6565 S. Yale Ave.
John T. Long, 1892
The Yale is one of Chicago's best-kept secrets. This seven-story Richardsonian-Romanesque building originally offered luxury apartments for visitors to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Like the Brewster Building, a very similar building in Lincoln Park, the Yale also has a beautiful skylit atrium ringed with walkways that resemble the balconies of the New Orleans French Quarter. Bright yellow walls, trickling fountains and a verdant profusion of hanging vines transport residents and guests away from the streets of Chicago to a tranquil jungle-like atmosphere. The landmark building was saved, extensively restored and converted into senior living apartments in 2003.