Lake View

Diverse neighborhoods in Chicago’s largest community area.

Welcome to Lake View

Diverse neighborhoods in Chicago’s largest community area.

Lakeview is the largest of Chicago’s 77 community areas by population. Located between Uptown and Lincoln Park on the shores of Lake Michigan, Lakeview is comprised of several distinctive sub-neighborhoods containing a wealth of attractions and amenities. Wrigleyville is home to the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field. The Belmont Theater District features more than 30 live performance venues. Boystown is a hub of Chicago’s LGBT community and the starting point for the city’s annual Pride festival.
This eclectic community area offers a diverse real estate mix. Lakeview housing options include classic mid-century graystones, low-rise apartment buildings, and single-family homes.

What to Love

  • Diverse neighborhoods and homes 
  • Belmont Theatre District 
  • Wrigley Field 
  • Boystown LGBT scene 

People & Lifestyle

Lakeview is one of the most diverse and exciting areas in Chicago. Lakeview’s eclectic neighborhoods are at the center of Chicago’s sports, theater, and LGBT scenes. There is an almost endless amount to do and discover here.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Lakeview is a sprawling community area with many shopping, dining, and entertainment districts. Wrigleyville is packed with Cubs fans on game days. Sports bars such as Casey Moran’s and Murphy’s Bleachers do a roaring trade before and after the game with fans seeking beer and pub grub. Wrigley Rooftops is a collection of 11 residential rooftops overlooking Wrigley Field where fans can enjoy a view of the field while indulging in all-inclusive food and drinks. Running north to south in parallel through Lakeview, Halsted Street and Broadway are lined with many retailers, restaurants, and bars. Halsted Street highlights include beer, bourbon, and arcade games at Replay Lakeview, flavorful Mexican cooking at Las Mananitas, and a wide-ranging menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes at The Chicago Diner.
The Boystown portion of Halsted Street is home to lively nightlife spots such as Roscoe’s Tavern, Sidetrack, and Scarlet Bar. Popular spots along Broadway include laidback dive bar Jacqueline’s and colorful cocktail lounge Wang’s. Clark Street features big-box retailers Target and Michael’s alongside local favorites such as Cesar’s Killer Margaritas. Other popular businesses in Lakeview include delightful local bakeries Jennivee’s Bakery on Sheffield Avenue, German-style Dinkel’s Bakery on Lincoln Avenue, and Bittersweet Pastry Shop on Belmont Avenue. Southport Avenue is home to fashion stores including Anthropologie and lululemon plus lots of great pubs and restaurants. Enjoy creative gastropub eats and craft beer at Corridor Brewery & Provisions, family-friendly brunch and comfort food spot Crosby’s Kitchen, Mexican meals and margaritas at Tuco and Blondie, and authentic Italian cooking at D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub.

Things to Do

With over a century of history, Wrigley Field is one of Major League Baseball’s most storied ballparks. The Chicago Cubs made Wrigley Field their home in 1916 and sparked huge celebrations across Wrigleyville with their historic World Series win in 2016. Lakeview’s Belmont Theater District features more than 30 theaters within one mile of each other. The Briar Street Theater is the longtime home of Chicago’s famous Blue Man Group. ComedySportz is another enduringly popular venue hosting regular improv comedy shows.
Belmont Theater District’s many smaller venues together produce hundreds of performances every day of the year. On Southport Avenue, the historic 1920s Music Box Theatre offers an eclectic lineup of arthouse and repertory film screenings. The 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail runs along the shore of Lake Michigan at Lakeview’s eastern edge. Other lakefront attractions include Belmont Harbor and Belmont Harbor Dog Beach. The lively Lakeview community area hosts many events throughout the year. The largest is Chicago Pride on the last Saturday in June. This annual extravaganza features a parade along Halsted Street and many associated parties and performances.


Lakeview is served by the City of Chicago School District.

  • Greeley Elementary School, Public, PK-8
  • Hamilton Elementary School, Public, PK-8
  • Agassiz Elementary School, Public, K-8
  • Lake View High School, Public, 9-12
  • Lincoln Park High School, Public, 9-12

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