There are only a few Chicago apartment complexes with amenities that cater to young children and fewer still that offer special events for kids.
Regents Park in Hyde Park has the most kid-friendly environment I’ve seen in the city. For starters, there’s Kanga*Roo Park, pictured above, which features a giant inflatable castle, crafts and games, and weekly programming that has ranged from meeting giant turtles to professional storytelling.
Kanga*Roo Park is adjacent to the pool, which is flanked at one end by a waterfall fountain and at the other by a whirlpool. The Terrace Grill overlooks the pool and serves freshly-prepared wraps, sandwiches, salads and Mexican cuisine.
Step outside from Kanga*Roo Park and there’s a rock garden area and a playground – which had yet to open from the winter when I took the above shots.
Bergen Garden, which spans the area between Regents Park’s two towers, is a private landscaped area with flowering paths, bench seating, ponds and resident ducks who return seasonally each year.
Time-starved parents will appreciate the convenience of an on-site market, dry cleaners and coffee shop.
Parents who work from home or attend school can escape to the quiet of a fully-equipped business center and resident lounge areas.
Regents Park accepts cats. Dogs are welcome, subject to breed restrictions, on select floors of the south tower.
Regents Park has pedestrian access nearby to the lake and 18-mile Lakefront Trail and is directly across from Harold Washington Park. The kid-delighting Museum of Science and Industry is nearby.
Regents Park has a range of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, two-bath and three-bedroom, two-bath apartments available. Studio rents start at $1,207, one-bedrooms at $1,295, two-bedrooms at $1,615 and three-bedrooms at $2,195.
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