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Where can you enjoy a rich, one hundred year old Chicago tradition and then take an after dinner stroll along the lakefront? Both Wrigley Field, a Chicago institution, and the Lakefront Trail, can be found within the neighborhood of Lakeview.

Home to about 94,000 residents, this established community is the perfect mix of old and new. The diverse neighborhood is perfect for those who want to be close to the center of the city, but also love some extra space. Lakeview is known for it’s close location to Lake Michigan, it’s lavish dining, excellent theater presentations, and walkability.

Located four miles north of the Loop, Lakeview can be found south of Uptown, north of Lincoln Park, and west of North Center. Roads bordering the community include Diversity Parkway, Irving Park Road, and Ravenswood Avenue. The beautiful Lake Michigan runs along the east border of Lakeview. Many residents enjoy the walkability of the neighborhood. With a walking score of 90, Lakeview is the 14th most walkable community in the city.

In total, Lakeview takes up about 3.1 square miles. Broken down within the neighborhood are sub neighborhoods. These include Boystown, Lakeview East, Wrigleyville, Belmont Harbor, East Ravenswood / Graceland Wood, Lakeview Central, and Southport Corridor. The red, brown, and purple lines are popular subway options in Lakeview. Busses that are well known include 8 Halsted, 9 Ashland, 22 Clark, and 36 Broadway.

History has recorded that the first people to live in Lakeview were Native Americans that used it as a camp and trail path. These Native Americans included the Miami, Ottawa, and the Winnebago. Later, as time went on, the lake side community was settled by immigrants from Germany, Luxembourg, and Sweden. What really made Lakeview gain attention was the part it played in the cholera outbreak in Chicago around 1849. Many sought refuge in this northern community and this set it up for being incorporated in 1857. (Source: Wikipedia)

Other historical events that led to the growth of Lakeview include the 1889 real estate boom and the establishment of Wrigley Field. About 40% of the buildings standing in the neighborhood today are a result of the 1889 real estate boom. Chicago extended the public transportation system to reach Wrigley Field, located in the Wrigleyville sub neighborhood of Lakeview. This brought many more people from the surrounding areas and made Lakeview more accessible. Along with it’s rich history, Lakeview is known for the first official gay village, Boystown. (Source: Wikipedia)

There’s always something to do in Lakeview. You can catch a Cub’s game at Wrigley Field or take in a performance in the Belmont Theater District. The biggest allure of the neighborhood can be found in its name. Its ideal location next to the lakeshore offers lots to see and do and residents take full advantage of the Lakefront Trail. Those who enjoy a variety of restaurants appreciate the range of options the neighborhood offers.

Within a one mile radius you will find over thirty theaters in Lakeview. This up-and-coming arts community is known as the Belmont Theater District. Along with larger theaters such as Briar Theater and ComedySportz Chicago, you will find smaller production houses like Emerald City’s Little Theatre, Public House Theater, and Strawdog Theater. Every single day you have the opportunity to watch one of hundreds of performances, from musicals to comedies. According to the Belmont Theater District, the myriad of restaurants and other entertainment options compliment the organization perfectly and makes for the perfect night out. The Belmont Theater District was developed in in 2014 and is the largest theater district in all of Chicago.

Home to the Chicago Yacht Club, the Belmont Harbor is the best place for those taking a walk or docking their boat. You can learn to sail or nurture your love for boating at the many different events the Yacht Club hosts. In addition to boating, you can enjoy a swift run or bike ride along the eighteen miles of paved lakefront trail. The Lakefront Trail can be assessed easily from many different areas in Lakeview and offers views of Lake Michigan on one side and beautiful cityscapes on the other. Along the trail there are also different parks, playgrounds, benches, and picnic areas.

Restaurants come in all shapes and sizes in Lakeview. Order a delicious asian meal at Joy’s Noodles or take in a burger at the famous Chicago Diner. Residents love the date atmosphere of Bar Pastoral, which serves wine and cheese, and also spend many mornings dining on crepes at La Creperie. 3157 Chicago has a creative approach to food and serves 17-20 courses over 2-3 hours! For those who would rather stick with a traditional American dish, Select Cut Steak House hits the spot.

Overall, this diverse urban village is the perfect place to live for those who want the very best of everything.

Lakeview Map

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Neighborhood Stats

Average age of Lakeview neighborhood resident.

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Average adult education levels of Lakeview neighborhood resident.

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Lake View High School
4015 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL, 60613

Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
3751 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-1858

Broadway Children’s Center
615 W. Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-1360

Jewish Council Youth Services Lakeview Family Center
957 W. Grace
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-2533

Agassiz Elementary
2851 N Seminary Ave
Chicago, IL, 60657

Hawthorne Elementary
3319 N Clifton Ave
Chicago, IL, 60657

Louis Nettelhorst Elementary School
3252 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 534-5810

Mary Meyer School
2817 N. Pine Grove Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-0870

Mount Carmel Academy
720 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-8779

Burley Elementary
1630 W Barry Ave
Chicago, IL, 60657

Hamilton Elementary
1650 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60657

Jahn Elementary
3149 N Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL, 60657

Parkview Montesorri School
640 W. Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-6122

Smart Love Preschool
800 W. Buena
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 665-8052

Blaine Elementary
1420 W Grace St
Chicago, IL, 60613

Brennemann Elementary
4251 N Clarendon Ave
Chicago, IL, 60613

Disney Elementary
4140 N Marine Dr
Chicago, IL, 60613

851 W Waveland Ave
Chicago, IL, 60613

Places of Worship

Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-1423

Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation
540 W. Melrose
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-9200

Broadway United Methodist Church
3338 N. Broadway
(773) 348-2679

Chicagoland Community Church
836 W. Aldine
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-7965

Grace Church Chicago
836 W. Aldine
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 477-7965

Lake View Presbyterian Church
716 W. Addison
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 281-2655

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
708 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-0453

Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
656 W. Barry
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-0260

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
621 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-0844

Temple Sholom of Chicago
3480 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-4707

Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
615 W. Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-0642


Kenmore Playlot Park
3141 N. Kenmore Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
(312) 742-7826

Martin Playlot Park
922 W. Fletcher St.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7826

Weisman Playlot Park
901 W. Oakdale Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7826

Margaret Donahue Park
1230 W. School Street
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM

Wendt Park
667 W. Roscoe St.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7802

Evergreen Park
631 W. Belmont Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7802

South Lakeview Playground Park
1300 W. Wolfram St.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7785

Noethling Playlot Park
2645 N. Sheffield Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7816

Kelly (John H) Park
3800 N. Seminary Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7802

Sheil Park
3505 N. Southport Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7826

Jonquil Park
1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7816

Challenger Park
1100 W. Irving Park Rd.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7802

Gill Park
825 W. Sheridan Rd.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7802

Park West Playlot Park
745 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7816

Supera Park
2522 N. Racine Ave.
Hours: 6:00 AM-11:00 PM
Phone: (312) 742-7816

Local Government

US Postal Service

3635 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 404-5542

3024 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-2875

1343 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 327-0345 2405

N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-7041


John Merlo Library
644 W. Belmont
Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 744-1139

Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
(312) 744-7616


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
836 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 739-2697

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center
2515 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 227-8800

Presence Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60657

Thorek Memorial Hospital
850 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 525-6780

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