The building has a domed entrance rotunda, and an ornate façade with a riotous profusion of Baroque terra cotta ornamentation. It was built in 1922 as the Pine Grove Apartment Hotel, and designed by Loewenberg & Loewenberg, a predecessor of the current firm.
The four Germanic turrets are among the building’s most distinctive features.
The interior of the entrance rotunda and the grand marble hallways repeat the bold hues of the building’s exterior.
2828 North Pine Grove is in the landmark Surf – Pine Grove District (pdf), which encompasses the 400 and 500 blocks of Surf St and part of the 2800 block of Pine Grove. The area has been featured in a number of major movies.
A number of the buildings in the district date to the 1890s, including the beautiful graystone rowhouses across the street from the building.
2828 North Pine Grove has studio, 1-, and 2 and 3-bedroom, 2-bath floor plans.
All of the 3-bedrooms are corner units, and the building has an unusually large number of them. One of the bedrooms has an en-suite bath, and another has a curved wall with three windows.
Floor plans are available online. As of early February 2014, rents ranged from $860 to $2,155.
Apartments have a mix of wood-look flooring and carpeting. Vintage touches include crown moldings. Kitchens have been updated with newer cabinets, gas ranges, dishwashers and built-in microwaves.
Room sizes are reasonably spacious in most of the units. Closet space varies.
Views. The building’s limited height relative to surrounding buildings results in streetscape views only.
Amenities, services, policies
Like most vintage buildings, 2828 North Pine Grove has a limited common-area amenities package.
The building has a lobby-level fitness room, a large adjacent laundry room and a bike room.
There’s a rooftop sundeck with limited views. The building has no on-site parking, and parking in the area is scarce.
2828 North Pine Grove has on-site maintenance. It’s a cats-only building.
2828 North Pine Grove is on a quiet, tree-lined one-way street. It’s a half-block north of the border of the Lincoln Park and Lakeview neighborhoods. The location is attractive and conveniently close to the park and a wide selection of bars, restaurants and neighborhood shops. Saint Joseph Hospital is a block east. Wrigley Field, Boystown and other attractions are within walking distance.
Shopping. 2828 North Pine Grove has excellent proximity to grocery shopping.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark, Broadway and Diversey, and nearby in the park.
Chipotle, Starbucks, Potbelly and Panera are also on Diversey, just west of 2828 North Pine Grove.
Century Centre Cinema is just north of Diversey on Clark St, two blocks from the building.
Lincoln Park has too many attractions to list.
Active recreation opportunities are abundant, some of them unexpected. Fly fishing lessons, for example, are available at nearby North Pond in the park and the golf driving range at Diversey is open year-round. There are clay tennis courts and miniature golf adjacent to the driving range.
With a little bit of luck you might strike up a friendship with someone who has a boat in Diversey Harbor.
The park also offers endless opportunities for quiet relaxation.
Transportation. 2828 North Pine Grove’s access to public transportation is good, but not great.
The nearest CTA train stop, at Diversey, is a 12-minute walk from 2828 North Pine Grove.
Taxi service is nearly always available just south of the building on Diversey. Several Zipcar car-sharing locations are nearby.
Access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient, and can be a source of major misery during peak hours.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
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