We recently wrote about the wave of existing buildings playing catch-up to the amenities and in-unit creature comforts offered by Chicago's new downtown high-rises and rental condos.
The landmark Belden-Stratford apartments, built as a hotel in 1922, is one of the buildings undergoing a renovation under new ownership. I visited the Belden-Stratford yesterday to shoot video of a model apartment furnished by Brook Furniture Rental, one of my firm's sponsors. The Belden-Stratford is offering furnished apartments directly, and in conjunction with Brook. The Brook option enables residents to furnish their apartments to their own taste.
The high point of my visit was the view from the rooftop sundeck. The playing field of Francis Parker School, at the center of the top photo, dramatically expands the field of view from the sundeck. The eastern vistas stretch from Diversey Harbor to Navy Pier and beyond. South and east-facing apartments share these views.