Chicago’s Central Area has undergone transformational changes over the last 40 years as the region’s commercial core has added thousands of new homes, high-rise university campuses, and regional recreational attractions. The central city is booming, attracting new residents, new businesses and thousands of new jobs. It is by far the biggest and most powerful economic driver of the city and the region.
Today, the 131,000 central-city residents are a diverse mix of homeowners, high-rise renters, college students, families and empty nesters. Their presence has helped fuel massive reinvestment in the central city, from transit infrastructure to the lakefront park system, where the wildly successful Millennium Park is getting three new neighbors: Maggie Daley Park with its ice-skating ribbon and enormous playground, a new skateboard park in Grant Park, and peaceful natural habitats on Northerly Island. [Excerpted from Summary of Assets]