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West Lakeview
Real Estate and Neighborhood Information

West Lakeview Overview

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.

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There's no question West Lakeview has a family feel, evident by the bands of stroller-pushing parents marching down the sidewalks and children of all ages playing in the neighborhood parks. But along the quiet, tree-lined streets of West Lakeview are an appealing mix of housing options that suit the needs of all types of Chicago residents from families to singles to empty-nesters. West Lakeview real estate consists of a stock of single-family homes, two- and three-flats and courtyard condominiums offering residents a variety of styles and living spaces. Modern lofts and condos provide contemporary floor plans and new amenities, while the long-established brick apartment buildings and flats afford more traditional units with old-fashioned charm.

West Lakeview History

Offering better views of the Chicago River than Lake Michigan—which is a bit too far east to see from this Chicago neighborhood—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 Avenue—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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As Chicago neighborhood experts, Dream Town has successfully sold properties in West Lakeview. Dream Town holds a well-earned reputation for its impressive sales volume and dedication to personal, attentive service. Benefit from the Dream Town advantage when selling your West Lakeview home. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, Dream Town drives more sales than any other Chicago brokerage.

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Schools In The West Lakeview Area

See grade levels, address, and scores for schools in the West Lakeview area.

School Type Grade Rating

Bateman Elementary School

4220 N Richmond St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
4

Chase Elementary School

2021 North Point St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
5

Prescott Elementary School

1632 West Wrightwood Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

Reilly Elementary School

3650 West School St - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
3

Waters Elementary School

4540 N. Campbell Ave - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
5

Our Lady Of Grace School

2446 North Ridgeway Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Queen Of Angels Elementary School

4520 North Western Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

North Park Elementary School

2017 West Montrose Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Park View Lutheran School

3919 North Monticello Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Jehovah Lutheran School

3740 West Belden Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

St Josaphat School

2245 North Southport Avenue - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Chicago Montessori

1713 West Cullom Avenue - private

Preschool - Elementary PK-2
NR

Thresholds-James House

4448 North Kimball Avenue - private

Elementary - High n/a
NR

Greenfields Academy

3232 N. Elston Ave. - private

Preschool - Middle PK-8
NR

Good Shepherd Christian Academy

3740 W. Belden Ave - private

Preschool - Middle PK-9
NR

Burley Elementary School

1630 West Barry Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
9

Coonley Elementary School

4046 North Leavitt St - public

Elementary - Middle K-8
8

Linne Elementary School

3221 North Sacramento Ave - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
6

Lane Technical High School

2501 West Addison St - public

Middle - High 7-12
10

Pulaski International School of Chicago

2230 West McLean Avenue - public

Preschool - Middle PK-8
7

School data provided by GreatSchools.School service boundaries are intended to be used as reference only. To verify enrollment eligibility for a property, contact the school directly. GreatSchools Ratings provided by GreatSchools.org.

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