Lakeview / Wrigleyville

Boundaries

North:

Irving Park

East:

Lake Michigan

South:

Diversey

West:

Ravenswood

Lakeview (properly and historically spelled as "Lake View") is a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago. It is located along the shores of Lake Michigan and runs approximately from Diversey Parkway on the south to Irving Park Road on the north and from Lake Michigan on the east to Ravenswood Avenue on the west.

Lakeview was originally a suburb outside the boundaries of Chicago and was a summer getaway for the city's residents. The center of the village was the Lakeview Hotel. Lakeview was annexed to Chicago in 1889.

Lakeview today is a mostly upscale neighborhood consisting of a mix of bungalows, high-rises, and modern condominium buildings. It is the most visible of Chicago's gay and lesbian communities, known colloquially as Boystown and centered on Halsted Street, a major gay entertainment strip. An area within Lakeview is Wrigleyville, which is centered on the famous Wrigley Field ballpark, home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigleyville consists of homes, sports bars, restaurants, theaters, and souvenir shops.

The 2000 population of Lakeview was 94,817, making it the second largest community in Chicago.

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