Lakeview is one of Chicago’s oldest neighborhoods, blending a wide variety of urban lifestyles. Belmont Harbor and Diversey Harbor are densely populated areas similar to the Gold Coast and Streeterville. High-rises line Lake Shore Drive and vintage condominiums and walk-up apartments radiate west. Many units offer large square footage while still being near the lake and local shops and restaurants.
The central and western areas of Lakeview contain vintage apartments, storefront conversions, lofts and single-family homes. Residents have a 10-to-15-minute commute to downtown via Lake Shore Drive.
The Southport Corridor is a relatively new name coined for the area surrounding this bustling street bisecting East and West Lakeview. In recent years, Southport Avenue has become home to some of the city’s most eclectic boutiques, most popular night spots and to a world famous coffee house.
The area around Wrigley Field, home to one of the nation’s most famous baseball clubs, The Chicago Cubs, is better known as Wrigleyville. This area consists of rehabbed Victorian greystones, two- and three-flat buildings and condominiums. One landmark street—Alta Vista Terrace—features rowhouses that resemble English Mews houses.
LINCOLN PARK /DEPAUL/ OLDTOWN
Immediately north of the city are quiet tree-lined residential streets. Some of Chicago’s finest and most expensive housing can be found within this neighborhood, along with fine restaurants and night spots, boutiques and theaters.
The focus of outdoor activity is the park, Lincoln Park, after which the neighborhood is named. It welcomes joggers, tennis players, golfers, cyclists and ballplayers, as well as, visitors to the zoo, conservatory, beaches and marinas.
This area is also home to the Old Town Triangle, a neighborhood inundated with cottages, rowhouses, and townhouses of both brick and frame construction. Streets are narrow, and homes are often small, but charmingly desirable.
A favorite of young professionals and families, the sophisticated Lincoln Park neighborhood presents a mix of mansions and two-flats, apartment dwellers and home owners. It parallels the park and lakefront.
Just west is the DePaul neighborhood, which takes its name from century-old University, whose large campus is a focal point of the area. DePaul offers the same stately single-family and multiple-unit housing found in Lincoln Park and Old Town, as well as, the original Chicago rowhouses with their richly ornamented Victorian facades. You will also find handsome restored greystones and newer homes designed by Chicago’s top architects.
As urban dwellers have reclaimed old schools, churches, warehouses and factories—and converted them into desirable living spaces—the boundaries of this neighborhood have pushed farther west. Nearby are Wrightwood and Sheffield, two areas that share many of the same characteristics and housing stock. Southwest is Ranch Triangle, an area that hugs Clybourn Avenue.
LINCOLN SQUARE / RAVENSWOOD
Northwest of Lakeview, a group of vest-pocket neighborhoods offering not only blocks of tree-lined streets and parks, but its own rapid-transit system connecting to the Loop can be found. Ravenswood Gardens, just east of the North Branch of the Chicago River, is characterized by brick bungalows and two- and three-flats. Ravenswood Manor, west of the river, is an enclave of single-family homes, often on larger lots. Many abut the river and have private boat docks.
Nearby Lincoln Square is the transportation and shopping hub of the area. Lincoln Avenue serves up both trendy and traditional restaurants, being home to several of the city’s German restaurants. The Old Town School of Folk Music is also in this area and has become a popular local entertainment venue. Lincoln Square’s residential blocks are full of brick two- and three-flats, and single-family homes, many recently gentrified.
NORTH CENTER/ROSCOE VILLAGE
These comfortable and convenient neighborhoods offer proximity to the lakefront and downtown, as well as, their own shopping districts. St. Benedict’s parish is a popular, well-established community characterized by brick two-flats and frame single-family homes on tree-lined streets. Its highly rated elementary school, stability and affordable prices make this immaculately maintained neighborhood an attractive alternative to the higher prices and higher density of the lakefront.
Roscoe Villageis just south of St. Ben’s and in recent years has seen an influx of developers and young families. The neighborhood is characterized by Roscoe Street running through the middle of the area and lined with trendy shops, eateries and watering holes. Older homes and two- or three-flats–many of them renovated–are joined by newer townhome developments and loft conversions. Residents enjoy the low-density living and short walk to the local butcher shop or bakery.