Chicago Home Partner Featured Neighborhood – Lakeview – Chicago, IL

by Amanda on October 28, 2010

Welcome to the second installment of the “Chicago Home Partner Featured Neighborhood” blog posts!

Chicago is indeed a “city of neighborhoods” and one with incredibly diverse and rich cultural heritage. Our last entry featuring the Lincoln Park neighborhood explored many of the key elements that makes this area of Chicago one of the most sought after and popular places to live. In fact I recently discussed the opening of the new Lincoln Park Apple Store in this blog post. It truly is an amazing (and busy!) area of Chicago.

The next neighborhood that we wanted to highlight is the Lakeview area, just north of Lincoln Park. Wrigley field, proximity to Lake Michigan and great access to public transportation all make this an extremely popular area for many Chicago residents. Provided below is information on its sub-neighborhoods, some recommendations and even photos from the public Flickr photostream.

Sub Neighborhoods:

Lake View East, North Halsted, West Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Southport Corridor

Community Information:

LakeView is a North Side neighborhood bordered by West Diversey Parkway on the south, West Irving Park Road on the north, North Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and the shore of Lake Michigan on the east. The Uptown community area is to Lake View’s north, Lincoln Square to its northwest, North Center to its west and Lincoln Park to its south.

While actual territorial limits and colloquial names are not definite depending on local sources and usage, Lake View is unofficially divided into smaller neighborhood enclaves: Lakeview East, West Lakeview and Wrigleyville. Lakeview East (more commonly just Lakeview) forms the area popularly known as Boystown. It holds the distinction of comprising the first gay village to be officially recognized as such by a civic body in the United States.

Lake View is most recognized nationwide as home to Wrigley Field and its Chicago Cubs. Held on the last Sunday of each June, the Chicago Pride Parade, one of the largest gay pride parades in the nation, takes place in Lake View. Diversification and population shift have changed Lake View, with many businesses expanding northward of West Belmont Avenue. Larger businesses such as Borders, Whole Foods and World Market are moving into the neighborhood, and enclosed shopping centers such as Century Shopping Centre have been created.

During the Summer months, Lakeview (and surrounding neighborhood residents) flock to the lakefront bike path that encompasses the Western border of Lake Michigan from South Shore to Evanston. With easy entrance to the bike path via Belmont Avenue, Lakeview serves as a major spot for bikers, joggers and dog owners alike seeking access to the lake. Also, many of the homes in this area are being built with new UV Pools. This makes the summer so much fun for new home owners of this area.

Yelp Recommendations for Lakeview, Chicago Illinois –

Homes for Sale in the Lakeview Neighborhood:

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