One Bennett Park, 451 E Grand Ave, Streeterville

One Bennett Park is a 68-story, 280-unit apartment tower which will be constructed at 451 E Grand Ave in Streeterville.

The building will be mixed-use and include 65 condos and a 1.7 acre park designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh & Associates. Construction on the building is slated to begin in spring 2016, with occupancy slated for late 2018.

One Bennett Park will be the 12th tallest building in Chicago when completed.

Related Midwest is the developer and Robert A.M. Stern Architects is the architecture firm.

The apartments

Details of the unit mix and finishes have not been released yet.

Expect One Bennett Park to have a high level of finishes to compete with other newer buildings in the neighborhood.

Views. One Bennett Park is on a direct east-west axis with Lake Point Tower and 500 Lake Shore Drive, which obscures the views of Navy Pier. East- and south-facing units should, however, enjoy a view of the Navy Pier fireworks.

The building’s neighbors to the north block some of Chicago’s more dramatic vistas. The building will have good views to the south, which are currently some of the best One Bennett Park has to offer from its higher floors.

Amenities, services, policies

The amenities at One Bennett Park have not been released yet, but the renderings show a fourth-floor amenity deck.

Expect the amenities at One Bennett Park to be competitive with other new buildings in the area.

The building will include 900 parking spaces, which will be way more than needed for the 345 residential units, but will provide additional public parking for tourist attractions nearby.

The location

One Bennett Park is a short block west of Lake Shore Drive

Navy Pier and other nearby attractions make the location a major tourist draw, which is either a plus or a minus, depending on your preferences.

Shopping. One Bennett Park is within three blocks of two full service grocery stores, with Treasure Island a few blocks to the north and Whole Foods a few blocks to the west.

A Target Express recently opened in October 2015 a block west of the building.

A Walgreen’s Pharmacy is a short walk west.

Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile begins a few blocks west of One Bennett Park.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
Head east to the restaurants at Navy Pier if you’re in a tourist state of mind. Head west and you’ll quickly encounter a restaurant-dense environment, with something for almost every mood and palate.

Show up early or expect a wait for the large portions at Yolk, a popular breakfast spot at the corner of Grand & McClurg, or check our Kanela Breakfast Club in the building across the street.

If you’re a bowling or movie buff you can loft a few over the lanes at Lucky Strike then head downstairs to catch a movie at AMC River East, a long block west of One Bennett Park.

Parks, recreation. The building has very convenient access to Navy Pier, Jane Addams Memorial Park, Ohio Street Beach and the Lakefront Trail.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a few short blocks north.

There’s also a 3-acre park with a dog run immediately west of the building. This park will be restructured and updated as part of the development plans.

Transportation. The location is poorly served by public transportation, with the exception of CTA bus routes.

Access to and from Lake Shore Drive, as you’d expect, is superb. Reaching I-90/94 and the rest of the city’s expressway grid can often involve a tedious, time-consuming slog. Expect near-gridlock conditions when there’s a major event in the neighborhood.

Taxi service is readily available, 24/7, at the location.

The competition

Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.

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

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One Bennett Park

Address 451 E Grand Ave
City Chicago
# of Units 280
Parking 900 on-site parking spaces
Completed 2018
Management Related Midwest

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