Aside from its notorious politicians and its storied sports teams, what makes Chicago truly unique and such an alluring place to live is its neighborhoods, its architecture, and its lakefront.
One place where all three come together in spectacular fashion is the city’s central business district, located on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan. For most of its history, this area was distinguished primarily by offices, retail stores, and entertainment venues. All of that changed beginning around the 1980s when residential structures were built and commercial buildings converted to create a burgeoning and livable neighborhood. Today, the area from approximately Roosevelt Road on the south, Oak Street on the north, Halsted Street on the west and the lakefront on the east, have come to encompass one of the most remarkable transformations in urban living. Though much has changed over the years, much of Chicago’s past is still reflected in the city’s 21st-century landscape.
Join us at RENTCafé as we take you on a virtual tour through Chicago’s history to see the amazing transformation of the Windy City’s streetscape over the course of the last century.
1. Chicago skyline seen from the John Hancock Center, South-Southwest View
“Big John,” as the Hancock Center is affectionately called, is one of the most iconic buildings in Chicago and when it topped out in 1968 at 1,127’, it was the second tallest building in the world. It’s called the Hancock Center rather than the Hancock building because it was originally designed to be two towers, but the additional land could not be acquired. It’s located in Streeterville – Chicago’s most quintessential neighborhood, with a storied history of its own – on the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue), one of the world’s most famous streets.