There are only a few Chicago apartment complexes with amenities that cater to young children and fewer still that offer special events for kids.
Regents Park in Hyde Park has the most kid-friendly environment I’ve seen in the city. For starters, there’s Kanga*Roo Park, pictured above, which features a giant inflatable castle, crafts and games, and weekly programming that has ranged from meeting giant turtles to professional storytelling.
Kanga*Roo Park is adjacent to the pool, which is flanked at one end by a waterfall fountain and at the other by a whirlpool. The Terrace Grill overlooks the pool and serves freshly-prepared wraps, sandwiches, salads and Mexican cuisine.
Step outside from Kanga*Roo Park and there’s a rock garden area and a playground – which had yet to open from the winter when I took the above shots.
Bergen Garden, which spans the area between Regents Park’s two towers, is a private landscaped area with flowering paths, bench seating, ponds and resident ducks who return seasonally each year.
Time-starved parents will appreciate the convenience of an on-site market, dry cleaners and coffee shop.
Parents who work from home or attend school can escape to the quiet of a fully-equipped business center and resident lounge areas.
Regents Park accepts cats. Dogs are welcome, subject to breed restrictions, on select floors of the south tower.
Regents Park has a range of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bath and three-bedroom, two-bath apartments available. Studio rents start at $1,207, one-bedrooms at $1,295, two-bedrooms at $1,615 and three-bedrooms at $2,195.
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