The Algonquin was built in 1951 on part of the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel. Pace Associates designed the Algonquin with the peripheral involvement of Mies van der Rohe. According to a biography of Mies van der Rohe the buildings are “almost universally and incorrectly” said to have been designed by Mies. In his oral history at the Art Institute, Pace Associates’ Charles Genther contends that “John Holsman and I designed the plan for it … at lunch on a paper napkin.”
The Algonquin offers studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments. In early June 2014 rents for available units were $1,255 for a studio, $1,245 for a 1-bedroom and $1,385 for a 2-bedroom apartment. The buildings and the apartments were completely renovated half a dozen years ago.
Floor plans and updated rent ranges are available at the building’s website.
The apartments were very stylishly renovated. Kitchens and baths have subway tile. Kitchens feature granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, ample cabinet and counter space and visually appealing cabinetry. Custom steel-framed translucent cabinets, both protruding and inset, cleverly expand storage space in the apartments.
Studio apartments have an alcove sleeping area.
The floor plans are very efficient, with little space lost to hallways or travel corridors. The apartments have large expanses of windows and generous room sizes. Two bedroom apartments have a living area spacious enough to accommodate multiple furniture groupings.
Views. Views vary widely from building to building and exposure to exposure. Some of the units have park or lake views and some have views of the city skyline to the north
Amenities, services, policies
The Algonquin has limited common-area amenities.
The buildings have laundry rooms, storage lockers, indoor bike storage and share a fitness center. Outdoor reserved parking is available on-site.
The Algonquin has on-site leasing and management staff and controlled-access lobbies. The buildings are pet-friendly, subject to limits.
The Algonquin has a convenient location with easy access to shopping, dining, parks and public transportation.
Shopping. Treasure Island, which self-describes as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks away in the Hyde Park Shopping center, which also hosts an Office Depot, Walgreens and Elston Ace Hardware.
Whole Foods is slated to anchor the City Hyde Park development, which is under construction a short block west of The Algonquin.
The scene along 53rd Street is changing rapidly, but locally-owned staples like Hyde Park Records still dot the strip.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Harper Court has revved up the restaurant scene near The Algonquin.
Coffee shops couldn’t be more convenient. Algonquin residents can walk across the street to the east and grab a pastry at Sip & Savor at Regents Park or cross the street to the west to Bridgeport Coffee at the Hyde Park Art Center.
Hyde Park isn’t known for its bar scene, but there is a decent selection of neighborhood joints near The Algonquin.
The revamped Harper Theater is showing first-run movies and the University of Chicago hosts a variety of free or low-cost entertainment options. Street festivals, including the venerable 57th Street Art Fair, are popular in the summertime.
Parks, recreation. The Algonquin has Harold Washington Park as its front yard.
The park is mainly a passive recreation space favored by local dog walkers, but it does have tennis courts, volleyball poles, chess tables, a soft-surface playground, a spray pool and picnic areas.
A nearby pedestrian bridge across Lake Shore Drive connects The Algonquin to Burnham Park’s popular Promontory Point, the 57th Street Beach, the 18-mile Lakefront Trail and host of additional recreational amenities.
Transportation. Public transportation is excellent.
The #6 CTA bus stops at the corner and travels express to the Loop from 47th St.
The #172 CTA bus connects residents to the University of Chicago campus, where many of them work or study.
Access to the city’s expressway grid is excellent, via Lake Shore Drive.
The Algonquin’s most direct competitors are likely to be managed by MAC Property Management, which manages 1,000s of apartments in scores of buildings in the Hyde Park / Kenwood neighborhood.
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