Visitor Center

Introduction

As one of Chicago’s most successful urban areas, Streeterville is synonymous with all that makes Chicago great. Our visitors stay in some of the most luxurious hotels in the city and dine in the “neighborhood” restaurants, which are among the town’s finest. The premier selection of professional office centers, residential high rises, world-renowned universities, medical facilities, and cultural opportunities make the area a truly unique place to work and live.

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Location & Transportation

Streeterville is generally known as the area between the River, the Beach, the Lake and Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile. It includes the exclusive Lake Shore Drive, the famous John Hancock Center, the entertaining Navy Pier, and the historic Old Water Tower, a relic of the Great Chicago Fire. The closest “L” stop to Streeterville is Chicago and Grand on the Red Line. If you’re driving, take Lake Shore Drive until Grand Avenue (southbound) or the Navy Pier exit (northbound). From the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), use the Ohio Street exit and head east to Streeterville. Parking is expensive, but more plentiful on the southern end of the neighborhood.

Business & Industry

The business community in Streeterville is diverse, ranging from leaders in the hospitality field, to international corporations, and including neighborhood dentists. For the meeting planner, options are endless; conference rooms in numerous famous hotels, large ballroom and exhibit facilities at Navy Pier, not to mention sunlit gallery spaces within the Museum of Contemporary Art. A home away from home for many of the millions of national and international visitors coming to Chicago, Streeterville is an excellent place to do business.

Shopping

North Michigan Avenue really is magnificent, boasting the very latest in fashions, accessories, and all manner of exquisite merchandise. Blocks of well-known department stores led to one-of-a-kind boutiques, providing unmatchable shopping all year long. A very upscale district, the retail area continues to grow, and includes Water Tower Place Mall and the 900 North Michigan Shops.

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Accommodations

More than 25 hotels of varying size, expense and amenities are available in Streeterville, including the famous Drake and Ritz-Carlton. The Drake is an institution in Chicago, a city landmark and symbol of elegance for over 80 years. It has been the first choice of celebrities since it’s opening in 1920. The Ritz-Carlton, atop Water Tower Place, is known for its timeless luxury and special attentiveness to the needs of business.

Dining

For elegant means, the Signature Room on top of the John Hancock building is a memorable spot with a spectacular view of Chicago and Lake Michigan. The 410 Club, in the Wrigley Building, follows the rich tradition of the original Wrigley Building Restaurant and continues to build on the distinguished heritage to be a private club with facilities, amenities and service second to none.

Arts & Entertainment

There’s no shortage of things to do and places to see in Streeterville. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available outside the Old Water Tower. In the summer, there are air and water shows, sailboat exhibitions, and numerous festivals. In the evenings, nightclubs and live theater abound. The Hancock Observatory offers sweeping views of the city. Navy Pier hosts fireworks Wednesday and Saturday nights during the summer, and shoreline sightseeing cruises depart from there as well.

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Some of the most significant architecture in the world can be found in Streeterville. Along Michigan Avenue is the gothic limestone Old Water Tower, (now home to the Looking Glass Theater), the art-deco Palmolive Building, and the beautifully detailed Fourth Presbyterian Church. Farther east are the famous Mies van de Rohr glass house apartment buildings. Interesting and informative architectural walking and boat tours are available.

The classy Museum of Contemporary Art holds over 6,000 objects, works representing art after 1945 in all media and genres. The collection is housed on three floors, and the building features a beautiful sculpture garden overlooking Lake Michigan. A majestic grand staircase at the top of the museum’s entrance offers a panoramic view of the Chicago skyline.