The Prairie District is considered an historic district with good reason. It was the site of the Battle of Fort Dearborn and became the city’s most fashionable residential district after the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. It has been designated a Chicago Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
But the Prairie District is a very modern neighborhood as well. Its architecture represents every major building period in the history of Chicago, from the 1836 Greek Revival Clarke House (now a museum) to modern townhouse and condominium developments (Wikipedia).
Though many may think of the Prairie District as being only a few blocks, the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance defines the primary boundaries as Roosevelt Road on the north, the Stevenson Expressway on the south, Lake Shore Drive on the east and Michigan Avenue on the west. Given the recent announcement of a new micro-community in the vicinity of McCormick Place, we’ve adjusted the southern boundary to 21st Street to accommodate the proposed northern boundary of McCormick Square.
Within the Prairie District’s boundaries you’ll find not just the quiet, tree-lined streets around Prairie and Indiana Avenues, but also Central Station and Museum Park and the South Michigan Avenue residential and retail corridor.