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Few neighborhoods are as historic or as sought after as affluent Streeterville. The area takes its name from George Wellington "Cap" Streeter, one of the most colorful characters from the early days of Chicago . An adventurer and schooner captain, he ran his vessel aground in 1886 on a sand bar in Lake Michigan near what is now Superior Street .

Today, Streeterville is considered to be from Michigan Avenue east to the Lake, merging with another of Chicago's premier neighborhoods, the Gold Coast. Streeterville is also home to landmarks such as the original Chicago Water Tower, the John Hancock building, Northwestern University's School of Law and Medical Center and the Rehab Institute. Both the Chicago Museum of Modern Art and the Terra Museum of Art are in Streeterville. It's a Mecca for shoppers since it includes Water Tower Place , the 900 N Michigan shops, and the entire Magnificent Mile with landmark stores such as the Nordstrom's and Saks 5th Avenue . Visitors flock to the area's elegant hotels and fine dining establishments as well as to the Lookingglass Theater at the Water Tower, cinemas and numerous art galleries.

Streeterville residents have excellent opportunities to enjoy all the city has to offer with the lakefront at their doorstep including Navy Pier and Oak Street Beach . The area is home to Olive Park as well as pocket parks and playlots.

Housing. Where Cap Streeter staked his claim has now become one of the city's most impressive residential areas filled with luxurious vintage condominiums and coops as well as contemporary complexes facing the lake. A variety of new construction projects are also underway in the general area of North Pier, just west of Lake Shore Drive .

Transportation. All downtown facilities, shops and Loop business centers are easily accessible by CTA bus or El lines. O'Hare airport can be reached in approximately 50 minutes and Midway in about 40 minutes. Trains to Chicago 's suburbs depart from Ogilvie Transportation Center or Union Station.


Gold Coast.

Ever since the area emerged as a distinct neighborhood in the late 1880's, Chicago 's Gold Coast has been synonymous with wealth and prestige. Bounded roughly by Clark Street, North Avenue, Chicago Avenue, Rush and Oak Streets, the area covers less that two square miles, yet it encompasses some of the cities' best shopping, dining, recreational and cultural opportunities.

The Gold Coast began as an enclave of Chicago tycoons such as Potter Palmer and lumberman James Charlney who built their mansions along Lake Shore Drive . Today, the Gold Coast is as diverse and exciting as it is exclusive. Residents shop along Michigan Avenue 's Magnificent Mile, or visit their favorite shops and boutiques along Oak and Astor streets. They dine at classic four-star restaurants as well as cozy neighborhood bistros. Entertainment options include theater and cinema, jazz and blues clubs.

Families have a choice of some of the finest public and private schools in the city. For recreation, it's just a short stroll to Chicago 's famous lakefront and Oak Street beach. Pocket parks and playlots also dot the area. Numerous, nearby cultural attractions include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Art Institute and Field Museum .

Housing. Gracious, turn-of-the-century, historic landmark homes have been joined by a wonderful variety of vintage walk-ups, hi-rise condominiums and intimate co-ops in styles ranging from Queen Anne to Tudor Revival, Art Deco and classic Modern. The recent addition of many new construction projects in the area has added further to the variety of styles and prices available.

Transportation. All downtown facilities, shops and sports arenas, as well as many neighboring attractions such as Lincoln Park and the Zoo to the north or the Museum Campus to the south, are only a short cab ride away. The Loop is also accessible by bus or subway. O'Hare airport can be reached in approximately 50 minutes and Midway in about 40 minutes. Trains to Chicago 's suburbs depart from Ogilvie Transportation Center or Union Station.

Lincoln Park.

Just minutes from downtown Chicago , it's easy to see why Lincoln Park is one of the city's most sought-after and charming locations. It's an area where cozy coffee houses rub elbows with four-star restaurants and stylish boutiques are tucked among antique shops and bookstores. Residents enjoy a wonderful variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities ranging from The Chicago Historical Society to some of the city's best “off Loop” theater companies, the famous Second City improvisational comedy club and numerous music and jazz spots.

The area's great natural asset is Lincoln Park itself, 1,200 acres of playing fields, bike and jogging paths, picnic areas, a public golf course and the renowned Lincoln Park Zoo. Bordering Lake Michigan , the park also offers lagoons, boat harbors and beaches.

Lincoln Park is also one of Chicago 's oldest neighborhoods, tracing its history back to the 1820's. Originally a small farming company, its population grew steadily especially after the area was connected to downtown Chicago in 1855 thanks to the city's first horse car line. The neighborhood and the adjoining parklands were officially named Lincoln Park after the assassination of President Lincoln in 1865.

More recently, Lincoln Park benefited from a series of urban renewal projects in the late 1950's. Many buildings dating from the Great Fire of 1871 were demolished, making way for newer residential construction. At the same time, homebuyers began to seek out Lincoln Park 's existing single-family homes and multi-unit properties as ideal rehab buys. Many individual neighborhoods began to emerge within Lincoln Park including the Old Town Triangle, designated a Chicago landmark district in 1977. The area surrounding DePaul University has the ambience of a small university town and attracts not only students but also young renters and families. Today, Lincoln Park is bounded by North Avenue , Diversey Parkway , the Kennedy Expressway and Lake Michigan .

Lincoln Park residents take a keen interest in their community. Seven neighborhood groups are represented in the Lincoln Park Conservation Association which works to maintain and enhance the character of each unique neighborhood.

Housing. Lincoln Park offers a wonderful mix of historic homes, Victorian three-flats, traditional Brownstones and contemporary condominium developments including hi-rises overlooking Lake Michigan. New construction projects sit next to charmingly renovated vintage homes on tree-lined streets.

Education. Lincoln Park offers some of the finest public schools in the city system. A number of private schools are also available for elementary through high school students.

Transportation. All downtown facilities, shops and Loop business centers are accessible by public transportation. CTA bus routes run on most major Lincoln Park streets. The area is also served by the Ravenswood and Howard Dan Ryan rapid transit elevated lines. Lake Shore Drive is a few minutes east and the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) exits are west on North Avenue and Fullerton . O'Hare airport can be reached in approximately 50 minutes and Midway in about 40 minutes. Trains to Chicago 's suburbs depart from Ogilvie Transportation Center or Union Station.

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Lakeview is one of Chicago's largest and most popular neighborhoods, home to many of the city's trend-setting shops, restaurants and entertainment spots including theaters, club and music venues. Lakeview's overall borders run from the lake on the east to Diversey Parkway on the south, Irving Park Road on the north and Ravenswood on the west. The area encompasses several distinct smaller neighborhoods including Wrigleyville near Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, as well as Roscoe Village , Belmont Harbor , and Lakeview East. Main shopping areas include Clark Street , Belmont , Broadway and Southport . Local landmarks include the Century Mall on Clark Street , which includes a seven-screen movie theater, and the historic Mercury Theater and Music Box Movie Theater on Southport .

The name Lakeview is thought to have come from the Hotel Lakeview. At the time the hotel was built in 1853, it offered an uninterrupted panorama of Lake Michigan and the Chicago lakeshore. From its beginnings, Lakeview was a popular residential area and many of its historic homes date from the 1800's. The area was an independent town until 1889 when it was annexed to the city of Chicago . Today, Lakeview is a diverse community drawing residents of all ages and backgrounds.

Housing. Lakeview offers a wonderful mix of classic, 19 th century single-family homes ranging from frame cottages to impressive mansions. There is also a great variety of multi-unit vintage buildings, many of which have been converted to stylish condominiums. Many types of new construction condominium projects are also available.

Recreation. Lakeview residents can take advantage of the lake and park on their eastern border with beaches, bike paths and playing fields. Gill Park on Sheridan Road offers outdoor playgrounds, gyms and swimming pools as well as an auditorium and meeting rooms. Smaller, neighborhood parks are also in the area.

Schools. The area is served by Chicago Public School District 299, covering elementary, junior high and high school students (773-535-2900). Private schools are also available for pre-school through high school.

Transportation. Lakeview is approximately five to seven miles from Michigan Avenue an downtown Chicago . The CTA 22-Clark and 36-Broadway buses take Lakeview residents to the areas along Dearborn and State Streets. The CTA Red and Brown line elevated trains also serve the downtown area.

Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, 773.472.7171 www.lakeviewchamber.org

Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, 773.348.8608 www.lakevieweast.com




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