In the late 1800s, four miles north of the city lay farmland known for the celery crops harvested there every year. As the population spread out from the city center toward this area, celery crops decreased and development on the farmland increased. In 1887, the Lakeview area was incorporated into the city of Chicago and two years later experienced a estate boom, resulting in 40 percent of the buildings still standing inthe neighborhood. Today, Lakeview is made up of a number of smaller communities branching west from Lake Shore Drive, bordered on the north by Addison and the south by Diversey.
Spread out just north of Lincoln Park, East Lakeview, the heart of the neighborhood, boasts vintage high-rises towering along the lakeshore, as well as Victorian greystones and single family homes. Furtherwest off Broadway Avenue and Halsted Street, town homes and rehabbed mid-rises,often with garden courtyards, line quiet, narrow, tree-lined streets, a pleasant retreat from all of the surrounding activity.
One of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, this hub of activity attracts a predominantly mid-20's to early 30's crowd, both for its mix of housing and seemingly endless variety of stores, restaurants, and nightlife. Locals explore trendy boutiques or vintage retail establishments, just part of Lakeview's more than 600 shops.
Restaurants range from late-night greasy-spoon diners to Mediterranean and Mexican specialty spots along Halsted and Broadway and the side streets in between. Neighbors visit at small cafes like Intelligentsia or sit outside at the local bars during the warm summer months. Nightlife is never hard to come by, whether you want to kick back at a local sports bar or celebrate all night at a trendy club. Further south along Halsted, a thriving gay community adds diversity to the city, as well as some of the best restaurants and specialty shops in the area.
For those who love the sporting life, there's a variety of ways to stay active, from jogging and biking along the lakefront to boating and fishing from one of the nearby harbors. And, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is just a short walk away. For a quick trip into the city or furthernorth, the Red, Brown and Purple lines, all make stops in Lakeview, as do numerous CTA buses.