Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is bordered by Diversey Parkway, Irving Park Road, Damen Avenue and Lake Michigan. Lakeview is a diverse neighborhood that appeals to many different people. One of the most sought-after areas of the city, it is characterized by a vast culinary landscape of cuisines and cultures, and equally plentiful shops and boutiques. This is mostly due to the housing being slightly cheaper than neighborhoods nearer to the Loop. Being only four miles from the Loop makes it a prime real estate destination.
Lakeview is comprised of multiple districts. Beginning at Lake Michigan in East Lakeview, Boystown, one of the nation’s largest and most vibrant LGBT communities, has over 600 retail stores, most of which are on Broadway and Halsted. Living in East Lakeview also allows easy access to jogging and bike trails east of Lake Shore Drive as well as beach access. Home to the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, Wrigleyville is just west of Boystown. The many bars and restaurants on Clark Street are always full, especially during baseball season, when they feed and entertain thousands of fans. The Wrigleyville section of Lakeview is bordered by Halsted, Ashland, Roscoe, and Byron. Finally, at 1400 West, is the Southport Corridor. This newest addition to Lakeview has become a hot destination spot and real estate has begun to become very sought after.
The pleasant surprise of Lakeview is that once you venture just steps from the main shopping, restaurant, and bar areas, you’ll find yourself in beautifully maintained tree-lined streets, with rows of beautiful homes and small condo buildings in all manner of architectural styles, ranging in age from over one-hundred years old to new construction. One can buy or rent an amazing home on a gorgeous street, then walk for two minutes and be in one of the city’s main shopping and nightlife districts.
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