Towering skyscrapers, upscale stores, hotels, and restaurants cutout Chicago’s sparkling skyline in Streeterville. There’s lots to do and plenty of space for living. Right along Lake Michigan’s coast, the Streeterville neighborhood is nestled in as one of the more popular areas. With an unbeatable location, this neighborhood also borders Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, feeding any shopaholic’s every desire.
Streeterville receives its name from George Streeter, who named the area after himself. Streeter was a fairly notorious villain who used many illegal maneuvers in attempt to steal 186 acres of land in the area from its rightful owners during the early 1900s. He was sent to prison after being convicted of manslaughter in 1902, and died of pneumonia in 1921 at the age of 84.
As for the neighborhood’s architecture, the Magnificent Mile began its growth during the economic boom of the 1920s. More construction followed in the years just after World War II. Arthur Rubloff, a local real estate developer, led the revitalization.
You can travel to Streeterville via Lake Shore Drive to the north and east. The ‘L’, has stops at both Chicago and Grand stations. Bus lines run on Michigan Avenue, Grand Avenue, and Chicago Avenue. Water taxis and sightseeing boats provide access when the weather is warm.
This neighborhood is home to many notable universities, including:
Northwestern University School of Law 375 E. Chicago Ave., 312-503-3100
Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine 303 E. Chicago Ave., 312-503-8194
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management 340 E. Superior St. 2 M, 312-503-8385
American College of Surgeons 633 N. St. Clair St., 312-202-5000
Early childhood education centers:
Children’s Creative Learning Center 446 E. Ontario St., 312-867-7056
Bright Horizons at River East 325 E. Grand Ave., 312-527-3573
Navy Pier Park entertains nearly nine million visitors per year. It’s filled with dozens of boutique shops, a balloon that launches passengers 350 feet into the air, a playground for kids, beer gardens for adults, and an old-fashioned Ferris wheel.
The Grant Park Music Festival offers classical music to visitors and residents alike. It runs from June through August, and is free!
The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre holds regular plays and modern renditions of old shows, both Shakespearean and non-Shakespearean.
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