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McClurg Court was the first new apartment complex built in Streeterville in decades when it was completed in 1971 and it remains the largest. It originally included a 1,000+ seat movie theater that once drew crowds but has since closed. The space has been redeveloped as a Bockwinkel’s grocery.
McClurg Court offers 16 different floor plans of studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The apartments are typically larger than you’ll find in newer buildings and have window walls that visually expand the space.
Floor plans and near real-time rent and availability info can be accessed online.
Many of the apartments have been updated with new baths and kitchens with stainless steel appliances, new cabinets, granite countertops and stone tile floors.
The buildings’ long-and-narrow configuration lends itself to functional floor plans with lots of windows and minimal loss of space to hallways.
Closet space in most of the floor plans compares very favorably with many of the newer apartment buildings. The units do not have balconies or in-unit washer / dryers. Ceiling heights, lower than today’s new buildings, are typical of the era in which McClurg Court was built.
Furnished short-term rentals in the building are available through Churchill Corporate Housing.
Views. McClurg Court’s website boasts of “spectacular views of downtown, Michigan Avenue, North Shore, and Lake Michigan.” Views from most of the apartments are constrained by neighboring buildings.
Amenities, services, policies
McClurg Court has an extensive amenities suite.
A spacious “cyber café” / business center has multiple seating and work areas, a printer / coper, a large screen TV, and computer workstations.
The cyber café has private rooms that can host a small business meeting or a study group or serve as a short-term office.
There’s a large, well-equipped fitness center with a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment.
A yoga studio is adjacent to the fitness center.
McClurg Court has an indoor pool and whirlpool wrapped by three walls of windows. The pool is adjacent to the sundeck.
There are three rubberized-surface indoor tennis courts that residents can reserve without charge.
A spacious sundeck has a variety of seating areas, tables, trellises, and gas grills. There are several shaded cabanas, but shaded locations are easy to find on the sundeck, given the height of neighboring buildings.
The complex has a very large bike storage room. The laundry rooms include a lounging area.
McClurg Court has heated indoor parking with an on-site car wash service. The garage has wide aisles and a minimal number of levels to traverse compared to neighboring parking ramps.
McClurg Court has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, and 24/7 door staff in each tower lobby.
On-site service establishments include Kriser’s Natural Pet, a bank, a 24-hour 7-Eleven convenience store, a dental office, dry cleaners and shoe repair.
One of the towers is slated to begin accepting dogs, subject to limits. Cats are OK, subject to limits.
McClurg Court is four short blocks north of the Chicago River, midway between Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier, with convenient access to Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University’s downtown campus.
Shopping. A 7-Eleven convenience store is in the building.
A new Bockwinkel’s opened in the building in fall 2015.
Whole foods recently opened a few blocks southwest of the building.
Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is two blocks northeast.
A Walgreen’s Pharmacy is two blocks south of McClurg Court.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
There are literally 100s of dining and nightlife options within a few blocks of McClurg Court.
Dollop Coffee is in a building are around the corner.
Many of the local restaurants and night spots cater heavily to hotel guests, tourists and office workers, but you won’t have any trouble finding a go-back-to neighborhood favorite. Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, a few steps from McClurg Court, gets mixed reviews but has its regulars and a large selection of beers on tap.
If you’re a bowling or movie buff, hit the lanes at Lucky Strike then head downstairs to catch a movie at the 21-screen AMC River East, two short blocks south of McClurg Court. The new Pinstripes, a few blocks from the building, has been drawing crowds.
Parks, recreation. McClurg Court has good park access.
A block southeast of McClurg Court is a pleasant park that’s actually the roof of a parking garage. The park has a dog-friendly area.
River Esplanade Park, home to Centennial Fountain, is a few blocks south of the building.
Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is four short blocks north. The Museum of Contemporary Art is at the west end of the park and just west of the museum is the delightful, tree-shrouded Seneca Playlot Park.
CTA bus service, via multiple routes, is excellent along Michigan Ave, Illinois St (one-way East-bound) and Grand Ave (one-way West-bound). Many residents of McClurg Court may opt for cabs as their preferred mode of public transit, and cabs are always plentiful in the area.
McClurg Court has easy access to and from Lake Shore Drive. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often be time-consuming. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood. Lower Wacker Drive can be a major time-saver, depending on your destination.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s comprehensive Streeterville apartment guide.
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