Leasing is now underway for a selection of just-released rental penthouses at The Belden-Stratford, the iconic Beaux-Arts apartment property in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood that reopened this year following a full-scale restoration and renovation. The six penthouse residences showcase unobstructed views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline from the property’s upper floors, paired with thoughtfully designed floor plans and upscale finishes that complement historic structural details.
“Our penthouse residences truly embody what makes The Belden-Stratford so special, from graceful spaces carefully appointed to appeal to today’s modern renters, to glimpses of this century-old building’s history and architecture, to an unmatched address in Lincoln Park that affords residents not only an amazing lifestyle, but also some of the very best views in the entire city,” said Ari Glass, head of real estate for Mansueto Office.
Overlooking the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, the 16-story property was constructed in 1923 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by architect Meyer Fridstein, it originally opened as a residential hotel before eventually transitioning entirely to rental apartments. The Belden-Stratford was purchased in 2018 by Mansueto Office – the investment firm of Joe Mansueto, who was a resident of the property during the 1980s – and renovation work began in late 2020. Today, it comprises 209 luxury apartments, including studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences as well as a selection of penthouses with double-height living space, with monthly rents ranging from $2,500 to $15,000. Penthouse rents start at $7,250.
The penthouses are located on the 15th floor, along the building’s entire east and south sides, and are topped by the building’s roof deck. The five remaining penthouse floor plans include two one-bedroom designs with one and 1 1⁄2 baths, respectively; a two-bedroom, two-bath layout; and two residences with two bedrooms, two baths and a den. All penthouse residences feature extra-high ceilings – including spaces with 17-foot ceilings with decorative beams – and double-height windows topped by paned arches, which, in addition to framing sweeping views of Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park, are also a notable architectural detail accenting the building’s mansard roofline.
Penthouse interiors feature upscale island kitchens with GE Profile stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops; upsized window trim; custom closets with built-in shelving; and full-size in-unit washer and dryer.
Complementing the penthouse lifestyle at The Belden-Stratford is the ambiance of the building’s many original features and finishes that were restored during the renovation process. In the ornate double-height lobby, gilded plaster molding and gold-leaf detailing were fully refurbished, as were marble paneling and entryways adorned with mirrored windows and walnut trim, which had been covered during previous renovations. In addition, hand-painted canvases that hung on the walls when the building first opened were recreated.
The renovation also introduced a full suite of lifestyle amenities as the building was reimagined for modern renters. Housed in the historic property’s original common spaces, they include an elegant mezzanine-level lounge with an original arched picture window overlooking the Lincoln Park Conservatory; a double-height fitness center in what was once the building’s ballroom; a billiards and media lounge; wine tasting room; temperature-controlled wine storage room; and reservable conference rooms and meeting areas. Residents also have access to a rooftop sun deck featuring a wet bar, outdoor TV, two gas fireplaces, grilling stations and multiple seating areas, all overlooking the skyline, Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.
Additional resident offerings include Luxer One package service and on-site Tesla rentals. The Belden-Stratford is also home to Mon Ami Gabi, a popular French bistro with a direct connection to the building’s lobby, giving residents an elegant on-site dining option in addition to the variety of restaurants found in the surrounding neighborhood.
For leasing information or to schedule a tour, visit www.BeldenStratford.com or call (844) 326-5908. An on-site leasing office is open daily by appointment only.