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DePaul, Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Old Town Triangle, Park West, Wrightwood Neighbors
Zip codes within Lakeview / Lincoln Park / Old Town:
60610 60613 60614 60657
One of the most sought-after areas of the city, the Chicago neighborhood of Lakeview is the most populated area in the Midwest largely due to its great dining, shopping and nightlife. It is a very young neighborhood, with much of its population under 30, as housing is slightly cheaper than neighborhoods nearer to the Loop. But its four mile proximity to the Loop makes it a prime real estate destination.
It is also home to the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field, and a part of the neighborhood is named for it. The many bars and restaurants are always full, especially during baseball season when they feed and entertain thousands of fans. The Wrigleyville section of Lakeview is bounded by Halsted, Ashland, Roscoe and Byron. There are more than 600 retail stores on the east side alone and Diversey, Clark, Halsted and Broadway boast strong commercial development. Chicago’s gay district is located in Lakeview East in an area known as “Boy’s Town”. The population is diverse and alternative lifestyles are celebrated and embraced.
The pleasant surprise of Lakeview & Wrigleyville is that once you venture 20 steps from the main shopping, restaurant and bar/club areas, you’ll find yourself in beautifully maintained tree-lined streets, with rows of lovely houses in all manner of architectural styles, ranging in age from near-century-old to 3 days ago. This is likely the other primary reason for this area’s popularity; one can buy or rent a gorgeous house on a gorgeous street, then walk for 5 minutes and be in one of the city’s mecca shopping/nightlife districts.
Transportation in and out of this particular neighborhood is plentiful, with the Ravenswood El Red, Purple and Brown line stops at Sheridan, Sheffield, Southport, Addison, Belmont, Wellington, and Diversey and CTA buses running on Sheridan, Halsted, Clark, Belmont, Lincoln, Diversey and Addison.
One of Chicago’s most sought after neighborhoods, Lincoln Park is located just 2 miles north of downtown and bordered by North Avenue, Diversey Parkway, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The community offers an appealing blend of active retail streets, urban college campuses, and narrow tree-lined residential blocks.
Smaller town homes and vintage condominiums still offer buyers an affordable entry into Lincoln Park, but prices rapidly escalate for rehabs and new construction. The average single-family home in Lincoln Park costs over $1 million, and several new mansions are commanding multi-million-dollar prices. Lincoln Park real estate also includes a number of town homes, many within gated communities. Around DePaul University buyers can also find loft condominiums in converted factories and warehouses. On its eastern edge, Lincoln Park features beautiful high-rise buildings with breathtaking views of the lake, park and city.
Lincoln Park is home to two major museums, DePaul University and one of the nation’s oldest zoos. The community’s amenities, location and housing options attract everyone from young, first-time homebuyers to local celebrities and CEOs. With its mix of city parks, restaurants, bars, theaters and top schools, Lincoln Park is virtually unrivaled among urban neighborhoods in the U.S.
Principally located along North Wells Street, between Division and North Avenue, Old Town connects Lincoln Park to the Gold Coast and is known for its diverse collection of restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues. It also features some of the city’s best-preserved historic homes.
Old Town has evolved into an upscale neighborhood with single-family homes priced well over $1 million and many newer condominiums. The community has also edged west in recent years with a number of large redevelopment projects that have brought new life and some more moderately priced housing to the area.
A hippie haven in the 1960s and 1970s, vestiges of Old Town’s past live on in local institutions like Zanies comedy club, The Old Town Ale House, the annual Old Town Art Fair and the world famous Second City Improv. Old Town’s active street life and proximity to the lake, Lincoln Park and downtown make it a preferred choice among many Chicagoans.
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