Greetings and Happy October!

Leaves are officially changing in Chicago, which means it’s Fall and officially the best time to explore all of Chicago’s neighborhoods! Once a month CURE brings you one of Chicago’s many neighborhoods. Not only are they part of our great city, but these neighborhoods are part of McCormick’s urban classroom. Up this week: Lake View!

As you can probably tell in the map, Lake View’s shape is a bit awkward. The yellow splotches in the middle are actually neighborhood – Wrigleyville on the left and Boystown on the right – that have been created within Lake View’s boundaries. From my time spent in Chicago it is clear that not a lot of people actually know Lake View’s boundaries, and for good reason, as neighborhoods tend to shift with time.

Despite Lake View’s ever changing shape, it is one of my favorite neighborhoods for many reasons. I had the opportunity to do some research on Lake View for a paper I wrote in my first year at McCormick, and what I learned was quite fascinating.

When Lake View was originally established, it was a small suburban community set between Chicago and Evanston. It was incorporated into Chicago in 1889, and has been a thriving neighborhood ever since. Lake View has since become a neighborhood full of young professionals and young families, as well as gay men.

Lake View and Boystown (which was created out of Lake View) is home to one of the largest amounts of youth homeless in the Mid-West. This partially attests to the grim reality that a lot of youth struggling with their sexual identity are not welcome in their families, and the kids have no where else to go. As Chicago, like many cities, is not the best at serving those needing the most support, several churches and other non-profits have provided space for the homeless youth to be themselves. Local laws keep beds for homeless youth at a minimum, but Lake View Presbyterian and Broadway United Methodist Church, as well as the Night Ministry, are able to still do what they can. McCormick Students have been big parts in both Cafe Pride at Lake View and Youth Lounge at Broadway, and they continue to be.

Lake View, as well as Boystown, is also home to Chicago’s Pride Parade – which is one of the biggest in the country – held the last Sunday in June each year. Local churches, included Broadway United Methodist and Lake View Presbyterian, march in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.

Lake View is home to many congregations in which to worship, including Lake View Presbyterian and Broadway, as well as many others. Other cool aspects of Lake View include on of Panera Bread’s pay-what-you-can restaurants.

Me and my lovely wife at last years Pride Parade

Thanks for checking into one of Chicago’s many wonderful neighborhoods.

Check back on Friday for a look into what it is like to be married in Seminary!

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