Culturally diverse and brimming with many of Chicago’s best-known attractions, Lakeview is an exciting neighborhood to call home. Lakeview is a destination for entertainment and leisure with a wide variety of restaurants, theaters, shops and parks all within walking distance. Wrigleyville and Boystown, smaller enclaves in the heart of Lakeview, attract a vibrant and eclectic mix of people to the area. Die-hard sports fans flock to Wrigleyville to see the Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field or catch a game at one of the area’s many sports bars. Boystown, known for its prominent gay community, hosts Chicago’s annual Pride Parade. With its inclusive atmosphere, Lakeview is a neighborhood where college students, young professionals and families can seamlessly reside and mingle. Lakeview residents who wish to escape the bustling street life are only steps away from Chicago’s Lakefront Trail, Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course and Belmont Harbour. No matter your pace, Lakeview has a wealth of real estate and entertainment options for you to enjoy.
Lakeview is located four miles north of the Chicago Loop and borders Uptown to the north, Lincoln Square to the northwest, North Center to the west, and Lincoln Park to the south. Lake Michigan borders Lakeview to the east, offering many properties views of the lake and cool summer breezes. Lakeview occupies 3.2 square miles and is the second largest populated community of Chicago.
Total population: 65,996
Source, US Census (2010)
Population Density: 35,969 per square mile
In the early 19th century, Lakeview was settled by Swedish and German immigrant farmers and Swiss-born pioneer Conrad Sulzer, after whom the Sulzer Regional Library was named. Lakeview became a getaway destination from the city after the Lake View House, a resort and hotel for Chicago’s elite, was built in 1854. The resort atmosphere attracted local investors and homebuyers to settle in the area. In 1857, Lakeview was recognized as its own township until it was annexed to the city in 1889.
In 1914, a baseball field was built that later became the famous Wrigley Field, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The baseball field attracted more Chicagoans to move into Lakeview. Some other major developments of 20th century included the building of affordable housing and apartments geared towards single adults and couples without children.
In 1998, Chicago Mayor Daley funded $3.2 million to add permanent street decorations to celebrate Lakeview’s gay community. Referred to as Boystown, this part of Lakeview is the first ever government recognized gay community.
Lakeview homes for sale range from studio condominiums to penthouses with views of Lake Michigan. Lakeview residents enjoy the convenience of having almost everything in walking distance, including grocery stores, shops, bars, festivals, and various forms of entertainment.
Lakeview apartments and rentals are as diverse as the residents and visitors to the neighborhood. Many homes are low-rise apartment buildings. In West Lakeview, many of the homes are brick buildings with hardwood floors.
East Lakeview offers many mid-rise apartments and lofts, with modern high-rise condominiums near the lake boasting beautiful views of the lake. Many of the buildings and structures have been renovated to add modern amenities to the vintage and classic style homes.
Lakeview is conveniently located near Lake Shore Drive, and about three miles from the Kennedy Expressway, which connects Indiana to Wisconsin. The City of Chicago issues residential parking permits with the annual city stickers in order to give residents in the area parking preference. For more information, visit or contact the Office of the Chicago City Clerk Parking Information.
For things beyond walking distance, public transportation is the mode of mobility most residents of Lakeview chose. The CTA operates buses and trains throughout the area and to Chicago Loop, some run for 24 hours. The CTA Red Line, CTA Purple Line, and CTA Brown Line operate numerous stops within Lakeview that travel from northern Chicago to the Chicago Loop. CTA Bus Service in Lakeview runs to Lake Michigan, Downtown Loop, or to neighboring communities.
If looking for a more affordable option than calling a cab, Zipcar offers a car-sharing service in the Lakeview area. Zipcar includes an annual membership fee as well as gas and insurance on all cars.
Lakeview area residents have numerous options when it comes to education, with eight public schools, four public magnet schools, and nine private schools.
Lake View High School first opened in 1874 and continues to serve as a main public education in the Lakeview area.
The nearest public two-year community college is Truman College, which offers affordable tuition, associate degree programs, transfer credits to a four-year university, and non-credit adult education classes.
In neighboring Lincoln Park, DePaul University offers higher education and a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees and courses of study.
Additionally, Lakeview residents have the advantage of public transportation, allowing easy access to schools in the Chicago Loop and other Chicago areas such as Columbia College, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois Chicago Campus, University of Chicago, Loyola University, and more.
Public Elementary Schools in Lakeview:
Nettelhorst Elementary School (K-8) 3252 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5810.
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy (K-8) 3319 N. Clifton Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5550.
Agassiz Elementary School (PK-8) 2851 N. Seminary, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5725.
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School (PK-8) 3149 N. Wolcott Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657 (773) 534-5500.
Joseph Brennemann Elementary School (PK-8) 4251 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5766.
James G. Blaine Elementary School (PK-8) 1420 West Grace St, Chicago, IL, 773-534-5750.
Horace Greeley Elementary School (PK-8) 832 W. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60613, 773-534-5800.
Public High Schools in Lakeview:
Lake View High School (9-12) 4015 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5440.
Private Schools in Lakeview:
Lycée Français de Chicago (private PK-12) 613 W. Bittersweet Pl, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 665-0066.
Chicago City Day School (private K-8) 541 W. Hawthorne Place, Chicago, Illinois 60657 (773) 327-0900.
Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts (private PK-8) 1439 W. Wellington Ave Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4629.
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (private 1-8) 3760 N Pine Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-1858.
Lake View Academy (private 9-12) 716 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-3065.
Park View Montessori School (private Early Childhood Education) 640 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 477-6122.
St. Andrew Lutheran School (private K-8) 1720 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 248-2500.
Saint Luke Academy (private PK-8) 1500 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 472-3837.
St. Mary of the Lake School (private PK-8) 1026 W Buena, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-0018.
Magnet Schools in Lakeview:
Walt Disney Magnet School (magnet K-8) 4140 N. Marine Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5840.
Augustus H. Burley School (magnet PK-7) 1630 W. Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5475.
Hamilton Elementary School (magnet PK-8) 1650 W. Cornelia, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5484.
Inter-American Magnet School (magnet PK-8) 851 W. Waveland, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5490.
When it comes to nightlife in Lakeview, there is always something to do. Whether you are looking for a neighborhood bar or a night of dancing, this area has a vibrant nightlife that attracts a young crowd from around the city and suburbs.
Near Addison and Clark, surrounding Wrigley Field, are numerous sports bars and pubs that fill up on game days. Worth a stop for a drink are the Dugout Bar and Grill, Murphy’s Bleachers, The Yards, and Sluggers World Class Sports Bar, All of the bars in the Wrigleyville area attract sports fans and most have large window fronts that are kept open in the summer.
Metro’s concert goers often grab after-show drinks at Smart Bar, (3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 549-0203), conveniently located right next door. Smart Bar features house and dance music with special guest DJ’s, and is open late most nights. All events are for 21 and older.
One of the biggest attractions to Boystown is Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 477-9189). The predominantly male clientele at Sidetrack enjoys multiple bars, a dance floor, and an outdoor patio in the summer. There is often a cover, but their boozy frozen drinks are worth the cash! Arrive before the 2 a.m. rush or you may wait in line.
Roscoe’s Tavern and Café (3356 N. Halsted, (773) 281-3355) has served the Boystown area for 25 years. Every night the bar hosts a different theme, ranging from karaoke to live music. Don’t hit Halsted without stopping by Roscoe’s!
Known for their annual Pre-New Year’s Eve party every December, The Closet (3325 N. Broadway, 773.477.8533) has been a staple in the Lakeview community for over 30 years. Opened, owned and operated by women, it draws a crowd on any given day. Leave your credit cards at home when visiting this 4 a.m. bar, as they only accept cash.
Another great late night club in Lakeview is Berlin (954 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4975). Located right off the CTA Belmont stop and on the same block as Clarke’s, a 24 hour diner, Berlin attracts a diverse late-night crowd of college students, dancing divas, and partiers not ready to go home after the 2 a.m. bars close in Lincoln Park.
For the die-hard sports fan, check out Will’s Northwoods Inn (3030 N. Racine, Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 528-4400). A true neighborhood bar complete with good beer and food, and weekly events like a Comedy Open Mic night and Euchre League. Will’s is known for its devotion to the Packers and Badgers, and of course, its fried cheese curds. Go for the game and come back next time for the friendly atmosphere and free popcorn.
Lakeview shopping offers a variety of styles from edgy alternative looks to the designer labels. A walk down Clark or Belmont gives any shopper a dozen unique shopping experiences.
Opened in 1971, The Alley (3228 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 883-1800) is the place to shop if you are looking for a leather jacket, new piercing jewelry, a punk rock t-shirt, or unique men’s and women’s clothing. The Alley is also great for Halloween costume shopping.
For those who want designer and trendy clothing, Urban Outfitters (2352 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614-3423 (773) 549-1711) features men’s and women’s clothing, as well as hip apartment decor.
For all things pop culture, Chicago Comics (3244 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 528-1983) is a great store for the latest comic books, graphic novels, action figures, books and more.
For the sports fan in Lakeview, Wrigleyville Sports (959 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 (630) 694-8566) has all things sports apparel for the Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears, and White Sox fan.
For the best in Lakeview theater, Briar Street Theater (3133 N Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4000) has been home to the Chicago chapter of the Blue Man Group since 1997.
The Playground Theater and iO Theater are great places to watch improv comedy in the city. Another good improv comedy experience recommended by locals is the ComedySportz Theatre, located near Belmont and Sheffield.
The Vic Theatre (3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 472-0449) serves multiple purposes in the Lakeview neighborhood. The Vic regularly features concerts from national bands that play everything from rock and jazz music to comedian stand-ups, like Jim Gaffigan. Additionally, the theater is home to the Brew & View where you can catch a new release movies for $5 and order a beer, wine, or the daily special while you are there.
The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 871-6607) is another main attraction in Lakeview. The theater was opened in 1929 and retains its classic architectural style. Music Box is also a hotspot for independent and foreign films, often featuring special showtimes for classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s or a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
For more movie screens and showtimes, the Landmark Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 509-4949) features many independent and foreign films with comfortable stadium seating.
For the music lovers in Lakeview, the Metro (3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 549-0203) is the best place to catch local and international performances of every genre. Metro has been an impromptu home to Chicago based bands Smashing Pumpkins, Alkaline Trio, Plain White T’s, Ministry, Veruca Salt, Disturbed, and Kill Hannah.
Additionally, live music can be heard at Schubas Tavern, Cubby Bear, Elbo Room, Goose Island, and Uncommon Ground. With all of these options, the Lakeview music scene is very exciting and fresh.
The Chicago Diner (3411 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 935-6696) may sound simple enough, but its slogan ‘Meat free since ‘83’, says differently. The restaurant is meat free and has many vegan options on the menu. The diner gained media attention for its Radical Reuben and was featured on TLC’s show Best Food Ever.
If searching for a good deep-dish pizza, Panino’s Pizza (3702 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 472-6200) offers carry-out or dine-in pizzas with the freshest ingredients. The restaurant has outdoor patio seating in the summer and gourmet pizza’s like the Hawaiian Punch Pizza.
Arguably the best place for a Chicago-style hot dog, Byron’s Hot Dog Haus (1017 W. Irving Park, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-7474). They have several combo meals that include fries and a drink, and if you are not in the mood for a hot dog, the menu also has homemade Italian Beef sandwiches.
El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill (3420 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 549-7020) is a great place to sit down and enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine. Of course, the margarita’s are highly recommended as they have one of the longest tequila menus in Chicago.
Clarke’s (930 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-5988) is the best 24 hour diner in the neighborhood. With breakfast served all day, this is a great place for those who want an omelet and a milkshake at 3 a.m.
Every August, Wrigleyville Summerfest takes place and features live music, food, retail shops, and a kid zone with interactive games. Similarly, Boystown annually hosts Northalsted Market Days, which has three live music stages with retail and food vendors.
For the music lovers in Lakeview, Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival is the place to be every May, featuring two days of live music. Every September, the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts is held with over 150 artists’ work displayed.
Lakeview residents get front row spots for the annual Chicago Pride Parade held on the last Sunday of June. The parade brings in more than 500,000 spectators to the Lakeview area for celebration.
The biggest park in Lakeview would have to be Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The area surrounding the field is known as Wrigleyville, with the bars and streets overcrowded with baseball fans most summer days. Wrigley Field was also the first baseball field to host the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic in 2009 with a young Chicago Blackhawks team. In the summer months, Wrigley Field is transformed into a music venue where big-name artists perform open-air for a packed stadium. From Billy Joel to Bruce Springsteen to Elton John and Paul McCartney, the names are always crowd-pleasers.
Chicago Park District maintains over 40 parks in the Lakeview area, including swimming and gym facilities at Gill Park, and mini-golf and a driving range at Diversey Driving Range. Venture outside of your comfort zone at Trapeze on the Lake, or stick with the tried and true indoor sports leagues and teams at The Center on Halsted. Other recreational activities include biking, walking, running, skating along the waterfront path at the lake, and playing a round of golf at Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.
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