. So peruse the residences of The New East Side and allow us to welcome you to the neighborhood!