Find Yourself a Cozy Lakeview

February 24, 2015

Belmont Avenue in Lakeview ChicagoLocated on the North Side of Chicago on a beautiful stretch of the Lake Michigan shoreline, Lakeview is a diverse community that features four lakefront districts including East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Boystown and Wrigleyville. The community was settled back in 1853 and has since grown into an eclectic community with a thriving arts and culture scene that features prime entertainment, shopping and dining venues and an extraordinary outdoor landscape, making it the perfect place for young professionals to call home.

According to Zillow.com, the median price of homes in the area is $336,000, and rental property rates range from $1,200 for a studio apartment to $12,500 for a condo with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. Although renting seems to be a popular choice for many residents, Lakeview is a buyers’ market. Home values have gone up 3.5 percent over the past year, and it is predicted to rise another 0.5 percent within the next year, making property in a Lakeview great investment for buyers.

However, steady home values aren’t the only draw for those interested in moving to the area. The neighborhood offers a variety of stores where shoppers can find anything from designer clothing to casual street wear in Lakeview’s Belmont Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, Southport Avenue, Clark Street, Halsted Street and Broadway Street shopping districts. And, Lakeview is always teeming with energy as residents navigate down the bustling streets to the many delicious restaurants and live entertainment options that the area has to offer.

The bar and pub scene is quite extensive as well, providing visitors and residents alike with a fun night out on the town with friends. A culturally diverse town, Lakeview boasts many live music venues, street festivals and a thriving theater, dance and comedy scene in the Belmont Theater District.

Outdoor recreation is also readily available at nearby Lincoln Park that boasts a picturesque trail, boat harbor, bird sanctuary and so much more. The 1,200-acre park also features tennis courts and a golf course with driving range, giving residents even more opportunities for sun-filled days of relaxation or play.

If this sounds like a fun place to live or visit, keep reading for more information on some of the attractions that Lakeview offers residents.

Shopping & Dining

  • Waxman Candles – This quaint, handmade candle shop has more than 40 years of experience in its trade. Making a life’s work out of candle making, Waxman provides high quality candles that are both smokeless and dripless. Located at 3044 N. Lincoln Ave., Waxman Candles provides a scented vacation for your nose!
  • Heritage Bicycle General Store – A locally owned shop, Heritage Bicycles makes handmade products for all different types of bike enthusiasts. A handmade bicycle from Heritage is so much more than a bicycle. Heritage invests its personal and professional values and principles into each bicycle produced: hard-work, attention to detail, loyalty to community and never settling for anything less than perfection. Go to 2959 N. Lincoln Ave. to get a superior bicycle from a quality business.
  • Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine – This neighborhood shop is a venture of Pastoral Enterprises, LLC. Designed with European inspiration, Pastoral provides Lakeview residents with the finest specialty cheeses, baked breads, small production wines and cheese complementing beers. Along with selling specialty food and beverage products, Pastoral serves delicious sandwiches and salads, gorgeous gift baskets and artisan catering trays; however, Pastoral is really famous for its cheeses, providing cheese to some of Chicago’s finest restaurants.
  • Wishbone – one of Chicago’s most diverse diners, Wishbone provides Southern Reconstruction Cooking in an energetic, artistic atmosphere. Offering an eclectic menu, Wishbone has anything from salads to chicken. Wishbone is perfect for catering because its food is so good. They provide high quality product; they even smoke their own meats! Located at 3300 N. Lincoln Ave., Wishbone is certainly a place to grab a meal—breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Entertainment and Recreation:

  • Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course – Located just minutes from downtown Chicago at N. Recreation Drive, Marovitz Golf Course is a perfect place to unwind on the weekend. Ranked as one of the top 10 nine-hole courses in Chicagoland, this smaller golf course is a good place for  amateur golfers to practice and hone their skills or just hit some golf balls while enjoying the an amazing view of Lake Michigan and a beer. Although this is only a nine-hole course, don’t be fooled. Bunkers are everywhere and greens are tight and challenging for any golfer. Frustrated by golf? Don’t be! At the end of the day, a bad day on the course is still a pretty good day.
  • Music Box Theatre – This premier theatre has been the dominant cinematic entertainment venue for more than 20 years. Specializing in mostly independent and foreign films, Music Box is a fun place to take a date, the family or even go by yourself. The theatre is located at 3733 N. Southport Ave., and it is the largest, full-time theater in Chicago. Even if you’re not into foreign or indie films, you should still make plans to take a stroll by this iconic theatre to view its stunning exteriors with a bulb lighted marquee, lengthwise skyscraper-esque side, stone front and glass windows.

Historical Attractions:

  • Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church – Located at 1429 W. Wellington Ave., this historic Catholic Church was founded in 1882 in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire. This structure is a gorgeous feat of iconic architecture. The front of the church is built with off-white bricks and topped with pale green roofing. The walls directly behind the white-bricked front entrance are constructed with a opposing-colored red brick giving it a deep visual contrast. The church hosts a wonderful Oktober Fest every year in September to welcome the coming of fall.
  • Temple Sholom of Chicago – Founded in 1867 and located at 3480 N. Lake Shore Drive, this synagogue is of great historical significance in the Reform Movement. The reform movement is a religious historical period when the traditional practice of religion was replaced with more open and expressive practices such as integrated guitar and drums into the singing of hymns. This temple helped fast track these ideas in Judaism allowing its congregation to be more expressive in the ways it practiced its faith. The temple is considered the forefront of this Judaic reform.

These are just some of the exciting venues that make this neighborhood so great. Whether you are visiting for the weekend or you’re moving to, you certainly can’t lose if you follow this guide. However, as you roam the Lakeview area, be sure to experience as much of the local history, food and attractions as possible.

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