Want to live in a place that offers everything you'll ever need to live the urban lifestyle you've dreamed about? Think no further and move to Lakeview, one of the most up and coming neighborhoods in Chicago, Illinois. Located just north of historic Lincoln Square, south of Uptown, and bordered by both Roscoe Village on the west and Lake Michigan on the east, this beautiful neighborhood offers great food, shopping, night life, and entertainment. With historic and exciting places to visit like Wrigley Stadium and the Vic Theater, Lakeview has earned a spot as one of the most desired neighborhoods to live in Chicago.
What The Neighborhood Consists Of
Lakeview is made up of three sub neighborhoods which include Wriglyville, East Lakeview, and West Lakeview. Wriglyville is home of the Chicago Cub's Wrigly Stadium and many great sports bars and pubs. East Lakeview is home to the biggest gay community in the United States referred to as Boystown. West Lakeview is growing and is home to great shopping, restaurants, and family neighborhoods.
One of my favorite parts of Lakeview is the food! You can find anything and everything to satisfy your tastebuds in this community. Some favorites include a small diner on Broadway called Stellas. This great vegan and vegetarian friendly diner has been around for generations and if you eat there make sure to say "Hi" to Gus, (his family opened the shop) the current owner who makes it a point to come around and give hugs to regular customers. My personal favorite dish is the Hobo which is a great vegetarian breakfast skillet that can include fresh guacamole. Another amazing resteraunt in Lakeview is Joy’s Noodles & Rice. Also located on Broadway within walking distance of the lake this Thai-inspried resteraunt will leave you wanting more and more. It's a bargain for Pad Thai which comes in under $9 and can serve two. Also try their spring egg rolls and fresh peanut sauce; your taste buds will thank you. Both locations are BYOB which means you can bring your own alcohol with a microscopic or no corking fee. Joys is also great for summer nights as many locals hang out on the back patio under the stars. Ann Sathers, Ping Pong, and DMK Burger also make the "top list" when it comes to restaurants in Lakeview.
After enjoying the amazing Lakeview cuisine hit up the unique shopping. It's not uncommon to find anti-Walmart signs in local business' windows as they are a priority and value in Lakeview. Threadless offers web designed t-shirts at their flagship store, bulk up on alternative punk clothing at The Ally, and find some good vintage albumns at The Brown Elephant Resale Shop. The Land of the Lost offers great vintage clothing and you can get lost in the Hollywood Mirror which offers clothing and accessories from every era imaginable. Reckless Records has an extensive media library and claims to have at least one copy of anything ever recorded. The music shop also has shows and you can find anyone from businessmen to the homeless browsing the isles. If you need to catch up on some reading take a coffee into the Unabridged Bookstore's basement to see a room filled with travel literature. If you're also feeling adventurous check out Eagor's Dungen or Taboo Tabou for some adult toys and gifts.
Lakeview Has The Best Coffee Shops In Chicago
Feeling chill and need a place to work on your latest book or expense report? Lakeview offers some of the absolute best coffee shops in all of Chicago. At the number one spot is Intelligensia. This coffee shop not only has supurb coffee but offers a great productive atmosphere (try their cafe mocha and you'll never want Starbucks again). Other coffee shops to get work done in and listen to live music include Dollop, the Loose Leaf Lounge, and Argo Tea. On hot days many relax outside as almost all of the shops listed have outdoor patios and offer free wifi.
WCredit: Dave Hensley via Flickrith the lake just steps away for residents, many take advantage of the bike trail and enjoy running, walking, roller blading, and of course cycling. There are many places to picnic and throw a frisbee including the Belmont Harbor which is well known for housing sailboats. In the summer Lakeview is also a great place to view the Annual Air and Water Show. Many festivals include the annual Pride Parade, the Lakeview Mayfest, Noth Halsted Market Days, and Summer on Southport.
Entertainment and Nightlife
After a long, productive day catch a show at Schubas, a hip bar where Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy got his start or visit the Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater. Other great activites include the Comedy Sportz Theater and the weekly View and Brew at the Vic Theater. For $5 you can watch a cult favorite triple feature at the Vic while ordering your favorite beers and wines. In the summer you will find yourself stumbling upon great mini-festivals which also double as nightlife as many last into the wee hours. If unique nightlife is what you desire look no further than accepting clubs such as Berlin, Sidetrack, or the infamous Spin.
Other Awesome Things About Lakeview
If you aren't convinced yet to move to Lakeview, visit Milos Hair Salon where punk stylists will make you feel like a rock star. At only $30 for a cut and style it's hard not to become a regular. Another finishing touch in Lakeview is Treasure Island, a European grocery store that only carries the finest foods available. Even if $20 for a bottle of olive oil isn't your style, you can still enjoy many free samples on any given day and the opportunity to buy cuisine from all over the globe.
If you're looking for a neighborhood that offers the best in coffee shops, night life, global restaurants, and entertainment move to Lakeview. It's my favorite neighborhood in Chicago so once you sign your lease, make sure to invite me over for a drink or two.