SOARing High in Chicagoland The Streeterville Organization of Active Residents

 The Streeterville neighborhood in Chicago’s Near North Side is home to tens of thousands of Chicagoans, important  cultural, educational and medical institutions, some of the area’s greatest retail and dining, and a destination for countless visitors who come  from across the nation and around the world.  

 Bounded by the Chicago River on the south, the Magnificent Mile portion of  Michigan Avenue/State Street on the west and Lake Michigan on the north and  east, Streeterville has an active and involved community intent on preserving  the neighborhood for future generations to enjoy. The Streeterville  Organization of Active Residents—SOAR for short—is a key component of that community.  

 Enhancing Quality of Life

 Founded in 1975, SOAR is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan volunteer  organization. SOAR’s mission, according to president Bruce Corson, is to work on behalf of  Streeterville residents by preserving, promoting, and enhancing the quality of  life and community in Streeterville.  

 As a unique community organization, SOAR is committed to the kind of thorough  and thoughtful planning that will allow the community to continue its smart  growth. Streeterville residents understand, appreciate and enjoy the diversity  that comes from a mix of institutional, commercial and residential uses in  their neighborhood, Corson says. SOAR, he adds, also seeks to maintain a viable  balance among these various uses so Streeterville can continue to contribute  powerfully to Chicago’s future. Stewardship of this asset is something that SOAR takes very seriously.  

 “We're a voice for the 40,000 residents who live here,” says Corson, “and represent them when issues come up—like new construction, or major renovation projects, to name just one example.  Through our real estate committee, we’re very diligent in making sure that those new projects don’t negatively affect traffic and visibility in the community. We work to make it  the well balanced, mixed-use community that exists today.”  


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  • it's Gold Coast, then it's Gold Coast. Something I've noticed in my six years in Chicago is that most peolpe have no idea where the neighborhood boundaries are. Especially when it comes to Lakeview and Wrigleyville. And the majority of South Siders I've worked with think the North Side starts at the river, not Madison Street. That's the reason I'm such a stickler for accurate boundaries, except for when it comes to the Loop.
  • North siders are even worse about the S Side. Outside of Pilsen, Little Village, Chinatown, it is the rare N sider who ventures S of Roosevelt Rd.