|An Overview of the Lakeview Chicago Neighborhood
Are you a baseball fan? You’ll love looking at Lakeview real estate! The neighborhood is most recognized nationwide as home to Wrigley Field and its Chicago Cubs. The world-famous stadium, and its beloved team that calls it home, have been a northside tradition in Chicago since 1916 (although Wrigley Field, once known as Weeghman Park, itself dates back two years earlier and was also home of the long-defunct Chicago Whales of the short-lived Federal League).
Lakeview is also the home of the first and one of the most famous gay communities in North America. Held each June, the Chicago Pride Parade, one of the largest gay pride parades in the nation, takes place in the neighborhood, along Halsted Street. The community area has also been host to several other major events: In 2006 it played host to an international sports and cultural festival, Gay Games VII with its closing ceremonies held at Wrigley Field and headlined by Cyndi Lauper.
Lakeview street names have great historic importance. Among those whose names are immortalized in the names of Lakeview streets are Joseph Addison, the 18th century publisher of The Spectator; John Barry, the commander of the Continental Navy ship Lexington during the Revolutionary War; George Rogers Clark, the legendary frontier explorer; Washington Irving, author; and finally, Philip Sheridan who is also featured prominently in a statue mounted on horseback. In 1871, the U.S. Army general brought troops to Chicago in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire and given authority by Mayor Joseph Medill to maintain control of the city via martial law.
Lakeview Real Estate
The 2000 population of Lakeview was 94,817 residents which made it the second largest of the Chicago community areas. Lakeview residents live in a variety of vintage and newer condominiums, as well as single-family houses and multi-family buildings, and brick and frame.
Lakeview is approximately 6 miles from Downtown Chicago and The Loop. That makes downtown Chicago a short 30-minute commute via the CTA Red Line L, which has station access at Sheridan, Addison and Belmont. Drivers can access scenic Lake Shore Drive at Irving Park Road or Belmont Avenue. Depending on traffic, drive time into downtown Chicago can run between 45 and 50 minutes.
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