EXPLORE CHICAGO’S STREETERVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD
Located east of the Magnificent Mile and north of the Chicago River, is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city. The neighborhood is named after George Streeter, a man that tried for years to claim the newly filled piece of land as his own with no success. After about two decades of trials to determine the validity of Streeter’s claims, the city won the land claim and the neighborhood namesake was sent to jail for selling liquor and being involved in gun battles during the prohibition-era raids common throughout the city.
The completion of the Michigan Avenue Bridge and Magnificent Mile construction led to a spree of eclectic development in the area. Streeterville is home to the John Hancock Center and the historic Chicago Water Tower, which was one of the few buildings to survive the Great Chicago Fire. Aside from being a hub for historic skyscrapers, the neighborhood is also host to some of the city’s best hospitals and universities, including The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The neighborhood was a split of residential, retail, educational, and warehouse spaces dedicated to the shipping activities coming from Navy Pier. By the 1960s, more and more residential buildings were constructed on the old warehouse spaces and the neighborhood slowly became what it is today — an upscale residential and retail hub with buildings that decorate some of the most well-known pieces of the Chicago skyline. Many buildings in the neighborhood have earned Landmark status, including the East Lake Shore Drive Historic District, a strip of early 20th century buildings, and the Old Chicago Water Tower District; to name a few.