Why we love it
Lakeview’s laidback atmosphere, convenient walkability, and picture-perfect shoreline make it a favorite hang out among locals. And spots like lively Wrigleyville and the Belmont Theater District make it a major entertainment hub, too.
Explore like a local
- Catch a movie while enjoying craft beer, a live organist, and vintage surroundings at the Music Box Theatre.
- The Laugh Factory is a well-known spot to catch emerging and established comedy and stand-up acts, plus surprise celebrity guests.
- Take a stroll down ultra-charming Southport Corridor, where you’ll find an array of boutique shops and bustling restaurant patios.
Anchored by a beautiful stretch of shoreline to the east, Lakeview melds several distinct areas — East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Northalsted, and Wrigleyville. Each spot offers something unique, but they’re all pulled together by Lakeview’s casual, welcoming feel.
Hit the bustling shopping districts along Broadway in East Lakeview, along Belmont near Boystown, and the bustling Southport Corridor for local boutiques, record shops, and vintage treasure hunting.
Or live it up with the locals at the seemingly endless array of much-loved bars and restaurants, from Michelin-awarded spots to beloved local taverns. Drew’s on Halsted has American bistro fare and a popular patio, Chilam Balam is an under-the-radar BYOB spot for Mexican shared plates, Dear Margaret has earned Michelin acclaim for its French-Canadian cuisine, and BITES Asian Kitchen serves up sushi, ramen, baos, and Asian-inspired tapas.
Lakeview is also known as a go-to for arts and culture — you’ll find a thriving theatre, dance, and comedy scene. Blue Man Group is a world-famous troupe that brings music, comedy, and performance art together in one unforgettable show. And the Belmont Theater District is home to more than 20 theatres offering endless array of options, from musicals to drama to family-friendly shows.
If you’re looking to catch some live music, Lakeview is home to a plethora of unique venues. Get dinner and a show at Schuba’s Tavern, catch an up-and-coming band at Lincoln Hall, rock out at The Vic, and dance the night away at Metro.
On a nice day, walk east until you hit Lake Michigan. That’s where you’ll find a 1,200-acre outdoor oasis, featuring the scenic Lakefront Trail, a golf course and driving range, a boat harbor, tennis courts, and grassy fields perfect for picnicking.
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