The Webster House occupies an enviable site directly fronting the 1,200-acre Lincoln Park, near the entrance to the Zoo. The building was designed in the neoclassical idiom by Walter W. Ahlschlager and completed in 1920 as the Webster Hotel. It was completely renovated in the late 1970s and converted into rental apartments, some of them subsidized. The grand 2-story lobby is a reminder of the building’s origins as a hotel.
The Webster House has studio, 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floor plans.
Floor plans and near real-time availability info can be accessed online. As of late January 2014 available studios rented from $1,000, 1-bedrooms from $1,425 and 2-bedrooms from $2,100. Three-bedrooms were fully rented.
Apartments have 9 ½-foot ceilings and architectural moldings to add character.
The apartments have carpeted living and bedroom. Two-bedroom plans have the popular split-bedroom layout. Bedroom sizes are typically larger than in newer apartments. Closet space is marginal in some of the units. Typical of a vintage building, the units have no private outdoor space.
Views. Many of the apartments have outstanding views overlooking the park.
The building sits directly across from Lincoln Park, ensuring that views to the east will always be unobstructed.
North-facing units overlook the grounds of Francis Parker School.
Amenities, services, policies
Webster House has a laundry room and a bike storage area. On-site parking is not available, and parking is scarce in the area.
Webster House is a non-smoking building. Cats are accepted; dogs are not. The building has on-site maintenance staff and 24/7 door staff.
NOTE: The building’s online application form is not secure. It solicits information such as your Social Security and driver’s license numbers that should never be entered on a non-secure site.
The Webster House is in a quiet residential area directly across from Lincoln Park, one of the greatest public spaces in America.
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. Webster House has reasonable proximity to grocery shopping.
The nearest full-service grocery store, two short blocks northwest of the building, is Big Apple Finer Foods. Mrs Green’s, an upscale grocer that’s a recent arrival to the area, is several blocks west of Webster House.
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 northeast of Webster House.
The Visit Clark Street site gives you a good overview of the bars, restaurants, retail and service establishments near the Webster House.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
You’ll find a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark Street, a short block west of the building.
Lincoln Park has too many attractions to list.
Active recreation opportunities are abundant, some of them unusual. Fly fishing lessons, for example, are available at nearby North Pond in the park.
If your idea of active recreation is that it’s something well worth watching, you can survey the beach volleyball scene from a reclining position.
Transportation. Webster House’s access to public transportation is good, but not great.
Several CTA bus routes have stops along Clark St and several more are a short distance away in the park. The nearest CTA train stops are about a mile from Webster House.
Taxi service is nearly always available outside the building. The nearest Zipcar car-sharing location is just over a block from the building.
Access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient, and can be a source of misery during peak hours.
Rentals are typically available in a number of nearby condo buildings, sometimes at sharply lower rents than in the managed apartment buildings.
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