South of Uptown and bordered on the east by Lake Michigan is the vital, well-established community of Lakeview. Known as much for its active community spirit as for being the home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs, Lakeview real estate offers an entrancing mix of housing alternatives including classic Chicago-style single-family residences and many large greystones. Along the lakefront are numerous high-rise condominiums. West of the lake are neighborhoods of quiet, tree-lined streets that feature rehabbed vintage apartments and condos, as well as two- and three-flat buildings, converted storefronts and spacious lofts. Lakeview’s stunning shoreline offers residents a wealth of beach-oriented activities including boating, swimming, fishing, running and a thriving beach volleyball scene. The community is also culturally adventurous, with sports bars standing shoulder-to-shoulder with exceptional restaurants, galleries, theaters, clubs and some of the Chicago’s most eclectic shopping areas. Lakeview is also the site of the totem pole of Kwansusila, and a key locale of the Chicago Marathon and Bike-the-Drive.
In the midst of Lakeview is the somewhat loosely defined neighborhood of Wrigleyville. The cornerstone of the community is, of course, the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs and America’s most famous ivy-covered walls. Surrounding the ballpark is a notable area of sports-themed bars and eateries like the Cubby Bear, Hi-Tops, Sluggers and Murphy’s Bleachers, as well as trendy restaurants, unique stores and venues for music, comedy and theater. Some of the most famous buildings in the area are the vintage apartments that overlook the ballpark and feature rooftop bleachers that are packed for virtually every Cubs game. But Wrigleyville also offers many pretty streets lined with rehabbed Victorian greystones, tidy three-flats and multi-unity condo buildings that attract a wide variety of residents.