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Regents Park was built on the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel, which had a private beachfront prior to the construction of South Lake Shore Drive. The hotel became 5th Army Headquarters after World War II and was demolished in the early 70s.
Regents Park’s 37-story south tower was completed in 1972 and the 36-story north tower in 1974. Regents Park is the largest apartment complex on the South Side of Chicago and has the most extensive suite of common-area amenities.
Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, a former resident, called the view from Regents Park “the best thing about Chicago.” President Barack Obama, who was not a resident, was rumored to have worked out in Regents Park’s fitness center.
Regents Park offers a variety of studio, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, 2-bath and 3-bedroom, 2-bath apartments.
Floor plans and updated rent ranges are available at the building’s website.
A number of apartments have updated kitchens and baths in a variety of finishes.
The apartments have large expanses of windows and generous room sizes. Closet space is typically very good and in a number of the floor plans it’s outstanding. The south tower has several tiers of two-bedrooms with a separate dressing area and walk-in closet in a large master suite.
Views. Regents Park’s near-lakefront location serves up spectacular views of the skyline to the north from high-floor units in the north tower and from a rooftop sundeck.
The south tower overlooks Harold Washington Park, Burnham Park’s Promontory Point and some of the grand Hyde Park apartment buildings. A pedestrian bridge over Lake Shore Drive provides access to the lakefront and Burnham Park.
Amenities, services, policies
The most striking feature of Regents Park’s extensive amenities is Bergen Garden, a tree-shaded private oasis built on a deck between the two towers.
Bergen Garden is a seasonal sanctuary for migratory birds and is home to resident ducks who return each year.
Two of Regents Park’s on-site amenities are open to the public: the Sip & Savor Coffee Shop and Market in the Park, a full-service grocery with a salad bar, deli meats, ethnic foods and a good selection of wine and beer.
Regents Park has an indoor 20-yard lap pool with a whirlpool at one end and a fountain at the other.
The Terrace Grill overlooks the pool and serves up wraps, salads, sandwiches and Mexican cuisine for dining in, takeout or delivery to an apartment.
Kanga*roo Park, adjacent to the pool and viewable from the Terrace Grill, is an interactive play facility with a large inflatable jumping castle and structured weekly programming for kids aged 0 to 6.
Kanga*roo Park opens to an outdoor rock garden area and a seasonal playground.
There’s a recently-upgraded, handicapped-accessible fitness center adjacent to the pool, with a variety of cardio and strength-training equipment.
Regents Park has a fully-equipped business center overlooking Bergen Garden.
Each tower has a rooftop sun deck with an adjacent resident lounge and party areas. There are additional lounge areas scattered throughout the complex for socializing and quiet study.
Each of the buildings has a well-equipped laundry facility and there’s an on-site cleaners.
Regents Park has on-site leasing, management and maintenance staff, and 24/7 door staff. The complex is pet-friendly, subject to limits.
Regents Park hosts a series of resident events throughout the year for residents to meet each other and neighboring businesses.
Regents Park has a high-profile location overlooking Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan.
The location has excellent proximity to parks, transportation, dining and shopping, and convenient access to the University of Chicago.
Shopping. Treasure Island, which self-describes as “America’s most European supermarket,” is a few blocks away in the Hyde Park Shopping center, which also hosts an Office Depot, Walgreens and Elston Ace Hardware.
Whole Foods is slated to anchor the City Hyde Park development, which is under construction two short blocks west of Regents Park.
The scene along 53rd Street is changing rapidly, but locally-owned staples like Hyde Park Records still dot the strip.
Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Harper Court has revved up the restaurant scene near Regents Park.
Hyde Park isn’t known for its bar scene, but there is a decent selection of neighborhood joints near Regents Park.
The revamped Harper Theater is showing first-run movies and the University of Chicago hosts a variety of free or low-cost entertainment options. Street festivals, including the venerable 57th Street Art Fair, are popular in the summertime.
Parks, recreation. Regents Park has Harold Washington Park as its front yard.
The park is mainly a passive recreation space favored by local dog walkers, but it does have tennis courts, volleyball poles, chess tables, a soft-surface playground, a spray pool and picnic areas.
A nearby pedestrian bridge across Lake Shore Drive connects Regents Park to Burnham Park’s popular Promontory Point, the 57th Street Beach, the 18-mile Lakefront Trail and host of additional recreational amenities.
Transportation. Public transportation is excellent.
The #6 CTA bus stops at the corner and travels express to the Loop from 47th St.
The #172 CTA bus connects residents to the University of Chicago campus, where many of them work or study.
Access to the city’s expressway grid is excellent, via Lake Shore Drive.
You’ll find additional options at YoChicago’s Hyde Park / Kenwood apartment guide.
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