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Loving Chicago Neighborhoods: Spotlight on Lakeview Arts

Loving Chicago Neighborhoods: Spotlight on Lakeview Arts

February is the month for love. So for the next few weeks, we’re going to highlight what home buyers and sellers love about some of Chicago’s most attractive neighborhoods.

Lakeview’s arts scene steals the show and a lot of hearts, too. If you live in Lakeview, you don’t have to travel to the Loop for spectacular fine arts productions. The Belmont Theater District was formed in 2012 and includes about 25 theaters around Belmont Avenue between Broadway Street and Southport Avenue.

At these venues audiences can experience traditional theater, sketch comedy, dance and improv shows. One standout is Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater. You can catch a Dance Chicago Valentine’s Day performance at the Athenaeum Theatre called Dances from the Heart. Even the children’s theater productions are a great way to entertain the kids for an afternoon. The Athenaeum is affiliated with Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts on Wellington Avenue. The Emerald City Theatre on Southport also promotes arts education.

An award-winning fine arts education is what Lakeview families can achieve by sending their kindergarten through eighth grade children to James G. Blaine Elementary School. Blaine is a fine arts magnet school at the corner of Southport and Grace Street. The Illinois State Board of Education has repeatedly recognized Blaine for its excellence in education. Chicago magazine also named Blaine one of the top schools in Chicago and the suburbs.  BlaineMapBlaine1

Blaine is open to kids living within the attendance area. Students from outside the attendance area may apply for any available spaces and will be chosen by lottery. The school also houses two preschool programs.

It’s no secret parents are smitten with Blaine. Many buyers specifically look for properties within Blaine’s boundaries. If you’re buying a home or condo in this area, expect higher prices. You’re in luck if you’re selling within Blaine’s limits, because it will likely increase your property value. Last year new construction single family homes in the Blaine area sold for between $2.1 and $2.9 million, depending on lot size. These prices are comparable to those found on the most desirable blocks of Lincoln Park. Speaking of Lincoln Park, next time we’ll take a look at why people keep falling for this chic, classic neighborhood.

If you’re ready to make a move on a property, contact Jim Miller and JM Partners at 773.617.6638 or