The Curbed Cup, our annual award to the Chicago neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious victory. For this week, we'll introduce two matchups per day, and on Friday, the results from the tournament bracket will be revealed. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!
Looking for comedy, classic movies or a Cubs game? Head on over to Lakeview — the neighborhood has more attractions than you can shake a stick at. It's also a neighborhood that features some of Chicago's most prominent pocket neighborhoods, like Boystown, Wrigleyville and the Southport Corridor. While the neighborhood was once known for being a place where Chicago's counter culture would hang out, there's really not a bunch of its old grime left. The Dunkin' Donuts at Clark and Belmont, which was known by those in the punk scene from the '80s and '90s as Punkin' Donuts, was demolished this year to make room for a new mixed-use development. That same development has also been blamed for causing The Alley owner Mark Thomas to finally move on from the neighborhood and sell his property on Belmont. Meanwhile, throughout the neighborhood's residential corridors, old homes are being demolished at a record pace to make room for newer, larger mansions. Like many Chicago neighborhoods, Lakeview is a dynamic one and will certainly continue changing in the coming years.
The Gold Coast neighborhood is known as being an area of extreme wealth. The area has a vast inventory of historic mansions and luxury highrises that are unobtainable to most folks. However, many residents in the neighborhood are dedicated to preserving the historic character of the area. This year, Old Town witnessed a very rare preservation win that prevented the demolition of one of the buildings in Edgar Miller and Sol Kogen's Carl Street Studios. Meanwhile across the neighborhood, the historic Bush Temple of Music is getting a complete makeover and will soon become an apartment development.