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Regents Park

Identification

Regents Park
Chicago Beach Towers
residential complex
101494

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Facts

  • Regents Park consists of two of the largest apartment buildings on Chicago's south lakeshore, arranged parallel to each other around a private, elevated landscaped courtyard.
  • The buildings are constructed on the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel, which was used since World War II as the 5th Army Headquarters. The site has clear park and lake views to the east and south.
  • After going into decline for many years, the towers were thoroughly renovated around 1990 and are now upscale rental housing.
  • A large percentage of the resident population attends the University of Chicago, especially the graduate business school.
  • The property manager sponsors an annual Regents Park Opera Lecture at the University of Chicago, featuring a notable figure from the world of opera. Prior lecturers include Catherine Malfitano and Samuel Ramey.
  • Each building has a residential penthouse on the roof, tucked beneath the mechanical penthouse.
  • The courtyard on top of the common base is called the Bergen Garden. It features a looping path around a duck pond with a waterfall, several fountains, and a small bridge.
  • In the early 1980s all of the apartment windows were tinted a purplish bronze color to improve temperature control. These were gradually replaced through the early 2000s.
  • When it opened the complex's main entrance was on the east side.
  • Saul Bellow, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976 and a former resident, once said that "The best thing about Chicago is the view from Regents Park.".

Location

Chicago
Illinois
U.S.A.

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# Building Height Floors Building type Year Status
1 fullheightview-south-facade-from-harold-washington-park Regents Park South 357 ft 37 skyscraper 1972
2 fromfaraway-view-from-burnham-park-looking-northwest Regents Park North 342 ft 36 skyscraper 1974
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