Residences at River East Center

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512 North McClurg Court, Chicago, IL

Residences at River East Center

Exterior of Residences at River East Center
Building Information
Developer MCL Companies
Architect DeStefano + Partners, Ltd.
Number of Units 620
Number of Floors 58
Year Built 2001
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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512 North McClurg Court, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within one block
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 368
Title of Land Condominium



Developed by MCL Companies and designed by architects DeStafano & Partners, the Residences at River East Center is a highrise condominium tower of 620 units, mixed with retail and restaurants in the complex of River East.
Street view of Residences at River East
The residential tower is connected to the Embassy Suites Hotel, which offers 450 rooms and 18 floors. The building design originally had spires on top of the roof which would have significantly raised the height of the building.

The Residences at River East Center is currently the third tallest residential building in Chicago, but is likely to be surpassed as newer towers are completed.

Located in Chicago's sought after neighborhood of Streeterville, the Residences at River East Center offer expansive views of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and downtown Chicago.

The neighborhood of Streeterville displays a combination of hotels, restaurants, professional office centers, residential high rises, universities, medical facilities, and cultural venues.

The area dates back to historical booms following World War I and World War II, and experienced intensive redevelopment in the early 21st century as numerous empty lots were converted into commercial and residential buildings.[1]


The Residences at River East Center are located in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, just north of the Chicago River and east of Lake Michigan. Nearby landmarks include the Navy Pier, Gateway Park, Northwestern University, Ogden Plaza, and Cityfront Plaza. Located just east of Columbus Drive, residents at River East can enjoy a central location with easy access to The Loop, which is the historic commercial center of downtown and the seat of government for Chicago.

A quick ten minute walk east of the residences is the nearest subway station at North Slater Street and West Grand Avenue. Cafes, restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, and entertainment are all within walking distance from the Residences at River East Center, including an on-site AMC Theatre with 21 screens.

Residences at River East Center are deemed to be a walker's paradise, making it the ultimate ideal for car-free transport.[2]


Standing at 58 stories, or 644 feet tall, the Residences at River East Center encompass a lot of 0.38 acres with a total size of two million square feet. The high-rise tower includes 620 residences with a mixed use of retail, and is built of concrete.

The exterior of the building is made primarily of aluminum and glass, and the General Contractor during construction was AMEC. The building is valued at $32.6 million.

With a postmodern architectural style designed by DeStefano + Partners, the building employs a curtain wall facade system and an exterior color scheme of light grey, light brown, and dark blue.

The original design of the building included spires on each corner of the roof, which would have brought the height of the building up to 680 feet.

The tower’s orientation is rotated 45 degrees from the surrounding streets, providing maximum views of the surrounding water and city. Structural glass and glass supported structural systems are used throughout the development, allowing the building to encompass a look of transparency and free-framing elements. Machined stainless steel fittings fix the glass in place, and a wet silicone seat provides weather protection, accommodating Chicago winds up to 150 miles per hour.[3]

Layout and Features

Units at the River East Center range from small studio condominiums up to the largest four bedroom, four bathroom 3,350 square foot penthouse unit. Large windows offer expansive views of the Chicago River, downtown Chicago skyline, and Lake Michigan.

Kitchens include thick granite counter tops and back splashes, islands with an eating bar, wood cabinetry, and Brazilian cherry hardwood floors. Each residence also offers in-suite washers and dryers, custom-organized closets, and central heating and air conditioning. The larger units offer separate, formal dining areas and wine bars with wine coolers.

Luxury marble flooring and soaking tubs can be found in the en-suite bathrooms, as well as marble in the large entrance foyers. Spacious master bedrooms are offered, and some of the larger units also offer infrared saunas in their spa-like master baths.[4]

Floor Plans

There are nine floor plans available for Residences at River East Center. Here is a short selection:


Amenities at the Residences of River East Center include:

  • 24 Hour Door Staff
  • Bike Room
  • Engineer On Site
  • Laundry Facility
  • Maintenance Staff
  • Management Office
  • Sundeck (with BBQ grills)
  • Fitness Center
  • Social Room
  • Central Heat and Air Conditioning
  • On-site bank, retail, and theater


Residences at River East Center Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No

Pets and rentals are allowed at Residences of River East Center.

There are no age restrictions placed on ownership.


Being so nearby daily amenities and luxuries, the Residences at River East Center offer their owners and tenants the convenience of car-free daily living. Public transportation in the form of the M line subway and many bus routes are just outside the doorstep at River East.

Car and bike share programs are within walking distance. Individually controlled central heat and air conditioning allow sustainable temperature control.

Double-pane windows help to keep the spaces warm, while energy-star rated appliances keep energy costs low and wasted energy to the bare minimum.


AMC River East 21 Theatre

The largest theater in Chicago is located at the River East complex, connected directly to the Residences at River East. AMC River East Theatre has 21 screens in total, is home of the Chicago International Film Festival, and offers year-round entertainment to the folks of River East and Streeterville.

AMC Theatres is under the umbrella of the corporate name, AMC Entertainment, Inc. The American movie theater chain is a subsidiary of the Chinese name Dalian Wanda Group, and has the second largest share in America, ranking after Regal and ahead of Cinemark. AMC has 339 locations across America, as well as the United Kingdom, Dunkirk, France, and Hong Kong.

Founded in 1920 by the Dubinsky Brothers (Maurice, Edward and Barney) who were performers of melodramas at tent shows, AMC currently has an annual revenue of $2.6 billion. AMC offers dine-in movie experiences, alcoholic beverages, and guest loyalty programs at many of its locations.

AMC's head office is in Kansas City, with the slogan of "We Make Smiles Happen."[5]


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