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Chicago is a vibrant and bustling city full of history, culture, amazing culinary treats, and nightlife. Being as large as it is, it can be challenging to determine which neighborhood best fits your lifestyle. So, this week we’re going to highlight another amazing neighborhood: Lakeview.
Even though Lakeview spans only 3.1 square miles, it’s home to approximately 94,000 people for a reason. Situated just 4 miles north of the Loop, Lakeview is home to the iconic Wrigley Field and the stunning Lakeview trail along Lake Michigan. A walkable neighborhood comprised of sub sects such as Boystown, Lakeview East, Wrigleyville, East Ravenswood / Graceland Wood, Lakeview Central, and Southport Corridor, Lakeview has a lot to do and see.
If you’re a fan of the theatre, Lakeview is the spot for you. With over thirty theaters in a 1 mile stretch, Lakeview’s theatre scene is known as the Belmont Theatre District. Within walking distance, you’ll have access to musicals, comedies, dramas, and dance troupes at theatres such as Briar Theatre, Comedy Sportz Chicago, and Public House theater. In addition to the numerous productions available, Lakeview is also known for their live music venues, summer street festivals, foodie events, and cultural festivities.
Being that Lakeview is named for its proximity to Lake Michigan, you can well imagine the amount of outdoor space that is available for activities. Home to the Chicago Yacht Club, the Belmont Harbor offers slips for docking your boat as well as a plethora of events and lessons for those with a nautical passion. The eighteen mile Lakeview Trail is perfect for taking a stroll, riding your bike or simply taking in the view of Lake Michigan and the cityscape from one of their many parks, playgrounds, picnic areas or seating areas.
Food, Food and More Food
Now we all know that Chicago has some of the best restaurants in the world, and Lakeview is no exception when it comes to fabulous foodie choices. The difference in this area is that you can find some amazing food without breaking the bank. The choices are endless and all cuisine cravings can be easily met. In the mood for brunch? No problem. Pop in to Tied House for their Dutch pancakes or breakfast ramen, or think outside of the box and try a full Kurdish breakfast at The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, the restaurants of Lakeview have menus for every occasion and every craving.
Northalsted Market Days
As noted earlier, Lakeview is host to many different street festivals and cultural festivities, with Northalsted Market Days probably being the most famous and most visited. Northalsted Market Days is the largest street festival in the Midwest, spanning six city blocks and hosting over 300 vendors. The festival usually takes place at the beginning of August and lasts for a weekend. Enjoy all day lineups of live entertainment on five different stages, DJs and dancing, as well as the vendors selling crafts, art, food, and drinks. Entrance to the event is free, but they’re happy to accept donations to benefit The Legacy Project.
Lakeview ticks off multiple boxes when looking for a laid back, relaxed, but also hip and fun area to call home. Go and check it out, you won’t be sorry.