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If you’ve ever wondered where Lincoln Park ends and Lakeview begins, we’re settling the debate once and for all (thank you, Wikipedia): the boundaries are Diversey on the south, Ravenswood on the west, Irving Park Road on the north, and Lake Michigan’s shoreline on the east.
Lakeview is so big, it houses several “unofficial” neighborhoods within it, including Boystown (famous for its large LGBT population), Southport Corridor, and Wrigleyville, home of the Cubbies. Nearly 100,000 Chicagoans also call it home, making it the city’s second largest neighborhood by population.
It’s a struggle to narrow down the “best of the best” as there are SO many neighborhood favorites among the Tide Spin team. So with all the time you saved not doing laundry or waiting on the dry cleaner, this guide should give you a good head start into exploring the neighborhood!
Lowcountry / Photo Credit: Chicago Tribune
All the main streets of Lakeview are lined with restaurants. Between Belmont, Clarke, Halsted, and Broadway, you’ll probably find every type of cuisine ever invented (like Cheesies, which puts spins on the legendary cheese sandwich).
Low Country -- You’ll need to schedule a Tide Spin delivery after a night out here. Diners are equipped with a bib, extra large paper towel rolls, and a central handwashing station to help them get through a hearty, messy seafood boil. Your choice of seafood, potatoes, sausage, and corn arrives in a steaming bag drenched in spicy herbs and sauces, and eating with your fingers is highly enforced!
Rocks -- The local burger joint gave us a scare after a major fire closed them up for months on end, but Rocks is back at serving the best cooked-to-order burgers in town. There are 11 delicious concoctions of their half-pound burger, but the most indecisive should stick with the Rocks Burger, which has been sold over 95,000 times.
Tango Sur -- We suspect it’s pretty hard to be a vegetarian in Argentina, and if Tango Sur is any indication, we’d be right! The menu is heavy on the meat, and meat done right. If you’re unfamiliar with the different cuts in Spanish, this article does a good job of getting into the details. For us, the bife de chorizo, a boneless strip steak, always comes out amazingly succulent and big enough to share,
Lakeview can get overwhelming with crazy party scenes in Boystown and Wrigleyville, but it still has a fair share of casual places to grab a drink. Just be careful with planning a date on a Cubs night!
Bar Pastoral -- The bar attached to Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine is like the cozy sampling room of the specialty shop. Do like the French and order wine by the glass along with plates of cheese, charcuterie, and pâté.
D.S. Tequila -- People come for the margaritas and stay for the elotes (or tacos, burgers, and quesadillas, Weekend mornings are arguably busier than nights, thanks to a “Boozy Brunch” mimosa package or $5 bloody marys on the weekends.
Trader Todd’s -- You can get your karaoke fix any day of the week at this quirky tiki bar just off of Belmont and Sheffield. When Wednesday comes around, sometimes all you need is a $5 pina colada, your best friends, and a night of 70s rock hits.
Lakeview’s Southport Avenue can be stereotyped by its endless stream of baby strollers and moms in Lululemon gear, but don’t let that scare you away from some of Lakeview’s most beloved gems.
Cafe Tola -- Empanadas and a good coffee really is the cure to even your worst hangover, and the long lines on Saturday afternoon proves that the people agree. Mix and match meaty and vegetarian options, and balance out the savory with a Dulce de Leche latte, espresso and steamed milk mixed with thick Mexican caramel sauce.
The Music Box -- It’s hard to miss the iconic “MUSIC” marquee on Southport. Built in 1929, the iconic theater has since shown over 10,000 movie titles in its history. It remains the premiere venue for classic, independent, foreign, and cult films.
Jeni’s Ice Cream -- founder Jeni Britton Bauer was ahead of the game when she built her artisanal ice cream business on whole ingredients (no dyes or synthetic flavoring) and dairy from grass-fed cows. The unexpected yet incredible taste creations will have you wondering, What kind of ice cream have I been eating my whole life?? Examples: sweet potato with torched marshmallows, sweet cream biscuits and peach jam, goat cheese, and red cherries, and wildberry lavender.