SOAR Board of Directors Unanimously Opposed to Sprinkler Mandates

The Board of Directors of SOAR, the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents, voted unanimously to support a Resolution to oppose any legislation that would mandate the installation of sprinklers in buildings completed before 1975. You may read the Resolution by clicking here. The action is a result of hearing residents and management company representatives we've met with, as well as our own prudent and deliberative process for taking positions.

Over the years, special interests in Illinois have lobbied to the Illinois House of Representatives in efforts to mandate the installation of sprinklers in all buildings built before 1975, the year sprinklers were made mandatory for all new and rehabbed construction. In Streeterville alone, thousands of homeowners would face mounting bills for mandated sprinkler installation. Time and again, the Illinois House has responsibly voted against the mandate, citing exorbitant costs and local regulations that already provide for rigorous emergency safety measures.

Alderman Brendan Reilly (Ward 42) informed his constituents that State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (12th District) introduced legislation that would prohibit a mandating bill coming before the House without prior review by the General Assembly and by a special task force. Along with Alderman Reilly, we encourage passage of this bill in order to create barriers to prevent special interests from continually bringing mandates before the Legislature without review.


Artisan Market Streeterville 2014: Call for Artists


About the Exhibit                                                                      
A popular event since its inception in 2008, the Artisan Market Streeterville showcases more than 50 juried art, crafts and fancies artisans and 12 food vendors from the Chicago area.  Artists in all categories including artwork, clothing, accessories, home décor, jewelry and photography are invited to apply to this juried show. The Market is a heavily promoted event, with advertising and publicity in major print, broadcast and social media, directed to residents, workers, tourists and other visitors to Streeterville. The 2013 Artisan Market Streeterville saw more than 2,000 shoppers, and sales were up 23% over the prior year.  Our shoppers are primarily affluent women and men living or working in surrounding neighborhoods as well as tourists visiting the nearby Magnificent Mile.  Click here to see a video clip of the 2013 Artisan Market.

Event Details                                                                                                                            
Northwestern University
Lurie Center Ryan Family Atrium
303 E. Superior, Chicago
Saturday November 1, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday November 2, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Important Dates and Deadlines
Deadline for Submissions: June 15, 2014
Jury Date: late June, 2014
Notifications (sent by email): July 1, 2014
Market Dates: November 1-2, 2014

No payment is due with your application
Half Space (6’x8’)--$115
Full Small Space (10’x8’)--$165
Full Large Space (10’x10’)--$190
Electricity: $25 
A percentage of your sales goes to support SOAR programming (15% of the first $2,000, 10% of next $1,000, 5% of amount over $3,000).  SOAR is a 501(c)(3) organization.  You can read about our mission and activities at www.soarchicago.org.

Applications can be mailed or submitted online:
For more Information please email artisans@soarchicago.org

Masterpiece Sponsors

DK Condo, Wintrust/Community Advantage


In-Kind Sponsor

Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University


SOAR Preservation/Landmarks Update

One of the special things about living in Streeterville is the architectural diversity we experience every day as we walk in our neighborhood. There is a sense of belonging when we encounter familiar buildings in our daily lives. Landmarking designation provides buildings with legal protection when Chicago's Landmarks Commission (Department of Housing and Economic Development) and the City Council review any proposed alteration, demolition, or new construction. 


SOAR's responsibility for researching and recommending candidates is delegated to the Preservation/Landmark Task Force, which became pro-active in 2013 under the leadership of Shelley Gorson. Volunteer task force members are Maurice Champagne and Betty Eaton; Gail Spreen, SOAR President, is ex officio. The task force's mission statement is: To identify buildings in Streeterville with architectural or historical significance in order to advocate for their preservation as part of the urban fabric of our community.


According to CHRS (Chicago Historic Resources Survey), the Chicago Landmarks Commission and the National Register of Historic Places, Streeterville has 77 pre-1940's buildings of historical and/or architectural significance. Of more than 88,000 sites listed in the National Register, 13 are in Streeterville. Further, according to CHRS, the City of Chicago has already designated seven of these as landmark buildings; in addition, all the buildings on East Lake Shore Drive were designated as the East Lake Shore Historic District. The "CHRS Listing of E-W Streets" document and "CHRS Listing of N-S Streets" document are available on the SOAR website. Reference this post for lists of these buildings and others.


From those buildings remaining on the list--and for some Mid-Century Modern treasures--the task force is identifying candidates and developing criteria for landmarking designation. In the past year, working with representatives from Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago, and with the cooperation of Northwestern University, SOAR submitted for landmarking the three Northwestern University neo-Gothic buildings on East Chicago stretching from 303 to 357-Ward, Wieboldt and Levy Mayer. The Landmarks Commission voted to give these buildings "Preliminary Landmark" status. Watch for further details as this is a great step in their preservation.



The task force also is working with SOAR's Streeterville Neighborhood Plan Task Force to revise the original document published in 2005. They provided recommendations with regard to the historic fabric within Streeterville. The review of all historic buildings and sites listed in the plan has been completed and turned over to that group.


If you're interested in joining the task force, contact us. Experience in preservation or landmark efforts are not required!


Executive Director Search

SOAR is continuing a search to hire a full-time Executive Director for the organization.  If you know of someone who may be interested, please send them this job description and on-line application.


SOAR Appoints New Parks Task Force Chair

David Lewin has been appointed chair of the SOAR Parks Task Force. He succeeds Howard W. Melton, who resigned as chair. SOAR thanks Howard for his many years of leading the Parks Task Force.  


Lewin will be responsible for the SOAR group that monitors and participates in planning for all parks in the community, including the public parks under the jurisdiction of the Chicago Park District: Jane Addams, DuSable, Lake Shore, Ogden and Seneca; the task force also works with other committees and task forces with regard to parks in private spaces. As Chairman of the Condominium Law practice group at Querrey & Harrow, Ltd., and as a father raising children in Streeterville, he is a strong proponent of public parks and the obligation to hear from neighbors about how neighborhood parks can function in meaningful ways for those who actually use them. Lewin welcomes hearing from prospective volunteers on the committee: users of the parks, professionals with special expertise and those who are interested in learning more about the process. Contact Lewin.