Streeterville is named after George Wellington “Cap” Streeter, a squatter who arrived in Chicago in 1886. He encouraged contractors to dump their rubble and backfill where he had run his steamboat onto a sandbar near East Superior Street. Eventually, the landfill grew and connected his steamboat to the shore. He named the landmass an independent “United States District of Lake Michigan” and declared it not subject to the laws of Illinois or Chicago. It became a red light district, and the fight for control of the land continued until his death in 1921. Some of Chicago’s most expensive real estate can be found in Streeterville and is now an exclusive district that includes some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers on the blocks between Lake Michigan and Michigan Avenue. It is a family-oriented neighborhood as well as a major tourist destination.
Streeterville is also home to many of the city’s most visited destinations including shopping along The Magnificent Mile, Navy Pier, Water Tower Place and the Drake Hotel.
Culture and Attractions
Other landmarks such as the Chicago Tribune Tower, John Hancock Center, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palmolive Building are situated in Streeterville. In addition there are shops, boat cruises, two performance stages, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. Streeterville is one of Chicago’s gems; this tiny neighborhood is full of people with a lot of heart, and is a constant draw for those who want to have a lot of fun.
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