Touring the recently opened North Water apartments in Streeterville, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz and decorated by Searl Lamaster Howe, and your first reaction may be more of the same. Boasting nearly 400 units, a shared rooftop deck and amenities such as indoor and outdoor grills and fireplaces, a media room and an outdoor pool, it's a more updated, sleeker take on a theme running throughout the near North side. But the location offers benefits that can't be matched by other buildings.
As expected of a 50-story tower near the river and Navy Pier, the views are pretty incredible; the party room provides a straight shot to view summer fireworks (until someone decides to do something with the Spire space), while the public rooftop deck offers a prime perch to see the Trump, Hancock and Sears (northwest corner units offer a particularly great panorama). Views are standard at other neighborhood high rises, but North Water also offers backdoor access to the new Loews Hotel. Tenants will be able to walk over to Streeterville Social, which will open a rooftop later this year, the hotel's lobby bar and a forthcoming Starbucks Reserve concept without going outside. Plans are also in the works to allow room service ordering in-unit.
The building is split between studios, convertibles and one-, two- and three-bedroom units, with varying layouts depending on floor and location. The 47th to 49th floors offer the larger, more impressive and more expensive units. Rents break down as follows:
One-bedroom: $2,099- $3,609
Two-bedroom: $3,869- $7,999
Three-bedroom: $7,999- $14,899