Near North Side, Chicago

Near North Side (Chicago, Illinois)
Community Area 08 - Near North Side
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Chicago Community Area 08 - Near North Side

Location within the city of Chicago
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ZIP Code 60611 and parts of 60610, 60622
Area 7.04 km² (2.72 mi²)
Population (2000)
72,811 (up 15.86% from 1990)
10,335.5 /km²
Demographics White
Median income
Source: U.S. Census, Record Information Services

The Near North Side is the part of Chicago, Illinois just north of the downtown central business distict (the Loop).




See main article Cabrini-Green.

Cabrini-Green is one of the most notorious and infamous public housing projects in the world. It is located on the North Side of Chicago, near the North/Clybourn Red Line stop along with the Chicago and Sedgwick Brown Line stops. It is made up primarily of mid- and high-rise apartment buildings, many with exterior porches so that residents enter their apartments like a motel room. Though Chicago has many housing projects with crime problems, this one is the most noticeable because it is surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods, notably the Gold Coast and Lincoln Park just blocks away. In fact, residents of Gold Coast high-rise condos whose windows faced to the west could often see the flash of gunfire from Cabrini-Green.

The apartment buildings opened in 1958 (The "reds") and 1962 (The "whites"), while the rowhouses (called the Frances Cabrini Homes) opened in 1943. Cabrini-Green stands on top of what used to be an Italian slum called "Little Sicily" or more sardonically, "Little Hell". The problems discussed in this article mostly pertain to the apartment buildings, not the rowhouses.

Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a prosperous neighborhood, mostly consisting of high-rise apartment buildings on Lake Shore Drive, facing Lake Michigan. This is the second-wealthiest urban neighborhood in the United States, after the Upper East Side in New York City.

The Gold Coast was an unexceptional neighborhood until 1885, when Potter Palmer, former dry goods merchant and owner of the Palmer House hotel, built a fanciful castle on Lake Shore Drive. Over the next few decades, Chicago's elite gradually migrated from Prairie Avenue to their new home north of the Loop.

Goose Island

Goose Island is the only natural island located within the boundaries of the city of Chicago. Goose Island is located in the Chicago River.

The island is separated from the mainland by the North Branch of the Chicago River on the west and the North Branch Canal on the east. Labelling the island natural can be misleading since the canal (along with the turning basin at the northern end of the island) was dug for industrial use.

Compare with another island in Chicago, Northerly Island, which is completely man-made.

Magnificent Mile

See main article Michigan Avenue (Chicago)

The Magnificent Mile is a stretch of North Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Oak Street. Although actually about three-quarters of a mile, the name has been chosen and is likely to stay.

Along this street is a mixture of high-class stores, restaurants, office buildings and hotels. The area has a high concentration of the city's major media firms and advertising agencies, including the Chicago Tribune newspaper.

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Part of the Magnificent Mile as seen from the John Hancock Center

It is the home of Chicago's famous Water Tower landmark, the postage-stamp sized Water Tower Park with its historic clock, as well as the eight-level Water Tower Place shopping center which grew up next door to, and overshadowed, the comparatively diminutive landmark. The shopping center is anchored by two department stores: Marshall Field's North Michigan store and Lord and Taylor. North of the shopping center can be found the famous John Hancock Center, the art deco Palmolive Building (also known as the Playboy Building) and the lavish Drake Hotel.

River North

River North is a neighborhood in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. It is bounded by Clark street, Chicago Avenue, and the Chicago river.


Streeterville is a neighborhood in Chicago north of the Chicago River. It is bounded by the river on the south, Michigan Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the north and east. Some of Chicago's tallest skyscrapers (including John Hancock Center), most expensive stores, most luxurious hotels, most elegant restaurants and most entertaining theaters are located here. The Magnificent Mile portion of Michigan Avenue is part of Streeterville, as is the number one tourist attraction in Chicago, Navy Pier. Streeterville is located east of the Chicago and Grand stations of the Red Line.

Streeterville is named after Captain George Streeter.

External links

Streeterville Chamber of Commerce (



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