North Center

North Center


Now one of the largest neighborhoods on Chicago’s north side, Lakeview was first settled by farming families from Luxembourg, Germany, and Sweden.  One of the first permanent buildings was the Hotel Lake View where West Sheridan meets Lake Shore Drive. In 1889 Lakeview township was annexed into the city to accommodate the public services required to support the fast-growing and large community which originally had a span of Diversey to the north to Devon Avenue, Western Avenue to the lakefront.  Today there are still many neighborhoods within Lakeview.

North Lake Shore Drive is lined with a mix of Beaux-Arts and Vintage co-op and condominium buildings, high rises built mid to late century offering a mix of architecture and a high-density capacity.  Inland you will find many walk-up buildings built in the late 1880s and ’90s.  In the area just to the west and south of Wrigley, you will find some wider lot and a beautiful collection of greystone 2 unit buildings ~ many since converted to single-family homes.  A favorite street to many is the historic Alta Vista which was built by a developer in 1904 who was inspired by rowhomes in London.

Commute time is 20 minutes to the loop, 30 minutes to O’Hare and Midway.

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Local Chicago Public Schools in Lakeview with attendance boundaries for the neighborhood:

Elementary Schools

Alcott Elementary – East Campus
2625 N. Orchard
Chicago, IL 60614

2851 N. Seminary
Chicago, IL 60657

1420 W. Grace
Chicago, IL 60613

1630 W. Barry
Chicago, IL 60657

1650 W. Cornelia
Chicago, IL 60657

3149 N. Wolcott
Chicago, IL 60657

3252 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

1632 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 60614