I always suggest to my buyer clients three things....
a) drive through the neighborhood during the week, the weekend, daytime and night time to get a feeling
if this area works for you
b) if you have children visit the schools in person
c) if you are worried about safety, check with the local police department or go to websites like Chicagocrime.org or everyblock.com
And with having said all that, always remember neighborhoods change over the years, schools change
there is or is no new construction, people moving in and out of neighborhoods etc.
If you need help I would be delighted to e-mail you all available properties in the Lakeview neighborhood
in your price range, your type of home (condo?) so that you can then make a choice of which ones you would like to look at .... where you thinking about a condo overlooking Lake Michigan?