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596 West Hawthorne apartments, Lakeview East

by Joe Zekas on 5/28/14

596 West Hawthorne is a 39-unit, 4-story vintage walk-up built in 1926 in the Lakeview East neighborhood.

The apartments

596 West Hawthorne has studio and 1-bedroom apartments. Late in May of 2014 available studio rents ranged from $800 to $855. No one-bedrooms were available at that time. Floor plans are accessible online.

The apartments have large windows, hardwood floors, crown and picture-frame moldings, ceiling fans and walk-in closets. Kitchens are compact, single-wall with limited counter space. Radiator heat is included in the rent. Window air-conditioning is optional.

Amenities, services, policies

Like most vintage walk-ups, 596 West Hawthorne has limited common amenities.

There is an on-site laundry room and a bicycle room. The building welcomes cats, but not dogs. On-site parking is not available.

The location

596 West Hawthorne is at the corner of Hawthorne and Broadway. The 500 block of Hawthorne is tree-lined and hosts mainly large single-family homes.

The building’s Lakeview East location at the periphery of Wrigleyville and Boystown affords its residents steps-to proximity to everything those neighborhoods have to offer, and good proximity to Lincoln Park and the lakefront.

Shopping. 596 West Hawthorne residents have excellent access to grocery shopping.

Jewel-Osco is a block north. Treasure Island, which bills itself as “America’s most European supermarket,” is steps away on Broadway.

Whole Foods is nearby on Halsted, and a Walmart Express, which has a pharmacy in-store, is a few blocks north on Broadway.

There are Target, Marshalls and Bed Bath and Beyond locations nearby for residents setting up housekeeping.

National retail chains are, however, not a dominant presence in the neighborhood, which draws its character from a variety of locally-owned and quirky smaller shops.

Dining, nightlife, entertainment. Whatever you have a taste for is available in hyper-abundance within a short walk.


Finding a regular breakfast spot is the first order of dining business for many, and 596 West Hawthorne residents will find Waffles Café is a few blocks north and local favorite Ann Sather is around the corner. If coffee and munchies suffice, there are several Starbucks locations within a short walk.

Wrigleyville, a few short blocks west, is a dense bar and restaurant destination for Cubs fans, and sports bars are everywhere.


The Broadway strip serves up everything from fast food to Thai to burgers to Irish pubs. Revolucion, Rocks and Pie Hold Pizza Joint are around the corner from the building.

The Halsted Street / Boystown scene, a block west, has dozens of straight, gay and lesbian bars, nightclubs and retail shops.

There are nearly two dozen theaters within walking distance of 596 West Hawthorne in the Belmont Theater District, and dozens more venues for live music performances.

Neighborhood street festivals and fairs are a great source of entertainment in the summer. Events near 596 West Hawthorne include – to name a few – Northalsted Market Days, the Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, Wrigleyville Summerfest, SausageFest, the Chicago Marathon and, of course, Pride Week.

The websites for the Lakeview Citizens Council and the Lakeview and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce are a good source to learn about upcoming events.

Parks, recreation. 596 West Hawthorne residents have convenient access to public parks and recreational activities.

The 1,200-acre Lincoln Park, one of the great public spaces in America, is two short blocks east of 596 West Hawthorne. At this point in the park you’ll find a playground, the 9-hole Sydney Marovitz golf course, tennis courts and ball fields and a picnic field.

Lincoln Park has almost every recreational amenity imaginable, from an archery range to a great zoo.

Transportation. 596 West Hawthorne has good access to public transportation.

A variety of CTA bus routes traverse the area. The #36 Broadway bus at the corner, steps from the property, travels into the Loop. The #152 bus on Addison connects to the CTA Red Line stop at Addison for travel south to the Loop or north to Evanston. The #152 continues west for Blue Line transit to O’Hare Airport. The Addison Red Line stop is just over a 10-minute walk from the property.

596 West Hawthorne residents have a 4-minute walk to the #146 CTA bus stop on Lake Shore Drive. The 146 runs express to the 900 Shops, anchored by Bloomingdale’s, on Michigan Avenue’s Magnificent Mile, and then on to the Loop.

Lake Shore Drive is a short distance away. There’s a pedestrian underpass at Belmont. Crosstown access to I-90/94 and the city’s expressway grid is inconvenient from this location, and can be time-consuming before and after Cubs’ games.

Zipcar car-sharing locations and DIVVY bike stations are nearby.

The competition

You’ll find a wide variety of additional properties at YoChicago’s at-a-glance list of Lake View, East apartments.

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