Lakeview, Chicago Real Estate
Lakeview is both a neighborhood in its own right, and a larger community area composed of both Lakeview and Wrigleyville. Lakeview is in the 60613 and 60657 ZIP codes and is one of the most vibrant communities in Chicago, and home to the Boystown district – the first officially recognized gay village in the US. The Lakeview real estate market is predominantly composed of mid-rise apartments, although it is possible to find a fine selection of single-family houses and townhomes as well.
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Housing Types in Chicago's Lakeview Real Estate Market
Lakeview features a large number of apartment buildings, usually low to midrise construction. Off the main streets, however, the character changes to one of vintage-exterior rehabbed condos, townhouses, and a few high-rises. One characteristic of properties in Lakeview is the use of every inch of the lot, creating a continuity and sense of unity in the streetscape. Homes in Lakeview range between $149,000 and about $1.6 million.
Lakeview East is where you will find luxury condos, upscale mid-rise apartments, and stylish lofts. Buyers who are interested in luxury living close to some of Lakeview's main shopping districts should explore this area of town. These condos can range widely in size. Whether you are searching for a cozy apartment for one or you have a large family, there are plenty of options available in the Lakeview real estate market. Some of the condo units exceed 2,000 square feet. These can be every bit as comfortable as a full-sized house.
The Lakeview community area includes the Boystown, Lakeview East, North Halsted, West Lakeview, and Wrigleyville neighborhoods.
Wrigleyville is best known for the renowned Wrigley Field. This historic baseball stadium is, of course, home to the Chicago Cubs, who snapped a 108-year championship drought by winning the 2016 World Series!
Boystown is one of Chicago's hippest neighborhoods. The community is known for its LGBTQ+ community, independent boutiques, theater, restaurants, and historic architecture.
Lakeview East is also where you will find the historic district in the area. A number of historic churches can be found throughout the neighborhood.
North Halsted underwent a multi-million dollar restoration project in the late 1990s that revitalized their commercial area. This area is well known for its flamboyant gay pride. Rainbow pylon landmarks line the North Halsted Street Corridor. The Legacy Project, which began in 2012, commemorates important milestones in LGBTQ+ history throughout the community. Dozens of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs add to a vibrant nightlife.
West Lakeview is a quiet, relaxed community that has long been popular among young adults and families. The area has a number of casual dining spots and local amenities. The area is bounded by West Belmont Avenue to the south, North Southport Avenue to the east, West Addison Street to the north, and North Ravenswood Avenue to the west.
Lakeview was first settled by the Miami, Ottawa, and Winnebago Native American tribes, not seeing European settlement until 1837. By 1857, Lakeview was an independent township, and popular resort. Lakeview was once one of the largest celery producing areas in the country. Lakeview has been home to several notable residents, from silent film star Charlie Chaplin to inventor Buckminster Fuller.
The Sheridan Station Corridor used to be a popular place to go if you are looking for a bite to eat with friends. Many locals affectionately called the area “Restaurant Row” because of the numerous eateries that once populated the area. Today, this community is the site of new construction. A number of major developments are underway. Tall, modern, condo buildings will be replacing a series of one-story brick buildings. An eight-story building at 3928 North Sheridan Road being developed by Loukas Development is anticipated to have 54 residential units. An old pool hall is being transformed into a seven-story complex that will include 120 apartments. Many of the old, tired buildings in the community are being transformed into spaces that blend residential and commercial spaces. As new life is breathed into this community, the area’s popularity is sure to increase.
Events, Activities, Lifestyle, and Dining Options In Lakeview
One of the biggest attractions in Lakeview is Wrigley Field, the landmark home of the Chicago Cubs. Baseball fans will love being close to this iconic field. Many of the houses and apartment buildings near Wrigley Field have bleachers on the rooftops where residents of the building can watch games from afar with friends. Throughout the Wrigleyville area, residents will find many sports-themed bars and restaurants that honor the nearby field.
Lakeview is defined by the similarity of the neighborhoods it contains. The restaurants tend towards the classy, like Chicago Diner, a longtime vegetarian favorite, Tango Sur, an Argentinian steakhouse, or Peruvian cuisine standout Machu Picchu.
Nightlife in Lakeview is alive with clubs, bars, and an upbeat vibe. Popular destinations include the Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club, Roscoe's, and the oddly literary themed Wilde Bar & Restaurant.
Lakeview Neighborhood Culture, Shopping, and Lifestyle
On Lakeview's cultural scene, there is a preferences for live theater and music. The Vic is a longtime favorite concert venue, and has hosted many popular bands. Theater is big too, with the Athenaeum Theater, The Music Box, and many others.
Lakeview also offers exceptional shopping, with both boutiques and chain stores. There is a strong recycling and vintage/used theme in Lakeview, with popular shops like Beatnix vintage clothing, Bookman’s Corner used book shop, and Belmont Army.
The cultural scene in Lakeview is fairly homogenized across all of the various neighborhoods – there is a marked preference for fun nightlife, Chicago’s Off-Loop theater scene, and socially aware shopping. Walking or biking is a must, as the streets can be congested, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. That is a year-round thing, with the social life not pausing a bit for Chicago's winters.
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