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 a neighborhood made up of skyscrapers and busy streets. While it may not feel like a neighborhood to some, it certainly has a very active community. The area is also home to several important Chicago icons, including the John Hancock Center, Navy Pier and the Tribune Tower, just to name a few. The neighborhood is no stranger to skyscraper construction, and a number of high rise projects have been proposed for the area over the last couple of years. Notable upcoming projects include Northwestern's new Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center designed by Perkins + Will, a 200-room hotel designed by KOO LLC and the first ever tower designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects for Chicago.
Like many neighborhoods throughout Chicago, Hyde Park is witnessing some big changes. The area is getting a handful of new buildings designed by Chicago's Studio Gang, as well as hundreds of new apartments in the form of a large contemporary structure. In addition, the neighborhood has played a key role in leading the charge on Chicago's bid for the Obama Presidential Center. Earlier this year, the Obama Foundation formally announced that the development would indeed be coming to Chicago. However, it's still unknown whether the Obamas plan to build the library at Washington Park or Jackson Park.