Running alongside the Magnificent Mile and culminating with Navy Pier, Streeterville is the beating heart of Chicago’s business, culture and history. Some of the city’s tallest buildings lie within its borders, but even their stature can’t overshadow the importance of this Chicago icon.
Being on the lakefront, residents of Streeterville have the best of all worlds. From the beautiful beaches on the East to the river lining the Southern border, the views are stellar no matter where you look, and with the lakefront trail and riverwalk winding their way through this neighborhood those views are easy to come by. A quick stop at Ohio Beach proves just that with one of the most magnificent views that Chicago has to offer. Beaches not your thing? Streeterville is teeming with parks, including the Lake Shore, Milton Lee Olive, Addams Memorial, Polk Bros, and DuSable.
Streeterville is kid friendly, with a host of child learning and healthcare centers along with entertainment for kids throughout the neighborhood. The Chicago Children’s museum, Downtown Children’s Learning PI, Near the Pier Development Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago all call Streeterville home. What about kids of the non-human variety? This neighborhood has plenty to offer you and your furry friend alike with pet stores, veterinary clinics and the parks mentioned before all right at your fingertips.
Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, Streeterville has you covered, with the neighborhood boasting a diverse catalog of entertainment sure to fit your lifestyle. Streeterville is home to Navy Pier, a staple destination in the neighborhood both day and night. The magnificent mile is the place to go for those who prefer dry land, with stores, restaurants and shops galore. Prefer something of higher taste? Check out the Museum of Contemporary Art, stop for afternoon tea at the Drake Hotel or catch a show at the Shakespeare Theater. Looking for a thrill? Try the Axeclusive Axe Throwing and VR Lounge, Chicago Crime Tours and Experiences, or head to the 94th floor of the John Hancock building to Tilt at 360 to see Chicago from a bird’s eye view, one thousand feet up.
Besides being the home of our office here at Hudson Burnham, River North is the place where Chicago’s Art, Design and History meet. With enough attractions to satisfy anyone’s needs, River North is the go to place for those looking to sample every part of Chicago’s city life.
Starting from the top at Chicago Ave and stretching to the river at the South and West and Michigan Ave. to the East, every square inch of land in between River North’s neighborhood borders is ripe with things to do. Looking to go home decor shopping, eat or do business? You can do it all in River North, in fact you can do each of those things in just one building, the Merchandise Mart. If you can do all that in one place, imagine what the rest of the neighborhood has to offer.
Are the indoors too in-doors for you? Step outside and discover River North’s electric atmosphere. You’ll get some of the finest views in the city from the three acres of Ward Park that run along the river, or if you’re ready to dip your feet in adventure make your way down to Wateriders kayaking and canoeing to explore the parts of Chicago you can’t get to on foot. Prefer to let someone else drive the boat? Take a ride with Chicago’s water taxi service to get you to wherever you want to be. If you’re up for it, taking one of Chicago’s many river tours is a great way to learn the history behind what made this gem of the city what it is today. If dry land is your home at heart don’t worry! This city neighborhood comes to life when the sun goes down, with no shortage of places to explore. Catch a live show at The Bassment live music lounge, or dance till you drop at the Rec Room in an intimate atmosphere with the tastiest drinks and catchiest music. No matter what your fancy you’re sure to find something to fit it in River North.
If you’re looking to live luxuriously in Chicago there’s no place like Gold Coast. This historically celebrated neighborhood puts Chicago’s heritage on display, its streets lined with landmark mansions, hotels and restaurants of the highest pedigree. Whether you’re looking for antiques, boutiques or anything in between Gold Coast won’t disappoint, with shops in this part of the city being renowned for their taste and variety. Shopping isn’t the only this neighborhood is known for, the styles of historic architecture such as the Queen Anne, the Richardsonian Romanesque and the Georgian revival echo through every building, making Gold Coast the envy of cities internationally.
When it comes to food Gold Coast has a place for even someone of the most unique taste. In fact, taste might be all that’s on your mind after a visit to this restaurant rich neighborhood. The Second City Classic Food Tour is just one way to experience the diversity of flavors packed into Gold Coast, stopping at six restaurants in the area. If free form is more your style you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find restaurants on virtually every corner. Somerset is a great place to start for those who love traditional American cuisine and decor. If you’re more contemporary, stop at Nico Osteria to get your Italian seafood served with fresh house made noodles and all the drinks your heart desires. Gold Coast’s repertoire of high class shopping exists with good reason, the neighborhood is filled top to bottom with stores from A to Z. 900 North Michigan shops is the neighborhood’s equivalent of an upscale shopping mall, but if you prefer outdoor shopping Oak Street has names like Armani, Prada, Chanel and many more. The real treasure lies in the boutiques, where you’ll find one of a kind shops that distinguish Gold Coast from any other neighborhood in Chicago such as St. John Boutique, Wolford Boutique and Kay’s Boutique. Whether you prefer a day in at the International Museum of Surgical Science, watching a show at the Broadway Playhouse, or a night out getting drinks from Sparrow or Viceroy Chicago, Gold Coast is the place to experience all things luxury in Chicago.
Being the business district and commercial core of the city, The Loop is the quintessential center of Chicago. Housing almost all of the city’s most well known landmarks, architecture and activities, The Loop marks itself as the center of Chicago’s city life as well. Living in this neighborhood offers an experience that no other city on the planet can. With Chicago’s most famous historic sites and contemporary entertainment all packed into one place there is always something new for you in The Loop.
It would be unfair to talk about The Loop without mentioning its historic attractions. Cornerstones of this part of the city include The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Chicago Theater, The Civic Opera House, The Adler Planetarium, The Shedd Aquarium and The Field Museum. Those are just the most recognized places that happen to be indoors. On a sunny day you’ll get to experience even more of the city’s heritage by visiting one of any of The Loop’s famous parks or landmarks. A stop at the 319 acres that make up Grant Park will let you see the bean, Buckingham Fountain and much more all in the same place. If you’re a fan of Chicago’s own Bears, catch a game at the iconic Soldier Field, or go to Daley Plaza to get a view of one of Pablo Picaso’s largest standing works.
Those are just the big names of The Loop, and we’re just scratching the surface. While being home to more historic attractions, Grant Park also hosts Lollapalooza, one of America’s largest and most well known music festivals. If you’ve got an ear for something a little more retro, Millenium Park also hosts the Chicago Blues Festival. Don’t want to be confined to one genre? The Millenium Park Summer Music Series is a two week festival sure to have something that satisfies your musical desire.
Living in the Loop seems to have an endless list of perks, especially when it comes to your options of places to eat. A quick look at the restaurants in The Loop show’s the neighborhood’s diversity of cuisine that residents have at their fingertips. Take a look at Everest for example, located high up in the Chicago Stock Exchange building this French restaurant offers the highest class of dining experience you can find in Chicago. If escargot isn’t your go-to just head over to Saucy Porka, a restaurant serving a unique blend of Asian and Latin cuisine with its roots in Chicago food truck culture. If variety is what you crave, a trip down to the Wells Street Market where you can have your choice of food from ten different vendors is the way to go.
If you crave night life The Loop is your place to be. This neighborhood has an abundance of bars and nighttime attractions of all varieties, so finding something to do on your night out is never a problem. A popular choice is Boleo, a luxury glass-roof bar that is a drink connoisseur’s dream come true. If you like something with a rustic feel Monk’s pub is your place, a decades old bar serving beer around the clock. Like a drink with a view? Head over to Cindy’s where you can choose from an expansive menu of exotic drinks while looking out onto one of the best views of Millenium Park in the entire city. If you’re competitive in nature then The Game Room is your best friend, a bar where you can enjoy drinks while playing pool, bocce ball, poker, chess or shuffleboard. The Loop is home to many, many more bars and restaurants for you to explore during your time in this iconic Chicago neighborhood. No matter what your preferences are, you’re sure to find something that’s just right for you in The Loop.
Spanning the distance from Armitage Avenue to Division Street, Old Town is, as the name suggests, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chicago. Don’t get the wrong impression, although this neighborhood’s name commemorates its deep rooting in Chicago’s history the area is filled with a balanced mixture of traditional and modern attractions that are suited for a wide variety of lifestyles and preferences. Despite its name this neighborhood is blooming with modern small businesses that vary from street to street, giving Old Town its old-school charm. In fact, Old Town is known for its local businesses, ranging anywhere from dive bars and renowned comedy clubs, all the way to local aquariums and historic folk music venues. One of Old Town’s most appealing attractions is The Second City, one of the city’s most recognizable comedy clubs. This club has been host to industry names like Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Jordan Peele, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert and Mike Myers. At Old Town Aquarium you can experience the joys of the Shedd without ever leaving the Old Town. Here the expert owner and employees will help you build your perfect aquarium, or if you prefer fish from a distance, will give you all the information on aquatic life that you could ever want. If you’re in love with dive bars then Old Town is your soulmate. Look no further than The Old Town Alehouse, a cash only dive bar that is decorated with politically satirical artwork. Wine Lovers have their fair share of options too. Just take Glunz Tavern, a bar, restaurant and liquor store all in one. The morning after a night out head to benchmark for brunch and bottomless mimosas to quell your hangover.
However this particular neighborhood isn’t just about business, in fact Old Town is one of the most art-oriented neighborhoods in Chicago. The second week of June is a special time in this neighborhood, it’s when two of the biggest art events in Old Town take place. The Old Town Art Show, a week long outdoor exhibition of art from all across the nation featuring live music, and the Wells Art Festival, with more than 200 art vendors lining Wells street from Division all the way to North Ave. If you want something that’s around for more than a week check out the Floating World Gallery, a local art gallery that, since its start as a couple’s private collection, has grown into one of largest galleries of Japanese art in the world.
Old Town is a neighborhood with good taste, high class and, most importantly, style. One trip here will have you hooked, you might just find yourself looking for a new home in this cultured and diverse part of Chicago.