July 27, 2023

Lake View: My OverView of It

 My Perspective 

of Lake View
by Garry Albrecht
This post includes current photography of the Commuity of Lake View, definitions of governmental units, articles of the various periods of the community, the neighborhoods within our community, a history section, and influencers that shaped or shapes Lake View's development.
photo - Broadway near Grace/Halsted - Lake View Patch  
poster by Studio Chris
image - New York Times
2014 highlights of neighborhood by Moore Chicago Art
Moore Chicago Art above
2023 photo - My America/Facebook
2010 photo below - Chicago's Lake Shore Drive 
by Neal Simors & Beranrd Judge
An aerial photo below as of 2021
by  Rolando Moreira
that highlights the Belmont Bypass CTA Project
with a view north to northwest
1869 Map of Lake View Township
The township was established in 1857 & incorperated in 1864
The township 1857-1887 ranged from Devon Avenue (Church Street) to the north and Fullerton Avenue (Road) to the south; Western Avenue (Northwood Avenue) to the west to the then exiting lakefront to the east. Landfill for the northward extension of Lincoln Park, the park would not begin until the turn of the 20th century.
Also, the voters of the township voted to change the governmental status from a township to a city 1887-1889 while not changing its territory. More on Old Lake View in other posts.
Community of Lake View 
map - Etsy
The decease of the geographical size of the Lake View occured when offical Communities were established by the City of Chicago by early 1930's. After the annexation of Lake View in 1889 the old city of Lake View was referred as a District within the City of Chicago.
artwork - John Fluent Art 
Some Marketing 
a video view by ABC 7 Chicago
a video tour
with another video tour
Aerial Photos
by Jacob Hill in 2019
view south and view northwest

and finally a view west at Belmont Harbor

Various Other 
Photographers Below

Chris Cullen Photography
2016 photo from a helicopter - Bobby Blinner 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Mike Mitchell via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Jim Jasiota via Living History of Illinois & Chicago-Facebook
2018 photo - Greg Moorehead 

Chevon - photo by Sian Erten 
Mike Mitchell via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
with the Chevon sculpture in the background

From the Belmont L - Lake View Patch 
Clark & Halsted - Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-FB
along Broadway
Chris Cullen via Original Chicago-Facebook
waiting for a train - People on the CTA-Facebook
view of the neighborhood along with the Blue Angels
Chris Cullen Photography 2017
Ndine Vincent via Original Chicago-Facebook 
photo - Southport Corridor News & Events-Facebook
Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
... and then in the Winter months
Arlyn Mena via Original Chicago/Facebook in 2019
photos - Bill Rush
Sunset by Dave Gelfand 2021
February 2021 photo - WatchMarquee/Twitter
photo via Boystown-Facebook
along Clark Street north of Roscoe Street
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 2016
2017 photo - Chris Cullen - Oakdale Avenue
2018 photo - Chris Cullen - Oakdale Avenue
2018 photo - Chris Cullen - Oakdale Avenue
next to the Brewster Apartments
2019 photo - Chris Cullen via Picture of Chicago-Facebook

2018 photo - Chicago Transit Authority-Facebook

Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
photo - Gregg Moreland
2018 photo - Southport Corridor News & Events
2018 photo - J Scott Sykora 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook

photo - Chris Cullen Picture of Chicago-Facebook
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
The Seasons building along Broadway
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
corner of Southport & Belmont Avenue
photos - Lake View Roscoe Chamber of Commerce
David Caballero via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook

and its marker ...

 photos - Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
 photo - Gregg Morehead via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photo - John Hohenade via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photo - Greg Moorehead 
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook 
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
Emanuel Torres 
Raymond Kunst - Fine Art Photography
The New York Private Residences
photo - Gonzalo Alfredo Escobar
The New York Private Residences by Chris Cullen
Chris Cullen Photography
Chris Cullen Photography
along Paulina Avenue
Carina Sawaya, Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photo - Lake View Patch
photo - Greg Moorehead via Original Chicago-Facebook
Alta Vista - Chris Cullen
Greg Moorehead via Picture of Chicago-Facebook
below photo - Xavier Quintana-Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
More Photos Later ....
but for now 
A Deep Historical Dive:
It Began as a Township & 
then a City
and then a District
and then finally 
one the the 77 Communities
within the City of Chicago

map - Illinois Genealogy Trails
 The North/West/South areas in the map above were originally townships that the city of Chicago annexed by the mid 1800's. 
Some Definitions & Background
township is a widely used unit of local government, particular east of the Mississippi River, subordinate to, and geographic divisions of, a county (Cook for us) within given state. 
The specific responsibilities and the degree of autonomy vary based on each state. Civil townships are distinct from survey townships, but in states that have both, the boundaries often coincide with one another. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies civil townships (called "towns" in New England, New York and Wisconsin) as minor civil divisions. When reading articles in my blog posts notice that 'town' refers to the word 'township' by a newspaper.
A township governmental functions are generally attended to by an elected governing board (the name varies from state to state) and a clerk or trustee. Township officers once frequently include the justice of the peace, road commissioner, assessor, constable, and surveyor. 
wikipedia commons
TodayIllinois townships are charged with three basic functions:
1) general assistance for the indigent; 2) the assessment of real property for the basis of local taxation; and 3) maintenance of all roads and bridges outside federal, state, and other local jurisdiction. Beyond the three mandated services township government provides other vital services. This may include senior citizens programs, youth programs, assistance to the disabled, parks and recreational facilities, health services, and cemetery maintenance. Township government can serve its population from the cradle to the grave within the direct authority of their State government. In the 20th century many townships also added a township administrator or supervisor to their governing board. 
Today, the township governments maintain over 71k miles of roads in Illinois or 53% of all roadways as of 2010.
The Lake View Settlement
by A.T. Andreas 1884
One of the most noteworthy events in the history of the town[ship] was the opening of the Lake View House on the 4th of July 1854. It was situated and is still standing south of Graceland Avenue on the lake shore. The hotel was built by James H Rees and Elisha E Hundley and was intended to be the nucleus of a settlement. It was a three story wooden structure of generous proportions and its’ opening was made the occasion of a grand jubilee and dinner. There were present many of the brilliant men of Chicago speeches were made and everything passed off smoothly and with joy. The hotel was rapidly filled principally by cholera refugees from the city. 
As the projectors of the Lake View House [had] intended in the vicinity of the hotel a number of fine residences were erected among others those of S B Chase, S H Kerfoot, John B Le Moyne, HG Spofford, Dr Thomas Sim, James B Waller, [Elisha] Hundley, George W Snow, TM Bradley, Charles Cookson, and Edgar Sanders. 
The present of [neighborhood] Pine Grove covers what was then the settlement of Lake View most of the above gentlemen owning quite extensive tracts of land in this vicinity and around the Marine Hospital. In the autumn of 1854 the property owners who had clustered around the Lake View House proceeded to construct a plank from the city. It was called the Lake View Plank (Broadway) and followed the Green Bay Road (Clark Street) from Fullerton Avenue to Diversey Street (Parkway) and thence north on what is [now] Evanston Avenue (Broadway) to Sulzer Street (Montrose Avenue).
townships of 1862
W.L Flower Map via Library of Congress
Lake View Township 1862
W.L Flower Map via Library of Congress
Zoomed views below

Devon Avenue to Irving Park Road (Graceland Avenue)
and then Graceland Avenue to Fullerton Avenue

A 1887 Map
the transition year from township to city
the Rules of the Road in 1879
There is an old adage, 
"meaning nothing happens in and of itself. It's always a sequential process of events that bring things to its' present situation. 
So, to in history...
 The events in the City of Chicago (as well as in Europe) during the mid to late 19th century allowed the townships north of Chicago to create an identity of its' own such troubles in Europe, the numerous cemeteries and the Chicago Fire of 1871. 
The Township of Lake View and the authority before it called Ridgeville Township was of no exception. Emigration from Europe due to the European revolutions of 1848 and unending famines and pandemics along with the aftermath chronic health issues in Chicago particularly the cholera outbreak of 1854. 
It's my opinion that sequential processes of events occurred in the 19th century in the Chicago area that assisted in the advanced development of Lake View Township. The first was the ill planned location of the first north-side cemetery called Chicago Cemetery and The Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
The failed north-side cemetery once located along the lakefront was due to the human-health issues that were to be discovered during that time period that forced the closure and for development plans for locations that were of 'higher ground' along the old Native American trail along Green Bay Road (Clark Street). Chicago residents traveled to these several cemeteries prior and after the Great Chicago Fire on Sundays to visit their either relocated deceased relatives or new ones. Their would stay in roadhouses along the Green Bay route and discovered a new land northern of the thenlimits of Chicago - North Avenue. 
 Historical City Limits for the City of Chicago
History of Chicago, Volume II (Chicago: A. T. Andreas, 1885)
Purple: Origanal town, February 11, 1835
Blue: Addition, March 4, 1837
Pink: Addition, February 16, 1847
Green: Addition, February 12,1853
Yellow: Addition, February 13, 1863
Brown: Addition, February 7, 1869
image by Mary Carol Chambers‎ via Forgotten Chicago
The Borders of Old Lake View
The borders of Township/then City of Lake View were north of Fullerton Avenue to Devon; Western Avenue except along the Chicago River from Wrightwood to Fullerton and to the then existing lakefront - before the landfill for Lincoln Park. That chunk of land west of the Chicago River was annex to Chicago in the 1856 - one year before Lake View became a township.
Van Vechten's Map of 1870
zoomed views:
a zoomed view - northern section
a zoomed view - mid section
 a zoomed view lower section
The Chicago Fire of 1871 
had its Influence
in the township
The Great Chicago Fire aftermath created a climate of growth in the existing townships of Cook County outside the City of Chicago - for it allowed houses to be built of just wood and limestone and cemeteries to be located outside the forbidden Chicago in the Township of Lake View. 
Chicago in flames October 1871 - Chicago History Museum
Downtown Chicago 
 image - Detroit Publishing
more photos from Mashable
Map showing in blue the extent of the fire towards the Township of Lake View just beyond the Chicago border on Fullerton Avenue - University of Chicago Map 1871
image - Chicago Fire Department
According to an interactive map from Chicago Fire Department the fire crossed into the township north of Fullerton Avenue along Clark Street (Green Bay Road) west a block but no further north then present day Arlington Place.
Harpers Weekly November 1871
In fact, it was reported that only one property was damaged north of Fullerton Avenue (p. 399). The property of John A. Huck was saved and the fire was stopped by a team of neighbors and police Sparse surroundings and better climate were other factors that ended the fire from traveling northward. Many refugees of the fire were given shelter north of Fullerton Avenue. 
What if the Fire Happened 
in 1955
 Chicago's Annexation Map Overview
This map will give the reader a general overview of township annexations along with other data

zoomed image - University of Chicago Digital Collection
This legend is from another annexation map (1911) that highlights the increase of population per annexation of land mass. The largest land increase was in June 1889.
The Southern Border at Lincoln Park
Prior to 1889 Fullerton Avenue was the border with Chicago
This University of Chicago digital map (zoomed) shows the plans for the northern segment of Lincoln Park, the park, that had dual representation by the Township of Lake View, Township of North Chicago, and City of Chicago as of 1869. The southern border of the Lake View Township was Fullerton Avenue, at the time. According to this map the road along the lakefront was to be referred to as Lake Shore Drive - the original one. The Lincoln Park Board of Commissioners, the the Illinois sanctioned governing entity for it, planned to extend the park space beyond Fullerton Avenue - landfill into the lake. It was thought at the time filling in the lake was less expensive than buying up private property. 
Township of Lake View 1887
image - Historical Map Works
Lake View Township spanned an estimated 125 square miles and was divided into seven governmental districts. Each district population had to 'power of petition' within their own districts to the township council on any issue of concern - one popular one was liquor licenses. 
The borders of Lake View Township ranged from Devon Avenue to the north, Fullerton Avenue to the south, Western Avenue to the west, and the lake to the east. Due to the expansion of the Lincoln Park (the park) more land was added by landfill to the entire lakefront beginning in the late 19th century to the mid 20th century.
Lake View Township (p. 263) was officially established by the State of Illinois by 1857 but not formally organized as a functional governmental entity until 1865. 
The City of Lake View (1887-89) chartered by the State of Illinois in 1887 & was divided into seven wards (former township districts). William Boldenweck, who was the last township supervisor, was the mayor for two years prior to annexation by the City of Chicago in 1889. Those years were full of polictical drama.
 Zoomed Views
  Fullerton Avenue to Belmont Avenue
from Belmont Avenue to Wilson Avenue
and then from Wilson Avenue to Devon Avenue
City of Lake View Ready
for Annexation in 1888
On November 5, 1889 the City of Lake View formerly known before 1887 as the Township of Lake View was annexed by the City of Chicago after a June 'referendum' election that was held by the citizens of the city. The special election pitted the citizens who demanded 'Chicago-like' services, particularly those voters who demanded clean drinking water vs businesses owners, particular salon-owners, who did not want City of Chicago regulations and increases in taxation. That same year the City of Chicago doubled in geographical size annexing southside townships, as well. The following townships were annexed by the City of Chicago: On the north-side was Lake View and Jefferson townships and on the south-side: Hyde Park and Lake townships.
This 1893 UIC collection map still shows the old townships of Lake View and Jefferson that were annex by the City of Chicago in 1889. Complete administrative integration to the City of Chicago would take years to complete. Example, the officials in the new District of Lake View still controlled the water supply from the lakefront. 
A New 'District' within Chicago: 
Points of Interest
according to the Chicago Daily Tribune
The former city of Lake View
became two Chicago wards - 25th & 26th
The solid blackened line indicates the border between the 25th & 26th wards (25th is along the lakefront)
Current Communites of Old Lake View
The edited map below highlights official Chicago neighborhoods and communities that once was within the 2 x 10 mile Township/City of Lake View
'District of Chicago' Reference
I mention this only to justify my range of historical scope & research of anything & everything Lake View until official neighborhoods were established by 1930. After that date I narrow my scope to the present borders of the Community of Lake View.
Mayor Dever lived at 5901 N Kenmore
within the District of Lake View
according to the article below
1939 Aerial Views 
of our Community 
 Diversey Harbor and southeastern Lake View
1939 photos - Chicago Past
 Western Lake View along the Ravenswood L 
1939 photo - Chicago Past
 northern Lake View looking at the Waveland Golf Course
1939 photo - Chicago Past and
Central and Northwest Lake View looking at 
Wrigley Field and Graceland Cemetery
Evolution of old Lake View 
per articles at that time
The State of Lake View:
anyone with a library card can access these articles 
from the Chicago Public Library
The State of Lake View (Township) 
in 1876
Beer and Politics
The New Water System
The State of Lake View 
in 1885
Township of Lake View
photos of the book - Ebay
The State of Lake View 
in 1889
City of Lake View
the quest for annexation
and taxation
The City Govenment Experiment was Failing
The State of Lake View 
in 1931
Places to Shop & Play
Commercial vs 
Residencial Areas 
by 1939
red=commercial & blue=residencial
dark red=manufacture
The State of Lake View 
in 1957
One hundredth anniversary
 old vs new Lake View 

The State of Lake View 
in 1963
 also in 1963

The State of Lake View 
in 1967
The State of Lake View 
in 1969
State of Lake View
in 1971
a Neighborhood called New Town
late 1960's - early 1980's
This area covered most of Lake View East and was to market the area as something new and different like the area of 
Old Town - based on diverse and trendy lifestyles.
  The Neighborhood of 
New Town in 
State of Lake View 
in 1990
*to be downloaded to your computer
as a pdf file*
Lake View's
A Review ...
A neighborhood can change, and its boundaries may shift over time. Neighborhoods subdivide, emerge, revitalize, decline, and experience population shifts. Community areas are defined by the same boundaries in generally the same way over time. Amanda Seligman’s entry in the Encyclopedia of Chicago, is very helpful on this point. She writes, “Despite the uses scholars and planners have found for the concept of community areas, they do not necessarily represent how Chicagoans think about their city. So, as Seligman suggests, a neighborhood usually corresponds more closely to how we think about our city.' In other words, 'neighborhoods' may come and go within a 'community area' but community areas will remain the same in Chicago.
image - Google Maps
the light tan area is the Community of Lake View
photo - Airphotona
More views from John Picken with a link from YouTube, 
and finally Flickr.
The Neighborhoods Within:
Graceland West
photos - Greeta Hootman via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
This neighborhood has neighborhood association that is independent from the Lake View Citizens Council. This association 
was established by 1979.
their borders per their website 

South-East Ravenswood 
Greenview Avenue photo - Private Tour Chicago
photo - Greeta Hootman via Pictures on Chicago-Facebook
These separate neighborhoods span from (East) Ravenswood Avenue to Clark Street east - Montrose to Irving Park Road. Ashland Avenue is the appartant border between this neighborhood and Graceland West. South-east Ravenswood is part of the original borders of the old Lake View Township Community of Ravenswood. The original borders of old Ravenswood was Clark Street to Western and then Lawrence to Irving Park Road. After the establishment of official 'community areas' by 1930 the former Community of Ravenswood was divided between the communites of Lake View, North Central, Uptown, and Lincoln Square. As of 2016 it would seem the 
South-East Ravenswood community does seem to have an association but maybe just block clubs. It was a shame Ravenswood did not become a neighborhood of its own - just say'in.
a photo from yester-year
Charles Linthicum Family - Hermitage Avenue (Commercial Avenue) North of Berteau Avenue
Lake View East
photo - Laurel Delaney
photo map of area - Lake View Chamber of Commerce
This neighborhood of Lake View East is the home of the community areas' namesake - The Lake View Hotel (House) that was once located on the then existing lakefront on Grace Street. The hotel was constructed in 1853 as a residence during pre-township days to until the annexation of the City of Lake View by Chicago in 1889. 
Elisha Hundley owned a major portion of the subdivision of Pine Grove - the original name of the area until his death by 1874. It would appear he owned property from Cornelia Street to both sides of Grace Street (hotel shown); from the original lakefront to Evanston (Broadway) Avenue. 
 The first building - photo 1860's? 
The hotel grew in size and popularity

Wrigleyville & Boystown/Northhalsted area map
photo - DNAinfo
Simply put, the home of Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs
below photo - Southport Corridor News & Events
Northalsted (also known as Boystown) is one of the most country’s inclusive LGBTQ+ communities and the oldest officially recognized gay neighborhood in the United States. It’s known for its welcoming vibe, nonstop nightlife, LGBTQ+ owned businesses, and excellent dining options. It’s also the center of some of Chicago’s most popular events and festivals. 
and areas
not to be forgotten ...
zoomed view below
Ashland Avenue to Clark Street
Southeast Ravenswood
zoomed view below
Ashland to Ravenswood Avenue
2023 map below
The corridor includes the properties on both (East) Ravenswood Avenue and (West) Ravenswood Avenue. The community area of Lake View ends at East Ravenswood Avenue and only on south-side on Montrose Avenue. Theis area within Lake View is 'part and parcel' the neighborhood of South-East Ravenswood mentioned above. It is a separated out due to importance and its' complexity/evolution of a manufacture and residential area. This corridor that spans a number of neighborhoods and was part of a TIF that began in 2005 and expired 2018. The TIF map below ...
The entire corridor ranges from Irving Park Road to Bryn Mawr Avenue from Bowmanville to Lake View along the vintage 
defaunted and forgotten Chicago & Northwestern railroad
image via Curbed Chicago
'Up and down the Ravenswood Industrial Corridor, scrappy letterpress operators and screenprinters are carving out an analog niche in the digital world, setting type with their fingers instead of keystrokes and cranking out greeting cards and prints one piece of paper at a time by hand—kind of like swapping out an iPhone for a rotary model. Just like Printer’s Row, the corridor was hit hard by automation, innovation and consolidation, which rendered many of Ravenswood’s manufacturing plants and the products they produced obsolete. Though a handful of the corridor’s abandoned factories were converted to loft-style condos, plenty weren’t. Building owners carved up these cavernous plants into warrens of studios that happen to be the right size and the right price for printers, and it doesn’t hurt that the spaces look cool too.' - link above from Curbed Chicago.
image below via Central Square Journal
(click to enlarge)
 Planned in 2017??

photo - EveryBlock 
Some of the shops on Southport Avenue in 2016
photo - Southport Corridor News and Events
 to be surrounded by the L station at first
'Steps apart from each other, restaurants offered Thai, Italian, Mexican, sushi, Indian and once-trendy crepes, living up to the "Restaurant Row" nickname granted to the 3900 block of North Sheridan Road. But with several of those restaurants having moved or closed, and many new large residential developments being built with empty storefronts, the area has become a frequently forgotten pocket of Lakeview. Business owners on the block say it needs a new identity, and soon it could have one.' - according to DNAinfo

one of several planned developments near the L station 
rending & article - Curbed Chicago
New Neighborhoods
Planned in 2023
by the 
In Lake View the new neighborhoods will be Southport (green), Paulina (yellow), Lincoln Art District (pink), 
and Bricktown (brown - the eastern part).
a citzens action organization
The LAKE VIEW CITIZENS COUNCIL (LVCC) aims to improve the quality of life for the area bounded by the Lake Michigan on the East, the Chicago River on the West from Irving Park on the North to Diversey on the South.
the old map above
The Belmont Harbor Neighbors - BHN dissolved in 2013.
The area was mostly absorbed by East Lake View Neighbors - ELVN
the new 2020 map below
The LV Chambers 
of Commerce:   
past and present   
 Lake View Chamber of Commerce
Roscoe Village Chamber
in 2021
former logos 

'The [former] Lakeview Chamber of Commerce is a community of entrepreneurs working together and supporting each other to create a stronger neighborhood and business environment, through advocacy, promotion, networking and education. Our organization is a leader in supporting businesses with valuable resources, programming and services that advance our neighborhood's business success, guided by our Lakeview Area Master Plan. We leverage private funding, government resources and programs, and support from more than 250 members to help our local business community thrive. The Chamber is a 501(c)6 nonprofit originally founded in 1951 as the Lincoln Belmont Ashland Business Association. The Chamber serves as the sole service provider of SSA 27, a taxing district that supports additional programs and services, including public way maintenance and enhancement.' - per their website        
 3831 N Broadway

 'The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is a broad community based organization designed to represent and help merchants and other business people in the community. It is a policy of the organization to promote goodwill and a pleasant business environment for merchants, consumers, and area residents. The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce is the Sole Service Provider for Special Service Areas #8 and #17. Combined, the two business districts include Sheffield Avenue from Irving Park Road to Diversey Parkway; Clark Street from Byron Street to Diversey; Broadway from Grace to Diversey; Belmont Avenue from Racine Avenue to Halsted Street and Halsted from Belmont to Diversey. This area is famous for attractions like Wrigley Field, The Briar Street Theater, a thriving dining district, exciting nightlife and a number a boutique hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.' -  their website
merged with 
Central Lake View Merchants Association in late 2010's
The office was once located at 
3355 N Clark Street
their new territory
the grey area in the middle belongs to the next 
mentioned organization
in 1923

 logo - Pride Splash Chicago
below photo - TimeOut Chicago
'Since 1980, Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA) has worked collectively to enhance the entertainment district known as Boystown. Representing over 100 In & Proud businesses, NBA is recognized by the City of Chicago, national media outlets and residents for its leadership of advancing economic vitality and quality of life for the total community. To this end, NBA provides programs and services that will increase investment, security, opportunity and activity in our district.' - per their website
of Illinois
3179 N Clark Street
Our chamber's focus is bringing together LGBTQ+ 
along with friendly businesses  
Chamber of Commerce
the area
The Continuation of more 
Photo Snippets 
of Lake View
2021 photos - Oleg Tiunicov via Original Chicago/Facebook  
2017 photo - Tom McDonald
Chris Cullen via Original Chicago-Facebook
photo - Chris Cullen Photography
Brian Hassell via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
north corner of Halsted & Clark
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
2019 photo - Sandy Gordon - Whole Foods
The 'Seasons' building at Broadway & Melrose
photo - Chris Cullen Photography
view southeast from Irving Park Road & Ravenswood tracks
photo - Chris Cullen Photography
2018 photo - Joshua Mellin 
via Southport Corridor News & Events
Sheridan el steps
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
855 W Belmont
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
via Judith Geisenheimer Saistone, Pictures of Chicago
2021 photo - Amit Jhingran
a former SRO hotel
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Sheridan Red Line “L”, Irving Park Road, Seminary Ave., & Dakin Street - the space under the tracks
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Historical District of Alta Vista
Photography by Chris Cullen
500 block of Barry
2019 Photography by Chris Cullen
also on Barry ...
George Street and Lincoln Avenue
Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
2019 photo via Southport Corridor News and Events
2019 photo - Chris Cullen via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
2019 photo - Wrigley Field Rooftops-Facebook
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Century Mall
photo - Greeta Hootman via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
on a wall - Lake View Presbyterian Church Parish House
photo - Southport Corridor News and Events-Facebook
 photographer Jackie Jones 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photographer Jackie Jones 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
photographer Jackie Jones 
via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
former Wieboldt building
Chris Cullen Photography 2017
former Sexauer Garage near Whole Foods on Halsted
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
J.R. Schmidt Photography
'Jewish Graceland'
photo -  Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
photo - Chris Cullen Photography in Wrigleyville
Lincoln & Paulina
2021 photo - Chris Cullen
Chris Cullen Photography
Wellington, Southport, Lincoln
on Belmont at Broadway
Chris Cullen Photography
Chris Cullen Photography
Lincoln Avenue and George Street
The Brundage Building, built 1923, was originally a bank. Lincoln Avenue between School & Roscoe along with the Lake View YMCA building on Marshfield Avenue
Chris Cullen Photography via Pictures of Chicago-Facebook
Diversey, Lincoln, Racine intersection view north
2019 photo - Chris Cullen via Picture of Chicago-Facebook
photo - Southport Corridor News & Events via @thadgs
once a home a grand mansion on Stratford Place
and my starting point for thie blog
Mike Butland via Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
2019 photo - Chicago Cubs-Facebook
2018 photo - Chris Cullen via Picture of Chicago-Facebook
3300 N Halsted Street
Chicago Harbors-Facebook
and below - Raymond Kunst Fine Art Photography
Living in Lake View 
in the Day:
A Diane Wasserman-Drell Story
"I lived in the neighborhood (Patterson Avenue) from 1945-1955, and then my family moved to a house in suburbia. It was a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in at that time. Everyone knew their neighbors and everyone was friendly. There were all kinds of grocery shopping on Broadway -- everything you could imagine; a butcher shop, a fresh fish store, grocery stores, a huge Woolworths at Irving Park and Broadway. In the other direction was a couple of children's shoe stores, two drug stores on the corner of Addison and Broadway. Just to the south of Patterson on the east side of the street was Millie's dime store which was a tiny version of FW Woolworth's. At Patterson and Broadway was Borden's Dairy on the west side of the street. There was a large indoor parking garage there, and that's where my dad parked his car. The "streetcars" were on Broadway, then came the Green Hornets and then regular buses. 
when she was in her 20's
It was a wonderful, much less stressful way of life. We were one of the first people on our block to get a television (10" screen), so all the kids hung out at our apartment. And..... I found a rent receipt in one of my mom's old cookbooks several years ago. It [our apt] was for $40.00 -- for a one bedroom, one bath apartment with a tiny kitchen, a large dining room, living room and a sun parlor. It also had a Murphy bed on the living room wall. We had radiators... and the coal was delivered to the basement where the washing machine (with wringers) was, and women used to hang their clothes to dry on rope with clothespins that was hung in the basement. My mother used to send a lot of her laundry out... linens, my dad's undershorts, rags and the shirts my dad wore to work. Such fond memories of a wonderful neighborhood and very decent people. I also went to Le Moyne school through 4th grade. At that time, the Chicago public schools were way ahead of the educational system in suburbia. Even though we can never turn back the clock, it's nice to reminisce about wonderful things and times in one's life. Thanks for filling in the blanks and sharing your information about the rocks and the totem pole."
Lake View Township
is Still a Thing
as a property taxing body
and as of

Post Notes:
A Great Resource
for me
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
the Google Earth of its Day
As mentioned at the top of this post one of my 'go to' sources are these maps. These incredible detailed illustrations highlight a given area much like the Google Earth Maps of today - address, image of the building, sometimes the name of the building, sometimes the date of the construction of a building. Below is a 1923 volume 9 sample. The maps are separated into 'sheets'. The edited maps below reflect four different sheets.
For this example I zoomed/copy-paste the location sheet to highlight each corner of Halsted/Grace/Broadway
The Northeast Corner
 The Southwest Corner
The Northeast Corner 
The Southwest Corner
The Status of the United States
when Lake View was formed

1857–1861: The South Prepares to Secede

General map of the United States, showing the area and extent of the free & slave-holding states, and the territories of the Union: also the boundary of the seceding states - Library of Congress

The 1850’s were violent and tension-filled years in the United States, as arguments about slavery and states' rights exploded all over the country. Despite all the efforts of many lawmakers, the hostility between the North and the South seemed to increase with each passing month. A number of events in the early and mid-1850s contributed to this deterioration in relations between the two sides, from the publication of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin to the bloody battle for control of Kansas. But the blows that finally broke the Union in two took place in the final years of that decade, as the North and the South finally saw that their vastly different views of slavery would never be resolved to everyone's satisfaction. "There were serious differences between the sections," wrote Bruce Catton in The Civil War, "[but] all of them except slavery could have been settled through the democratic process. Slavery poisoned the whole situation. It was the issue that could not be compromised, the issue that made men so angry they did not want to compromise." One of the most important legal decisions in American history took place in 1857, when the U.S. Supreme Court had to decide whether a slave named Dred Scott (c. 1795–1858) should be granted his freedom. The Court's ruling against Scott further increased the hostility and distrust between America's Northern and Southern regions, in part because it suggested that slavery could be legally instituted anywhere in the country.

My Last Word, .... for now
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