There are a lot of great neighborhoods in the Windy City. There are many that offer great views and amenities, but two popular and trendy neighborhoods that are both family-friendly and great for young millennials are Lakeview and Lincoln Park. These neighborhoods, sitting right to the north of downtown and below Evanston and Rogers Park, offer Michelin star restaurants, tons of parks, and access to Lake Shore Drive.
But, which of those neighborhoods have the best apartments? Because there are a variety of factors that go into deciding which neighborhood will be best for you, we’re going to do a deep-dive into the apartment types, amenities, and show you a few great apartments that we love!
What Are You Looking for in an Apartment?
Before we look at both neighborhoods, it’s important to know what you want in both a neighborhood and an apartment.
Lakeview and Lincoln Park have similar qualities that make them great, but there are also differences that can impact the reason someone might want to choose to live there. They both offer trendy, comfortable, and historic sectors that make them ideal neighborhoods to grow and settle in. But what else makes Lakeview and Lincoln Park two of the best neighborhoods in Chicago to live?Let’s take a look at what each of these great neighborhoods has to offer.
Lakeview vs. Lincoln Park
It’s the battle of the middle-upper class neighborhoods. Lakeview is known for its Boystown nightlife, Wrigleyville stadium, and family-friendly west side area. Lincoln Park is known for the DePaul campus, Lincoln Park Zoo, and trendy restaurants and shops. In order to differentiate the two, we’re going to have to break down their prices, shopping options, updates, and amenities.
While Lakeview and Lincoln Park both fall under the middle class to upper class range, they differ slightly based on location. Lincoln Park is generally a more expensive place to live due to its great school system, safety, and amenities. Lakeview generally falls under two categories: East and West. The closer you are to Lake Michigan and Wrigleyville (East), the more you can expect to pay for an apartment.
Lincoln Park doesn’t quite fall under these same categories. This neighborhood itself is a bit more expensive than Lakeview no matter where you’re at. The residential, collegiate areas of Lincoln Park–by DePaul– is where you’ll want to go if you want to save some money. Closer to Lake Michigan and Lincoln Park is where the historic row houses are and they are going to be pricey.
Both neighborhoods offer great shopping centers, but Lincoln Park wins for this category. North and Clybourn shopping, located slightly southwest in the Lincoln Park neighborhood offers stores, restaurants, and groceries that Lakeview can’t quite match. Lakeview does have Southport and Wrigleyville which are comparable, but the stores are slightly smaller and offer fewer options.
Lincoln Park currently has an upgraded historic feel–especially near the DePaul campus, but high-rises are being built frequently. Lakeview is also constantly getting updates, especially in the Boystown/East Lakeview area. These neighborhoods are trendy, so there will always be new buildings and updated restaurants and shops.
Because both neighborhoods are very similar, you can expect to find similar amenities. Restaurant life in these two neighborhoods are very dense, which can be a plus for young millennials. Nightlife, grocery stores, and gyms can also be found in many areas, so there is always going to be something to do.
Because Lakeview and Lincoln Park are northern neighborhoods, parks are vast and can be found on nearly every block. Here are a few common parks for each neighborhood:
- Sheil Park
- Hamlin Park
- Wiggly Field Park
- Lincoln Park
- Clover Park
Both Lakeview and Lincoln Park crime rates are rated the same. Generally, these two neighborhoods are considered safe and have minimal dangerous crime. A big reason these two neighborhoods are so popular among millennials is because of the safety factor; they are great neighborhoods for young people in their 20s and for growing families in their 30s.
We have looked at the neighborhood amenities that both Lincoln Park and Lakeview offer, but what about the actual apartments? If you’re going to be looking for an apartment in these neighborhoods, you will want to know what your options are.
Types of Apartments
Apartments that are most common in Lakeview include:
- 1 bedrooms
- 2 bedrooms
- 3 bedrooms
- Duplex Condos
What is Available?
If Lakeview is the neighborhood for you, we have a great apartment. Check out our Melrose apartment listing here!
Lincoln Park Apartments
If Lincoln Park has piqued your interest, you’ll want to know the ins and outs and have a great rental guide for Lincoln Park apartments. Let’s look at the different types of apartments Lincoln Park has to offer.
Types of Buildings
Apartments that are most common in Lincoln Park include:
- 1 bedrooms
- 2 bedrooms
- 3 bedrooms
- Duplex Condos
Which Neighborhood is Best?
After breaking down each neighborhood by amenities, buildings, and pricing, are apartments better in Lakeview or Lincoln Park? Well, based on the information, Lakeview is the winner. Lakeview offers a bit more variety when it comes to culture, restaurant choices, and apartment options.
The pricing in Lakeview is also less expensive giving you a lot more choice. Lakeview also has Boystown, Wrigleyville, Southport, and Belmont which is great for young, trendy millennials. There’s a ton of fun options in this neighborhood which is why it’s the winner for us.
However, keep in mind that choosing an apartment and area is completely personal and individual! You may want less nightlife, and more architectural diversity, so Lincoln Park will be more suited to your needs. Make sure to find a great real estate management group that can help you find exactly what you want!
How SRE Holdings Can Help!
At SRE Holdings, we want to help you make the best decisions when it comes to renting or buying your apartment! We know and love Chicago, so we feel we are perfectly qualified to help you live your best life here.
We have Lincoln Park and Lakeview properties that we know you’re going to love!
Lincoln Park Property:
- 1900-1916 N Lincoln, 312 W Wisconsin
- 658 W Aldine
- 654 W Wellington Ave
Contact us today to get started on your journey in the Windy City.