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Anchored by a beautiful stretch of shoreline to the east and dotted with train stops along two ‘L' lines, Lakeview is one of Chicago's liveliest and most accessible neighborhoods. Several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Boystown and Wrigleyville — meld together to form a lakefront community that celebrates diversity. Lakeview makes full use of its slice of Lincoln Park, a 1,200-acre oasis dedicated to the outdoors. Here you will find the scenic Lakefront Trail, a golf course and driving range, boat harbors, a bird sanctuary, tennis courts and grassy playing fields that are also perfect for picnics or just soaking in the views.
In Lincoln Park, Chicago's motto, "urbs in horto" or "City in a Garden", truly comes to life. Historic landmark districts sit next to peaceful parks, while quiet, tree-lined residential areas give way to bustling business corridors. Armitage Avenue is lined with independent boutiques and high-end retailers; Clark Street is packed with cafes, restaurants and sweet shops that spill out onto the sidewalks during warm weather; and Lincoln Avenue buzzes all night with bars and taverns. Lincoln Park is a diverse arts and entertainment destination with a plethora of museums, top theaters and live music clubs. This neighborhood's namesake park contains 1,208 sprawling acres of green space with a free, year-round zoo, a nature museum and conservatory. The lakefront trail and beaches are set against a backdrop of downtown skyscrapers.
Cheap eats and bike-friendly streets. Gourmet coffee, scruffy dive bars and artisanal cocktail lounges. Some may say it's a recipe for a hipster haven but there's a proud, working-class sensibility that keeps this Northwest Side neighborhood grounded. In Logan Square, the strong neighborly connection is evident all around, from active preservation groups to community gardens and a locally-run farmers market. "Local" being the key word when describing many aspects of the scene: ingredients are sourced locally at their buzz-worthy restaurants; corner taps tout local, craft brews; galleries showcase local artists; and concerts and street fests promote local, upstart bands. At the heart of this community is the actual"square" in Logan Square. It comes together at the intersection of Kedzie and Logan Boulevard, where a circle interchange meets with Milwaukee Avenue.
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One of Chicago's creative epicenters lies just northwest of downtown Chicago in Wicker Park and Bucktown. These sister neighborhoods are famous for boutique shopping, esoteric book stores and countless art galleries. If you love craft cocktails and have an affinity for independent clothing designers, there's no better area to sip and shop in the country. The area has recently become an influence on Chicago's Michelin-rated dining scene, boasting some of Chicago’s most sought after restaurants. The neighborhood's most enduring quality is its shopping. Along North, Milwaukee and Damen Avenue, you will find a mix of vintage shops amid independently owned boutiques. On the same blocks are nationally recognized designers and major retailers.