Lakeview, also spelled Lake View, is one of the 77 community areas of Chicago, Illinois, in the city’s North Side. It is 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 Lakeview’s north, Lincoln Square to its northwest, North Center to its west, and Lincoln Park to its south. The 2020 population of Lakeview was 103,050 residents, making it the second-largest of the Chicago community areas by population.
Lakeview includes smaller neighborhood enclaves: Sheridan Station Corridor, Northhalsted, Southport Corridor, Wrigleyville, and Wrigley Plaza. Boystown, famous for its large LGBT population, holds the pride parade each June. Wrigleyville is another popular district. It surrounds Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. Lakeview is home to the Belmont Theater District showcasing over 30 theaters and live performance venues located near the Belmont “L” station. In 2013, Money Magazine named Lakeview as number 3 of its top 10 Big-city neighborhoods for its selection of Best Places to Live.
Lakeview was used as a camp and trail path for the Miami, Ottawa, and Winnebago Native American tribes. In 1837, Conrad Sulzer of Winterthur, Zürich, Switzerland, became the first known European settler to live in the area. In 1853, one of the first permanent structures was built by James Rees and Elisha Hundley on the corner where present-day West Byron Street (or West Sheridan Road) meets North Lake Shore Drive and was called the Hotel Lakeview, named for the hotel’s unobstructed view of the shore of Lake Michigan. It gained what was characterized as a resort atmosphere. Pest Control Chicago
Lakeview’s laidback atmosphere and picture-perfect shoreline make it a favorite hangout among locals. And spots like lively Wrigleyville and the Belmont Theater District make it a major entertainment hub, too. Anchored by a beautiful stretch of shoreline to the east, Lakeview melds several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Boystown, and Wrigleyville. Each spot has its unique character, but they’re all pulled together by Lakeview’s casual, welcoming feel. Hit the bustling shopping districts along Broadway in East Lakeview, along Belmont near Boystown, and the bustling Southport Corridor for local boutiques, record shops, and vintage treasure hunting.
Restaurants and Pubs
- Golden Apple Grill & Breakfast is located at 2971 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
- Farm Bar is located at 1300 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL
- Full Shilling Public House is located at 3724 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
- Harrigan’s is located at 2816 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL
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