The Del Prado was designed by Newhouse & Bernham and built in 1918 by Sherman Tecumseh Cooper. It’s one of a group of distinctive buildings that mark the gateway from Lake Shore Drive into Hyde Park and comprise a National Register of Historic Places district fronting Harold Washington Park. The Del Prado was reportedly the favored hotel of the Tigers and the Yankees when they came to town to play the White Sox.
The Del Prado’s red brick and terra cotta exterior is richly detailed with Native American motifs.
The Del Prado offers a variety of studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartments. In early June 2014 rents for available units were $1,100 to $1,250 for a studio, $1,350 to $1,600 for a 1-bedroom and $1,530 to $1,805 for a 2-bedroom apartment. There are also several 3-bedroom penthouse that rent, when available, for $3,300 to $3,400 a month. Floor plans and updated rent ranges are available at the building’s website.
Studio Gang Architects inspired a stylish renovation of the apartments and designed highly-efficient layouts with open-plan kitchens. The all-electric kitchens have ample cabinets and counter space, granite counters, tile backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, dishwashers and built-in microwaves.
The Del Prado’s H-shaped configuration allows for an unusually high ratio of corner apartments.
Baths are nicely-sized and have tiled tub surrounds and tile accents. Many of the apartments have walk-in closets and all have a decent amount of closet space.
The Del Prado has a limited number of studios. The best layout is the north-facing 06 tier.
Air-conditioning is via window units.
Views. Views vary widely, and some of the units have very limited views. North-facing apartments have good views overlooking Harold Washington Park.
Amenities, services, policies
The Del Prado has an uncommonly generous amenities suite for a vintage building.
There’s a resident lounge with a pool table conveniently adjacent to the laundry room.
A fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment is also adjacent to the resident lounge and laundry room.
The Del Prado has an impressive entry that leads to a soaring, marble-clad lobby. The Native American themes on the exterior façade continue inside.
The lobby has several furniture groupings where residents can socialize or guests can wait to be greeted. A mezzanine level overlooking the lobby provides quiet space for lounging or studying.
The Del Prado has on-site leasing and management and 24/7 on-site staff. The building is pet-friendly, subject to limits. Parking is available at an off-site lot. Bike storage and resident storage spaces are available.
The Del Prado 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 few blocks northwest of The Del Prado.
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 Del Prado.
Hyde Park isn’t known for its bar scene, but there is a decent selection of neighborhood joints near The Del Prado.
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 Del Prado 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 Del Prado 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 Del Prado’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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