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Hyde Park, 5242 S Hyde Park Blvd | Chicago
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  •  Building Laundry Room  
  •  Cat friendly
  •  Doorman Building
  •  Fitness Center
  •  Granite Countertops
  •  Hardwood Floors
  •  Minimum Lease Term  
  •  Parking Available
  •  Private Balconies
  •  Short Term Rentals
  •  Stainless Steel Appliances
  •  Walk-in Closets

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5.7
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9 Reviews

About this Location

Whole Foods Market
10 min walk
Burnham Park
2 min walk
ME (rail) - 4 min
171/28/6 (bus) - 1 min
In a quiet
neighborhood

Pricing 
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Studio, 1 Bath
$1,058+
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath
$1,489+
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
$1,850+
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  • Bedrooms

    •  Walk-in Closets
  • Building Related

    •  Elevators
    •  Smoke-Free Community
  • Convenience

    •  Dry Cleaning Valet Service
  • Kitchen

    •  Dishwasher
    •  Garbage Disposal
    •  Gas Range
    •  Granite Countertops
    •  Microwave
    •  Refrigerator
    •  Stove & Oven
  • Laundry

    •  Building Laundry Room  
  • Lease Terms

    •  Minimum Lease Term  
  • Living Room

    •  Air Conditioning  
    •  Ceiling Fans
    •  Hardwood Floors
    •  Wall-to-Wall Carpets
  • Pet Terms & Amenities

    •  Cat friendly
  • Sports & Fitness

    •  Fitness Center
  • View

    •  Private Balconies
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Overall rating 5.7/10, based on 9 renter reviews

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Great place to live if you're less social

My apartment is completely beautiful: crown molding, spacious, uninterrupted lake view from all rooms. The drawback is, of course, that it's not in the Loop with other Boothies. I recommend East Park Tower if you need your space from all the social action. You also need to have some money set aside each month for late night Uber rides from the Loop.

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Nice spot

Nice spot, doing battle with the radiators a bit, but the renovated kitchen is lovely

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The water sometimes shuts off during the middle of the night. This has happened several times. The staff does not give consistent answers to questions and it is unclear what the policy is regarding certain things. It is hard to reach the management staff at times.

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East Park Tower

Not great, but not bad. Not as modern as Regents or Shoreland, but quiet and great location on 53rd. MAC Management (so not good), but the maintenance guys on-site are very friendly and respond quickly.

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5242 S Hyde Park (East Park Tower)

I love my apartment and my building. The location is perfect, bus stop across the street gets me to school or downtown quickly. There is no doorman but because of that the price is a lot lower than the other high-rises in the area. If you can get a recently renovated unit, its a steal. Gym on first floor and laundry on each floor. Don't want to leave!

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MAC is awful

Scheduled and unscheduled water shut offs happen frequently, requiring us to call services at 9pm to ask them to fix the pipes. Extensive water damage required constructing an entire wall, which was two days of work. MAC also got rid of the doorman at the front with no notice, despite advertising it as one of the perks of the building. Shower water temperature is not consistent--it runs from hot to cold though the knobs are not touched. Maintenance requests require days to fix. Overall, the worst apartment I have ever lived in.

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A decent building with bad management

The unfortunate reality of housing in Hyde Park is that MAC Properties manages most of the buildings. In itself, East Park Tower is not a bad building. Although it is a little old, it is renovated and is in a great location close to public transit. However, MAC Properties ruins the experience.
When I rented my apartment, we were promised there would be someone to receive our packages and watch the doors. Six months into my lease, the woman who received our packages was gone and now we have to pick up all of our packages across the street in the Del Prado. We were given no notice of this change, and only received an email about it weeks later. As a result, every time I want to pick up a package I have to go across the street and wait for someone to let me in, since MAC refuses to give me entrance to the Del Prado building. I can't believe this is due to safety concerns since they do not even think it's important to have someone watch the door in my building anymore.
Furthermore, I understand that East Park Tower is an older building, so there must be issues with the plumbing, etc. However, there is always one day notice for when the water is shut off, and the hours are usually from 8am-5pm. Essentially, you have an entire day without water. In the last month, the water was shut off three times. If MAC managed itself properly, it would give us better notice and limit the times without water to only a few hours. Instead, we always just find a piece of paper taped to the elevator telling us there is no water the next day. In addition, parts of the building are just not renovated properly. In my renovated apartment, a lot of my windows are duct-taped shut to keep cold air from coming in. There was no insulation installed around the windows when they were put in, so during the winter I have to move my furniture away from the windows to keep from having cold air blow at my back when I watch TV.
I will also note that since East Park Tower is undergoing a renovation, there is constantly construction. Many mornings I wake up to the sound of hammering, and it lasts throughout the day. Once a room is done being renovated, another room will start with more hammering. Just another thing for people to consider when looking at this building.
The only good thing about East Park Tower is its location and maintenance workers. All of the maintenance guys are extremely friendly and willing to help you if you run into them in the hallway. They are the best experience I've had in this building.

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Quiet

This apartment is totally affordable, but there are certain issues with the management including timely repairs and accessibility. I am not a big fan of Mac in general. I am happy to pay what I do, and feel comfortable and safe in the building, but it is only adequate, nothing to right home about.

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East Park Tower

Not a fancy apartment, but updated appliances and renovated bathrooms. The building is generally pretty quiet; more working people than students and if students, it tends to be older ones (not undergrads). There unfortunately isn't a doorman anymore and the building shares management with Del Prado across the street (large packages are also delivered to Del Prado for pickup), but the building hasn't had safety issues and is right across from the park, which is very nice. The building has central heating via radiators, and there's been some plumbing problems this year, which they've been spending a lot of time trying to fix, but the maintenance guys are wonderful. The location is really good though; on 53rd St where most of the restaurants are and between the two main buildings where other law students live (Regents and Shoreland).

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The Neighborhood

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dining 29 Recs

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parks 6 Recs

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About Hyde Park

One of Chicago's most beloved neighborhoods, Hyde Park effortlessly combines modern flair with a rich historical background. The neighborhood proudly flaunts the fact that they have more Nobel Prize winners per square kilometer than any other place on earth! Though extremely studious, residents of H...
Nice
Diverse
Walkable
Pretty Safe
Easy Commute
Good Restaurants
Quiet Neighborhood
Median rents in Hyde Park
Studio
$
900
1 Bedroom
$
1,450
2 Bedroom
$
1,950

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Hyde Park Reviews

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Hyde park is just the best! It has really blossomed over the past 5 years that I've been living there. It has really become home for me. I have lived on Blackstone, Cornell, Woodlawn, and now Kenwood. Each experience has been awesome. I have felt comfortable and safe at all times - even with my late night walks/runs. My favorite feature of course is Lake Michigan! There's something about Hyde Park's lake front that i just adore!
There's a lot going on off of 53rd. Good restaurants (A10, Promentory, Yusho) and even some worthwhile fast food (Native Foods, Chipotle). There are two grocery stores (Hyde Park Produce is phenomenal), and almost everything else (a hardware store, an office supply store in the Treasure Island shopping center, some doctors' offices off of 55th). Down on 57th there are some other good restaurants (Medici) and 57th Street Books is a cornerstone. Hyde Park even just got an improv comedy place (The Revival) on 57th.

In short, there's enough going on in Hyde Park not to feel isolated, but it's far enough away from the city not to feel suffocated.
Hyde Park is great if you want convenience and safety. Some things are a little overpriced (god help those who want cheap flour) but others are cheap (i.e., square footage of your unit if you aren't in Regents). It's not a neighborhood for those who love nightlife. We have almost none. But there's a professional theater company, some good restaurants, and you can walk home basically any time of night.
Hyde Park is a great place to live for a student or a young family, in that it's relatively quiet, but is growing quickly in terms of entertainment and dining options. It's also very beautiful, being an older neighborhood with a lot of brownstones and castle-like structures, and big trees with lots of beautiful foliage in the fall. I don't like the fact that there's not an L stop central to the neighborhood, but the Metra makes up some of the difference if you live nearby, and the buses to downtown are relatively convenient. Also, people's concerns about "safety" are ridiculous – I think certain people tend to become afraid when they see more brown people than they are used to, but the neighborhood is actually one of the wealthiest and safest neighborhoods in the city, in addition to having the advantage of being culturally and demographically diverse. There's also a lot of really nice park space (you're between Jackson Park and Washington Park, have the Midway Plaisance right in the middle of the university, and other smaller parks like Nichols Park and Harold Washington Park provide a lot of nice greenery).
When you think of South Side Chicago, you don't think of Hyde Park. It's really nice, however it can quickly turn into a dangerous place if you venture too far away from the neighborhood. I've overall enjoyed the neighborhood very much. It has a lot of culture to learn from. If it's good enough for President Obama it's good enough for me.
The neighborhood is decent, but I liked it better when there was another option for groceries beyond Whole Foods. Target Express has some stuff, but not everything. There's a good number of restaurants and a few options for bars. It's relatively walkable, or the buses are good for getting around most of the time otherwise. I usually feel pretty safe, but I don't really feel comfortable walking around alone at night off-campus (as a petite female). I know others who have no problem with it, though.
I love Hyde Park. It's extremely walkable and it is reasonably close to public transportation that's pretty quick into downtown. If you want to do more serious shopping or dining out it usually involves a trip outside of the neighborhood, but most things I need for everyday life are very close.
It seems like it's changed a lot in the past few years. Great new restaurants and bars, cute movie theater, fun shops, I really love this quiet and adorably eclectic neighborhood. Also because my school is here, its extremely convenient. Bus or metra downtown quickly and conveniently.

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