New East Side Chicago Neighborhood Guide

An energetic lakefront community comprised of luxury high-rises and plenty of green space.

Lakeside · Oasis · Residential · Walkable

New East Side Chicago is a residential community just east of the heart of the city. This neighborhood is made up of luxury condos and high-rise rentals that surround Lakeshore East Park. New East Side is situated downtown but remains secluded and is tucked away from tourists.

It’s rare to find dining, shopping, and other entertainment options in the neighborhood, but they are only a quick walk away. Residents love that this area is a pedestrian’s paradise, as well as its proximity to Streeterville and River North.

New East Side housing is mostly new, full-amenity high rises with incredible views of Lake Michigan. Due to the neighborhood's location and the prevalence of luxury amenities, residents pay a significant premium.

Locals can be found hanging out at the local park, stopping by their favorite coffee shop, and walking their furry friends by the lake.

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Neighborhood Vibe

Expect a quieter neighborhood and a laid-back atmosphere in New East Side. Filled mostly with residential buildings, you’ll find yourself living in an oasis in the middle of the city. Even though this neighborhood is considered downtown, nightlife and entertainment options are slim to none. However, Michigan Avenue and The Loop are both a quick walk away and have countless options for dining, shopping, nightlife, and entertainment.

Favorite Spots

Located in the middle of New East Side, Lakeshore East Park is a 4.6-acre public outdoor space that includes a dog park, gardens, playground, and walkways. The neighborhood is a just short walk away from Millenium Park, where you can see your reflection in the Bean. In the warmer months, bring a picnic basket and catch Harris Theatre Millennium Park’s free movies and concerts. In the winter, show off your ice skating skills at the Maggie Daley Skating Ribbon and the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.

Things to Know

Expect a quieter pace of life living in New East Side and a neighborhood centered around walking. The nearest train station is about .5 miles away, and there is little outside traffic in this neighborhood. Although the train is farther away, there are many bus lines running through New East Side. For those who drive, the neighborhood boasts easy access to Lake Shore Drive. Street parking is difficult to find, so expect to pay for parking within your building.

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