Park Monroe an excellent weekend ‘escape’

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This east-facing view from Park Monroe 2.0 shows the beauty of the city at night, including Millennium Park and Pritzker Pavilion. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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With so much to do all year round, it is hard to argue with owning a pied-a-terre in Chicago’s downtown area.

Having a weekend retreat in the city is highly desirable for suburbanites, as well as people living in Indiana, Wisconsin or other states. Since real estate is all about location, having that retreat in a central area is crucial to take advantage of everything Chicago has to offer.

The Millennium Park area is one of the most sought after locations in all of Chicago. Aside from all the culture of Millennium Park, there is a plethora of activities within and around the park.

Park Monroe 2.0, located at 65 East Monroe, is a luxury high-rise development that can brag about its location. In the wake of the first phase’s great success, this second phase at The Park Monroe is celebrating its grand opening this spring and is already under construction.

Situated in front of Millennium Park and with homes starting on the 40th floor, every east, south and north facing residence at Park Monroe 2.0 has incredible views of the lake and the park. The homes facing west offer stunning views of sunsets and the city lights at night.

The majority of amenities that Chicago has to offer are within blocks of Park Monroe 2.0. Chicago’s Loop is home to some of the city’s best entertainment, fine dining, first-rate hotels, world-class shopping and all the other outstanding cultural activities that make the city a destination for millions of visitors each year.

Broadway in Chicago represents most of the theatres in the area and those theaters form the heart of Chicago’s Downtown Theatre District. The theatres that are walking distance from Millennium Park include The Cadillac Palace Theatre, located at 151 West Randolph Street, The Bank Of America Theatre at 18 West Monroe Street and The Oriental Theatre at 24 West Randolph.

Several acclaimed Broadway shows like “The Book of Mormon,” “I Love Lucy” and “Peter Pan” are currently being performed during the winter season. “West Side Story,” “Big Fish” and several more Broadway shows will start in the spring.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs at Symphony Center, located at 220 South Michigan Ave., which is also close to Park Monroe 2.0. Additionally, the symphony performs free outdoor concerts in the Pritzker Pavilion during the summer.

Just south of Millennium Park, Grant Park continues for more than a mile to Roosevelt Road. The beauty and space of Grant Park provide many opportunities for the city to offer parades and activates throughout the year.

Shedd Aquarium, The Field Museum, The Planetarium and Soldier Field are also all within walking distance from the Millennium Park area. They can be reached by walking along Michigan Avenue, the lake or through the park.

Park Monroe 2.0 offers several floor plans that would work nicely as a one-bedroom pied-a-terre. All feature stunning city views. Residences 4007, 4008 and 4010 are currently priced at $319,500. These large one bedrooms with 920 square feet offer significantly more space than many one bedrooms located in the city, most of which are between 600-700 square feet.

In addition to the spacious, open floor plans, these residences offer great features. Every home comes with contemporary Italian cabinetry, solid-surface countertops, hardwood floors and stainless appliances.

Park Monroe 2.0 homes also include some of the latest technology. All residences are wired for the newest television innovation ... 4K, ultra-high-definition screens that offer a level of detail never previously seen outside a movie theater. Select homes are also wired for built-in, mobile device docking stations, which allow a homeowner to set up many of the latest “smart” home functions. Individually controlled cooling and heating on demand is in the residences, as well as high-tech kitchen appliances that make food preparation, storage and cleanup a breeze.

Some of the amenities in the building that rate as residents’ favorites are the lap-length indoor swimming pool and adjoining the rooftop garden with its whirlpool spa, as well as the state-of-the-art fitness center outfitted with the last word in club-quality equipment. Also frequently mentioned are the big-screen theater room and entertainment suite located on the 49th floor.

Park Monroe 2.0 residences are priced from $319,500 for one-bedrooms, $494,900 for two-bedrooms and $1,075,000 for three-bedrooms. Only six residences, all of which are two-bedrooms or three-bedrooms, available for immediate occupancy, from the first phase remain.

The models and sales center at 65 East Monroe are open seven days a week. Call (312) 855-0550 or visit ParkMonroe.com for more information.