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EXPLORE CHICAGO'S BUSTLING LAKEVIEW NEIGHBORHOOD

Here are some ideas for things to do in one of Chicago's largest neighborhoods.

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Anchored by Boystown to the east and Wrigley Field to the west, Lakeview is one of Chicago's liveliest neighborhoods. From its vibrant nightlife scene to one of Major League Baseball's oldest stadiums and the dozens of celebrated restaurants in between, there is something for everyone in Lakeview.

 

Catch a Show

Lakeview boasts some of the Midwest's most famous independent theaters with the Belmont Theater District offering shows every night of the week. Theater Wit and the neighboring Stage 773 are pillars in a mounting area art district. Wit is a premier smart art theater, with three spaces that bring together Chicago's best storefront theater companies. Stage 773 has been open since 2010 and boasts four theaters that feature everything from low-budget black-box productions to the largest sketch comedy festival in the country.

The Vic Theatre, which opened in 1912, is one of Chicago's most sought after music venues. It hosts musicians and bands from the city to national touring acts. And on non-concert nights, you can check out Brew & View, when the theater transforms from music to movies and showcases old films to boisterous crowds.

Lakeview also houses the Briar Street Theatre, home to Blue Man Group, a wildly popular entertainment phenomenon that provides audiences a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience. Another option is ComedySportz, a unique blend of fast and funny improv appropriate for all audiences. Two teams compete in short-form improv games, and the audience votes for the winner.

 

Show Your Pride

The entity of Boystown is located in East Lakeview and is one of the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the U.S. In fact, it was recently named the Most Incomparable Gay Neighborhood in the World by Out Traveler. Be sure to stop by Center on Halsted, a distinguished community center - the largest in the Midwest - that welcomes over 1,000 people per day.

If you come during the summer, you must try to catch the area's two banner events: The Chicago Pride Parade (June) and Market Days (August). These events attract more than one million spectators and visitors of every background and sexual orientation each year.

Spend a night out in Boystown and explore the bar and restaurants along North Halsted, which features gay-friendly establishments and outstanding dining options from Spanish to Asian to American.

 

Celebrate Wrigley & Baseball History

Lakeview is proud to be the home of the nation's second oldest Major League Baseball stadium, Wrigley Field. The Chicago icon turned 100 in 2014, and the Chicago Cubs, along with the whole city, continue to celebrate...and you can join in, too.

Come for a game — sitting in the bleachers is a favorite summer pastime — or bring your group for a tour of the stadium for a chance to hang out in the dugouts and step onto the field.

 

Get in Some Retail Therapy

Lakeview features many commercial districts with plenty of shops along Lincoln Avenue, Belmont Avenue, Clark Street and Broadway Avenue. All of these feature great shopping, but one of the best corridors is down Southport Avenue. Here, you will find small boutiques such as BabydollsM2CeratoWhite Birch Trading Co. and more. You can also shop at large national retailers, including Anthropologie, Gap, Lululemon, Athleta and Francesca's Collectibles.

Grab a cup of hot or iced tea from David's Tea and stroll along the streets, hopping from one eclectic store to the next. There's so much variety here, you're sure to find many items that catch your eye.

 

Dine in Style

Some of Chicago's best restaurants can be found in Lakeview. Try Wood Restaurant, a Bib Gourmand recipient with a diverse menu of small plates made with the best ingredients. In the mood for a good burger? Go to DMK Burger Bar, which has been featured in many culinary magazines and shows for its vast array of burger selections.

You can also find some classic Chicago staples in Lakeview, including Ann Sather, a famous diner that has been around for over sixty years. The restaurant serves up traditional Swedish and Scandinavian dishes in a warm, inviting atmosphere. If you go, be sure to grab a famous cinnamon roll.

Or head over to Dinkel's Bakery, founded in 1922 by Joseph K. Dinkel who emigrated from Bavaria, Germany. Pick up a delicious pastry or sweet at the place that has been serving Chicago for decades.


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