About Goose Island
Goose Island may be better known as a brand of beer than a neighborhood. But times are changing in this former industrial corridor.
The land that became the present-day 160-acre Goose Island lies on a bend in the Chicago River between North Avenue on the north and Chicago Avenue on the south.
Named for the flocks of geese that once inhabited the area, the island has had several lives from industrial center to deserted island; business center and now upscale neighborhood along the Chicago River.
Goose Island is another of Chicago’s Cinderella stories as it follows in the footsteps of former industrial areas turned upscale communities including River North and Fulton Market.
Industrial buildings have been adapted and repurposed to meet the needs of modern businesses and their office workers. Wrigley’s Global Innovation Center is located here along with several other businesses.
Several adaptive reuse projects are bringing tech companies and others into the industrial corridor along with employees who call it home.
Goose Island is not all work and no play. Surrounded by the Chicago River, the neighborhood offers a desirable recreational area and a diverse mix of homes including upscale condominiums, lofts and single-family homes.
Goose Island residents enjoy easy access to the Loop and beyond with plenty of public transportation options including CTA L lines and Metra as well as the Kennedy Expressway and Lake Shore Drive.
Chicago Public Schools’ district 299 serves the community. Area high school students attend Ogden International High School, Wells Community Academy or Noble Street College Prep.