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River West Overview

River West is a relatively new Chicago neighborhood. Once considered part of River North, it is now a viable, thriving community of its own. In recent years the construction of mid-rise condominiums in River West has attracted residents who desire a little more peace and quiet, without moving too far from downtown. In the style of transforming an old warehouse district into a viable residential neighborhood, River West is full of converted loft spaces and condos, which happen to be prime real estate on Chicago's housing market. Trendy designs and upgraded amenities have become the norm for this hip, new community. Fashionable restaurants and nightspots have also materialized, but local residents aren't the only ones frequenting these ultra-cool hangouts. River West dining and nightlife is known to attract Chicagoans from outside the neighborhood, which means it is best to make reservations whenever possible!

River West History

Like its neighbor to the immediate south, the Fulton River District, River West, a neighborhood that was once recognized for little more than meatpacking houses and distribution centers, has experienced a cultural revitalization in recent years. River West has long been known to Chicago residents as a market district; the place you might go to stock up on wholesale goods. The neighborhood has always been a major artery in the west side of Chicago's manufacturing corridor—and it still is—but in recent years the neighborhood has radically transformed.

Though warehouses still stand in much of River West, and there still is plenty of truck traffic shipping goods in and out along Halsted Street and Grand Avenue, the area has become increasingly residential. The recent influx of wealthy residents came on the coattails of two major developments in River West: the backdrop of a burgeoning arts scene and an increasingly reputable setting for nightlife and restaurants. As the winds of gentrification generally blow, artists first moved in to capitalize on cheap rents, which started the gradual transformation from a meatpacking and manufacturing district to one that attracts flocks of art enthusiasts and foodies on the weekends.

The Sights of River West

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Schools In The River West Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the River West area.

20 schools in area
School Type Level Grade(s) Rating

Prescott Elementary School

1632 West Wrightwood Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

De Diego Elementary Community Academy

1313 North Claremont Ave

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Columbus Elementary School

1003 North Leavitt St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Dett Elementary School

2131 West Monroe St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Young Magnet High School

211 South Laflin St

Public Middle - High 7-12

Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center

160 West Wendell Street

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Payton College Preparatory High School

1034 North Wells St

Public High 9-12

Josephinum Academy

1501 North Oakley Boulevard

Private High 9-12

The Latin School Of Chicago

59 West North Boulevard

Private Preschool - High PK-12

West Town Academy

2021 West Fulton Street

Private High 9-12

St Josaphat School

2245 North Southport Avenue

Private Preschool - Middle PK-8

Suder Montessori Elementary Magnet School

2022 West Washington Blvd

Public Preschool - Elementary PK-8

Lasalle II Lang Acad Elementary School

1148 N Honore St

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Rauner College Prep

1337 W. Ohio St.

Charter High 9-12

YCCS Virtual High School

Malcolm X College Room 2416, 1900 W. Van Buren

Charter High 9-12

Esperanza School - Intensive

520 North Marshfield Avenue

Private Elementary - High n/a

Metropolitan Schoolhouse

1415 N. Dayton

Private Elementary - High K-12

Pulaski International School of Chicago

2230 West McLean Avenue

Public Preschool - Middle PK-8

Lincoln Park High School

2001 North Orchard St

Public High 9-12

Lincoln Elementary School

615 West Kemper Place

Public Elementary - Middle K-8

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by

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