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Lake View is most recognized nationwide as home to Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs. Neighboring the field is one of the most famous gay villages in North America. The Chicago Pride Parade, one of the largest gay pride parades in the world, takes place in Lake View on the last Sunday of June each year. While these may be two of the biggest draws to the area, Lake View has many other landmarks and treasures to share.
Built in 1914 and nicknamed “The Friendly Confines”, Wrigley Field is the home of the storied franchise, The Chicago Cubs. Wrigley Field is the most-attended sporting venue in Chicago history and is known for its signature bricks and ivy and surrounding rooftop-bleacher buildings on Waveland and Sheffield Avenues.
Just a block north of the ballpark is Chicago’s first historic district, Alta Vista Terrace, a lovely row of London-style townhouses constructed in 1904. The development was the work of Samuel Gross, who was responsible for several other important real estate developments in Chicago. The street is one block long and contains 40 small, single-family rowhouses, each on a lot about 24 feet wide and 40 feet deep. There were 20 different exterior styles based on various adaptations of architectural styles. Some of the features included Doric and Ionic wood pilasters, Gothic arches, Palladian windows, stained and leaded-glass fanlights, bay and bow windows, and various decorative woodwork. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since March 16, 1972
A little further north in Central Lake View is Graceland Cemetery, where members of some of Chicago’s wealthiest and most prominent families rest beneath architecturally significant monuments, including Louis H. Sullivan’s Getty and Ryerson tombs and Marshall Field’s tomb. Call for the current schedule of guided narrated tours. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since January 18, 2001
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since February 15, 1974
Belmont-Sheffield Trust and Savings Bank Building
1001 W. Belmont and 3146 N. Sheffield
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since March 01, 1984
Lake View Historic District
Roughly bounded by W. Wrightwood, N. Lake View, N. Sheridan, W. Belmont, N. Halsted, W. Wellington, N. Racine, and W. George
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since September 15, 1977
Lake View Historic District (Boundary Increase)
701, 705, 711, 715—717, 721, 733—735, 737, and 739 W. Belmont, 3162 and 3164 N. Orchard, and 3171 N. Halsted
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since May 16, 1986
Mandel Brothers Warehouse Building
3254 N. Halsted
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since August 19, 1993
Meekerville Historic District
303 W. Barry, 325, 303-341, 344 W. Wellington, 340 W. Oakdale
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since May 12, 2006
Schorsch Irving Park Gardens Historic District
Roughly bounded by W. Grace, W. Patterson, N. Austin, and N. Melvena
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places since February 25, 2004
This is a replica of a totem pole brought to Chicago by J.L. Kraft. The original pole was returned in 1985 to the Haidan Indians.
Links Hall is an intimate venue for dance, theater, music, and experimental performance located in Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood. At Links Hall, you can get reasonably priced tickets to see cutting edge work, as well as very affordable rehearsal space.
Metro is one of the country’s most renowned independent concert venues. Established in July 1982, Metro has become a playground for new and developing local artists as well as showcasing the best cutting edge bands from around the globe for over twenty-five years.
The Vic Theatre is a live concert venue designed by architect John E.O. Pridmore and opened in 1912 as the Victoria Theatre. It took three years to build the luxurious five-story vaudeville house. Most of the ornate wall sculptures, and the Italian-marble lobby floor and staircases are original. The acoustics are near perfect, and the balcony has wonderful sight-lines.
When there’s no live music, hit the Brew & View. Singular to all of northern Illinois, the Brew & View is the Vic’s alter ego, transforming the theater from music to movies. Three bars are open throughout the films, creating a cinematic experience miles away from the strip-mall multiplex. Movies at Brew & View tend to be second- and third-runs, as well as cult and underground favorites. This may not be the right place if you are looking to quietly concentrate on a movie, but if you want to see an old or new favorite for only $5.00 while drinking $1.50 beers, this is paradise!
Theatre Building Chicago is an incubator for developing theatre companies, new musicals and emerging theatre artists. Each year we feature over a dozen new musicals by talented writers from Chicago and across the country. TBC provides space and services to over 1,000 artists in more than 20 major presentations and 150 special events each year.
Blue Man Group is a wildly popular entertainment phenomenon, currently in an open-ended run at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre, that is a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience fusing innovative theatrical spectacle, powerful original music, and hilarious comedy, art, vaudeville, and science.
Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest comprehensive center serving the GLBT community of Chicago, offers support networks and programs that meet the cultural, emotional, spiritual, social, educational, and recreational needs of youth, adults, seniors, and families. The Center hosts a variety of cultural events including concerts, theater performances and lecture series, as well as sports and recreation programs. The three-story, 65,000-square-foot, green Center on Halsted includes conference and office spaces, a theater, a computer technology center, a multipurpose gymnasium, and a rooftop garden. All are welcome!
Just a few blocks south of Lake View you’ll find all the necessary ingredients for divine day-trip. Take a leisurely stroll down to Lincoln Park and enjoy these nature-themed gems!
Celebrating more than 150 years of science exploration and education, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is the public face of the Chicago Academy of Sciences, founded in 1857 as Chicago’s first museum dedicated to educating Chicagoans about nature and science through the preservation and display of native specimens, classroom activities, and dissemination of scientific knowledge.
Today the museum continues the Academy’s tradition of research, conservation and education about nature in the Midwest through participatory exhibits and programs, educational outreach and ongoing scientific activity. Its collections, due to their age and type, are among the most important in the region.
The museum distinguishes itself through extensive involvement in schools and the opportunities it provides for visitors to experience nature up close. As one of the city’s best examples of eco-friendly building technology with its lush outdoor nature trails and habitat, green roof, solar panels, and natural light sources, the Museum engages visitors, especially urban dwellers, in new ways to connect with and preserve the natural world.
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is a historic nature garden and lily pool located in Lincoln Park, at the southeast corner of Fullerton and Cannon Drives. Originally built in 1889 for raising tropical water lilies, the Lily Pool was redesigned in the prairie style of landscape architecture during the 1930’s by Alfred Caldwell.
Lincoln Park Zoo is the country’s most historic and distinguished zoological facility. Attracting an estimated 3 million visitors per year, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo is also one of the country’s last remaining FREE ADMISSION zoos.
The zoo’s newest feature, the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo, features North American wildlife. Four large outdoor exhibits feature black bears, red wolves, beaver and river otters. By bringing together animal habitats, interactive elements and educational activities, kids learn by touching, smelling, listening, building and playing.
At the state-of-the-art Regenstein Center for African Apes, huge glass windows give guests an opportunity to literally go nose-to-nose with curious and complex apes. The most expensive animal habitat created at the zoo to date, this $26 million facility features 29,000-square-feet of naturalistic living space for endangered gorillas and chimpanzees. The facility encompasses the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes which connects guests to science and conservation initiatives through an integrated program of research, science education and the conservation of wild populations.
A trip through the Regenstein African Journey will fully immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Africa. This 75,000-square-foot-facility replicates the natural homelands of two dozen African species from the rain forests to the savannas to the lakes of Great Rift Valley. It is home to some of the world’s rarest creatures like black rhinos, wild dogs, pygmy hippos and dwarf crocodiles. Glimpse the giant webs of orb spiders, peak inside the den of an aardvark, or simply enjoy the beauty of regal giraffes and doting lovebirds. An excursion through Regenstein African Journey is an educational adventure.
The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a treasured Victorian glass house built in stages between 1890 and 1895. At that time, the new exotic-looking conservatory replaced a small greenhouse that had been on this site in Lincoln Park since 1877. Architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee (1848- 1913) designed the glass structure which consisted of a palm, fernery, orchid and show houses. A nationally recognized architect known for Romantic style buildings Silsbee also designed the Carslson Cottage in Lincoln Park and bandstand in Garfield Park.
For over a century, the Lincoln Park Conservatory has been one of the most popular free attractions for plant enthusiasts in Chicago. The collections include the Palm House which features tropical plants such as the banana, sour sop, and cacoa as well as many palms. One of the oldest is the Scheelea Palm, which was acquired through a Field Museum expedition to Brazil in 1929. The Fern Room has cycads, one of the most ancient species of plants on earth, as well as a variety of ferns such as the madien hair, staghorn, and Austrailian tree fern. The Orchid Room has a large and beautiful collection of orchids and other epephitic plants such as Spanish moss and the pitcher plant. The Show House features four season floral displays annually.
For a great way to experience the conservatory, take a free tour with a docent. This interpretive program is offered by the Chicago Park Distrct in conjunction with the Lincoln Park Conservancy on weekends throughout the year. Meet a docent in the front vestibule on the hour and half-hour on Fridays (1-4 pm), Saturdays (9am – Noon; 1-4 pm), and Sundays (1-4 pm)
- Wrigley Field
- Alta Vista Terrace Historic District
- Graceland Cemetery
- Getty Tomb at Graceland Cemetery
- Additional National Register of Historic Places in Lake View
- Haidan Indian Totem Pole
- Links Hall
- The Vic Theatre
- Theatre Building Chicago
- Blue Man Group
- Center on Halsted
- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
- Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
- Lincoln Park Zoo
- Lincoln Park Conservatory