The Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is committed to helping its business community prosper. We have over 325 members who offer shopping, dining, entertainment, professional services, and much more.
Our focus is to increase commerce in the Lakeview community and assist with the educational and economic interests of the area. Our service area is bounded by Addison, Diversey, Racine and Ravenswood. This map was produced through the efforts of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and its members and is one of the many ways we help to market our community.
If you have a question about the Lakeview community, or would like a full list of our members, check our web site at www.lakeviewchamber.com, or call our office at 773-472-7171. We encourage you to support our members by shopping in our community.
Lakeview is located on the near north side of Chicago, just 3 miles north of Chicago’s Loop. Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive are one mile to the east of Lakeview, and the Kennedy Expressway (90/94 north-south) is three miles to the west of Lakeview.
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains and buses transport Lakeview residents to Chicago’s Loop 7 days a week. Travel time into Chicago’s business district is approximately 20-30 minutes. CTA buses and trains make stops throughout the community. For more information go to the CTA website, www.transitchicago.com, or call (312)836-7000. Lakeview residents travel by car, also, on Lake Shore Drive or the Kennedy Expressway to reach Chicago’s Loop or other city or suburban locations.
O’Hare International Airport is easily accessible from Lakeview. The airport is a 30-minute cab ride north on the Kennedy Expressway. CTA blue-line trains also transport travelers to and from O’Hare Airport from downtown Chicago.
Places to Call Home
Lakeview is a bustling neighborhood filled with families and young professionals. You will see a variety of single-family homes, condominiums, town homes and apartment buildings along our streets. The area has experienced significant building in recent years as new homes are constructed and older buildings are renovated to fit the needs of today’s city dwellers. Real estate and rental options are plentiful and offer something for everyone.
Lakeview’s festival season begins in May and continues through year-end. Chicagoans love celebrating outdoors when the weather is warm; so, the spring, summer and fall are filled with exciting outdoor events. The summer festivities kick off here with the Lakeview Mayfest. In July, you might enjoy Rock Around the Block, and the summer continues with numerous other festivals. During the holiday season, area children and their parents come out for Breakfast with Santa. Festivals usually include live music by musicians from Chicago and other parts of the world, exhibits, artwork and gifts, and, of course, food and drinks and plenty of good cheer!
Business & Industry
Lakeview has a diverse business community. Area business and industry is comprised of primarily small entrepreneurial ventures, restaurants and retail businesses.
Lakeview draws visitors from all over the countryit is situated next to Wrigleyville, home of Wrigley Field and the famous Chicago Cubs. Lakeview and its neighboring communities are brimming with activity all year long. Neighborhood streets are lined with restaurants and pubs ready to accommodate residents and Cubs fans alike. Dining out here is a fun experience because there are so many wonderful restaurants to choose from. One can experience a quiet and sophisticated café, casual pub, lively bar, something hip, quick and cost efficient fare, or just coffee. Whatever you are in the mood for, Lakeview is likely to have it, and it’s only a short walk or cab ride away.
The Pursuit of Excellence
Chicago’s public school district, the third largest in the nation, encompasses some 550 schools and 425,000 students throughout the city. A large number of private and parochial schools also educate Chicago’s youth population. Several of the public and private primary and secondary schools are located in or near Lakeview.
Many cultural attractions in and around the neighborhood are fun for families, especially children. The Lincoln Park Zoo, Navy Pier, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and other special attractions are only a few blocks away.
Lakeview is a short ride from the lights and excitement of the Magnificent Mile, Michigan Avenue’s renowned shopping district. Residents find great shopping opportunities within Lakeview as well. Numerous antique shops can be found along our streets. Local boutiques offer residents a unique selection of jewelry, clothing, and home furnishings. One may also find wonderful artwork at galleries nearby.
Lakeview is home to a myriad of theaters exhibiting a wide range of entertainment from comedy and improv to films, rock concerts and plays.
The healthcare needs of Lakeview residents are met by several excellent healthcare facilities: Illinois Masonic Hospital and Saint Joseph Hospitals as well as physicians, specialists and dentists with private practices in the community.
Serving the People
The new Lincoln-Belmont branch of the Chicago Public Library is located in the center of Lakeview. Residents enjoy convenient access to a vast network of high quality resources and services. Chicago’s neighborhood libraries are expanding traditional library services by implementing innovative programs such as: Check Us Out, Words and Music, Imagination on Loan, Art Access, and Blooming Branches.
Churches of many denominations can be found here, providing residents with access to the religious community. The Lincoln-Belmont YMCA is located in the center of Lakeview. The YMCA provides adult and youth education and recreation programs for area residents.
Parks & Recreation
The Lakeview community treasures its parks and green spaces. The neighborhood has numerous parks and playgrounds within its boundaries. Residents have the convenience of living one mile from Lake Michigan and the LakeFront Trail, the city’s scenic bicycling and walking path. The trail extends 18 miles from Hollywood Boulevard on the north side to 71st Street south of Chicago’s Loop. The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon takes place every October, drawing athletes from around the world to Chicago. Also, many road races are held throughout the year in and around the city.
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