Lake View, Community Area #6 sits 4 miles north of Chicago’s Loop. Before you argue, both Lakeview and Lake View are correct and have numerous historical precedents. Once a trail path for a number of North American Indian tribes including the Miami, Ottowa and Winnebago, the area was eventually settled by European immigrants who farmed celery, flowers and other crops on the land. In its history, Lakeview has since become the most densely populated community in Chicago.
Present day Lake View has a southern border of Diversey and the community area of Lincoln Park. On the west is Ravenswood and the Community of North Center. The northern boundary is Montrose from Ravenswood to Clark and Irving Park from Clark to Lake Michigan and the northern boundary borders the community of Uptown, while the eastern border is Lake Michigan.
In 1854 James Rees and Elisha Hundley built Lake View House near present day Byron and Lake Shore Drive as a resort to stay at while one explored the possibilities of local land purchase and development. Many wealthy citizens bought summer retreats from the city in the area and the installation of rail lines increased the appetite for development. Lake View has been a village, a township, a Chicago suburb, its own city, and eventually a community area of Chicago. The area features an incredible variety of architecturally impressive buildings and homes. Comprised of neighborhoods such as Wrigleyville, Lakeview, and East Lakeview, the area is home to numerous national and city landmarks, and several landmark districts. This combined with an interesting history provide the backdrop for a wonderful bike ride.
Starting Spot: Lakeview School Park @ 4055 N Greenview Ave
Route: view route details
Photo Album: view photo album
Upcoming date for the Tour of Lake View
- September 2014
Past dates of the Tour of Lake View
- March 28, 2010
- May 21, 2011
- October 13, 2012