The Case Building is perfectly located near many of Chicago’s best recreation, entertainment, and shopping sites. You are just walking distance to the lake shore, local stores, galleries, and restaurants, making everything from afternoon shopping to a walk with friends easily within reach.
WAVE is Lakeview's newest apartment community located on Belmont Avenue and features studio, convertible, one and two-bedroom apartments. Located across from Belmont Harbor, you are steps away from Lake Michigan and have easy access to Lakeshore Drive.
If you’re a food lover, West Lakeview will surely provide plenty of room for culinary adventures. Looking for a European-inspired bistro? Look no further than the Mirador, owned by classically French trained chef Matthew Mockler and located in the popular Southport Avenue corridor. Like your fish in a New Orleans po’ boy house? Well then, the Fish Bar on Sheffield is the place to make a reservation. If it’s fine dining, Italian style, then Francesca’s is the place to eat, serving great Italian food for over 20 years in the same location. Want some home cooking instead? There are plenty of options, including not one but two Whole Foods and two Trader Joe’s as well as a few Jewel Osco grocery stores. However, when it comes to meat, one of the best butcher shops in the city is Paulina Market in the Belmont-Ashland-Lincoln district. Keep it in mind for when you host your housewarming party!
West Lakeview is served by a healthy mix of schools (public, selective enrollment, charter and private schools), all of which provide an extensive choice of options to families with children. Charter schools provide a good alternative to district-run schools; however, the local school councils have been successfully improving the public schools across the city as well as in West Lakeview. In addition, some of the city’s best Catholic elementary schools, such as St. Andrews – a Department of Education Blue Ribbon School – and Alphonsus Academy & Center For The Arts are located in West Lakeview.
Since West Lakeview is at most 8-9 miles from downtown, the commute to Chicago’s central business district is very convenient. Public transportation is extensive, given easy access to both a number of bus lines (22 Clark Street, 11 Lincoln Avenue, and 9 Ashland Avenue are just a few) and rail lines (Red Line, Brown Line and Purple Line all stop at the Belmont Station), all of which connect to downtown. In addition, there are a number of Brown Line stops at Irving Park Road, Addison Street, Paulina Avenue, as well as Southport Avenue.
West Lakeview sits between the Lakeview East neighborhood to its east and the Roscoe Village neighborhood to its west, approximately 8 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Ashland Avenue, Belmont Avenue, Lincoln Avenue, and Clark Street serve as the neighborhood’s main commercial arteries, along with the trendy Southport Avenue corridor, all offering a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment from its northern-most boundary at Irving Park Road to its southern edge at Diversey Parkway.
Add to this the fact that the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Lakeview, home to the Chicago Cubs baseball team and the iconic ballpark in which they play (Wrigley Field), sits inside of the West Lakeview neighborhood, thus insuring even more heightened activity during the 6-month baseball season! Yet, for all of its hustle and bustle, West Lakeview offers a bucolic charm along many of its quiet residential streets, which makes this neighborhood attractive to both families and those looking for nightlife!