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Lakeview, Wrigleyville and The Southport Corridor-

One of the most popular and sought-after neighborhoods in the city of Chicago is Lakeview or Lake View as it is spelled historically.  With great dining, nightlife, and shopping, it is one of the most populated areas in the Midwest.  Lakeview is bordered by Diversey from the south, Irving Park from the north, with Ravenswood Avenue to the west, and Lake Michigan to the east.  The communities directly surrounding Lakeview are Uptown to the north, Lincoln Square to the northwest, North Center to the west, and Lincoln Park to the south. 

The neighborhood generally is a younger population, with a median age just shy of 30 years old.  This is partly due to housing prices slightly lower than neighborhoods closer to downtown.  Yet, while Lakeview itself is a only four miles to the Loop, it is still very much considered a prime real estate destination.  A mostly upscale neighborhood consisting of a mix of older high-rises and modern condominium buildings. 

Within the Lakeview neighborhood is the area known as Wrigleyville.  Centered around the famous Wrigley Field ballpark, home of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigleyville consists of homes, sports bars, restaurants, theaters, and souvenir shops.  During the baseball season, whether the Cubs are winning or losing, the neighborhood is alive, with bars and restaurants packed full. 

The neighborhoods of Lakeview and Wrigleyville contain classic tree-lined streets, just steps away from shopping, dining, and nightlife.  This aspect of Lakeview and Wrigleyville provides yet another reason for its popularity.  The ability to rent or own a unit on a quiet, residential street, yet walk just a couple minutes to find one of the city's most popular spots for shopping, dining, and nightlife. 

Parking is challenging in Lakeview, especially during Chicago Cubs home games at Wrigley Field.  Special residential parking permits are required for parking on some Lakeview streets.  Public transportation is widely available in Lakeview. 

The Southport Corridor is a long stretch of outdoor dining, popular restaurants, buzzing bars, and unique boutiques; making this area a trandy spot any time of the week.  The main shopping, restaurant and bar strip of Southport Avenue is impressive.  The residential areas feature well maintained tree-lined streets, with homes of numerous architectural styles.  From designer clothing to groceries or fine jewelry, you will find it all in this location. 

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