Voting Begins for SOAR's Annual Beautification Walk

SOAR invites you to participate in our 2014 Virtual Beautification Walk.  We encourage you to walk the neighborhood to experience the beauty and creativity of each contestant's landscape. But if your time and schedule don't permit a visit in person, we have created a comprehensive and convenient Virtual Tour that showcases all of the 2014 Beautification Award contestants.  Click here to begin your Virtual Beautification Walk & cast your votes.

Voting continues through Friday, August 8th at 11:59 pm. Please participate in this award selection process to help SOAR encourage buildings in our neighborhood to upgrade their landscaping to make Streeterville the most beautiful neighborhood in Chicago!

Learn more about the criteria for Beautification Award selection and view past winners.


Community Meeting for Proposed Development of 451 E. Grand Ave.

SOAR and Alderman Reilly invite you to join us at a public presentation for a development proposal for the property located at 451 E. Grand Avenue on Monday, July 28th at 6:00 pm at InterContinental Hotel, 505 N. Michigan Ave, Seville Ballroom. Representatives of the Related Midwest team will present their plans and answer questions about their proposal. 
The development proposal is for a 67-story residential tower containing 400 apartment units and 100 condominium units. The proposal also includes the complete redesign and rehabilitation of the 70,000 square foot privately-owned park adjoining the site. Parking for the development will be provided underground in the existing 900-unit garage which was developed previously and intended to provide parking for this development parcel.

No reservations necessary.

Nominating Committee Now Accepting Applications for SOAR Board of Directors

Streeterville residents who are interested in being considered as a candidate to serve as a director of SOAR's Board of Directors are invited to submit an application to the nominating committee. Applicants must be SOAR members in good standing.

SOAR Board members gain interesting and important insights into how all stakeholders work together to "keep Streeterville a neighborhood." To turn these insights into policy requires participation by residents from every corner of the community (Chicago River to East Lake Shore Drive/Oak Street, and from Rush Street to Lake Michigan) who offer complementary skills and experience.

Interested Streeterville residents are asked to complete an online application and submit copy of a current resume or curriculum vitae.  

SOAR Board members are elected for one (1) or two (2) year terms at SOAR's annual meeting.



Dutchie Caray To Host "Streeterville's 7th Inning Stretch" on August 6

Chicago Icon Invites Neighbors to New Restaurant and Chicago Sports Museum

With her Water Tower Place condo house keys in hand, Dutchie Caray settles in to talk to SOAR at a window table at her new “downstairs neighbor,” Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch. Across the hall from the restaurant is the Chicago Sports Museum, an inventive and interactive homage to the past, present and future of all of the city’s beloved teams. Both opened in April, anchoring the seventh floor of the shopping mall with a total 23,000 square feet of dining and entertainment exuberance.

Dutchie was here to talk about her invitation to SOAR members and friends to “Streeterville’s 7th Inning Stretch,” celebrating an evening of family fun on Wednesday, August 6, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The event is free for SOAR members and their families; non-members must show proof of residency in ZIP 60611.

Holy Cow! It’s Dutchie Caray at the mic in the Chicago Sports Museum.

Read the full interview about Dutchie and Harry.

Click Here to RSVP for the "Streeterville 7th Inning Stretch" on August 6.


Streeterville Neighborhood Plan Draft Presented to Community At Large

On June 4, 2014, a Community Meeting was held to present an updated Streeterville Neighborhood Plan (SNP) hosted by the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.  The Plan was presented by the SOAR Streeterville Neighborhood Plan Task Force with representatives from Chicago’s Department of Transportation and Planning Department (CDOT) who provided additional perspective and insight.

The Streeterville Plan is an update to the breakthrough strategic plan launched in 2005.   Gail Spreen, President of SOAR emphasized that the SNP was in a draft stage and encouraged the 100 plus attendees to share their comments and ideas about the Plan during the meeting and also provide additional commentary and insights by going online to the Streeterville Neighborhood Plan feedback page.   

Download a preview of the SNP draft plan.