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Welcome home to Lakeview

As a former resident of Lakeview, I can attest how centrally located Lakeview is and allowed me to get everywhere on the northside of Chicago within minutes. Proximity to transportation such as the Brown Line EL, walkability to conveniences like top notch boutiques on the Southport Corridor, and accessibility to the shoreline of the Lake at Diversey and Belmont of course the intersection at Clark and Addison (Wrigley Field). The diverse housing stock that makes up Lakeview is an architect’s dream. Various home styles include vintage pre-war built condo buildings, mid-century modern, converted industrial buildings to loft homes, Greystone single family homes, multi-unit condo properties, hi-rises, low rises and luxury single family residences too.


Fun Facts

1. It took over one hundred years, but the Chicago Cubs finally reached the pinnacle of success when they won MLB’s Championship Trophy in 2016. As everyone knows, the Cubs play at The Friendly Confines, AKA Wrigley Field.

2. Gallagher way is a year-round entertainment destination adjacent to Wrigley Field that offers family, friends and neighbors a place to enjoy the Wrigleyville experience. Movies, concerts, ice skating, curling, ice bumper cars and Chriskindlmarket around the holiday season.

3. Located on Sheffield Avenue in the heart of Lakeview, The Vic theater was built in 1912 as a vaudeville theater. Inside this ornate building are Italian marble floors, staircases and intricate wall sculptures. An intimate theater that has a capacity of 1000 you can be assured that the acoustics are nearly perfect. Musical groups such as the Lumineers, Phish, They Might Be Giants, Paul Simon, Cheap Trick, Blues Traveler, and Tom Petty have all played there.


Fitness and Outdoor Recreation

1. Lakeview Athletic Club is located in Lakeview East at 3212 N Broadway Avenue. It is consistently named one of the best gyms in the city offering a tall indoor rock climbing wall, indoor swimming pool, several group classes including yoga, spin, cross training, pilates & plenty of workout space for cardio and weight training.

2.The Sydney R Marovitz Golf Course is a scenic 9-hole public golf course that rests right along the lakefront between Addison and Irving Park and is super inexpensive. Can you say 27 bucks on the weekend and 18 bucks for kids & seniors.

3. Value seekers, especially peeps with kids. The Lakeview YMCA is a great place for families with kids who want to go to do arts and crafts, learn how to swim, and go to camp.


Best Spots to Take Your Instagram Selfies

1. All around Wrigley Field you can cozy up to bronzed statues of Harry Carey, Ron Santo and Billy Williams plus don’t forget the neon glow at night of the Wrigley Field Sign.

2. The Greenbriar and Commodore are old vintage condo buildings that are right off Surf and Broadway. Rumor has it Al Capone used to travel underground between these buildings to evade the police.

3. Intricate Terra Cotta is fashioned to Landmark Century Cinema on Clark just north of Diversey. See your favorite film and take a selfie in front.



1. Mia Francesca on Clark Street has been an Italian restaurant mainstay in East Lakeview for over 25 years. With its casual open concept feel and high ceilings visitors sit closely together drinking Chianti and eating a variety of fresh pasta dishes, salads and other delicious options.

2. According to the Michelin guide, The Gundi’s is a simple, sleek spot with weathered wood floors, exposed brick, and pendant lights. Kurdish vegetarian, vegan and Gluten-Free options include Zaza Pasta Shrimp and Goat Cheese, or Mezopotamia-Rosemary Lamb rice and roasted veggies.

3. Under the “EL” on Roscoe, Penny’s Noodle Shop is the original Thai/Vietnamese Noodle Shop in Lakeview. Pad Thai, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Vegetable Noodle Soup, and Pad See Ew are all homemade. Just a handful of tables in this mini restaurant.


Fun with Kids

1. Located in the heart of the Southport Corridor, Sheil Park features a fieldhouse building for basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, drama, arts and crafts, yoga and more. Take a break and stop at the playground right outside the fieldhouse as you shop the street.

2. Built in 1929, the Music Box Theater on Southport shows an array of sing-along movies throughout the year like the Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and other Christmas movie sing-along songs.

3. Wiggly Field Dog Park on Sheffield Avenue is a fenced in area where you can bring your dog and let them off leash to play. K-9’s have their own drinking fountain too.


Nightlife and Culture

1. Legendary blue people also known as the Blue Man Group have been performing at the Briar Street Theater on Halsted since 1985. 36 years later, it’s is still going strong.

2. Get your best show tunes on during musical Mondays at Sidetrack on Halsted in the North Halsted Neighborhood.

3. A fixture for 80 years, Murphy’s Bleachers in Wrigleyville has been selling beer and hotdogs by the truckload. Murphy’s also offers a regular trivia night.


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