1875 N. ORCHARD STREET, LINCOLN PARK
You’re now at the corner of N. Burling Street and W. Armitage Avenue (the bold line marked 2000N on the map). Walk one block east to Orchard and turn right. 1875 is not far down on the opposite side of the street. It may look plain from a distance, but Chicago Magazine recently named it a modern masterpiece. If the gate is open you can see inside to what you know is some major art. The fence is very clever — I like it a lot. It’s nice that they built a little bench outside the doorway so the maid has somewhere to sit as she awaits her ride.
The owner, Penny Pritzker, is one of The Pritzkers, the super-rich family famous in Chicago for owning the Hyatt Corporation and their knock-down, drag-out fight over inheritance. She purchased four lots for $7 million on which to build it (annual taxes are a mere $87K).
1840 NORTH ORCHARD STREET, LINCOLN PARK
Look just across the street for 1840 North Orchard Street. This property is one of a handful of recently built contemporary homes in the area of a certain unique style incorporating horizontal panels, red wood, metal and lots of rectangles. I love the garden on the roof.
August, 2014 update: 1955 N. Orchard Street is now under construction with an estimated project cost of $8.5M. I’m excited to watch it develop: it’s shaping up nicely to be really vulgar.
636 W. WILLOW STREET, LINCOLN PARK
When you reach W. Willow again, turn left and walk one block to 636. I’ve never seen anything like this place, which appears to be a series of long wings joined together around an open courtyard (with a big tree in the middle). I would give my left little toe to see inside it. Homes.com values the residence at $2,529,800 and displays an aerial view that helps to make sense of the property.
550 W. DICKENS AVENUE, LINCOLN PARK
Now turn left at Howe and walk back north back past Armitage Avenue — there are plenty of beautiful homes along the route, but no show-stoppers — all the way to W. Dickens Avenue (it’s actually just a sidewalk at this point). Turn right and continue down the sidewalk until it becomes a street again and proceed past N. Larrabee.
Voila! Your reward! 550 W. Dickens, which, like 1932 N. Burling Street, seems out of place in this neighborhood to me: it overpowers the lot (but the inside is gorgeous). I would prefer to discover it surrounded by a green rolling lawn somewhere in Bordeaux.
p.s. Does this house remind you of an iconic Lincoln Park building? It should.
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