New East Side


  • Vibe - Touristy / Quiet / Laid-back
  • Nightlife - Okay
  • Dining - Good
  • Convenience - Excellent


  • Quick commute--close to public transportation, highways, and the Loop
  • Beautiful lake views
  • Modern high rises with lush green spaces


  • Self contained
  • Somewhat limited nightlife and dining options
  • To some people, the neighborhood can feel contrived

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The New East Side is a quiet, residential oasis that abuts the hustle and bustle of Michigan Avenue and the Loop. Surrounded by the Chicago River, Lake Michigan, and Millennium Park, The New East Side has some of Chicago's most fantastic views.

The neighborhood is a haven for commuters with easy access to the Loop, CTA Lines, Metra Lines, and highways. Although the New East Side is not Chicago’s liveliest neighborhood, residents are a short walk to some of the city’s best nightlife, dining, and shopping.

Located just north of Chicago’s famous Grant and Millennium Parks, the New East Side offers its residents dramatic views of the parks and Lake Michigan.

New East Side residents begin the day with a commute. Millennium Station, located on Michigan Avenue, is the terminal station for the Metra South Shore Line. All the major CTA lines have stops between Wabash Avenue and Dearborn Street. Automobile commuters can easily access Lake Shore Drive.

Residents take advantage of the Chicago Pedway. This network of tunnels connects shops, restaurants, hotels, government buildings, residential buildings, and train stations. The Pedway is a major perk of living in the **New East Side** -- especially during the icy winters Chicagoans know (not so) fondly.

The New East Side was built up around Lake Shore East Park. The beautiful, six-acre park is the perfect place to relax on a sunny day or take dogs on walks.

Another important location for New East Side residents is Mariano’s. Certain areas of the city have limited access to grocery stores. This is not an issue for New East Side residents. Most buildings are just a short walk to Mariano’s.

The New East Side is not known as a destination for dining in Chicago. Nonetheless, there are still a variety of options.

Local favorites include: steaks at III Forks, modern American cuisine at Sweetwater Tavern, and pizza at Giordano’s. Additionally, there are a variety of quick-service options accessible by the Pedway.

The New East Side does not have many nightlife options. However, Hubbard Street is just a few blocks away, and access to public transportation makes it easy for residents to party at all of Chicago’s hot spots.

Where do people live in the New East Side?

Most residents of the neighborhood live in full-amenity, high-rise buildings.

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