Few Chicago neighborhoods offer its residents as much as Lakeview. This north side community has tons of options for live theater and comedy, some of the city's best restaurants, exciting nightspots and sports bars, great lakeside parks and beaches, and all kinds of retail stores for one of the most diverse shopping districts in the city. And with the Cubs playing in the center of it all in Wrigleyville, Lakeview really does have it ALL!
Not only are the extracurricular activities in Lakeview top notch, but the area is also very livable and family-friendly with quiet, leafy side streets, good schools and a comparatively low crime rate. The neighborhood's many churches, parks and community organizations all add to the great mix of local amenities that make Lakeview such a sough-after place to settle down.
In its early days Lakeview was known as Lakeview Township. It was originally settled by European celery farmers who harvested the land north of Chicago and set up homesteads outside the city limits. The Township stretched from North Avenue to Devon Avenue, bordered on the west by Western Avenue with Lake Michigan forming the eastern boundary. As railroads were built, access to the area became easier and many Chicagoans traveled to the area to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Soon the migration became more about health concerns as many city residents moved northward to escape disease and unsanitary conditions. Lakeview was incorporated into the City of Chicago in 1889.
Today the neighborhood boundaries are more concentrated, running from Diversey Parkway to Irving Park Road and cutting in from Western Avenue at Belmont Avenue to Lincoln Avenue. The greater Lakeview neighborhood consists of three separate sections, which function as their own distinct communities: West Lakeview, Lakeview and Lakeview East.
Public transportation through Lakeview is readily available via bus and train. Dozens of bus routes crisscross the neighborhood and three CTA train routes run through Lakeview proper. The Red and Purple lines follow the same path (the Purple is an express rush hour train that only operates at certain times of day and makes fewer stops). You can catch the Red Line at Sheridan, Addison, Belmont, Wellington and Diversey. The Brown Line also stops at Diversey, Wellington and Belmont, but it juts west at Roscoe Street to stations at Southport, Paulina and Irving Park.
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