Lakeview / Wrigleyville
Lakeview is one of Chicago’s most exciting and sought out neighborhood. The area of Lakeview is best known for Wrigleyville and Boystown which holds the Annual Pride Parade. Many of the residents of Lakeview are young and college age due to the major attraction of music, theater, and arts in the area.
People in Lakeview are friendly and open-minded and keep the area safe by forming community organizations. Homes in Lakeview capture a vintage city look while being renovated to provide amenities and maintains a very dog-friendly attitude. Living in Lakeview is not exclusive to upper classes and has a variety of housing options that are affordable to college students and young aspiring artists.
Easy access to public transportation makes Lakeview a great place to live while having access to the entire city of Chicago even though many of Chicago attractions are already located in Lakeview. Within the Lakeview community, walking is a great mode of transportation. Everything a person could need to visit in a day is within walking distance in most areas of Lakeview.
Theater is an important part of the community, and many improv shows are home to the Lakeview theaters.
Also important to the residents of Lakeview is the festivals featured each summer. Between Market Days, Pride Parade, Music Festivals, and Art Fests, Lakeview festivals are an important attraction to the community.
Lakeview attracts a diverse group of people from all over the state and country. Lakeview restaurants are unique and offer variety; national musicians come to the Northside of Chicago to play at Lakeview music venues; the neighborhood also attracts huge baseball fans as it is the home of the Chicago Cubs.
While Lakeview is a center for entertainment, it does not lack in education. The schools in Lakeview are safe and provide numerous options for private or public education. Many school programs are geared towards arts and literature making Lakeview a great place to raise a family while remaining at the center of Chicago culture and art.
Lakeview is located four miles north of the Chicago Loop and borders other Chicago neighborhoods like Uptown (north), Lincoln Square (northwest), North Center (west), and Lincoln Park (south). Lakeview is also designated by the city as Community Area 6.
The boundary east of Lakeview is Lake Michigan giving some Lakeview properties a view of the lake and often times a cool summer breeze.
Lakeview is often divided into smaller areas known as Wrigleyville, Lakeview East, North Halsted, and West Lakeview. But the whole community of Lakeview occupies 3.2 square miles and is the second largest populated community of Chicago.
Population for zip code 60657 (2010)
Native American: 0.1%
Pacific Islander: 0.0%
Source, US Census
Population Density 35,969 people per square mile
The Wrigleyville area of Lakeview is the setting for the TBS Television show My Boys about a female sports writer who lives and works in Lakeview.
A little known fact about Lakeview is that it was originally its own municipality and a suburb of Chicago until it was annexed to the city in 1889.
The Lakeview area was first settled by Conrad Sulver and farmers from Sweden and Germany whose main crop was celery. In 1854, the Lake View House was built on Michigan Avenue. The house became a resort for Chicago residents wanting to leave the city for vacation or a resting place for potential land buyers.
A baseball field was built in 1914 and later renamed Wrigley Field and became home to the Chicago Cubs in 1914. Other developments in the area included affordable housing and apartment buildings geared toward single adults and couples without children.
In 1998, Chicago Mayor Daley funded a 3.2 million dollar restoration to add official street decorations to celebrate gay pride in the area. Referred to as Boystown, this part of Lakeview is the first ever government recognized gay community.
Median value of homes in Lakeview is $375,000. Lakeview homes for sale range in price from $42,000 studio condos to $5,000,000 penthouses with views of Lake Michigan. Many residents in Lakeview chose to rent their homes. Apartments in Lakeview can range in price from $500 a month to $5,000 a month.
The biggest attraction that brings people to Lakeview is convenience of having almost everything needed in walking distance, including grocery stores, shops, bars, festivals, and various forms of entertainment and diversity.
Lakeview apartments and rentals are as diverse as the residents and visitors to the neighborhood. Many homes are low-rise apartment buildings. In West Lakeview, many of the homes are more affordable brick buildings with hardwood floors.
East Lakeview offers many mid-rise apartments and lofts and modern high-rise condos near the lake and feature a beautiful view of the lake and running paths along the lake. 43% of homes in Lakeview were built before 1939. Many of the buildings and structures have been renovated to give modern amenities to the vintage and classic style of big city living.
Traffic and parking in the area can be difficult given the density of people in such a small area. Lakeview is about two miles west from US highway 41 (Lake Shore Drive) and about three miles from the Kennedy Expressway which connects Indiana to Wisconsin.
If considering moving to Lakeview, one thing to keep in mind is that parking conditions can change drastically during the Chicago Cubs season.
Because Lakeview attracts so many visitors to the area, the City of Chicago issues residential parking permits with the annual city stickers in order to give residents in the area parking preference. For more information, visit or contact the Office of the Chicago City Clerk Parking Information.
A big perk to living in the Lakeview area is how walkable the neighborhood is for most residents. Walk Score rates the Lakeview area 98% walkable.
For things beyond walking distance, public transportation is the mode of mobility most residents of Lakeview chose. The CTA operates buses and trains throughout the area and to Chicago Loop, some run for 24 hours.
The CTA Red Line, CTA Purple Line, and CTA Brown Line operate numerous stops within Lakeview that travel from northern Chicago to the Chicago Loop. CTA Bus Service in Lakeview runs to the Lake Michigan, Downtown Loop, or to neighboring communities.
Many cab companies operate services in the Lakeview area including Yellow Cab Company. The area is so popular that cabs are easy to hail on most days and always easy to find on weekends.
If looking for a more affordable option than calling a cab, Zipcar offers an affordable car-sharing service in the Lakeview area. I-GO Car offers the same service and allows you to pay using your CTA Chicago Fare Card. Both companies include an annual membership fee, cost about seven dollars an hour, and include gas and insurance on all cars.
Lakeview area residents have numerous options when it comes to education with eight public schools, four public magnet school, and nine private schools.
Lake View High School first opened in 1874 and continues to serve as a main mode of public education in the Lakeview area. Dubbed one of the most innovative schools in the United States by Microsoft for their 2012-2013 list of mentor schools, Lakeview High School is on the rise with recognition due to its STEM designation and partnership with Microsoft and Depaul University .
The nearest public two-year community college is Truman College which offers affordable tuition and associate degree programs or transfer credits to a four-year university as well as noncredit adult education classes.
In neighboring Lincoln Park, DePaul University offers higher education and number undergraduate and graduate degrees courses of study.
Additionally, Lakeview residents have the advantage of public transportation, allowing easy access to schools in the Chicago Loop and other Chicago areas such as Columbia College, Roosevelt University, University of Illinois Chicago Campus, University of Chicago, Loyola University, and more.
Nettelhorst Elementary School (K-8) 3252 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5810.
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy (K-8) 3319 N. Cliffton Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5550.
Lake View High School (9-12) 4015 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5440.
Lycée Français de Chicago (private PK-12) 613 W. Bittersweet Place, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 665-0066.
Agassiz Elementary School (PK-8) 2851 N. Seminary, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5725.
Walt Disney Magnet School (magnet K-8) 4140 N. Marine Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5840.
Augustus H. Burley School (magnet PK-7) 1630 W. Barry Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5475.
Chicago City Day School (private K-8) 541 W. Hawthorne Place, Chicago, Illinois 60657 (773) 327-0900
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School (PK-8) 3149 N. Wolcott Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657 (773) 534-5500
Joseph Brenneman Elementary School (PK-8) 4251 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5766
Alphonsus Academy & Center for the Arts (private PK-8) 1439 W. Wellington Ave Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4629.
James G. Blaine Elementary School (PK-8) 1420 West Grace St, Chicago, IL, 773-534-5750.
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (private 1-8) 3760 N Pine Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-1858.
Horace Greeley Elementary School (PK-8) 832 W. Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60613, 773-534-5800.
Hamilton Elementary School (magnet PK-8) 1650 W. Cornelia, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 534-5484.
Inter-American Magnet School (magnet PK-8) 851 W. Waveland, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 534-5490.
Lake View Academy (private 9-12) 716 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-3065.
Parkview Montessori School (private Early Childhood Education) 640 W. Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 477-6122.
Saint Andrews School (private K-8) 1720 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 248-2500.
St Luke Academy (private PK-8) 1500 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 472-3837.
St. Mary of the Lake School (private PK-8) 1026 W Buena, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-0018.
When it comes to nightlife in Lakeview, there is always something to do. Whether you are looking for a Lakeview bar or a night of dancing, this area has a vibrant nightlife that attracts a young crowd from other neighborhoods in the city and suburbs.
Many of the bars and pubs in Lakeview are relaxed and casual and dog-friendly. Bars like Ten Cat Tavern, Cody's Public House, Finley Dunne's Tavern, Fizz Bar and Grill, and Jakes Pub are but a few of the establishments in Lakeview that either allow dogs on certain days on the patio or all week.
One of the biggest attractions to Boystown for the LGBT community is Sidetrack. The predominately male clientele at Sidetrack enjoys multiple bars, a dance floor, and an outdoor patio in the summer. There is often a cover, but their boozy frozen drinks are worth the cash! Arrive before the 2am rush or you may wait in line. 4am bar. 5am on Saturday. 3349 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 477-9189.
Roscoe’s Tavern and Café at 3356 N. Halsted, (773) 281-3355 has served the Boystown area for 25 years. People go to dance and drink and stay for the neighborhood feel, where no one is a stranger. Every night the bar hosts a different theme, ranging from Karaoke to live music to Live Band Karaoke. Don’t hit Halsted without stopping by Roscoe’s.
Known for their annual Pre-New Year’s Eve party every December, The Closet at 3325 N. Broadway, 773.477.8533, has been a staple in the Lakeview community for over 30 years. Opened, owned, and operated by women, it draws a decent lesbian crowd on any given day, as well as a mob of mixed after-2AMers. Leave your credit cards at home when visiting this 4am bar, as they only accept cash.
Next door to the Metro on Clark Street is Smart Bar, which features house and dance music with special guest DJ’s, and in the beginning years, an unknown Trent Reznor. Smart Bar is open late til 4am most nights and til 5am on Saturday nights. All events are for 21 and older. 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 549-0203.
Another great late night club in Lakeview is Berlin. Located right off the CTA Belmont stop and on the same block as Clarke’s, a 24 hour diner, Berlin attracts an extremely diverse late night crowd of college students, Boystown crowd, hard-core dancers, and partiers not ready to go home after the 2am bars close in Lincoln Park. 4am bar. 5am on Saturday. 954 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4975.
For the die-hard sports fan, check out Will’s Northwoods Inn at 3030 N. Racine, Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 528-4400. A true neighborhood bar complete with good beer, good food, and weekly events like Comedy Open Mic and Euchere League, Will’s is known for its devotion to the Packers and Badgers and its fried cheese curds. Go for the game and come back next time for the friendly atmosphere and free popcorn.
Near Addison and Clark, surrounding Wrigley Field, are numerous sports bars and pubs that fill up on game days. Worth a stop for a drink are the Dugout Bar and Grill, Murphy’s Bleachers, The Yard, and Sluggers World Class Sports Bar, All of the bars in the Wrigleyville area attract sports fans and most have large window fronts that are kept open in the summer.
Lakeview shopping features a variety of styles from edgy alternative looks to the designer labels some shoppers cannot resist. A walk down Clark and Belmont gives any shopper a dozen unique shopping experiences as these shops are often one of a kind. Shopping in Lakeview also attracts many people to the area.
Opened in 1971, The Alley is the place to shop in the Belmont area whether you are looking for a leather jacket, new piercing jewelry, a punk rock t-shirt, or unique men’s and women’s clothing. The Alley is great for Halloween costume shopping and even features a room dedicated to men’s and women’s shoes. 3228 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 883-1800.
For those who want designer and trendy clothing, Urban Outfitters features men and women’s clothing as well as hip apartment decor. 2352 North Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614-3423 (773) 549-1711.
If in the Belmont area and shopping on a budget, check out Something Old Something New. They carry name brand clothing and shoes for men and women are ridiculously cheap and affordable prices. 1056 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago IL 60657 (773) 929-7920.
For all things pop culture, Chicago Comics is a great store for the latest comic books, graphic novels, action figures, books, and basically something to interest everyone. 3244 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 528-1983.
For the sports fan in Lakeview, Wrigleyville Sports has all things sports apparel for the Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears, and even the White Sox fan. 959 W. Addison, Chicago, IL 60613 (630) 694-8566.
For the best in Lakeview theater, Briar Street Theater has been home to the Chicago chapter of the Blue Man Group since 1997. 3133 N Halstead, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-4000.
Comedy improv in Lakeview is featured at two theaters, The Playground Theater and iO Theater. Another good improv comedy experience recommended by locals is the ComedySportz Theatre located near Belmont and Sheffield and the CTA El Belmont stop.
The Vic Theatre located on Sheffield serves multiple purposes in the Lakeview neighborhood. Vic regularly features concerts from national bands that play everything from rock and jazz music to comedian stand-ups like Jim Gaffigan. Additionally, the theater is home to the Brew & View where you can catch a new release movies for $5 and order a beer or wine or the daily special. 3145 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 472-0449.
The Music Box Theatre is another main attraction to residents in Lakeview. The theater was opened in 1929 and retains its classic architectural style. Music Box is also a hot spot for independent and foreign films and will often feature special showtime for classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany’s or a midnight show of Rocky Horror Picture Show. 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 871-6607
For more movie screens and more showtimes, the Landmark Century Centre Cinema also features many independent and foreign films and comfortable stadium seating. The theater is located in the southern part of Lakeview on Clark Street just north of Diversey Parkway. 2828 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 509-4949.
For the music lovers in Lakeview, the Metro is the best place to catch local and international performances for every genre including rock, punk, heavy metal, hip-hop, and alternative music. Metro has been an impromptu home to Chicago based bands Smashing Pumpkins, Alkaline Trio, Plain White T’s, Ministry, Veruca Salt, Disturbed, and Kill Hannah. 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 549-0203.
Additionally, live music can be heard at Scubas Tavern, Cubby Bear, Elbo Room, Goose Island, and Uncommon Ground. With all these options, Lakeview music scene is very exciting and fresh.
Lakeview restaurants offer so many delicious options that most people have somewhere new to try each week. Whether searching for an authentic Chicago hot dog or deep-dish pizza, something vegan and mouth-watering, there’s never a lack of great dining options in Lakeview.
The Chicago Diner may sound simple enough but its slogan ‘Meat free since ‘83’ says differently. The restaurant is meat free and has lots of vegan options on the menu as well. The diner gained media attention for its Radical Reuben and was featured on TLC’s show Best Food Ever. 3411 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 935-6696.
Melanthio’s Greek Char House on Broadway serves authentic Greek recipes in a festive, yet intimate environment. Great sangria, to-die-for Saganaki, daily food and drink specials, and their famous Roasted Pig and Lamb every Saturday and Sunday evening gave Chicago’s PBS show Check Please! a reason to features this fine dining establishment. Located at 3116 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, (773) 360-8572
If searching for a good deep-dish pizza, Panino’s Pizza offers carry-out or dine-in pizzas with the freshest ingredients and a great lasagna dish. The restaurant has outdoor patio seating in the summer and also check out their gourmet pizza’s like the Hawaiian Punch Pizza. 3702 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 472-6200.
But the best place for a Chicago-style hot dog is at Byron’s Hot Dog Haus.They have many combo meals that include fries and a drink, and if you’re not in the mood for a hot dog, the menu also has home-made Italian Beef sandwiches. 1017 W. Irving Park, Chicago, IL 60613 (773) 281-7474.
El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill is a great place to sit down and enjoy great authentic Mexican cuisine. Of course the Margarita’s are highly recommended as they have one of the longest tequila menus in Chicago, and also check out the desert menu. 3420 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 549-7020.
If it’s getting late in the Lakeview area and people still have hunger needs, then Clarke’s is the best 24 hour diner in the neighborhood. With breakfast served all day, this is great place for those who want an omelet and a milkshake at 3am. Recently additions to diner include a separate room with a bar and cocktails. 930 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (773) 348-5988.
Every August, Wrigleyville Summerfest takes place and features live music, food, retail shops, and a kid zone with interactive games. Similarily, Boystown annually hosts Northalsted Market Days which has three live music stages and retail/food vendors.
For the music lovers in Lakeview, Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival is the place to be every May and features two days of live music. Every September the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts is held with over 150 artists work displayed and is free admission.
Lakeview residents get front row spots for the annual Chicago Pride Parade held on the last Sunday of June. The parade brings in more than 500,000 spectators to the Lakeview area for celebration.
The biggest park in Lakeview would have to be Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs pro baseball team. The area surrounding the field is known as Wrigleyville and the bars and street are overcrowded with baseball fans most summer days. The Wrigley Field was also the first baseball field to host the National Hockey League’s Winter Classic in 2009 with a young Chicago Blackhawks team. The previous Winter Classic was held in football field in Orchard Park, NY. In the summer months, Wrigley Field is transformed into a music venue where big-name artists perform open-air from a stage on the field for a packed stadium. From Billy Joel to Bruce Springsteen to Elton John and Paul McCartney, the names are always crowd-pleasers.
Chicago Park District maintains over 40 parks in the Lakeview area including swimming and gym facilities at Gill Park and mini-golf and driving range at Diversey Driving Range. Venture outside of your comfort zone at Trapeze on the Lake, or stick with the tried and true indoor sports leagues and teams at The Center on Halsted. Other recreational activities include biking, walking, running, and skating along the waterfront path at the lake, visiting Belmont Harbour and playing a round of golf at Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course.