Lakeview Apartments

Located approximately 4 miles north of downtown along the Lake Michigan shoreline, Lakeview is hailed as one of the most desirable and welcoming neighborhoods in Chicago. The greater Lakeview area includes several pocket neighborhoods including Wrigleyville and Boystown.

Chicago Lakeview apartments with scenic shoreline view

Living In Lakeview


  • No major universities


  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Ascension Saint Joseph – Chicago


  • Highway 41 (Lake Shore Drive)


  • Wellington Station: Brown/Purple Line 
  • Belmont Station: Red/Brown/Purple Line
  • Addison Station: Red Line   
  • Sheridan Station: Red Line  
  • Southport Station: Brown Line
  • Paulina Station: Brown Line
  • Addison Station: Brown Line 


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  • Route 9
  • Route 22
  • Route 36
  • Route 77
  • Route 146
  • Route 151
  • Route 152

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Living in Chicago’s Lakeview

What do people love about renting in this charming neighborhood? Apartments in Lakeview offer a unique blend of urban living with a dash of lakeside tranquility. Imagine strolling along the picturesque Lake Michigan shoreline, unwinding in scenic parks, and taking in the beautiful lakefront views – all just steps away from your apartment.

Chicago’s Lakeview apartments cater to a diverse crowd, thanks to the neighborhood’s inclusive spirit. With Boystown’s LGBTQ+ community, historic Buena Park, and the energy of Wrigleyville, there’s something here for everyone. The neighborhood’s newest apartments are commuter-friendly and have features like outdoor lounges, modern kitchens, and fitness centers.

Delightfully Diverse Food and Drink

The restaurants in Lakeview cater to every palate. From cozy brunch spots serving mouthwatering stacks of pancakes to elegant dining rooms offering high-brow dishes, Lakeview’s restaurants are a foodie’s dream come true.

Move into your new apartment and get out and explore all the best restaurants! For breakfast or brunch, head to Lakeview’s independent diners, cafes, and coffee shops. Grab traditional eggs and bacon at Stella’s Diner or avocado toast with a breakfast cocktail at Hutch American Bistro. Lakeview also seems to have a coffee shop on every corner, including local favorites Bae Coffee Company and Two Hearted Queen.

If having Asian cuisine nearby is on your apartment must-have list, this neighborhood is a dream, with dozens of options! Check out Cozy Noodles n’ Rice, Yindee, Tanuki, or Little Wok – just to name a few.

Other hidden gems include Half Shell’s seafood specialties, The Chicago Diner’s huge vegan menu, and Dear Margaret for upscale Canadian fare. Take-out is easy to come by, and almost anything you want can be delivered right to your door.

Finding a favorite bar in Lakeview is easy, and fun! If you’re renting in Wrigleyville, simply head toward Wrigley Field for an abundance of iconic bars. You’ll find some of the best bars, though, scattered throughout the neighborhood. For a martini that slays, head into Elixir. The best bar with personality in Lakeview is hands-down, Wang’s. The quirky atmosphere and inventive drinks will have you coming back again and again. Looking for a dive bar? Head to Jake’s Pub for a cold brew on the cheap.

Things to Do

Do you like to keep busy? Living in Lakeview, you’ll never run out of things to keep you entertained.

From cheering on the Cubs at historic Wrigley Field to exploring the the Lake Michigan shoreline, there’s something here for everyone. Maybe you’d like to indulge in a little shopping, or dive into the local arts and culture scene. Here’s a list of places to visit to get you started!

  • Wrigley Field
  • Lakefront Trail
  • Southport Corridor
  • Music Box Theatre
  • Laugh Factory
  • Vic Theatre

Fun Fact

Boystown is considered one of the first officially recognized LGBTQ+ neighborhoods in the United States. In 1997, the City of Chicago designated Boystown as the “Northalsted Historic District” to honor its significance in LGBTQ+ culture.

Shopping in Lakeview

In the mood for some retail therapy? The shopping in Lakeview is on-point. From everyday needs to stumbling across treasures you didn’t even know you needed, Lakeview’s got you covered.

The grocery options are diverse and convenient. No matter where you rent an apartment, you’ll be able to walk to a grocery store. Big box options include Mariano’s, Target Grocery, Jewel, and Whole Foods. Smaller local markets are scattered throughout the neighborhood too.

Lakeview’s best shopping scene is along Southport Avenue and the surrounding streets. You’ll find lots of locally-owned boutiques, as well as national brands like The Gap and Sephora.

By far, the most charming aspect of shopping in Lakeview is the neighborhood’s strong sense of community. Many local businesses are deeply rooted in the area, fostering a connection between shop owners and residents. Shopping locally becomes more than just a transaction; it’s an opportunity to engage with the people who make the neighborhood so special. The best local shops in Lakeview include Inkling Gift Shop, Unabridged Bookstore, and Barks N’ Rec Pet Supply Store.

Parks and The Lakefront

If you want to rent in downtown Chicago, but also want room to get out and enjoy nature, Lakeview might be the perfect spot for you. Home to beautiful parks and green spaces, this neighborhood meets your recreational needs, and then some! The best parks in Lakeview include:

Lincoln Park: While the majority of Lincoln Park is located in the neighborhood of the same name, a portion extends into Lakeview. It features walking and jogging trails, a lagoon, a nature museum, and the beautiful Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool.

Lakefront Trail: Although not a traditional park, the Lakefront Trail that runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline is a favorite for joggers, cyclists, and walkers. Get your fitness in and take in gorgeous views of the lake and city skyline.

Belmont Harbor: This picturesque harbor area is a great spot to stroll and enjoy views of the boats and the lake. It’s also home to the Belmont Yacht Club.

Sheil Park: A haven for kids, you’ll find a playground that’s tucked away in the bustling Southport Corridor.

Margate Park: Located near the lakefront, Margate Park offers a beach, playground, fieldhouse, and athletic courts.

Renting in Lakeview means you can ditch your car, thanks to the neighborhood’s awesome public transit.

The CTA Red/Purple Line, as well as the Brown Line, cut through the center of Lakeview, making it easy to explore all of downtown’s neighborhoods. Hop on the train and it’s just a 30-minute jaunt to the heart of downtown Chicago. If you need to get around Chicago’s North Side, rent a bike or hop on the bus.

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