Anchored by a beautiful stretch of shoreline to the east and dotted with train stops from two ‘L’ lines, Lakeview is one of Chicago’s liveliest and most accessible neighborhoods. Several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Boystown and Wrigleyville — meld together to form a lakefront community that celebrates diversity and boasts something for every type of visitor.
For a feel of the youthful, creative energy on Chicago’s northwest side, make your way to the eclectic cross-sections of West Town, Ukrainian Village and East Village. Whether you are looking for a brunch spot, antique furniture or vintage accessories — or want to seek out traces of the area’s humble immigrant history — wander block by block along the main arteries Division, Chicago and Grand Avenue.
One of Chicago’s creative epicenters lies just west of downtown Chicago in Wicker Park and Bucktown. These synonymous neighborhoods are famous for unparalleled boutique shopping, esoteric book stores and their countless art galleries. If you have an acute knowledge of craft cocktails and an affinity for independent clothing designers, there’s no better area to sip and shop in the country.