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Located just north of downtown Chicago, the area known as Lakeview offers an eclectic variety of beaches, cafes, shops, clubs, and restaurants. Over the last fifty years, a strong theatre presence has developed, offering experimental as well as more established productions, and bringing Lakeview into the international spotlight. Nightlife is abundant and varied making Lakeview an exciting place to rent an apartment. Great access to the Chicago's lakefront, the Waveland Golf Course, and Wrigley Field are unique to Lakeview. Home and Chicago condo prices in Lakeview range from $224,000 to more than $1.4 million. Homes styles vary greatly, from cottages and single-family homes to mansions and high-rise condominiums. The average income here is around $65,000 per year. In the year 2000, the population of Lakeview was 94,800 residents, making it the second largest village located in the city of Chicago.

Formally designated as Community Area 6, Lakeview is divided into smaller enclaves: Lakeview East, North Halsted, West Lakeview and Wrigleyville (named for Wrigley Field). Lakeview East and North Halsted altogether form the area popularly known as Boystown. New Town is a former community centered at the intersection of North Clark Street and Diversey Parkway.

The history of Lakeview is interesting. The name "Lakeview" probably came from the Hotel Lakeview, which was built on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1853. The hotel was always known for its unobstructed views of Lake Michigan, and hotel patron Walter Newberry suggested that the neighboring community adopt the hotelís descriptive name.

In its early days, Lakeview's most profitable industry was farming celery. Together with neighboring Edgewater, Lakeview was known as the celery-growing capital of the world. In 1889, a real estate boom spurred a major economic upturn in Lakeview. According to the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce, over forty percent of the neighborhood's present-day buildings were constructed during that time.

Central Lakeview and Lakeview East are homes to more than 65,000 residents, offering them a unique blend of retail areas, restaurants, affordable housing, recreational activities, shopping districts and world-class entertainment venues. The real estate market has something for everyone, with both traditional and innovative architectural designs in Chicago condos. Actually, some residents consider the Chicago real estate in Lakeview to be by far the most desirable in the city. The upper scale condos in Lakeview East are some of the greatest places to live in the city. Life in the famous Wrigleyville apartments is a dream for the ultimate Cubs fan.

As one of the most populated community areas in Chicago, Lakeview has many opportunities for education. It's part of the Chicago Public School System, the third-largest in the United States. Here you can also find the John Merlo Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

The greater metropolitan Chicago area is readily accessible from Lakeview by car, bus, train and the famous El. Transportation to and from downtown is an easy hop on the train, or a short commute by way of Lake Shore Drive, which is generally free of the grinding traffic you'll find throughout the city. Taxi services are plentiful in the Lakeview area, as well as non-traditional modes of transportation. Bicycle rickshaws are especially popular near Wrigley Field. Bike paths are also located on all major streets.

Lakeview hosts many art events. Every February, the Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce hosts gallery tour groups, taking participants through several area art galleries. A larger event is held in September bringing visitors to the Lakeview East Art Festival on Broadway Avenue between Belmont and West Roscoe. Each July, the Lakeview Garden Walk takes visitors on trolley tours and walks throughout the neighborhood to over eighty garden exhibits.


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