Why we love: Fulton River District

2 bed, 2 bath (high rise apartment building)

Jen Serafini is a designer, art director and the founder of Serafini Creative. She lives in Fulton River District with her husband, Nick, and dog, Bosco, in a high rise apartment building. A full-amenity high rise, the building features basketball courts, gym, pool, movie theater, business center and party room. 


How long have you lived in your home? 
We've lived here one year, and this is actually the first time since moving to Chicago four years ago that we will be renewing our lease. Yes, that means we've moved four times in four years. 

Why did you originally move here?
We have to live within a certain radius of the hospital (Rush), where Nick is in his fellowship.

How long do you plan to live here?
We hope to be here for the duration of Nick's fellowship, which is four years.

What is your favorite part of your home?
I love our outdoor space. Our unit is the only one in the building with a patio, so we take advantage of as many summer days as possible. 

What is your least favorite part of your home?
I don't love that the building is so high turnover and also lacks the charm of a walk up. 

What is your favorite part of your neighborhood?
I love that we live in between River North and West Loop. We can walk to both areas, which is very convenient. 

What is your least favorite part of your neighborhood?
The immediate area. I miss tree-lined, quaint streets.

What are you favorite local stores?
Parlor Pizza and Grange Hall Burger are our two favorite local restaurants, but there really are so many outdoor cafes filled with people in the summer. I always wonder why everyone isn't at work!

How do you get to work? 
I work from home and Nick drives 5-7 minutes to the hospital. 

Where do you grocery shop?
Jewel is literally across the street, but also the Whole Foods at North and Clybourn and the Mariano's south of Randolph. 

How often do you walk around your neighborhood?
The neighborhood isn't the most dog friendly, so I usually walk to the dog park on Peoria

Are you friends with your neighbors?
Friendly, but not really friends. Most seem pretty young. 

Does your neighborhood feel safe? 

What is the general vibe of your neighborhood?
Young, young families, becoming more trendy, especially the food scene. 

Are some areas of your neighborhood more favorable than others?
I personally wouldn't want to live any closer to the train or highway.