Neighborhood Spotlight: Lake View

Lake View

Why Buy in Lake View?

Lakeview household income has increased 36% since 2000 and the growth continues. Housing is often of lower standard and cost than in other areas popular with young professionals, such as Lincoln Park, Near North, and Downtown, but residents are happy to trade quality for the vibe and proximity to the lake and park.

Why Live in Lake View?

One of the most populous communities in Chicago, Lakeview has something for everyone: a vibrant urban playground for recent graduates and young professionals; leafy street communities for families further west; affordable high-rise lakefront living for older folk. Chicago buzzes here: major players in the city’s theater and music scenes flourish, as does Boystown, one of America’s largest and most vivacious LGBT communities. And there’s Wrigleyville, home of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.

Who Lives in Lake View?

210,000 people live here. 27% have a graduate degree and 69% have their Bachelor’s. Average household income is $94,000, with $66,000 as the median. 35% of the population has have never married and 8% of households are families with children. The median age is 31.

Lakeview East is home to a further 118,000 people, 33% of whom have a graduate degree and 80% have their Bachelor’s. Average household income is $100,000, with $70,000 as the median. 40% of the population has have never married and 6% of households are families with children. The median age is also 31.


The Chicago Public School locator lists many public schools for the Lakeview zip codes of 60657, 60618 and 60613, including Blaine Elementary, Lane Tech High School, Alcott College Prep, Nettelhorst Elementary and Burley Elementary. Private Schools in Lakeview include Lycée Français de Chicago and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy

Public Transportation

79/100 transit score from “Lakeview has excellent public transportation.” 15 bus and 3 subway lines—Red, Brown and Purple Lines.

Why move to Lake View?

Lakeview was voted #3 Top Big City neighborhoods in America by Money Magazine in 2013.

You can walk everywhere. A 90/100 from Lakeview is a walker’s paradise. Daily errands don’t need a car.

The Park and Lake

Lakeview’s eastern border is Lincoln Park and lake Michigan, a beautiful harbor, tennis courts, ball fields, a golf driving range, a 9-hole golf course, a popular dog beach, and bike, walking and jogging trails.


An American rarity: a genuine neighborhood ballpark in streets that whip fandom into a fever that keeps going into twenty-something innings, post-game bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife: Metro, one of Chicago’s best rock venues, Schuba’s, Martyrs’, The Vic, reggae bars galore…Like Boston’s Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, is a throwback to another era. Walking to Cubs games is irresistible to many Chicagoans. The street scene near Wrigley Field on game day is a draw in itself.

West Lakeview’s Leafy Communities

Quieter than the lakefront vivacity, families continue to flock and settle on more affordable streets reminiscent of Lincoln Park further south and east.


Home to Chicago’s off-Loop theater and one of the largest LGBT communities in the nation, Boystown is known for its colorful, lively nightlife, inviting atmosphere, specialty restaurants, trendy fashion outlets, wine boutiques and independent shops. The city’s annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade begins here in an unforgettable carnival of energy and joy.

Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops

715 in Lakeview, including mostly low-key gems serving excellent food in casual style: Tango Sur, DMK Burger Bar, Mia Francesca, Julius Meinl Café, Bittersweet Pastry Café, Fish Bar, Bakin’ & Eggs

Eileen Romito

Eileen is the Director of Agent Operations at Truepad.

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