Eugenie Terrace occupies a prominent site directly fronting the park itself. The building was completed in 1987 after receiving a hotly-contested zoning change: nearby residents had come to think of the site as their community garden. It remains the tallest building in Lincoln Park, edging out the recently-completed Lincoln Park 2550 condos by a mere 8 feet.
Capital Associates Development was the project’s developer. Developer Tom Rosenberg moved on from real estate to become the Academy Award-winning producer of Million Dollar Baby and a host of other feature films. Richard Barancik of Barancik Conte & Associates was the architect.
Eugenie Terrace has six different studio, 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath floor plans in the tower and four 2- and 3-bedroom townhouse plans at its base. The 2-story townhouse units have 2 ½ baths.
Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online. As of late November 2013 studio rents started at $1,340, 1-bedrooms at $1,900 and 2-bedrooms at $2,825. A 2-bedroom townhouse was available for $4,785.
One of the 1-bedroom floor plans has recessed balconies. None of the other tower units do. Townhouse units have private yards.
Apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows and space-expanding bay windows. Eugenie Terrace does not have the high ceilings that you’ll find in newer apartment buildings.
Room sizes are typically larger than newer apartments. A number of units have been upgraded with open plan kitchens that feature granite counter tops and stainless steel appliance packages with dishwashers and built-in microwaves. The units do not have in-unit washer / dryers.
Two-bedroom plans have the split-bedroom layout that’s preferred by roommates and home office workers. The apartments have carpeted living and bedroom areas. All have good closet space.
Views. Almost all of the apartments at Eugenie Terrace have good views, and many have great views.
The building sits directly across from Lincoln Park, ensuring that views to the east will always be unobstructed. Floor-to-ceiling windows and bay windows expand the views from the apartments.
South-facing units, especially from higher floors, have good views of the Gold Coast and downtown skyline.
The Old Town Triangle neighborhood is largely landmarked, ensuring that views to the west will also remain open.
Amenities, services, policies
Eugenie Terrace is the only full-amenity rental high-rise in Lincoln Park.
Eugenie Terrace has the highest outdoor pool in a rental building in Chicago. The two-tiered rooftop pool deck has great views over the park and south to the city skyline. It’s a sought-after place for viewing the annual air and water show. The deck also has a grilling area.
The amenities suite occupies the entire top floor of Eugenie Terrace. There’s a large club room with a bar and catering kitchen and a pool table.
The building also has a spacious resident lounge and a fully-equipped business center.
The sprawling 8,000 square foot fitness center has separate yoga, cardio and weight-training areas. The fitness center has floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views north over the park and west over the cityscape.
There’s an on-site parking garage. Guest parking is available for a fee, and furnished apartment is available for overnight guests.
When it opened in the late 80s Eugenie Terrace was the first apartment building in the city to offer concierge service, and a full-service concierge is still available to residents.
Leasing, management and maintenance staff are on-site. The building has 24/7 door staff. Eugenie Terrace is a cats-only building.
Eugenie Terrace enjoys a premiere location directly across from the 1,200-acre Lincoln Park, one of the greatest public spaces in America. It’s almost impossible to overestimate the attractiveness of living directly on Lincoln Park.
The building’s location affords it quick access to many of the most popular attractions in the park.
Shopping. Eugenie Terrace has good, but not great proximity to shopping.
The nearest full-service grocery store, a short walk south of the building, is Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket.”
From early May to late October, more than 50 farmers draw Wednesday and Saturday morning crowds to the Green City Market in the park, across the street from Eugenie Terrace.
There’s a smattering of boutiques and other retailing along Wells St, but retail access isn’t one of the property’s strong suits. Oak Street‘s glamorous boutiques and Michigan Ave’s Magnificent Mile shops are about a mile south. The big-box stores of the Clybourn Corridor are nearly a mile west..
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
You’re not going to find the city’s hottest restaurants and bars near Eugenie Terrace, but you will find far more than enough long-time favorites to keep you in the neighborhood.
Nookie’s, just around the corner, has been a neighborhood favorite for decades. Expect a wait on weekends.
Wells St and Lincoln Ave, steps west of Eugenie Terrace, are charming, pedestrian-friendly and packed with a wide variety of restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.
Lincoln Park has too many attractions to list.
Virtually every recreational opportunity you can imagine is easily accessible to Eugenie Terrace residents, from North Avenue Beach to a tranquil nature boardwalk.
Transportation. Eugenie Terrace’s access to public transportation is good, but not great.
Several CTA bus routes stop outside the building and several more are a short distance away in the park. The nearest CTA train stop is the Brown and Purple Line station at Sedgwick, just over a 10-minute walk from Eugenie Terrace.
Taxi service is nearly always instantaneously available. A Zipcar car-sharing location is in the building.
Access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient, and can be very time-consuming during peak hours.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings, although none of the nearby buildings offer comparable amenities.
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