December 7, 2020

Daydream Apartments Expands Into Chicago With Essex on the Park

South Loop residential high-rise offers sweeping lake and city skyline views, hotel-like hospitality & central location.

CHICAGO — Daydream Apartments, a lifestyle brand that operates upscale residential properties in high-growth markets around the country, today opened its first Chicago acquisition, Essex on the Park. Centrally located in the Michigan Avenue Historic District, Essex on the Park is the first building in Chicago to receive WELL certification for enhancing the overall health, wellbeing and experience of its residents and employees.

“Daydream is building a lifestyle brand that offers a more flexible and connected way to live, travel and work, and Essex on the Park is a key component of our continued expansion across gateway U.S. markets,” said Jon Slavet, CEO of Daydream Apartments. “Our communities are designed to offer greater value, hospitality and freedom to our residents, and we could not be more excited to bring the Daydream difference to Chicago.”

Built in 2019, Essex on the Park is a 479-unit, 56-floor residential community that offers hotel-grade hospitality, sleek architectural design, sweeping city and lakeshore views, designer finishes and a number of smart features. With a Walk Score of 96 and a Transit Score of 100, Essex on the Park offers easy access to Chicago’s world-class restaurants, universities, shopping and entertainment, museums and culture, sports, the lakefront and parks, and much more. The community is centrally located to leading employers and sites, including University of Chicago, United Airlines, Amazon, Walgreens, the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, the AON Center and Prudential. Please visit for more information.

Daydream also announced that Jeff Brown has been appointed general manager for Daydream in Chicago. An award-winning, 26-year hospitality industry veteran, Brown will oversee a diverse team responsible for resident relations, hospitality and amenities, health and safety, operations and maintenance.

All units at Essex on the Park have 9-foot ceilings and oversized windows, plank flooring, marbled quartz countertops, rainfall showerheads, in-residence washers and dryers, smart thermostats and more. Enhanced cleaning protocols and CDC recommendations are in place throughout the community and its amenities, including a four-story Winter Garden, infinity pool and spa, a chef’s kitchen and private dining area, contemporary remote work spaces, and 24-hour concierge service. To help residents stay active during the pandemic, the fitness center at Essex includes Peloton® bikes, Life Fitness® and Nautilus® gym equipment, 24-hour FitnessOnDemand™ virtual workout classes, a movement/yoga studio and complimentary fitness classes with LulaFit.

Daydream blends the amenities and hospitality of boutique hotels, the flex of co-working spaces, and the large footprint of the best located, Class-A apartment buildings. Within the last year, Daydream has rapidly expanded to eight properties and more than 2,600 units under management in Denver, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

About Daydream Apartments

Daydream is a lifestyle brand that offers flexibility, connection and freedom to its residents, hosts and guests. The company transforms upscale multi-family assets into communities offering any length of stay, a unique homesharing program that empowers residents to be highly mobile, hotel-grade hospitality, and special experiences and events. Daydream currently operates in Denver, Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle, and is quickly building a national platform in select gateway cities. For more information, please visit: