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Lakeview/Wrigleyville

 

An area of contrasts, Lakeview brings together social singles and budding families, all within one inviting neighborhood. Bounded by West Diversey Parkway on the south, West Irving Park Road on the north, North Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and the shore of Lake Michigan on the east, Lakeview has a little something to offer most everyone.

 

Families will benefit from schools and parks as well as the bustling Whole Foods on Halsted, while the uncoupled can choose between the myriad of clubs, bars and restaurants that cram the area's main arteries. In the spring and summer, Lakeview truly comes alive when the Cubs hit legendary Wrigley Field, and fans spill from bars and congregate on rooftops.

 

Boys Town, a section of Lakeview, also hosts the annual Pride Fest, which attracts a fun and surprisingly family oriented crowd. Secure even after dark, moms pushing jogging strollers walk the streets of Lakeview alongside sports fans and those headed for a late night bite. Restaurants such as The Chicago Diner and Socca attract vegetarians and epicures alike, while film buffs might drop in to The Music Box Theatre, a historic destination since 1929.

 

Just as diverse as Lakeview's occupants is its real estate. Condominiums are the norm, whether modern three-flats, classic walk-ups, lofts, courtyard buildings, or high-rises. Along the Lake Shore Drive and Broadway corridors, upscale condominiums and higher-rent mid-rise apartments and lofts flourish amidst local businesses, boutiques, and restaurants. The neighborhood also offers a multiplicity of single-family home styles, from the elegant mansions to contemporary homes.