The 1880’s were a bustling time for Chicago’s North Side. Around that time, a man named George “Cap” Streeter was the pioneering land squatter after whom the neighborhood was named. Potter’s antics with fighting the local government over land that was initially a sand barge and landfill are legendary. Over a hundred years later, this neighborhood is one of the ritziest enclaves of Chicago.
The general N-E-S-W borders are: Oak Street, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Lake Shore Drive, the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue. Along with the Gold Coast, Old Town, and River North, Streeterville is part of the Near North Side community area.
Streeterville is probably one of the most urban neighborhoods in Chicago. The lifestyle of its residents would include fine dining and, due to the nature of our times, using delivery services for eating at home. There are scores of upscale eateries peppered through the area.
More than any other neighborhood, skyscrapers are the dominant structures of the landscape. Most, if not all, restaurants and grocers–like Whole Foods–are established within large multi-use buildings.
Housing in the neighborhood is almost universally attached with other housing units. There are no tracts of single family detached homes available here. It is one of the most densely occupied areas of the city for land.
If you want to live in Streeterville, you are probably someone who enjoys spectacular views of the lakefront, riverfront or bustling urban streets. The neighborhood simply provides the most convenient access to downtown dining, shopping and cultural venues (like the Museum of Contemporary Art).
Lake Shore Park, Bennett Park, Ohio Street Beach, Addams Memorial Park and Olive Park provide tremendous venues for enjoying the outdoors.
There are promenades along Ogden Slip that are wonderful jogging and walking routes.
North Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile is a world renowned shopping destination full of luxury boutiques and malls such as the shops at 900 North Michigan Avenue.
The other major draw to Streeterville is Navy Pier. A fixture for decades, it hosts indoor and outdoor live performance venues, souvenir shops, restaurants, and the annual Winter Wonderfest. Water Tower Place is probably the most iconic shopping center along the Mag Mile.
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