The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Chicago neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious victory. For this week, we'll introduce two matchups per day, and on Friday, the results from the tournament bracket will be revealed. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
Streeterville is one of those neighborhoods that has experienced rapid change in the last few years, and it is poised to continue sprouting new towers in the coming years. However, it's also one of those neighborhoods that has community organizations that developers take seriously. Some of Chicago's biggest real estate stories in 2014 involved Streeterville. Perhaps the most important story of them all was the final chapter of the Chicago Spire saga. However, a new tower designed by New York's Robert A.M. Stern Architects is in the works for the neighborhood, and developer Related Midwest has promised to deliver an architecturally significant project to the former Spire site. No doubt, 2015 will be another big year for the neighborhood, and it'll be worth watching to see what ends up filling the famous hole in the ground that was once meant to be for the Chicago Spire.
Square in the center of the North Side lies the aptly dubbed North Center neighborhood. Its quiet residential streets and central location to transportation, dining, parks and schools makes it a solid choice for families. It's also home to the city's annual Ribfest, a weekend-long festival dedicated to all things barbecue and live music. On the real estate front, North Center isn't known for being the center of a ton of development activity, however the neighborhood has a solid inventory of nice, affordable single family homes and lofts.