Lakeview is a lively and multi-faceted waterfront community area just 6 miles north of the Chicago Loop. Its borders include West Irving Park Road on the north, West Diversey Parkway on the south, North Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east. Adjacent to the south is the well-known Lincoln Park neighborhood.
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The Lakeview area enjoyed independent growth and urban development relatively early compared to “younger” downtown Chicago communities like River North and the West Loop. Incorporated as a township in 1857, it made a name for itself as a celery-growing agricultural capital.
From 1870 to 1887, the area saw the number of residents grow from 2,000 to 45,000. The township was absorbed by the city of Chicago in 1889 to accommodate the dramatic spike in population. Real estate boomed at the time, forming one of the Windy City’s largest and most diverse community areas today.
From thriving commercial districts to a local community that celebrates diversity and a wide and varied selection of exceptional real estate options – one thing’s for sure in Lakeview: there is always something for everyone here.
Lakeview, Chicago Real Estate
Homes for sale in Lakeview Chicago, include some of the more affordable luxury properties one can find in the Near North Side. Buyers here are in for great deals that let them enjoy the best of upscale, urban neighborhood life while still staying in close proximity to the central business district of the Loop.
The Lakeview area, in general, is commonly divided into Lakeview East and West Lakeview. The former features well-known and sought-after enclaves such as:
- Sheridan Station Corridor
- Southport Corridor
Living in Lakeview
A vibrant local culture is one of the Lakeview area’s main draws. Here are some highlights:
Education in Lakeview is covered by the CPS district, particularly through Lake View High School, Lincoln Park High School, and seven K-8 schools. The Inter-American Magnet School and Hawthorne Scholastic Academy are magnet schools in Lakeview that also operate under the CPS banner. Just click on any property you like to see nearby schools and their ratings.
The shopping experience in Lakeview is as colorful and exciting as its local community. Get hand-written staff recommendations at Unabridged Bookstore. Embrace your inner trendsetter at the Krista K Boutique. Discover hard-to-find vinyls at the local Reckless Records or dig through the expansive, antique-worthy inventory of the Chicago Music Exchange.
Lakeview locals are spoiled for choice with the wide range of dining hotspots around this neighborhood. For starters, check out Lucky’s Sandwich Company, whose hearty three-sandwich challenge has starred in TV’s Man vs Food. Then, surprise yourself with the impressive diner-styled vegetarian fare at the Chicago Diner. Up for a few drinks? Dive bars and breweries like the Burnt Brewing Company and DryHop feature a range of creative concoctions.
- Attractions and activities
Arts and culture abound in Lakeview, with the Belmont Theater District – a collection of more than 30 performance venues – creating a distinctive focal point for high-profile and independent theatrical, dance, and comedy productions. Wrigley Field, the home field of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs, is also located here. Outdoor and lakefront activities abound in a portion of the 1,200-acre Lincoln Park that extends into Lakeview territory.
For more information for luxury real estate in the Lakeview neighborhood, get in touch with the Walker Real Estate Group. Call me, Carla Walker, at 312.342.0078 or 312-264-1236, or send your inquiries through email at cwalker(at)koenigrubloff(dotted)com.