Chicago’s Newest Apartment: Solstice On The Park

125 Years ago, the City of Chicago hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition.  Millions of visitors from around the world traveled to Hyde Park to marvel at the emerging technology of electric energy that would power and transform the coming new century.  Solstice on the Park sits on the site of the Columbian Exposition and carries on its legacy of highlighting emerging technology in energy.  The dramatic southern façade has angled windows that maximize sunlight in winter for passive solar warming and minimize light and heat gain during summer to reduce air conditioning usage.  That’s not the only unique feature this building will provide for its residents this April– read on for a behind-the-scenes look at construction of the building as well as interior mock-ups, building features, and amenities.  If you are interested in scheduling a tour, please fill out the form at the end of this blog by clicking here: Schedule Tour.


The Build

Solstice is located at 1616 E 56th St, Chicago, IL  and was the site of a parking lot next to the Historic Windermere House Apartment Hotel and across the street from the Museum of Science and Industry. Designed by Studio Gang Architects and developed by Mac Properties, the groundbreaking started in October of 2016 and the build process was approximately 1 year until the apartment was “topped-out”. Over the last few months, the facade, interior units, and amenities have been finalized.

This photo was taken at Noon on June 20th, 2017, a day known as Summer Solstice. Summer Solstice marks the longest day of the year creating the most sunlight. This photo is especially important because it was taken when the sun was at it’s highest point on the longest day of the year. You can see the shadow of the sun allowing light onto the balcony, but not into the unit. This creates the highest level of efficiency in using the sun’s natural angle which will perfectly align with the angle of the glass that was installed. In the Winter, the sun is much lower and allows more light into the unit creating natural heat.




This photo was taken July 24th, 2017 and shows construction workers during the “topping-out” of Solstice’s 26 stories. A byproduct of the angled windows is that we have extended balconies. Step outside and settle into the tranquility of Jackson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux (the team responsible for New York City’s Central Park). If you prefer downtown skyline views of Chicago skyscrapers, you’ll love the north-facing apartments (especially when the city is lit up at night). Whether park or city view is your preference, you will also have a view of expansive lake Michigan.

Solstice on the Park’s premier location in Hyde Park puts 500 acres of nature at your front door. You won’t believe that you’re only 15 minutes from The Loop. We created this blog to highlight some of the construction progress as well as give you an insight into the units and amenities that will be available for rent at the end of April.

The Interior



  • Bike Storage
  • Business Center
  • Door Attendant
  • Fitness Center
  • Green Globes Certification
  • On-site Management
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Package Service
  • Parking Available
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pet Spa
  • Public Area Wifi
  • Resident Lounge
  • Self-Service Car Wash
  • Smoke Free
  • Extra Storage Available


    • Balcony
    • Air Conditioning
    • Dishwasher
    • Double Vanity
    • East View
    • Garbage Disposal
    • Gas Stove
    • Hardwood Floors
    • High Ceilings
    • Hospitality Suite
    • Lake View
    • Microwave
    • North View
    • Penthouse Floor
    • Quartz Countertops
    • Smart Locks
    • Smart Thermostats
    • South View
    • Split Plan
    • Stainless Steel Appliances
    • USB Outlets
    • Walk In Closets
    • Washer / Dryer in Unit
    • West View


1 Bedrooms start at $1872

2 Bedrooms start at $3520

3 Bedrooms start at $5000

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