Originally a summer getaway for Chicago’s residents, Lakeview became a part of the city in 1889.


Welcome to Lakeview

This lively residential enclave offers a warm Midwest welcome
Known for a vibrant arts and culture scene, Lakeview delights its locals with live music venues, summer festivals, a thriving theater scene, dance performances, and comedy shows. This dynamic town is made up of Chicago’s most enviable components: gorgeous stretches of shoreline, historic architecture, the best in food and retail therapy, and, perhaps most importantly, a welcoming, laid-back vibe.
Originally a summer getaway for Chicago’s residents, Lakeview became a part of the city in 1889. Home to Boystown, America’s first officially recognized gay village, Lakeview’s spirit of inclusivity and support make this a wonderful place to settle down.

What to Love

Thriving restaurant and bar scene
Arts and entertainment
Vibrant neighborhood
Central location
Friendly residential community

People and Lifestyle

As its serene moniker suggests, the Lakeview lifestyle is beautiful and tranquil. Tree-lined streets, gorgeous architecture, and excellent schools make this a coveted spot for families, creative types, young professionals, and just about everyone in between. Lakeview offers a diverse range of cuisine, communities, and activities, so whether you’re eager to check out Boystown or can’t wait to find your go-to sports bar or art gallery, this lovely area is eager to make you feel at home. A favorite neighborhood for those new to Chicago, Lakeview serves as a friendly, supportive foundation from which to explore the city.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Small businesses thrive in Lakeview, and the restaurant scene is a clear winner for both owners and diners. Dinkel’s German bakery and cafe serve bread, pretzels, cakes, and cookies. This fourth-generation, the family-owned bakery opened in 1922 and specializes in custom cakes.

Visit intimate music venue Schubas Tavern, a local favorite for everything from indie bands to jazz, and relax with great tunes and a delicious brunch. Boystown hotspot Wood is a stylish bistro offering New American plates, handcrafted cocktails, and a walk-up Frites window.

For Italian fare, you can’t beat the charming Coda di Volpe. This chic restaurant, whose name translates to ‘tail of the fox,’ is located in the Southport Corridor and offers an exciting menu of seasonal, handmade pasta dishes, house-cured meats, and pizza.

Things to Do

Offering a perfect blend of outdoor recreation and creative fun, Lakeview lives up to its reputation as a uniquely welcoming neighborhood. Scenic Lakefront Trail is part of a 1,200-acre outdoor oasis that includes a golf course, driving range, a boat harbor, tennis courts, and rolling fields that just beg for a picnic lunch.

One of Lakeview’s most celebrated events is the Chicago Pride Parade and Festival. This colorful fete offers a full month of festivities in the neighborhood affectionately called Boystown, a vibrant area with one of the largest LGBTQ+ communities in the Midwest. A recent addition to the joyful lineup is Pride in the Park, an outdoor music festival. There’s more to celebrate at Northalsted’s Market Days Festival, a weekend-long live music street festival featuring six stages of live music, art vendors, food and drink, DJs, dancing, and more.

Cinephiles adore the historic Music Box Theatre, Chicago’s top spot for independent and arthouse films. Built-in 1929, this elegant movie theater also offers film festivals and midnight movies. Popular Montrose Beach has plenty of activities for beach-goers, including concession stands, kayaking, showers, a dog beach, and distance swimming. No need to stress about what to do this weekend — just head to Southport Corridor, a thriving commercial spot and one-stop-shop for dining, cocktails, and shopping.


Lakeview offers excellent educational opportunities, including:
Lycée Français de Chicago, PreK-12, top-rated private French international school
Burley School, K-8, highly rated public school
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