Living in New East Side means easily scoring the best picnic spots for free performances in Millennium Park, short lakefront hikes to a game at Soldier Field, direct access to The Art Institute of Chicago via the park and bridgeway, dining in style on a rooftop in the Loop or riverwalk patio—and retreating to one of the most well-designed, up-to-date residential buildings in the city for downtime.
Even with the recently opened Maggie Daley Park drawing families and sprightly souls from all over the city to its interactive Play Garden and Ice Ribbon for play dates, people can find solace in the city here. Copious public green space keeps traffic within and around much of the neighborhood at bay.
While Millennium Park, Chicago Riverwalk, Lake Michigan harbors, and Michigan Avenue are premium extensions of New Eastside, the neighborhood is also home to its own secluded 6-acre park, as well as exceptional restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and schools within a modest radius.
With the nearest “L” stop a half-mile away and minimal nightlife destinations, New Eastside is generally more tranquil than other downtown areas. However, dining, shopping, and other amenities can be found within the perimeter, and Michigan Avenue and the Loop are mere steps away.
Residents favor the neighborhood because it’s intertwined with city life, yet somewhat removed from the throngs of tourists. With pedestrian-dedicated walkways and tunnels, work commuters or anyone wanting to connect with businesses, hotels, and public transit in the Loop can do so expediently.
The newer residential towers have ultramodern amenities galore; many are energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly by design.