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The Chatelaine, 215 E Chestnut St, Streeterville

by Joe Zekas on 10/3/13

The Chatelaine is an 11-story, 77-unit vintage apartment building at 215 E Chestnut St in Streeterville.

The Chatelaine was built in 1928 and designed by the firm of R.F. France & Company. Roy France (pdf) is little remembered in Chicago. He moved to Miami where he “designed dozens of prominent Art Deco and Postwar Modern oceanfront hotels, virtually creating the Miami Beach skyline.”

The Chatelaine is notable for the proliferation of terra cotta ornamentation on its fa├žade. It appears as if the architect ordered everything in the manufacturer’s catalog and instructed that it be applied randomly.

The apartments

The Chatelaine has only four 1- and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments per floor.

As of late September, 2013 available 1-bedroom rents started at $1,800 a month and 2-bedrooms at $2,590. Near real-time availability information and floor plans are accessible online.

The apartments have many vintage touches, including decorative fireplaces with mantles, elaborately built-up crown moldings, picture frame moldings, high baseboard trim, rounded arched entryways and hardwood floors.

Kitchens have eat-in areas, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances.

The Chatelaine has a 4-pipe heating and cooling system to maximum resident comfort during seasonal temperature changes.

Views. The Chatelaine is not a view building due to the area’s density and the height of neighboring buildings.

Amenities, services, policies

Building amenities include a rooftop sundeck with gas grills, a 24-hour fitness room and on-site laundry.

The Chatelaine has on-site management and maintenance, but does not have door staff. Cats and dogs are accepted. Parking is not available on-site.

The location

The Chatelaine is in the long-established north section of Streeterville, an area characterized by a rich architectural mix but dominated by high-rise buildings dating to the 1920s.

The building is conveniently located a block east of two of Chicago’s most instantly-recognizable buildings, the iconic John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place.

The Chatelaine is close to Loyola University’s Water Tower campus and Northwestern University’s downtown campus, and a short walk from Lurie Children’s and Prentice Women’s hospitals.

Walk Score gives the location a “Walker’s Paradise” score of 97 and an undeserved “Excellent Transit” score of 90.

Shopping. The nearest full-service grocery stores, each about a half-dozen blocks from The Chatelaine, are Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” and Whole Foods.

Several delis and convenience stores are within a block or two of the building and East Delaware Pantry is around the corner.

A Walgreen’s Pharmacy is a short walk away on Michigan Ave.

Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile shops are a block west of The Chatelaine, and Oak Street boutiques are just beyond.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
The Chatelaine is in a restaurant-dense environment, with something for almost every mood and palate. Much of the scene caters to hotel guests, office workers and tourists, but there’s also a plethora of neighborhood favorites.

La Grande Vie is in the building and Francesca’s and Saloon Steakhouse are across the street. Pelago Ristorante is around the corner on Delaware.

River North restaurants and nightlife are a few minutes’ walk away.

Parks, recreation. A block south of The Chatelaine and just east of the Museum of Contemporary Art is Seneca Playlot Park, a tree-shrouded oasis that always seems to be flooded with small children enjoying two playground areas.

Lake Shore Park, which has a running track, softball fields, tennis courts, a playground and a small field house, is a few steps south of the building.

The Chatelaine is a few blocks from the popular Oak Street Beach.

Transportation. CTA bus routes stop a block from the building and represent the most accessible form of public transportation. CTA trains and Metra rail service are not within what most would consider convenient walking distance.

Access to and from Lake Shore Drive is convenient. 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.

Taxi service is readily available, 24/7. Zipcar and I-Go cars are nearby at 260 E Chestnut St.

The competition

The Chatelaine’s primary competition is The Seneca, directly across the street at 200 E Chestnut. The building competes to a lesser extent with 860 Dewitt.

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 tips and options at YoChicago’s Guide to renting in Streeterville and our at-a-glance list of Near North apartments.

The Chatelaine in the news

More recent items are listed first.

  • New ownership for The Chatelaine
  • The Chatelaine up for sale
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