Rumor has it the Lakeview area was named after the famed Lakeview Hotel dating back to 1853 when this was one of Chicago’s most affluent suburbs. Now an integral part of Chicago’s north side, Lakeview’s claim to fame these days is, without a doubt, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.
Lakeview is the second-most populated area in the city. That’s no surprise at all. It’s just a short commute up Lake Shore Drive from the heart of downtown Chicago and prides itself as one of the city’s most livable areas. Lakeview residents have easy access to two of Chicago’s greatest assets: Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park. It also happens to be rich with history and renowned architecture from the pre-war era, when bootleggers were ubiquitous and lifestyles were lavish. The details of that period are now past, but the electricity in the air remains.
Today, there’s a much wider variety of housing options in Lakeview than there was during prohibition. You can find condos in amenity-rich highrise buildings, charming vintage courtyard mid-rises, or massive Victorian-area single family homes and city mansions.
Diversey (2800N) to Irving Park (4000N), Lake Michigan to the Chicago River