Understanding Lakeview: A History

Featuring top shopping, dining, nightlife, and, of course, the Cubs, Lakeview has become one of Chicago’s most sought-after residential areas. One of the city’s largest neighborhoods, in addition to Wrigleyville the area includes the Southport Corridor, a fun shopping street, Boystown, Chicago’s LGBT epicenter, and a beautiful stretch of lakeside parks. Residents love their historic homes and quiet tree-lined streets just steps from the action. And with nearby Lake Shore Drive and the CTA Brown, Red, and Purple Lines, getting around the city couldn’t be easier!
Long before Lakeview was the home of the Cubs, it was a used as a trail path for the local Native American tribes. After the first European settler arrived in 1837, the landscape slowly filled with celery farms worked by families from Germany, Luxembourg, and Sweden. In 1853, The Hotel Lake View was built, transforming much of the lakefront into a resort area for wealthy Chicagoans. The resort atmosphere and new train lines attracted investment and many new residents to the area. Annexed by the city, Lakeview officially became part of Chicago in 1889.
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