Park Monroe a treasure of amenities

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The indoor lap pool, adjacent to the rooftop garden, is a favorite amenity of residents at The Park Monroe. | SUPPLIED PHOTO

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The Park Monroe is at the center of a whirlwind of activity and open space.

Millennium Park is the home of Pritzker Pavilion, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, with events through March including performances by The New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago and RE Dance Group at the pavilion. Beautifully landscaped Lurie Garden is the centerpiece of the park’s green areas and regularly hosts gardening workshops. Public art provides a backdrop for hundreds of free cultural programs including concerts, exhibitions, tours and family activities.

The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, along Michigan Avenue on the western side of the park, is open through mid-March. Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain, and Lake Michigan, are within blocks, while theaters, fine dining and shopping surround The Park Monroe.

The Park Monroe, 65 East Monroe St., takes full advantage of this prime location, featuring dramatic views of the lake, park and city skyline from floor-to-ceiling windows at least 40 stories above the street. Finishes are cutting edge, with custom Italian cabinetry, the latest high-tech kitchen appliances, plus sleek and stylish fixtures and details. Thoughtfully designed floor plans provide space for all belongings and high ceilings crown generously sized rooms.

The grand opening of Park Monroe 2.0, took place in February, and a new designer model, featuring all the state-of-the-art new finishes, debuted at the Grand Opening and is now available for viewing daily.

Park Monroe 2.0 consists of 48 one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and takes the best of The Park Monroe and re-imagines it. The new residences are expected to be ready in late spring.

Tbhe Park Monroe features special amenities of its own. These are located on the 49th floor, and include a lap-length indoor swimming pool, which adjoins a rooftop garden with its whirlpool spa and fitness center outfitted with club-quality equipment. Also frequently mentioned by residents are the big-screen theater room and entertainment suite. A 24-hour staff to attend to residents complements these amenities.

One of the featured homes in Phase Two of Park Monroe is Residence 21. This largest Park Monroe 2.0 home features some of the best urban views, with Millennium Park in the foreground and Lake Michigan just beyond. The large, open living area is ideal for entertaining and the kitchen features Viking Professional Series appliances. Additional high-end finishes and fixtures, plus high-tech details such as wiring for surround sound, HDMI and electronic shades, add to the exceptional attributes of the residence.

Another featured home is Residence 15. This open and airy two-bedroom home has stunning views of the glimmering city lights. The sleek, modern kitchen is both beautiful and practical, while the spacious, well-appointed master bathroom features an extra-long double vanity and a separate shower and soaking tub. The second bedroom is adjacent to the bathroom and separate from the living areas, making this home ideal for hosting overnight guests.

For buyers seeking a second home in the city, Park Monroe 2.0 offers several floor plans that would work nicely as a one-bedroom pied-a-terre. Residences 07, 08 and 10 on the 40th floor are currently priced at $319,500 and feature stunning city views. 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 to 700 square feet. In addition to the spacious, open floor plans, these residences offer great features including contemporary Italian cabinetry, solid-surface countertops, hardwood floors and stainless appliances.

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 a couple residences from the first phase remain, all of which are two-bedrooms available for immediate occupancy. The models and sales center at 65 East Monroe are open seven days a week. Call (312) 855-0550 or visit for more information.