Lake View is a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is located along the shores of Lake Michigan and runs approximately from Diversey Parkway on the south to Irving Park Road on the north and from Lake Michigan on the east to Ravenswood Avenue on the west.
The Chicago neighborhood of Lake View is one of the most desired areas of the city to live. Butting up against the shore of Lake Michigan, this north-side neighborhood has something for everyone. Lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and entertainment, it is hard to find something not to do in Lake View. The area boasts a younger population with most residences being in their 20’s and 30’s.
Lake View is a mostly upscale neighborhood consisting of a mix of bungalows, high-rises, and modern condominium buildings. It is the home of the most visible of Chicago’s gay and lesbian communities, known colloquially as Boystown, and centered on Halsted Street, a major gay entertainment strip. Another area within Lakeview is Wrigleyville, which is centered around the famous Wrigley Field ballpark, home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigleyville consists of homes, sports bars, restaurants, theaters, and souvenir shops.
Housing ranges from very affordable to quite expensive. The area offers an abundance of single unit apartments, condos, older town homes, and recently renovated dwellings. Condominiums start in the mid $100’s and go up to about $1 million with single-family residences starting around $500,000 and increasing to about $3.5 million. You will probably get a little less house for your money, but many people consider the prime location more of an advantage, and thus pay the higher costs. The neighborhood is safe and about 15 minutes, by train, north of the Loop.