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Irving Courts is a 66-unit, 3-story double-courtyard apartment building at 718-56 W Irving Park Rd on the border of Chicago’s Lakeview and Buena Park neighborhoods.
Irving Courts was built in 1915 as the Kellshore Apartment Hotel. It was designed by architect E. Norman Brydges (pdf) for Nelson T. Kell and is listed as a contributing structure in the Buena Park Historic District (pdf), which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register submission describes the building as “notable for its modern geometrical lines, its handsome tan glazed brick, and white terra cotta ornament.”
Irving Courts has undergone substantial renovation since being acquired by an affiliate of Reside Living.
Irving Courts offers three different 1-bedroom floor plans. Floor plans and availability are accessible online.
The apartments have hardwood floors and vintage details. Some of the apartments have sun rooms, and some have decorative fireplaces. Closet space compares favorably with what you’ll find in most apartments in the neighborhood.
Kitchens and baths have been updated. Kitchens have limited cabinet and counter space but include dishwashers, gas ranges and built-in microwaves. Reside’s “accent wall” program visually expands the living space.
Amenities, services, policies
Like most vintage buildings, Irving Courts has limited common-area amenities.
The building has a laundry room, a bicycle storage room, resident storage lockers and free Wi-Fi. On-site parking is not available.
Irving Courts is pet-friendly, subject to limits and additional fees, and smoke-free.
Irving Courts is on busy Irving Park Rd, the boundary between Lakeview and Buena Park. Buena Park is a largely residential neighborhood dominated by low-rise buildings and single-family homes, in contrast to the denser and more commercial character of Lakeview.
Thorek Hospital is a short block west of the property.
Shopping. Irving Courts residents have decent access to grocery shopping.
Whole Foods is a few blocks south of the building at Halsted and Waveland, and a Walmart Express, which has a pharmacy in-store, is a half-mile south on Broadway. Jewel-Osco is a half-mile north at Montrose.
National retail chains, however, are a minor presence in the neighborhood, which draws its dominant character from a variety of locally-owned and quirky smaller shops.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. In brief – whatever you have a taste for you’ll find in the neighborhood in hyper-abundance.
Wrigleyville is a dense bar and restaurant destination for Cubs fans and sports bars are everywhere.
Neighborhood street festivals and fairs are a great source of entertainment in the summer. Events near Irving Courts include – to name a few – Northalsted Market Days, the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Wrigleyville Summerfest, SausageFest, the Chicago Marathon and, of course, Pride Week.
There are nearly two dozen theaters within walking distance of the building in the Belmont Theater District. Dozens of live music venues are also nearby.
Parks, recreation. Irving Courts residents have convenient access to public parks and recreational activities.
The 2-acre Gill Park, a block south of the building, has an air-conditioned field house with a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium and assembly hall. Outside there’s a t-ball field and a playground.
The 1,200-acre Lincoln Park, one of the great public spaces in America, is two short blocks east of Irving Courts. Lincoln Park has almost every recreational amenity imaginable, from an archery range to a great zoo.
At this point in the park you’ll find a playground, the 9-hole Sydney Marovitz golf course, tennis courts and ball fields, and a picnic area.
Transportation. Irving Courts has good access to public transportation.
A variety of CTA bus routes traverse the area, steps from the property. The #36 bus on Broadway travels south through Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast and River North into the Loop, providing access to endless shopping, dining, nightlife and employment venues.
Irving Courts residents have a short walk to the #146 (pdf) and #135 bus stops on Lake Shore Drive. The 146 runs express to the 900 Shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, and then on to the Loop. The #135 bus provides express service to the New East Side and Loop.
Lake Shore Drive is a short distance away. Crosstown access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient from this location, and can be especially time-consuming before and after Cubs’ games.
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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