An inside look at Chicago real estate

More than just your regular condo amenities

Mark.Miles By
Mark Miles
   | Home Ownership, Lifestyle
Lake Point Tower

Lake Point Tower

Amenities—they can make or break a condo. Sure, we all want a nice space to live and rest our heads, but it’s the perks a building provides its residents that often seal the deal when it comes to the crucial question of “Can I picture myself living here?”

While rooftop decks, fitness centers and stainless steel appliances are par for the course in the majority of Chicago condos and apartments, let’s take a look at buildings that offer something off the beaten path.

River North’s Grand Plaza at 540 N. State Street did not hold back when it came to supplying its residents with awesome amenities. A unique highlight of the building is the outdoor running track on the ninth floor where joggers can avoid the hustle and bustle of the streets.

Grand Plaza outdoor track, from Yo Chicago.

Grand Plaza outdoor track, from Yo Chicago.

The quarter mile running track features a contoured surface that is easier on the feet while offering scenic views of the city. What’s more? When you finish up your traffic-free run you can work on your short game on the building’s outdoor putting green. Suddenly the ubiquitous rooftop deck seems a bit trite doesn’t it?

Living in a sprawling urban city like Chicago has many perks, but often finding a place of solitude nestled in nature is hard to come by when you’re downtown. Folks who live at Lake Point Tower never face such issues.

Located at 505 N. Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville, this internationally renowned condo features a 2.5 acre outdoor garden designed by Chicago architect Alfred Caldwell. Known as Skyline Park, this amazing amenity for residents is three floors above street level and features a waterfall, duck pond and plenty of grass, flowers and trees creating a true private nature oasis in the heart of Chicago.

Lake Point Tower garden, from Curbed Chicago.

While fitness centers are old news when it comes to amenities, Alta at K Station ups their game by providing residents with a full-on indoor sports court. Located at 555 W. Kinzie St in River North, residents can play basketball, volleyball and tennis in the building’s 48,000 square foot K2 Club. When was the last time you played 5-on-5 full court basketball without leaving your building?

No need to book a day at the spa across town when you’re living at the Astoria Tower Residences at 8 E. 9th St. in the South Loop. The building’s spa facilities located on the 10th floor cost $3 million to create and they definitely did not skimp no the perks. Spanning over 12,000 square feet, the “spa life center” features a yoga studio, hair salon and barber shop, massage room, nail salon in addition to the usual suspects of a fitness center, sauna and steam room.

While all these amenities are great for us, what’s in it for our pets? Not wanting to leave the luxury life out for our four-legged friends, 500 Lake Shore Drive provides dogs with full pet service offering dog waking, grooming, overnight care, training and vet services. Is the cat in your life feeling left out? Don’t worry, 500 Lake Shore Drive offers cat sitting as well.

So if you’re looking for something a bit different when it comes to amenities, take a gander at these buildings that have gone above and beyond when it comes to offering residents something out of the ordinary.


One Comment

  1. Matt Kombrink ·

    You had me at the Lake Point Tower shot, always dreamed of living in that building. There are some great amenities listed at these various condos. (jealous…)

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