Lake View

As one of Chicago's largest neighborhoods, it can feel like a city within a city. The north side neighborhood melds several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Near North, and Wrigleyville. Anchored by a beautiful stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline to the east, Lakeview is home to the Lakefront Trail with plenty of outdoor recreation and a well-known nightlife and dining scene. 

Welcome to Lakeview

Residents Love:

  • Lakeview’s laidback atmosphere 
  • Picture-perfect shoreline 
  • Living near hotspots like Wrigley Field and the Belmont Theater District 
  • Tree-lined blocks, historic architecture, and access to outstanding schools 

As one of Chicago's largest neighborhoods, Lakeview (or spelled “Lake View,” depending on who you ask) can feel like a city within a city. The north side neighborhood melds several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Near North, and Wrigleyville. Anchored by a beautiful stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline to the east, Lakeview is home to the Lakefront Trail with plenty of outdoor recreation and a well-known nightlife and dining scene.

Living in Lakeview

Home Types

Because Lakeview encompasses several different areas of the city, it is a diverse neighborhood that offers a range of home types, from upscale condos to brownstones, graystones, townhouses, and co-op apartments. Many of the single-family homes even have yards and green spaces.

Affordability Factor


Lakeview is generally more affordable than several nearby neighborhoods, including Sheffield Neighbors, West De Paul, Wrightwood Neighbors, North Center, and Wrigleyville. Wrigleyville, Central Lake View, and the most prestigious section of East Lake View, located near the Belmont Harbor, typically fetch the highest home prices in Lakeview.

A Night Out

Lakeview is known for its vibrant arts and culture scene. Brimming with live music venues, summer street festivals, and the Belmont Theater District, the neighborhood will never cease to keep you entertained. The world-famous Blue Man Group performs at the Briar Street Theatre nearly every night of the week. There’s live music at the Chicago Music Exchange. The historic Music Box Theatre is another Chicago favorite, known for showing art house films and midnight Saturday screenings of Rocky Horror Picture Show. Foodie favorites include Coda di Volpe, Ella Elli, Wood, Strings Ramen Shop, and Ceres Table. For the city’s classics, try a long-running institution, The Chicago Diner, or a deep dish slice at The Art of Pizza.

The Perfect Sunday

On a nice day, you’ll want to hit the 1,200-acre outdoor oasis on the scenic Lakefront Trail, which features a golf course and driving range, a boat harbor, and tennis courts. Outstanding shopping can be found in East Lakeview along Broadway and the Southport Corridor. The Belmont Harbor area is also brimming with amenities, including an inviting lakefront, park, harbor and bike and jogging paths, eclectic shops, and dining options galore. Catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. And don’t forget to stop in for a visit at Heritage Bikes & Coffee, where you can splurge on a custom-made cruiser while you drink some award-winning brew.

Your Commute

While Lakeview is a walker’s paradise, there are dozens of train lines and bus lines connecting you to the rest of the city. A typical commute to the Loop from Lake View using public transportation takes around 25 to 30 minutes, door to door. By train, getting to the Merchandise Mart will take you about 25 minutes; Union Station will take you about 32 minutes; Millennium Park will take you about 30 minutes.

Landmarks

Lakeview offers several points of connection to Chicago's history within its borders. There’s the world-famous Wrigley Field, home to 2016 World Series champions the Chicago Cubs. Boystown is recognized as the country’s first-ever gay village in a large city. And there’s the Chicago Music Exchange, which has a museum-like showroom tour of one of the world’s premier vintage guitar collections, among many other cultural points of interest.

 

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Overview for Lake View, IL

102,673 people live in Lake View, where the median age is 32 and the average individual income is $78,129. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

102,673

Total Population

32 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$78,129

Average individual Income

Around Lake View, IL

There's plenty to do around Lake View, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
88
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
79
Excellent Transit
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including La Michoacana Don Chuy, Dorothy's Can Do Cafe, and Rhoyal Decadence.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.68 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 2.59 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 4.79 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.41 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.64 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.98 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Lake View, IL

Lake View has 55,099 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Lake View do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 102,673 people call Lake View home. The population density is 48,303.412 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

102,673

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

32

Median Age

52.34 / 47.66%

Men vs Women

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55,099

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$78,129

Average individual Income

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Schools in Lake View, IL

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The following schools are within or nearby Lake View. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Type
Name
Category
Grades
School rating
Agassiz Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
4/5
Hamilton Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Lake View High School
PUBLIC
9th - 12th
1/5
Inter-American Elementary Magnet School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
Ravenswood Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Burley Elementary School
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Nettelhorst Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
4/5
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Academy
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
German International School Chicago
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Hawthorne Elementary Scholastic Academy
PUBLIC
K - 8th
5/5
Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center
PRIVATE
PreK - 3rd
No rating available
Alphonsus Academy & Center For The Arts
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
Blaine Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 9th
5/5
Greeley Elementary School
PUBLIC
PreK - 8th
3/5
PRIVATE
PreK - 8th
No rating available
PRIVATE
PreK - 7th
No rating available
Park View Montessori School - Chicago
PRIVATE
PreK - K
No rating available

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