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Park Lincoln by Reside apartments, 2470 N Clark St, Lincoln Park

by Joe Zekas on 11/3/14

Park Lincoln by Reside is a 15-story, 140-unit contemporary apartment building at 2470 N Clark St in Lincoln Park.

The building was completed in 1969. It’s easily recognizable by its white concrete risers and balconies and the horizontal bands of chocolate-colored brick. No architecture firm is identified with the building on the web.

Park Lincoln was acquired in January of 2014 by an affiliate of Reside Living, which has undertaken an extensive makeover of the building and the apartments.

The apartments

Park Lincoln has convertible and 1-bedroom floor plans.

Floor plans are available online. As of early November 2014 convertibles started at $1,370 a month and 1-bedrooms at $1,725.

The apartments are being upgraded with entirely new kitchens and baths, wood-look floors and in-unit washer / dryers. The new kitchens have granite counters, glass tile backsplashes, under-cabinet lighting, under-mount sinks and a stainless steel appliance package that includes a dishwasher and built-in microwave.

The apartments had some good touches that won’t change: exposed brick walls, unusual in a high-rise, and balconies off most of the units.

Views. The building is oriented on a north-south axis.

Higher-floor east-facing units have views over Lincoln Park.

West-facing apartments have views of the skyline to the south and the cityscape to the west. The building’s Lincoln Park location ensures that views won’t be interrupted by future developments.

Amenities, services, policies

Common areas are in the midst of a makeover.

A sleek new lobby is nearing completion and a new fitness room was ready for the finishing touches at the time of my visit. A new laundry room with commercial-grade equipment is being created to supplement the in-unit washer / dryers. The hallways have new carpeting and bright lighting.

A new roof deck with seating areas and gas grills is planned for spring 2015. The panoramic views from the roof will be a big draw.

Park Lincoln has both covered and uncovered parking spaces available in an area where parking is very scarce.

Cats and dogs are accepted, subject to limits and payment of additional fees.

Park Lincoln has on-site management and leasing staff.

Retail space in the building accommodates La Fournette, a popular French bakery / café, Cycle Smithy and a US Post Office branch.

The location

Park Lincoln has an attractive, convenient location on a busy commercial street a short block west of Lincoln Park, one of the greatest public spaces in America. The location is within walking distance of DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus.

The location has relatively quick access to Lake Shore Drive via Fullerton Ave, and to North Avenue Beach, which stretches nearly a mile north along the lakefront.

Shopping. Park Lincoln has good proximity to grocery shopping.

Big Apple Finer Foods, the nearest full-service grocery store, is just over a block south of the building. Mrs Green’s, an upscale grocer that’s a recent arrival to the area, is several blocks southwest of Park Lincoln.

Trader Joe’s and Walmart Neighborhood Market are a few blocks north, and there are several convenience stores near the building.

From early May to late October, more than 50 farmers draw Wednesday and Saturday morning crowds to the Green City Market in the park. From November through April the market is held most Saturdays at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, several blocks east of Park Lincoln.

There are several Walgreens pharmacies within a short walk of Park Lincoln.

The Visit Clark Street site gives you a good overview of the retail and service establishments near the building.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
You’ll find a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark Street steps from Park Lincoln.

Mickey’s is a prime spot for relaxed people-watching in the summer. Tatziki Grill, across the street from Park Lincoln, draws positive reviews for its gyros.


The Other Side, The Pasta Bowl, Galway Arms, Frank’s and Oryani’s are just a few of the many options within a short walk of Park Lincoln.

As you’d expect in an area as dense and affluent as this, familiar franchises are abundant nearby.

There are two outstanding restaurants in the nearby Belden-Stratford: Mon Ami Gabi and L2o, which retained its Michelin two-star rating.

Parks, recreation.
Lincoln Park has too many attractions to list.


The Zoo, the Conservatory and its gardens, the landmark Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and other Lincoln Park draws are within a few minutes’ walk from the building.

Active recreation opportunities are abundant, some of them unusual. Fly fishing lessons, for example, are available at nearby North Pond in the park.

The park also has endless opportunities for quiet relaxation.

Transportation. Park Lincoln’s access to public transportation is good, but not great.

The #22 Clark and #36 Broadway buses stop in front of the building and travel into the Loop.

The CTA train stop at Fullerton is a 15-minute walk west of the building.

Taxi service is nearly always available outside the building. The nearest Zipcar car-sharing location is steps from the building. A DIVVY bike station is just over a block north.

There’s quick access from the building to Lake Shore Drive. Access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient, and can be a source of misery during peak hours.

The competition

You’ll find many more options at our at-a-glance list of Lincoln Park apartments, along with video tours of some of the buildings.

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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Note: Reside Living is a YoChicago advertiser.

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