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Get to know Streeterville

Not every urban neighborhood has its own Ferris wheel, but then not every neighborhood is Streeterville. Just across the Chicago River from the Loop proper, it’s the home of Navy Pier and countless high-rises (historic and new, but all luxury), and it’s bustling with foot traffic from locals and tourists. That vibrancy fuels a great restaurant and bar scene, some of the city’s best retail, and a host of cultural and recreational attractions. Streeterville juts out into Lake Michigan north of the mouth of the Chicago River, and so many of the buildings offer incredible views. Where it isn’t bounded by water, it’s bounded by the Magnificent Mile, and thereby defines Chicago upscale. This area is full of historic landmarks and is pincushioned by some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers — and quite a few taller ones are planned along the southern waterfront. Transportation to the rest of Chicago is direct via Lakeshore, the L, or bus, though walking is a pleasure — as are rides in the water taxis when the weather is warm.
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Living in Chicago

There may be people who live in Chicago who do not love Chicago, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one of them. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the sprawling suburbs, Chicago is a global metropolis that still manages to be Midwestern friendly. The city has some 600 parks, and 18.5 miles of trail along the shore of the lake and another lining the rivers of downtown. The food is among the best and most varied in the world, thanks in part to a culture fed by Poles and Greeks and Mexicans and Vietnamese as well as a hundred other ethnicities. Museums and performance venues abound, and public art fills green space and public squares. Public transportation is easy, as is reaching either U.S. coast in half a day. Even in the midst of its notoriously frigid winters, you won’t find a warmer city to call home. (Photo: Natasha Taylor, via Unsplash)

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