Your Guide to Living in Lakeshore East, Chicago

Living in Lakeshore East is a dream. The neighborhood is in the heart of Chicago, but close to a number of parks so residents don’t feel too removed from nature.  Lakeshore East really has everything – great location and a lot of things to do and see to stay busy!


Lakeshore East is very accessible in a number of ways, depending on how you prefer to get around.

If you opt to use public transportation, the Randolph/Wabash Brown (also Green/Orange/Pink/Purple) Line is the closest CTA (elevated train) line. If you need to get somewhere else using the Blue Line or Red Line, relevant CTA stops are all very easily accessible in the nearby Loop.

Trying to go to or come back from the suburbs? You may opt to use the Metra commuter train with a convenient station nearby. Lakeshore East’s Millennium Station serves the Metra Electric District to University Park, Blue Island and South Chicago. You can also take the South Shore Line to Gary and South Bend, Indiana. Metra access to other suburbs is available at Ogilvie Transportation Center and Union Station.

Finally, Lakeshore East is easily accessible by car on Lakeshore Drive. Lakeshore Drive provides easy access to the North and South side of Chicago – just try to avoid it during rush hour!

Food & Drink

Though Lakeshore East is a small community, there are plenty of fine dining options to choose from:

Eggy’s Diner

Eggy’s Diner offers a beautiful brunch experience without the wait of some nearby hotspots in Chicago’s Loop. Those with dietary restrictions will appreciate the gluten-free options!

Brown Bag Seafood Co.

Responsibly sourced seafood, served fresh. They’re rapidly expanding their empire in Chicago, with a new location at Revival Food Hall.

III Forks

A great steakhouse with rooftop seating in the warmer months – what more could you want? They have some excellent seafood options if you’re in the mood for surf and turf.


If you’re not from Chicago, you probably won’t appreciate how awesome it is to live near a Mariano’s. It’s a grocery shopping experience unlike any other, with made to order options, sushi, gelato, and high quality grocery items at a very reasonable price.


One of the main features of living in Lakeshore East is it’s proximity to Millennium Park. Millennium Park is an epicenter of activities in Chicago, including (but certainly not limited to): concerts, exercise events, and outdoor movies. The best part? Most of these activities are free! During the winter, there’s still plenty to do thanks to multiple ice rinks and other recreational activities. Living in Lakeshore East means being the envy of the town and family/friends who come to visit!

As if being close to Millennium Park wasn’t enough, Lakeshore East also has it’s own park (of the same name)! LakeShore East Park has everything you’d want in a park, and more, including free wifi and an off-leash dog area.

Are you ready to make the move to live in Lakeshore East? We’d love to have you! Get in touch to learn more about this neighborhood and living options.

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!