A quaint neighborhood just north of Chicago’s bustling downtown, West Lakeview is a community with a rich history. Once home of one of the city’s largest shopping districts—including longtime area favorites Paulina Market and Dinkel’s Bakery—and business corridors along Lincoln and Southport Avenues, West Lakeview is a vibrant area drawing people from all over the city and suburbs. Many locals find car-free commuting a breeze, with West Lakeview well-served by a variety of public transportation options. This northside community offers an amazing range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options perfectly suited to every taste. West Lakeview is also home to several award-winning schools, including the highly regarded Burley and Blaine School Districts.
Offering better views of the Chicago River than Lake Michiganâ€”which is a bit too far east to see from this Chicago neighborhoodâ€”West Lakeview has come into its own after nearly two centuries of being tied to a greater Lakeview area. In the early to mid-19th century, as Chicago's north shore suburbs began to expand, several different community areas existed under the umbrella Lakeview district. The name Lakeview, of course, was inspired by its proximity to Lake Michigan and the views it afforded its residents at the time. As the settlement expanded westward, the view of the lake diminished, but the spirit revolving around Lakeview as a new community soared.
In 1857, when Lakeview Township became a legally recognized community, the borders ran from the lake east to Western Avenue, and from Fullerton Avenue north to Devon Avenueâ€”a relatively bigger area than encompassed by the Lakeview neighborhoods today. Incorporated as a city in 1887, the thriving town of European immigrants seemed poised to grow into a metropolitan area alongside Chicago. However, Lakeview's short-lived career as a separate and independent city ended two years later when it was annexed to the growing city to the south. Over the next century, Lakeview, while still a distinct Chicago community as a whole, has compartmentalized into several smaller tight-knit neighborhoods including Roscoe Village, Wrigleyville, East Lakeview and hometown West Lakeview.
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