A Brief History of Chicago’s Lake View Neighborhood

The neighborhood of Lake View has a history that will assuredly surprise you. Its vibrant energy is reminiscent of that which is usually associated with smaller neighborhood enclaves such as Wrigleyville, Boystown, and the Southport Corridor. However, it is Lake View that encompasses the word welcoming in it’s most literal sense. The neighborhood is home to the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach, also known as AGLOChicago. Which is one of the largest welcoming LGBTQ+ congregations in the United States! Yet with this fact alone, it’s easy to imagine Lake View as it was when founded. Clues to its foundation can of course be seen in surrounding architecture, and in between the lines of long-standing rumors and historical acquiescence. 

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