Chicago’s most beautiful blocks: Lakeview edition

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This month we are continuing our tour of Chicago’s most beautiful blocks with a look at Lakeview. I love Lakeview for how different each area feels--from the grandeur of East Lakeview, to the amazing shopping along Southport, to the great restaurants and fun vibe along Broadway. And of course there are some very beautiful residential blocks as well. Here are my favorites:

Alta Vista Terrace District: Now this might be my very favorite block! Running north from Grace to Byron, this is a historic district of 40 row homes built in 1904 by Samuel Gross. Gross was a Chicago real estate developer that traveled to Europe, where he was inspired by the classic row houses of London. There are 20 different exterior styles lining each side of the block, with the houses paired off so that houses directly across the street match in style. I absolutely love this street because I feel transported in time and space whenever I walk by. A true gem!

3400-3700 Bosworth: I love this street for its varied architecture of mostly single family homes. It’s a great mix of modern and traditional, that come together to create the perfect “neighborhood within the city” vibe.

1300 block of Newport: This block is lined with gray stones impeccably restored to their original beauty. Parkways filled with large trees create a beautiful green canopy. I also love the location of this block, so close to everything on Southport, but far enough to maintain a quiet and quaint atmosphere.

3700 blocks of Greenview, Janssen + Wayne: These streets also have a great mix of thoughtful single family home architecture, and ample green space. Mature trees and well-manicured lawns make these stretches perfect destinations for a spring walk around the neighborhood.

As I mentioned in last month’s post, due to popular demand, we are thinking about hosting a fun trolley tour of the most beautiful areas of the city. Would you like to attend? Sign up below to stay in touch as plans progress.

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