"If you need access to the Loop or transportation, this is your spot!"
North Canal Street is a great place to own a condo if you work in the Loop or need access to public transportation. There are several residential buildings directly across the street from Northwest/Ogilvie train station, which is convenient for people who want an urban lifestyle but work in the 'burbs. The street is also just a few blocks east of the highway, so people who drive to work or want faster access to the airport also might enjoy this location. And, most importantly, the street is on the west side of the Loop (borderline "West Loop" neighborhood), so walking to a downtown office building is simple! Also on the positive, the East Bank Club, one of Chicago's most prestigious work-out facilities, is nearby. On weekdays, residents have access to a plethora of fast food restaurants for lunch. However, on the weekends or in the evenings, the dining and nightlife options diminish tremendously. There are still a few decent places within walking distance (N9NE, Greektown, Italian Village, etc.) because Canal Street isn't too far from the large theatres, but overall, the area is dead. Fortunately, a newer grocery store was added just over the highway, so at least you can buy food and prepare it at home! Not a lot of parks or recreational areas real close by - maybe a mile east or so. Easier to live elsewhere in the city with kids or pets.