Lakeview East is one of Chicago’s most coveted neighborhoods, close to the water and even closer to all of the best nightlife, restaurants, and happenings.
6 things to see and do in Lakeview East, Chicago
The biggest mystery when you arrive in Lakeview is simply where to start having a great time. With a seemingly never-ending docket of happenings, it’s easy to distract yourself from seeing everything you want to. We’ve got you covered with the must sees, drinks, dos, and eats.
Lakeview East restaurants
There are so many restaurants lining the streets of Lakeview East, with nearly every cuisine you can imagine. A new favorite comes by way of Sushi + Rotary Sushi Bar, if sushi on a conveyor belt sounds like a delicious evening to you. Other neighborhood gems include Moccozy for Korean, New Banh Mi for some of the best Vietnamese food you’ll find in Chicago, The Gundis with Mediterranean flavors, and Bluebird for new American eats. What would a neighborhood be without a go-to diner as well? Stella’s brings the down-home vibes to this vibrant neighborhood for a great meal with friends or post-night out breakfast.
Lakeview East bars
Lakeview has a great drinking scene, from local breweries like DryHop Brewers to more traditional pubs like Brendan’s and Wilde Bar. If you’re looking for a dive bar, Delilah’s is the way to go, but we personally recommend the speakeasy at Lower Broadway, tucked away just under Brendan’s, and perfect for a great cocktail.
Lakeview East attractions
Lakeview East is perfectly positioned close to Downtown Chicago, Belmont Harbor, and Wrigley Field. You can go see the Chicago Cubs one moment, and catch a live music act at the Vic Theatre that same night. Chicago is also widely known for its comedy scene, and you’re positioned right by Sketch Comedy Fest and a short drive from the legendary Second City Theatre.
Lakeview East listens
Chicago is famously home to many musicians, from Kanye West to Wilco, Patti Smith, Common, Chance the Rapper, and so many more. Music culture remains alive and well in Lakeview East, where you can find amazing spaces like Reckless Records, a go-to for vinyl, jazz bars like B.L.U.E.S., and Gramaphone Records, all within walking distance to each other.
Lakeview East coffee shops
What is a neighborhood without its go-to coffee shops? Intelligentsia was family born in Chicago, and has since spread around the country, defining the third wave coffee movement. Beyond the big names, you have Colectivo, Two Hearted Queen, and 11 Degrees North, all local favorites for a good cup of coffee or pot of tea.
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