The Emerson, 1145 Westgate St, Oak Park

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Emerson Oak Park, rendering

The Emerson consists of a 20-story high-rise, a 5-story mid-rise, and retail space with Target and Firecakes Donuts as announced tenants. The Emerson’s apartments are slated for first occupancy August 1, 2017.

The Emerson was developed by Lennar Multifamily and Clark Street Real Estate. FitzGerald Associates is the architecture firm. Tishman is the general contractor.

The apartments

The Emerson has a mix of studio to 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments. Floor plans are available online.

Apartments have high ceilings, plank flooring in living areas, individual heating and air-conditioning controls, upscale kitchen and bath finishes and in-unit washer / dryers. A number of the floor plans have private balconies.

View east from The Emerson

East-facing apartments on higher floors have a view of the downtown Chicago skyline.

Amenities, services, policies

The Emerson has an amenities suite that’s unrivaled in Oak Park.

There’s a landscaped rooftop deck with skyline views, a heated swimming pool and cabanas. A club room lounge has a kitchen and dining area. The fitness center has an array of cardio- and strength-training equipment and a separate movement room.

The Emerson has an attached 418-space parking garage, some of which is open to the public.

The location

The Emerson is located at the center of a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly part of downtown Oak Park, one of Chicagoland’s most attractive neighborhoods.

Unity Temple, Oak Park

Residents at The Emerson can begin a Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour a few short blocks east of the building at Unity Temple, and then head north of The Emerson to view 14 Wright-designed homes in the neighborhood.

Shopping. The immediate neighborhood has an abundance of retail outlets, ranging from one-of-a-kind locally-owned boutiques to big-box national chain stores.

Whole Foods, River Forest
Trader Joe's, Oak Park

Whole Foods is a half-block west of The Emerson, in the River Forest Town Center, which is also home to a Walgreen’s Pharmacy, DSW, Loft, Noodles & Company, Starbucks, Boston Market, Panera Bread, Chico’s, Men’s Wearhouse, Petco, Ulta, Massage Envy, LensCrafters and more. Trader Joe’s is three blocks northwest of The Emerson. A Target store is slated to open in October of 2017.

There’s a seasonal farmers market a few blocks east of The Emerson.

Careful Peach, Oak ParkFiloni, Park Park
Sugarcup, Oak ParkTwo Story Farmhouse, Oak Park

Careful Peach, Filoni, Sugarcup and Two Story Farmhouse are just a few of the quirky, personality-laden boutiques near The Emerson.

Book Table, Oak ParkBook Table, Oak Park

Readers find a lot to like, and friendly tips on what they might like, at the “fiercely independent” Book Table, just around the corner from The Emerson.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. There are more than 40 bars and restaurants within a short walk of The Emerson. Few neighborhoods anywhere match the density and variety you’ll find in downtown Oak Park, where a recent growth spurt appears poised to accelerate.

Q-BBQ Oak ParkQ-BBQ Oak Park
Nando's Peri-Peri, Oak ParkNando's Peri-Peri, Oak Park

Recent openings include Q-BBQ and Nando’s Peri-Peri.

Cozy Corner, Oak Park
Delia's Kitchen, Oak Park

Go-to spots for breakfast near The Emerson include Cozy Corner and Delia’s Kitchen.

Lou Malnati's, Oak ParkLou Malnati's Oak Park

Pizza lovers can snack on their favorite food and keep up with their favorite sports team at Lou Malnati’s.

Munch, Oak ParkMunch, Oak Park

Munch is one of the local options where vegans and vegetarians find comfort food.

Beer Shop, Oak Park Connolly's, Oak Park
Lake Street Bar, Oak Park Poor Phil's, Oak Park

There’s no shortage of bars nearby, including Beer Shop, Connolly’s, Lake Street Kitchen + Bar and Poor Phil’s.

Lake Theatre, Oak Park

The Lake Theatre is a few doors east of The Emerson.

Parks, recreation. Residents have convenient access to parks and recreational opportunities.

Austin Gardens Park, Oak Park

Austin Gardens Park, home to the Oak Park Festival Theatre, is a block from The Emerson.

Scoville Park, Oak Park

Scoville Park, a few blocks east, hosts summer concerts and movies in the park.

Cummings Square, River Forest

The Forest Preserve District’s Cummings Square, a block west of The Emerson, has a band shell, sports fields, picnic tables and a nature sanctuary.

Transportation. Public transportation is excellent.

The Emerson, view from Oak Park Metra stop

The Emerson is directly adjacent to CTA and Metra stops. Metra’s Oak Park station connects to the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago in about 18 minutes.

CTA Green Line trains reach Chicago’s Loop in under half an hour.

30 bus at Oak Park Metra station

Downtown Oak Park is served by multiple CTA and Pace bus routes.

On / off ramps for the Eisenhower Expressway, I-290, are just over a mile from The Emerson.

DIVVY bikes near The Emerson

DIVVY bikes are available near The Emerson.

Note: The Emerson is a YoChicago advertiser.

The Emerson

Address 1145 Westgate St
City Oak Park 60301
# of Units 271
Pets Pet-friendly, subject to limits
Parking On-site garage
Completed 2017
Management Lennar
Website The Emerson

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