Streeterville

Overview

  • Vibe - Touristy / Yuppie
  • Nightlife - Good
  • Dining - Excellent
  • Convenience - Good

Pros:

  • Proximity to the Lake Michigan (views) and Lake Shore Drive (commute)
  • Northwestern University and Northwestern Hospital
  • Access to River North for dining and nightlife

Cons:

  • Difficult to access public transportation in certain parts of the neighborhood
  • Heavy tourist presence
  • Expensive real estate and parking

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Streeterville, a lively neighborhood on the shores of Lake Michigan, combines tourism, residential living, and culture unlike any other Chicago neighborhood. Every day, thousands of tourists flock to Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, and the Museum of Contemporary Art to experience some of Chicago’s most iconic attractions. Residents typically live in high-rise condo or apartment buildings where they can enjoy beautiful lake views and easy access to nearby dining and nightlife options. Northwestern’s Chicago campus and Memorial Hospital contribute to Streeterville’s cultural presence.

Commuting via Lake Shore Drive is supremely convenient for Streeterville residents. Depending on location within the neighborhood, access to other highways, public transportation, and the Loop can be limited.

Tourists exploring the neighborhood visit some of Chicago’s most popular attractions: shopping on the Magnificent Mile, sightseeing, and exploring Navy Pier

Tourists cannot miss checking out Chicago’s Historic Water Tower Building that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

After a long morning spent on the Mag Mile, shoppers are ready for a bite to eat. From standard quick service chains to Michelin-rated eateries, Streeterville has options for every diner.

Fans of the Chicago Bears indulge in Mafia-sized steaks at Mike Ditka’s steakhouse.

Tourists make sure to grab a slice of deep dish at one of Chicago’s famed pizza joints.

After lunch, Navy Pier is the destination. Visitors can watch a rendition of a Shakespeare play at Chicago’s Shakespeare Theater. If the weather permits, tourists take a spin on the Ferris Wheel.

While tourists are enjoying Streeterville’s attractions, serious work is happening a few blocks away. Students and doctors work tirelessly at Northwestern’s Medical School and Hospitals. Thousands of patients are treated annually in the neighborhood.

Right next door, future lawyers take classes at Northwestern's Law School.

As the workday ends, Streeterville locals return home for the night. Many residents take a post-work bike ride or jog on the Lakefront Trail.

Nearby grocery stores make it convenient for residents to prepare dinners at night. Alternatively, Streeterville locals can order takeout or stop by one of the neighborhood's many quick service restaurants.

Streeterville is home to some of Chicago's best restaurants. Favorites include French cuisine at Tru and fancy Italian fare at Spiaggia.

As the sun sets during the week, some Streeterville residents head out for the night. Timothy O’Toole’s is a popular watering hole for Northwestern students. Between restaurants, bars, and clubs, there are plenty of nightlife options for any person.

Nonetheless, Streeterville is not a nightlife capital of Chicago. People often head to other neighborhoods to take part in a more lively nightlife scene.

With many lush parks in the neighborhood, residents have ample space to take dogs for weekend walks.

The first Friday of every month is a special treat for Streeterville residents. The Museum of Contemporary Art holds a special late-night showing with music and cocktails. This popular tradition attracts people from all over the city.

On Sunday, Streeterville residents brunch at one of the several spots in the neighborhood. Popular selections include Yolk and Drake Bros. Do-Rite Donuts is a hidden gem for delicious chicken sandwiches and donuts.

As Sunday winds down, Streeterville residents prepare to head back to work. Tourists head home after a few days in the city.

Where do Streeterville residents typically live? Streeterville has the highest concentration of residential high rises in the city.

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