Streeterville is a neighborhood in the Near North Side community area of Chicago. This neighborhood started out as a sandbar and a landfill, and has now turned into some of the most sought after real estate not only in Chicago, but in the U.S. Streeterville has undergone a lot of development in the early 21st century. Numerous empty lots have been converted into commercial and residential properties.
The origin of the name Streeterville comes from “Captain” George Wellington Streeter. In 1886, Streeter’s ship was lodged in a sandbar known as “the sands” after a storm in an area that is now East Superior Street and North Fairbanks Court. He had invited building contractors to continue piling waste around it, which was a practice that began when Lake Michigan was used as a dump during the cleanup following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Streeter decided to claim this newly created marshland as his own. Decades later, the courts were able to rule against him. Just a few blocks north of the river, you can find an 8-foot bronze sculpture commemorating the “Captain” whom the neighborhood derived its name. Streeterville’s main attraction is Navy Pier, which is filled with amusement rides, gift shops, and eateries. Navy Pier has its own beer garden and fireworks in the summer. It also has the Chicago Children’s Museum and Chicago Shakespeare Theater.