With its bustling commercial districts, Wrigley Field, and an alluring lakefront park, Lakeview attracts all walks of life.
Comprised of several distinct sub-neighborhoods like Wrigleyville, Boystown, Southport Corridor, East Lakeview, and Central Lakeview, the community is a dense and vibrant playground boasting a wide variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options within walking distance (plus quiet residential respite).
With an alluring stretch of shoreline to the east and a variety of public transit options, Lakeview is one of the liveliest and most accessible neighborhoods in Chicago. Just minutes north of downtown and brimming with entertainment and outdoor recreational activities, it's also one of the most popular communities in the city.
College students, young professionals, families, and empty nesters
While it's a decidedly post-collegiate crowd, residents of all ages and backgrounds—from college students to young professionals to families to empty nesters—call Lakeview home. Students and post-college professionals reside here for more affordable rents, a quick jaunt to campus or the Loop, and ample entertainment. A stone's throw away from some of the best schools on the city’s north side, it’s also a coveted area for families. High-rise condos on Lake Shore Drive house an older crowd.
Copious entertainment options and tranquil residential appeal.
There's never a dull moment in Lakeview. While Diversey Parkway, Clark Street, Halsted Street, and Broadway Street have always maintained strong commercial strips, newer developments in the heart of Wrigleyville are drawing both younger crowds and families to newfangled bars and restaurants, movie viewings and concerts in the park, farmers markets, and other activities during the week. But just around the corner from the action, you're bound to find yourself back on a coveted serene street again.
There's something for everyone—from sports fans to foodies to theater buffs to "peace and quiet" lovers.
A mix of offbeat stores and national brands for shopping, an abundance of restaurants and bars, summer street fests and events hosted throughout the year, a thriving theater scene for everything from musicals to sketch comedy to live music, the lure of game day at Wrigley Field, and minutes away from lakefront recreation or a quiet park space make this a prime area for all walks of life.
A thriving performing arts scene and cultural attractions.
As home to the Chicago Cubs and plenty of sports bars, it's no secret the neighborhood caters to fun-loving sports fanatics, but the community also encompasses over 50 theaters packed within a one mile radius. Stand-out, off-Loop theaters and landmark venues in the Belmont Theater District offer countless opportunities for comedy, music, cinema, and performing arts for distinct, culturally-enriching experiences.
Affordable walk-ups and condos, pricier single-family homes.
Housing stock runs the gamut in style and price, making Lakeview a practical and popular choice for those who want to live in the city and enjoy roomier digs. You'll find affordable condos in vintage walk-ups, converted courtyard buildings, and new construction three flats, four-plus-ones, loft buildings, lakefront high-rises, and a variety of single-family home styles—all in one neighborhood.
Walkable, tree-lined streets and optimal access to the lake.
One can quickly go from the comforts of home on a beautiful, tree-lined street to one of the community's shopping or entertainment hubs on foot, which makes it such a desirable area to live. Locals take full advantage of the nearby stretch of lakefront, where there's a beautiful harbor, tennis courts, ball fields, golf course and driving range, dog beach, and paved recreational path for biking, running, and walking. For those who commute by car, it's also a short jaunt to Lake Shore Drive.