Irving Courts apartments, 718-56 W Irving Park Rd, Lakeview / Buena Park

Irving Courts is a 66-unit, 3-story double-courtyard apartment building at 718-56 W Irving Park Rd on the border of Chicago’s Lakeview and Buena Park neighborhoods.

Irving Courts was built in 1915 as the Kellshore Apartment Hotel. It was designed by architect E. Norman Brydges (pdf) for Nelson T. Kell and is listed as a contributing structure in the Buena Park Historic District (pdf), which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register submission describes the building as “notable for its modern geometrical lines, its handsome tan glazed brick, and white terra cotta ornament.”

Irving Courts has undergone substantial renovation since being acquired by an affiliate of Reside Living.

The apartments

Irving Courts offers three different 1-bedroom floor plans. Floor plans and availability are accessible online.

The apartments have hardwood floors and vintage details. Some of the apartments have sun rooms, and some have decorative fireplaces. Closet space compares favorably with what you’ll find in most apartments in the neighborhood.

Kitchens and baths have been updated. Kitchens have limited cabinet and counter space but include dishwashers, gas ranges and built-in microwaves. Reside’s “accent wall” program visually expands the living space.

Amenities, services, policies

Like most vintage buildings, Irving Courts has limited common-area amenities.

The building has a laundry room, a bicycle storage room, resident storage lockers and free Wi-Fi. On-site parking is not available.

Irving Courts is pet-friendly, subject to limits and additional fees, and smoke-free.

The location

Irving Courts is on busy Irving Park Rd, the boundary between Lakeview and Buena Park. Buena Park is a largely residential neighborhood dominated by low-rise buildings and single-family homes, in contrast to the denser and more commercial character of Lakeview.

The building is two blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and Lincoln Park, and adjacent to the Wrigleyville and Boystown neighborhoods.

Thorek Hospital is a short block west of the property.

Shopping. Irving Courts residents have decent access to grocery shopping.

Whole Foods is a few blocks south of the building at Halsted and Waveland, and a Walmart Express, which has a pharmacy in-store, is a half-mile south on Broadway. Jewel-Osco is a half-mile north at Montrose.

There are Target, Marshalls and Bed Bath and Beyond locations nearby for residents setting up housekeeping.

National retail chains, however, are a minor presence in the neighborhood, which draws its dominant character from a variety of locally-owned and quirky smaller shops.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. In brief – whatever you have a taste for you’ll find in the neighborhood in hyper-abundance.


Starbucks and El Mariachi are less than a block south.

For breakfast, Horizon Café and IHOP are also a short walk away.

Wrigleyville is a dense bar and restaurant destination for Cubs fans and sports bars are everywhere.

The popular North End is three short blocks from Irving Courts. Murphy’s Bleachers is two blocks further – and once you get past Murphy’s the Wrigleyville scene gets crowded.

Bobby Love’s and Roscoe’s are just a few of the dozens of gay and lesbian bars and nightclubs you’ll find in Boys Town.

Neighborhood street festivals and fairs are a great source of entertainment in the summer. Events near Irving Courts include – to name a few – Northalsted Market Days, the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Wrigleyville Summerfest, SausageFest, the Chicago Marathon and, of course, Pride Week.

The websites for the Lakeview Citizens Council and the Lakeview and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce are good sources for info about upcoming events.

There are nearly two dozen theaters within walking distance of the building in the Belmont Theater District. Dozens of live music venues are also nearby.

Parks, recreation. Irving Courts residents have convenient access to public parks and recreational activities.

The 2-acre Gill Park, a block south of the building, has an air-conditioned field house with a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and assembly hall. Outside there’s a t-ball field and a playground.

The 1,200-acre Lincoln Park, one of the great public spaces in America, is two short blocks east of Irving Courts. Lincoln Park has almost every recreational amenity imaginable, from an archery range to a great zoo.

At this point in the park you’ll find a playground, the 9-hole Sydney Marovitz golf course, tennis courts and ball fields, and a picnic area.

Transportation. Irving Courts has good access to public transportation.

It’s about a 6-minute walk from Irving Courts to the CTA Red Line stop at Sheridan.

A variety of CTA bus routes traverse the area, steps from the property. The #36 bus on Broadway travels south through Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast and River North into the Loop, providing access to endless shopping, dining, nightlife and employment venues.

The #80 bus, just outside Irving Courts, travels west to the CTA Red Line and to the Blue Line for connections to O’Hare Airport.

Irving Courts residents have a short walk to the #146 (pdf) and #135 bus stops on Lake Shore Drive. The 146 runs express to the 900 Shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, and then on to the Loop. The #135 bus provides express service to the New East Side and Loop.

Lake Shore Drive is a short distance away. Crosstown access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient from this location, and can be especially time-consuming before and after Cubs’ games.

Zipcar car sharing locations and DIVVY bike stations are nearby. Taxi service is readily available 24/7.

The competition

You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s Lakeview apartment guide.

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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Irving Courts

Address 718-56 W Irving Park Rd
City Chicago
# of Units 66
Pets Pet-friendly, subject to limits
Completed 1915
Management Reside Living
Website Irving Courts

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