At the close of Renters Week, we give you a dose of exceptional amenity in three esteemed rental buildings. On-site tennis courts exist in but a few city apartment properties. As all devout tennis players know, there's a scarcity of public courts and a lot of warm-weather demand for them. Club membership is expensive. So, if you're gonna spring for a nice apartment with all the spoils, you'll want to look beyond the cardio room...
1. The Pavilion Apartments
The Skinny: At the city line near O'hare, The Pavilion might not be where most urbanites gravitate to. But it is affordable, right near the Blue Line and highway, and seriously amenity-laden. Along with tennis, there's racquetball courts, indoor & outdoor pools, jacuzzi and sauna, free personal training, and a retail cluster. One drawback: the court is outdoors. Rent Range: $740 for a studio to $2,688 for a four-bed penthouse.
2. McClurg Court Center
The Skinny: McClurg Court doesn't have devastating looks. In fact the twin-tower complex looks like twin cans of spam. But the intersection of amenity and location makes this a noteworthy property. The 45-story Streeterville towers give action-packed views and proximity to the lake. There are three tennis courts—all indoors—which gives it more of a club feel. Additionally, there's an indoor pool, sun deck, fitness center, and an enclosed shopping center with many basic services. Mostly one- and two-bedrooms. Rent Range: $1,209 for a studio to $2,300 for a high-floor 2/2.
3. Pensacola Place
The Skinny: At the least a more interesting modernist building, Pensacola Place is in Buena Park, steps from Wrigley and the lake. Also featuring an indoor tennis court, there's also a basketball court, outdoor pool, sun deck, gym, and an on-site bank and Jewel. Rent Range: $1,195 for a studio to $1,736 for a 2/2. Building-wide move-in special: Free rent until January.