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West Lakeview is a neighborhood within the Lakeview community area in Chicago. The neighborhood is four miles off the loop and borders the Roscoe Village community area. West Lakeview extends from Irving Park Road in the north south to Diversey Parkway. East/West borders are Southport Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue from Irving Park Road to Belmont Avenue. East/West borders are Southport Avenue to the Chicago River between Belmont and Diversey.
It is a warm and friendly neighborhood with a fun and eclectic vibe. It is known for its antique shops, due in part to the fact that Chicago’s famous Antiques Row runs through the neighborhood’s north side. The neighborhood has big city convenience with small town charm and is popular with a diverse range of demographics.
The neighborhood shares a common history with the greater Lakeview area. Settlement began in about 1837. The settlement slowly grew and remained an independent community until it was absorbed into Chicago in 1889. Theater has a place in the heart of the neighborhood and the hearts of its residents. West Lakeview is home to the historic Music Box Theater, which opened in August of 1929. Another unique theater is the Constellation Theater. Housed in what was once a warehouse, the theater hosts jazz music, dance events and theater productions.
Local Schools include Jahn Elementary School, Schneider Elementary School and others. Local parks provide the perfect accommodations for outdoor activities. Hamlin Park was created in 1960, and this eight acre park features open spaces for free play and picnics, sports courts and fields and classes for activities like boxing and cheerleading. Hamlin Park also features a public, outdoor pool and a .16 acre fenced-in dog play area. Feller Playlot Park is a small gated park featuring a sandlot, spray pool and basketball courts.
The Chicago Transit Authority provides bus service to the neighborhood, but no rail service.
The West Lakeview Neighbors is the local neighborhood association. The association tends to matters of zoning, licensing, traffic and more.
Though the neighborhood is primarily residential, there are a few unique shops, restaurants, and night spots. Among these businesses are Father Time Antiques, which features all manner of antique clocks and time pieces; the Beat Kitchen, which offers wonderful late-night dining and live music; and The Hungry Brain, which has a lively jukebox, old school video games and a variety of mixed drinks and bears, both foreign and domestic.
Housing in the neighborhood is made up of single family homes, flats, condominiums, modern lofts, traditional apartments and townhomes. Homes in West Lakeview can be nestled along quiet streets or cozied up next to local night spots. Homes for sale and housing units for rent or lease give prospective residents a multitude of options. Call or text Ben Papale at 312-810-4937 for assistance in finding the home of your dreams today.
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