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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. They recently opened a more casual Bodega Sur next door at 3755 N. Southport. They serve Argentinian specialties including a daily brunch menu.

El Mercado Food Mart: 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. They offer live music on Saturday evenings.

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 newer restaurants in Chicago and has received the Michelin Bib Gourmand designation.

At 3307 N. Clark is the French cafe, Maison Parisienne. Opened by three friends from France, they offer not only coffee and tea but several varieties of quiche, sandwiches, soups and salads, plus wonderful macaron, croissants and pastries. I enjoyed the Quiche Lorraine with a salad plus a wonderful almond tart made from a 200 year-old French recipe. It is a casual spot, BYOB along with a small patio in the rear. I loved the sign on the wall that states 100% homemade by real French people. The chocolate, flour and butter are all imported from France, so the quality is outstanding!

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, restaurateur 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 cuisine. 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.

For  Scotch drinkers, The Duke of Perth offers a fun experience.  Opened in 1989, they feature a large number of single malty whiskeys, beer and a traditional food menu including fish and chips. I have always had a great time there over the years. I went back after several years and really enjoyed the experience. They have a nice patio in the summer months.

Next door at 2909-11 N. Clark is a great new addition to the Neighborhood. The Gundis Kurdish Kitchen opened in early 2017.  I really loved the decor, the food and the service. The homemade Kurdish bread with a vegetable topping was excellent as were the lamb shank entree and the sea bass entree in a tomato sauce with capers. The chocolate mousse topped with pomegranates was very tasty as well. The wine list was quite extensive. It has a fun international vibe from the food to the servers who were from Romania, Turkey and Guatemala. They are open for dinner and brunch daily.

Having enjoyed Farm House Tavern in Chicago and in Evanston, I was excited to find their latest project, Farm Bar, in Lake View at 1300 W. Wellington. It is a smaller, gastropub featuring a local, seasonal menu that features a number of burgers, sandwiches and salads. They also offer ciders, craft beers and cocktails.  For dinner, they also offer a supper club menu or special that changes nightly.  I enjoyed it for brunch on a beautiful Saturday in July with the windows open and a lovely breeze. The eggs benedict was very good. They are open for dinner and for brunch on weekends.


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