Understanding Streetervile: A History

Home to top Chicago attractions including Navy Pier, the John Hancock Center, and The Magnificent Mile, Streeterville might as well be “Chicago” to most tourists. But, just beyond the hotspots, this affluent residential neighborhood is exploding in popularity. Once a shantytown ruled by namesake Captain George Streeter, today the neighborhood is bursting with luxury high-rises, prestigious institutions, and a thriving restaurant scene. In their exciting location at the center of the action, residents love their hub of big city living!

Streeterville’s peculiar history begins with the boat captain and circus owner George Streeter. In 1873, a storm ran his steamship aground at a sandbar north of Navy Pier. Unable to dislodge the boat, Streeter instead decided to proclaim the area as the “District of Lake Michigan”, an entity separate from Illinois... More...

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