Riverview West

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415 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL

Riverview West

Exterior of Riverview West
Building Information
Architect DeStefano + Partners, Ltd.
Management Company MCL Companies
Number of Units 148
Number of Floors 27
Year Built 2005
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof IRMA
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415 East North Water Street, Chicago, IL
Distance to Public Transit Within three blocks
Region Chicago
Municipality Chicago
Zoning PD 368
Title of Land Condominium



Streeterville as viewed from the Chicago River

Riverview West is part of a two phase residential development, with its sister building located next to it at 445 North Water Street. Designed by DeStefano + Partners and completed in 2005, the building is located on a quiet, one-way, tree-lined street. The building offers spacious floor plans of both townhouse units at the street level and condominium units in the remainder of the 27 floor tower. With a total of 148 residential units, Riverview West has become a desirable residence of Chicago.

Located on the Chicago River in the sought-after neighborhood of Streeterville, Riverview West offers views of the river and Navy Pier.

The area of Streeterville has been transformed in the early 21st century as numerous empty lots were converted to commercial and residential buildings, with a focus on the southern part of the area. The neighborhood had earlier experienced booms that followed the World War I and World War II. Streeterville now has a good reputation and many consider it to be an upscale residential area, with a strip of luxury that balances the industrial western portion of the Near North Side.[1]


Streeterville is bounded by the Chicago River on the south, the Magnificent Mile portion of Michigan Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the north and east. Reclaimed sandbars makeup the majority of Streeterville, which is known for some of Chicago's highest towers such as the John Hancock Tower, as well as its hotels, restaurants, professional office centers, residential high rises, universities, medical facilities, and cultural venues.

Located directly on the river shore, residents can enjoy strolls on the river esplanade and relaxation at River Esplanade Park. The nearest public transportation is three blocks from Riverview West at the corner of Illinois Street and McClurg Court.

Ogden Plaza and Dusable Park are also within walking distance. The well-know tourist attraction of Navy Pier is less than a 15 minute walk from the complex. The site of The Chicago Spire is also located nearby, which was meant to be Chicago's tallest skyscraper. It is located in the southeastern corner of Streeterville, next to Lake Shore Drive. The Chicago Spire was supposed to be completed in 2010, but was later cancelled.

Also a quick drive north is the John Hancock Observatory, which is the eighth-most visited attraction in Chicago.[2]


Riverview West is a concrete constructed residential towers with townhouse units at its base. Exterior detailing of Riverview West includes limestone, renaissance stone, and brick masonry detailing, as well as private recessed balconies. While design parameters of the city require tradition brick towers, Riverview West combines a brick exterior with contemporary materials like aluminum and glass.

The General Contractor was Power Construction of Chicago, whose preconstruction services included value engineering. Alucobond Plus Material is used at phase two of Riverview, which accents the exterior.

Approximately 48,000 square feet of 4mm Alucobond Plus Material in a custom green color was installed as exterior panels on the exterior of the tower by Arcadia Products, attached by the Sobotec SL-1000 caulked system.[3]

Layout and Features

All of the floor plans at Riverview West are elongated and run parallel to the Chicago River, which maximizes views and light exposure. Units range from 1,200 square feet to 5,200 square feet with units from 1-5 bedrooms and 1-4 baths. Each floor plan has a name. The smallest is The Erie, and the floor plans get increasingly larger with The Pearson, The Clark, The Huron, The Randolph, The Kinzie, The Wabash, The LaSalle, and the largest, The Franklin.

In-unit laundry is found in each of the residences, as well as balconies, gourmet kitchens, floor-to-ceiling windows, and hardwood floors.

Kitchens include Sub-zero stainless steel appliances, double bowl sinks, KitchenAid 5-burner gas cook tops, "quiet scrub" dishwashers, maple wood cabinets, granite counter tops, and upgraded water-filter systems.

Living areas and bedrooms feature solid light oak wood floors,9-foot ceilings, remote-control operated gas fireplaces, solid-core doors, luxury wall-to-wall carpeting, vinyl-coated metal shelving in closets, upgraded custom blinds, and customer dimmer light switches.

The master ensuite features under-mount porcelain sinks with designer faucets, enclosed-glass master shower with floor-to-ceiling marble, marble counter tops, whirlpool tubs, full height mirrors, and solid maple cabinetry.

Second/Guest bathrooms include corian counter tops with integrated sinks, full height mirrors, recessed medicine cabinets, porcelain bath tubs, and upgraded tiles.


Floor Plans

Few floor plans are available for Riverview West. Here are two.


  • 24 Hour Door Person
  • Exercise Room
  • Health Club
  • Party Room
  • Common Sundeck
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Two secured, heated indoor parking spaces
  • Storage area
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Dry cleaning, Laundry, & Tailor in the complex
  • Self-service Car Wash
  • Concierge


Riverview West Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

Dogs and cats are allowed at Riverview West, as well as rentals. There are no age restrictions on ownership.


Energy efficiency, thermally improved, aluminum wall systems are included at Riverview West with full insulation and vapor barriers to avoid heat-loss. Low energy, insulated glass windows are installed, as well as energy efficient 5 star appliances.

Individual thermostats for heating, cooling, and humidity control are found in each unit. Heat rarely needs to be used to maintain a temperature of 68-72 degrees in the units.

Low-energy, custom lighting is also used throughout the residences. Public transportation is less than three blocks away, and residents can enjoy car-free commuting to nearby amenities.[5]


Proposed Chicago Spire amongst the skyline

Located nearby Riverview West is a vacant site which was meant to be The Chicago Spire, an incredibly tall skyscraper. The project was abandoned in 2008 with only its foundation in place after several years of financial trouble and the global recession of 2008. The Spire's Irish developer, Garrett Kelleher, soon had a $77 million dollar lawsuit on his hands after the project went into foreclosure with the Anglo Irish Bank.

Had it have been built, its proposed height of 2,000 feet and 150 floors would have made it the third tallest building in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa and the Abraj Al Bait. It would have been taller than the CN Tower, taking first place as the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere.

After the first financial issues arose with the first owners, the project was taken over by Garrett Kelleher in 2006. Between the time of 2006 and 2008, revisions were made to the design. By 2010, foreclosure actions caused the courts to give control of the project to a receiver, leaving the project dead.

However, good news has recently arisen! As of May, 2013, interest in the Chicago Spire site has grown, and half a dozen offers on the property have been made. The developer is also considering a bid to take back control of the property, reigniting the vision of a fully built 2,000 foot skyscraper to call his own.[6]


  1. Streeterville Homes
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Alucobond USA
  5. This Fine Condo
  6. Wikipedia

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