Named after a crazy ship’s captain who laid claim to 150 acres of landfill, Streeterville is largely reclaimed landfill and sandbar. Yet with the major development Streeterville has undergone in the 21st century, the only remnant of that landfill is the name the neighborhood was left with. With the Magnificent Mile just to the West, the Chicago River to the South and Lake Michigan surrounding the North and East, Streeterville is steps away from many of Chicago’s finest attractions. Although there is some debate over the exact boundaries of Streeterville, there is no doubt that it is home to popular Chicago locations, such as Navy Pier, Oaks Street Beach, and the John Hancock building. Other Streeterville locations include the Tribune Tower, The Gleacher Center, The NBC Tower, and much more. The Museum of Contemporary Art also attracts much attention from visitors, tourists, and Streeterville residents. In addition, Loyola University’s Law School is located just off Pearson Street near Chicago’s eight story shopping extravaganza, The Chicago Water Tower.
Modern skyscrapers, upscale shopping along Michigan Avenue, fantastic hotels, beautiful theaters, specifically the Shakespeare Theatre at Navy Pier, thriving businesses, and trendy restaurants are all characteristics of the Streeterville neighborhood. But Streeterville is not all about the glamour. Streeterville is home to Northwestern University’s Medical Center, establishing the neighborhood as an important addition to Chicago’s medical district. Additionally, the Children’s Memorial Hospital will soon reside in Streeterville as well.
Streeterville residents have the luxury to be within walking distance of all the neighborhood has to offer. However, walking is not the sole mode of transportation. CTA buses and Chicago’s red line have many stops throughout Streeterville. If public transportation does not work for some, Streeterville’s proximity to Lake Shore Drive and the Kennedy expressway creates easy access to the neighborhood for residents and visitors alike.
Most of the housing in Streeterville is new. Potential residents may choose from contemporary high rises, vintage high rises, mid-rise condominiums, or co-ops.