Welcome to Lakeview
Lakeview is Chicago’s largest residential area by population, and it contains several smaller enclaves with their own distinct cultural identities. Thanks to being somewhat more affordable than nearby Lincoln Park, the area tends to draw a slightly younger and more social crowd who appreciate the variety of great experiences living in the area offers. Whether you’re a Cubs fan who wants to live within walking distance of the famous Wrigley Field or a lover of the outdoors who wants to be able to take a short jog to reach the expanse of Lake Michigan, you can find varied and stylish living options that cater to a variety of needs.
What to Love
A great variety of housing types and styles
A more affordable option
Great access to Lake Michigan and surrounding parks/trails
Conveniently located near Wrigley Field
Great level of diversity, including a thriving LGBT+ community
People & Lifestyle
Lakeview is a large, diverse part of the city that is especially popular with young professionals and students. The sheer variety of major institutions in the area lends itself to being a melting pot, from the Cubs fans drawn to Wrigley Field to the artists and performers you’ll find in the Belmont Theatre District. This is a great place to call home if you want easy access to a little bit of everything and appreciate taking a casual stroll by the lake one day and enjoying a vibrant nightlife scene the next. There’s something for everyone here, and it won’t take long to find a Lakeview neighborhood that feels like the right fit for you.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Lakeview has a seemingly limitless amount of restaurants, with tons of international cuisine and experimental menus alongside restaurants serving classic Chicago dishes. Murphy’s Bleachers, located right next to Wrigley Field, is a popular spot to gather, celebrate, and share a few drinks with other fans on game days. Its outdoor space makes it the perfect place to enjoy a cold beer on summer afternoons. You can also enjoy gourmet Argentinian fare at the always popular Tango Sur or classic Italian favorites in a casual setting at Mia Francesca.
The shopping scene in Lake View is known for its celebration of unique local finds and vintage flair. The areas around Belmont Avenue and Lincoln Avenue are great spots to find all kinds of boutiques, and some of the best shops include Heritage Bicycles, where you can buy a bike handcrafted by experts right in Chicago, and Unabridged Bookstore, an LGBTQ+ bookshop that has been an integral piece of the fabric of the neighborhood for decades. A must-see shopping destination for music lovers is the Chicago Music Exchange, where you’ll find musical instruments and equipment for sale alongside a museum-like showroom of unique pieces.
Things to Do
Wrigley Field is perhaps the area’s most famous destination, and Cubs games are a major city-wide event during baseball season. They’re a great source of entertainment for all ages, whether you want to get a ticket for yourself or simply head to a sports bar to enjoy the game in a laid-back atmosphere.
There are also many exciting events in the area that draw both local crowds and visitors from across the nation. Lakeview also contains Boystown, a historic LGBT+ neighborhood within Chicago that acts as the site of the annual Gay Pride Parade and the Market Days Festival. Market Days is the largest street festival in the Midwest and features major performers, excellent vendors, and an unbeatable atmosphere of inclusion and celebration. Retro on Roscoe is a three-day event in the Roscoe Village neighborhood that features live music, an antique car show, and games and crafts.