Essex on the Park was designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and is a part of the re-invigoration of the old Essex Inn, a venerable & incredibly visible hotel facing Grant Park. Oxford Capital and Quadrum Global are renovating and expanding the hotel to 271 rooms, while also putting up a 479-unit luxury apartment building next door.
Essex on the Park’s rental residences will have high-end finishes including 9-10′ ceilings, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and in-unit washer/dryers. Amenities will include a multi-story “winter garden” with indoor pool, hot tub, and multiple indoor-outdoor spaces, including outdoor grills/kitchens, cabanas, fire pits, and sliding walls with striking views overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. Residents will also enjoy a billiard/game room, business center and conference room, expansive state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga / fitness-on-demand room, club room, exhibition kitchen, bike storage, and four floors of onsite parking. The property will also feature the unique offering of in-building access to a chef-driven three-meal restaurant as well as a bi-level “sky bar” and a night life venue overlooking the park and lake, SX, showcasing fully retractable walls.
The apartments will consist of a wide array of unit-types including a mix of studios, convertibles, and 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units. The top two residential floors of the building will include four extraordinary penthouse duplexes featuring elegant finishes, gourmet kitchen, large master suite, private outdoor space, and spectacular views of the Lake Michigan, Grant Park and the Chicago skyline.
Essex residents will benefit from being a part of a mixed-use complex, including a high-design lifestyle hotel leveraging Oxford’s distinctive approach to hospitality management – featuring high-touch, customer-friendly service while seamlessly integrating unique programming and leading edge technologies.