Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is a great destination for theater, restaurants and shopping. Some of our favorite neighborhood spots include:
Tango Sur, 3763 N. Southport: This is a great spot for Argentinian specialties.
El Mercado Food Market: At 3767 N. Southport, this Argentinian grocery store, a part of Tango Sur, is known for its quality meats.
Julius Meinl: This Viennese coffee company’s Southport location at 3601, is a great spot for coffee and a great pastry.
Music Box Theatre: Since 2007, this is the place to see foreign and independent films in Chicago. Their sing-along White Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life is a must during the Holidays!!
Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport: This is a popular neighborhood theater used for productions by several of the city’s smaller theater companies.
Angelina Ristorante: At 3561 N. Broadway, Angelina has been a neighborhood favorite since 1988. They serve excellent Italian food for dinner and for brunch on weekends.
Wood: At 3335 N. Halsted, Wood is one of the best new restaurants in Chicago and has received the Michelin Bib Gourmand designation for 2013 and 2014.
I just tried Ceres Table with friends. They took over the former Frog & Snail space at 3124 N. Broadway. They offer great Italian food and just received the Michelin Bib Gourmand designation in their first year.
Glaze Teriyaki at 3112 N. Broadway, with other locations in New York and San Francisco, is a fun, casual addition to the neighborhood as is Wheat’s End Cafe at 2873 N Broadway. They are a gluten Free bakery and cafe that serves lunch plus Saturday and Sunday brunch. They offer a large selection of baked goods plus breakfast sandwich, salads, grilled panini and combinations of panini and salad or soup. The brunch menu looks excellent.
Nearby is one of my newest recommendations, Mortar and Pestle at 3108 N. Broadway. Opened in Fall 2015, they serve breakfast, brunch and lunch. They are doing some pop-ups for dinner and may expand into that as well. My friend enjoyed the decadent grilled cheese which was very decadent and I loved the Alaskan king crab benedict with poached egg, sriracha hollandaise and watercress. Thanks to long-time friend, restauranteur and food columnist for the Chicago Tribune for this great suggestion. I enjoyed visiting with the manager and chef/owner.
I went back after many years to Yoshi’s Cafe at 3257 N. Halsted. Popular at this location for over twenty years, the warm inviting decor was perfect on a cold, snowy night. It has a mix of French and Asian fusion cusine. The food was very good.
I just found a fun lunch spot, Falhstrom’s Fresh Fish Market at 1258 W. Belmont. In addition to fresh fish, they have a great menu featuring chowder, sandwiches plus fish and seafood entrees and appetizers. The crab cake sandwich was really excellent! They are also open for dinner and offer brunch items on Saturday and Sunday.
Our newest neighborhood find is Coda de Volpe at 335 N. Southport. It is a sleek spot featuring Italian pastas, pizzas and specialties. I went back a second time and loved the pasta, pizzas and salads.
I also love the recently opened Left Coast Food + Juice at 2878 N. Lincoln. This is a health food spot featuring creative salads, grain bowls, wraps & juices in a great casual atmosphere. They have a large terrace for warm weather dining.