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Just north of Lincoln Park, Chicago’s beloved Lakeview is a favorite residential neighborhood full of young professionals, families, plenty of small cafés, coffee shops, renowned restaurants, and endless things to do.
Divided into four smaller neighborhoods—Lakeview East, Lakeview West, Wrigleyville and Boystown—Lakeview was historically used as a camp and trail path for Native American tribes (the Miami, Ottawa and Winnebago) in this area of Chicago. It was settled by a man from Switzerland in 1853, and quickly became an attractive place to settle for farming families coming over from Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden. From this time onward, it was developed into a residential community with wooden plank roads, and by 1889, the success of the real estate industry made it possible to build this area up, and over 40% of Lakeview’s present day buildings were constructed during that time. Buckminster Fuller, the famous inventor, once lived on Belmont Avenue.
Today, Lakeview is the second largest of the Chicago community neighborhoods and home to approximately 95,000 residents. It is a fantastic place to call home, with plenty of residential options from single-family homes, condominiums, and apartment rentals. Lakeview is well connected to downtown Chicago and accessible by plenty of public transportation—countless bus routes, the CTA Red and Brown lines, and easy access for drivers and taxi services. Nearby Belmont Harbor is a gorgeous natural attraction in the area, where Chicagoans dock their sailboats in the summertime, and is home to the Belmont Yacht Club. There are also ample bike paths and the lakeshore path, which is part of the Chicago Marathon training route along Lake Michigan.
If you’re big into Chicago sports, in Lakeview you’re right next door to Wrigley Field, historic home of the Chicago Cubs. The Annoyance Theatre at Belmont and Clark is just one of many fantastic Chicago comedy clubs, live music plays regularly at the Vic Theater, and the historic Music Box Theatre, which opened in 1929, is known as Chicago’s “year round film festival.” A major part of the Chicago Marathon passes through Lakeview each year, and the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts is held every September. Plenty of independent shops and restaurants abound in Lakeview—up and down Belmont, Broadway, Clark, Lincoln Ave, and Halstead all offer countless opportunities for great dining and world-class entertainment.