• Vibe - A Real Community / Strollers and Brunch / Yuppie
  • Nightlife - Great
  • Dining - Excellent
  • Convenience - Great


  • Expansive dining, nightlife, and shopping options
  • Proximity to Lake Michigan
  • Authentic neighborhood and community feel


  • Longer commutes and limited access to Expressways
  • Older (but still pricey) real estate
  • Expensive parking

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Lakeview, sharing many similarities with Lincoln Park, is one of Chicago’s largest and most popular neighborhoods. Residents have quick access to expansive dining and nightlife options, the lakefront, shopping and are surrounded by tree-lined streets that give Lakeview its community feel.

Lakeview is home to recent college graduates, young couples and older families. Due to it’s large size, Lakeview houses two sub-neighborhoods, Boystown and Wrigleyville, which each have unique characteristics that stand out from Lakeview’s culture. On weekdays, public transportation options and the lakefront trail are flocked to by downtown commuters and runners respectively.

After work, Lakeview residents can hit a bucket of balls at the Diversey Bay driving range or take their furry friends to the dog beach. Weekends can be spent enjoying the plentiful dining and nightlife options Lakeview has to offer or cheering on the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Lakeview is home to many young professionals who commute to the loop, whether that's by biking, car, the bus or the El.

Close proximity to the lake and lakefront trail, makes getting an early morning run, bike or walk in before work a breeze.

After work, Lakeview residents love to be outside and engage in numerous physical activities.

Such as rock climbing at Lakeview Athletic Club, testing out their new set of clubs at the driving range, taking their boat out on Lake Michigan from Diversey Harbor, or taking their dogs on a walk and letting them frolic at the dog beach.

After a long day of work and play, Lakeview residents don’t have trouble traveling to nearby dining options, but in choosing which one to eat at.

For those of us who steer clear of meat or aren’t afraid of trying something new, The Chicago Diner specializes in vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes, including gyros, Philly cheese steak sandwiches and corn dogs!

On the other side of the spectrum, Tango Sur, an Argentinean steakhouse, serves up heaping portions of meat that would make any vegetarian faint.

When the weekend rolls around, Lakeview residents have an abundance of local thrift and resale stores, like Crossroads Trading, to window shop at.
Catching a Cubs game is as easy as buying the tickets from a scalper on the 5-20 minute walk over.

Before drinks have been ordered and questionable decisions made, late night options like Crisp, a chicken wing shop with an Asian zing, makes the walk to the bars bearable.
Lakeview’s young professional population likes to play just as hard as they work and clubs like Metro cater to the younger crowd.

Where do Lakeview residents live?

Brownstones and three-story walk-ups give Lakeview its true community feel. Besides townhouses a number of low rises line Lakeview’s more commercial streets. Additionally, a number of older high-rise buildings rise above the neighorhood's landscape.

If this sounds like your kind of neighborhood, check out the best rated buildings in Lakeview below!

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