Streeterville Chicago Neighborhood Guide

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An urban getaway just northeast of the Loop.

Lakeside · Lively · Art Scene · Residential


Streeterville is a lively neighborhood on the shores of Lake Michigan. It 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. Northwestern’s Chicago campus and Memorial Hospital contribute to Streeterville’s cultural presence.


Residents typically live in high-rise condos or multi-unit apartments where they can enjoy beautiful lake views and easy access to nearby dining and nightlife options. With many lush parks in the neighborhood and Gold Coast to the North, residents have ample space to take dogs for weekend walks.


Commuting via Lake Shore Drive is supremely convenient for Streeterville residents as long as you have a car or can walk to the red line or Michigan Ave buses. Depending on your location within the neighborhood, access to other highways, public transportation, and The Loop can be limited. If you'd like to have easier access to the Loop, check out New East Side.


Streeterville is home to some of Chicago’s best restaurants, bars, and clubs. Although there are plenty of nightlife options, Streeterville is not considered the nightlife capital of Chicago. People often head to other neighborhoods to take part in a more lively nightlife scene.


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Neighborhood Vibe

Although this fresh Chicago neighborhood is tiny, life bursts from its seams with increased development since the 2000s. Streeterville is both beautiful to look at and interesting to dive headfirst into. Streeterville is home to some of the city’s tallest buildings and iconic landmarks, with a mix of professional and residential spaces. It’s a little neighborhood smack dab in the heart of one of America’s biggest cities.

Favorite Spots

Spend the day at the world-famous Navy Pier and ride the 200-ft Centennial Wheel. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art and witness innovative, breathtaking pieces created by some of the world’s most talented artists. Witness the sunset behind the skyline during summer evenings at Oak Street Beach, North Avenue Beach’s quiet neighbor. The Magnificent Mile borders Streeterville, so residents get quick access to hundreds of high-end shops, five-star restaurants, and unique bars. Embrace Chicago’s crisp Autumn weather and hide out from snowy Winters in Streeterville.

Things to Know

Live here if you enjoy living in the heart of the action but want to be a part of a caring community. Be a familiar face at any of Streeterville’s cool coffee shops and get to know the bartender at your local watering hole. When you need a break from a small-town vibe, just walk a few blocks west to join River North's nightlife scene.

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