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350 West Oakdale is a 14-story, 148-unit contemporary high-rise at 350 W Oakdale Ave in Lakeview East.
The brick and concrete building was completed in 1951, and was one of the first modern high-rises built in Lakeview East. It was designed by the architecture firm of Shaw, Metz & Dolio, which also designed strikingly similar buildings at 3121 N Sheridan, 3130 N Lake Shore and 201 E Walton. The buildings are characterized by horizontal ribbons of windows that alternate with courses of brick and air-conditioning units embedded in the surface.
At the time it was built 350 West Oakdale targeted singles and young couples without children – largely the same audience it attracts today.
350 West Oakdale has a mix of studio and 1-bedroom apartments. Floor plans and near real-time availability are online.
Apartments are carpeted and have individual heat and air-conditioning. All-electric kitchens have been updated in a number of the apartments and feature white cabinets and appliances.
One-bedroom apartments have a large bedroom with a wall of closets. The apartments have good closet space. Wall-to-wall windows maximize light in the units. All of the windows in the building were recently replaced.
Views. High-floor apartments have decent views in most directions.
Lower-floor units facing east look out on the Martin Quigley House, 340 W Oakdale, a Tudor Revival reminder of the large homes that once dominated the area. A number of the remaining homes along Oakdale, Wellington and Barry form the Meekerville Historic District.
Amenities, services, policies
350 West Oakdale’s amenities package has recently been updated.
The building has a fitness room and a business center with free Wi-Fi. There’s also a laundry room, and personal and bike storage space.
The building has on-site covered reserved parking – a scarce amenity in this part of Lakeview.
350 West Oakdale has a building engineer on-site. Cats are welcome; dogs aren’t.
350 West Oakdale is on a one-way residential street in Lakeview East, just north of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
It’s an attractive location, close to the park and a wide selection of bars, restaurants and neighborhood shops, and a block from Saint Joseph Hospital.
Shopping. 350 West Oakdale has good proximity to grocery shopping.
For starters, Go Grocer is across the street and there’s a Convenient Food Mart a block south.
Trader Joe’s on Diversey and Walmart Neighborhood Market on Broadway are a few short blocks from the building. The Walmart has a pharmacy and there’s also a new Walgreens at Clark and Diversey.
Anyone setting up housekeeping for the first time will appreciate having Bed Bath & Beyond a few short blocks west.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment.
There’s a good selection of bars and restaurants along Clark St and Broadway St north and south of Diversey, but there are also a number of options along Diversey and nearby in the park.
Grill in the Park is a little-noticed spot to grab a quick bite when the weather’s good. The North Pond is a highly-rated restaurant in a tranquil, beautiful setting.
Duffy’s Tavern, Pars Cove and Miss Asia are just a few of the venues you’ll find clustered along Diversey just west of 350 West Oakdale. The popular Yolk opened recently at Pine Grove and Diversey. Expect a wait for breakfast on weekends.
Chipotle, Starbucks, Potbelly and Panera are also on Diversey, within a short walk of 350 West Oakdale.
Century Centre Cinema is just north of Diversey on Clark St.
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 all within walking distance of the building.
Active recreation opportunities are abundant, some of them unexpected. Fly fishing lessons, for example, are available at nearby North Pond in the park and the golf driving range at Diversey is open year-round. There are clay tennis courts and miniature golf adjacent to the driving range. With a little bit of luck you might strike up a friendship with someone who has a boat in Diversey Harbor.
The park also offers endless opportunities for quiet relaxation.
Transportation. 350 West Oakdale’s access to public transportation is good, but not great.
The #151 bus stops in front of the building and connects to the Loop via Michigan Ave. Other bus routes along Diversey and Broadway are a short walk from the building.
Taxi service is nearly always available outside the building. Zipcar car-sharing locations and DIVVY bike stations are nearby.
Access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient, and can be a source of major misery during peak hours. The building has easy access to Lake Shore Drive.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s Lakeview apartment guide.
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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