The Lake View neighborhood is one of the larger community areas of Chicago with nearly 100,000 residents. As noted in the name, Lake View is on the lake shore between Diversey Parkway (2800N) and Irving Park Road (4000N), bordering Lincoln Park to the south and the Uptown neighborhood to the north. Lake View runs West to Ravenswood Avenue and Roscoe Village, and it’s safe to say that the farther west you are in Lake View, the more affordable your home is.
Lake View has several sub-neighborhoods with their own unique characteristics. Along the lakefront you’ll find the higher rent apartments and luxury condos of Lakeview East. Boystown is centered around the North Halsted District of Lakeview East and is home to a good portion of Chicago’s gay and lesbian communities. West Lakeview has its own vibe among young professionals and is alternately quiet and casual to active and lively along the Southport Corridor. Wrigleyvilleabounds with nightlife and dining options and is, of course, home to the Chicago Cubs and historic Wrigley field. Diversey and Belmont Harbors are both in the Lake View neighborhood.
Housing styles are varied in Lake View – high-rises closer to the Lake, new construction and rehabbed vintage homes, 2 and 3 flats, and courtyard condominiums are among the diversity of Lake View real estate options. Lake View homes are normally well-maintained as are the yards and the public spaces. Lake View residents take pride in their property and the atmosphere reflects it.
The Lake View area is home to an assortment of art and music festivals and parades during the warmer months. And any day is a holiday with the lakefront running and bike paths, parks and beaches. When the Cubs play, the entire Lake View neighborhood comes alive in an all-day event where, despite the crowds, the mood is light and the fans are friendly. Getting around Lake View is a cinch with the CTA Red and Brown lines running through the heart of the neighborhood, as are buses, bikes and readily-available taxis.