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Where to Eat and Drink in Lakeview

Find some of Chicago’s best pizza, Thai, Italian, burgers, and more in the popular North Side neighborhood

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Lakeview is a sprawling neighborhood, with streets filled with boutiques, shopping, restaurants and bars. Whether strolling the Southport Corridor or heading to a game at Wrigley Field, Lakeview’s got pizza spots and poke bowls and plenty of other restaurants worth a stop. Here are 17 that eaters shouldn’t miss, listed from west to east. This guide excludes Wrigleyville, which is located within Lakeview but has its own guide right here.

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1. The Green Lady

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3328 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-5571
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There’s not much in the way of food at this bar, but craft beer aficionados will feel at home. With 30 draft lines and weekly trivia, this beer spot is seemingly always a good time. 

2. Dinkel's Bakery

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3329 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-7300
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Rows and rows of cakes line the windowsill of this longtime German bakery that also serves breads, pretzels, soups, salads and doughnuts. Stop by for lunch to grab a sandwich featuring meats from Paulina Meat Market (there’s vegetarian options too) then take a sweet bakery treat to-go.

3. Redhot Ranch

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3057 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-9377

This no-frills cash only spot serves classic Chicago dogs and smashed hamburgers with huge heaps of fries. Burgers come with a crispy edge and creamy melted American cheese. Plus, everything’s under $10, so feel free to chow down.

4. The Art of Pizza

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3033 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 327-5600
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Acclaimed pizza by the slice are tops at this West Lakeview spot. Go for the deep dish (there’s thin too), or try the other options the restaurant serves, like the daily specials that range from spaghetti to baked lasagna.

5. Southport Grocery and Cafe

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3552 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 665-0100
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Brunch is done right at Southport Grocery, with cupcake pancakes and brisket on a biscuit covered in gravy. Plus, the restaurant has a mini grocery store inside to pick up the tools to make anything on the menu.     

6. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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3404 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-7139
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Walking around Southport Corridor often calls for an ice cream cone, and Jeni’s interesting flavors are just right for an afternoon in the neighborhood. Beer-centric flavors and seasonals like sweet corn are available alongside classics like chocolate and vanilla at this Ohio import.    

7. Coalfire

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3707 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 477-2625
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Coal-fired pizzas topped with nduja, whipped ricotta and truffle paste are just the thing to pregame a movie at Music Box. Pair pizza with a beer and finish with a slice of pie from Bang Bang at this expansion of the icon on Grand Avenue.

Coalfire Southport Photos Eater Inside Marc Much

8. Schubas Tavern

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3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 525-2508
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Most nights, you’ll find barflies sitting at the bar among groups of people headed to this bar’s storied music venue to listen to indie groups and local bands. This old Schlitz brewery is just the right spot for a laid back beer before a show or checking out Lakeview’s comedy scene. Plus, early next year Schubas will reopen its restaurant (formerly Harmony Grill) with a Midwestern-inspired menu and renovated space.

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9. Coda di Volpe

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3335 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 687-8568
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Upscale Italian is on the menu at Coda di Volpe, which does pizza and pasta right, from a creamy sweet corn ravioli to a meaty rigatoni. Stop in and sit at the bar for a casual night while sipping on a negroni, or grab one of the roomy booths for a nice dinner.

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10. Ella Elli

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1349 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-3552
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Four Star Dining Group’s recent opening brought a new level of class to Lakeview dining. Double bar stools feel romantic, plus dainty dishes like toasts, sliced carrots and pizzas make it just the right spot for a date.

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11. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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The original of a burgeoning chain is the place for indulgence, with a massive list of huge, over-the-top burgers and rich milkshakes. Shots of alcohol can be added to your milkshake for a boozy treat and burgers come with just about any topping imaginable that are just right for lunch or dinner. And don’t forget about Fish Bar, the acclaimed seafood spot next door by the same owners.

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12. Andy's Thai Kitchen

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946 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 549-7821
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There are plenty of Thai restaurants to pick from in Lakeview, but any restaurant that has chef Andy Aroonrasameruang is an absolute must. Traditional dishes like tom kha and curries are all sure bets along with specialty entrees.

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13. Aloha Poke Co

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843 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(872) 817-7300
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Poke is on the rise in Chicago, and this large location of ballooning local chain has all the options for a refreshing bowl. Pick from tuna or salmon and all the accoutrements for a guilt-free lunch.

14. Wood

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3335 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-9663
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Chef Ashlee Aubin heads up this neighborhood Michelin-approved restaurant that uses local vegetables from nearby farms and herbs from a private garden. Dishes range from the fancier side, like a sautéed branzino with new potatoes to pork carnitas and burgers.

15. Ceres' Table

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3124 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 922-4020
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Ceres’ Table is a neighborhood favorite that moved a few years back, serving pizza and pasta with a large selection of wine. Pick from orecchiette with clams or a pumpkin risotto and pair it with a glass of wine for a simple but delicious dinner.

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16. Crisp

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2940 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-7610
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There are plenty of options at this counter-service Korean spot, but Crisp is best-known for its addictive fried chicken wings. Go for the Crisp BBQ topping, which is an Asian sauce that’s just a little sweet and a little spicy with just the right amount of smokiness. Kick up the level of spice for a little more of a punch.    

17. DryHop Brewers

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3155 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3155
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Mondays are the best day at this bustling brewpub, where there’s a barman’s banquet with a burger, fries, a beer and a shot of whiskey for $15. Brunch is good for early beer drinking too, with an array of omelets to cure any hangover.

1. The Green Lady

3328 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

There’s not much in the way of food at this bar, but craft beer aficionados will feel at home. With 30 draft lines and weekly trivia, this beer spot is seemingly always a good time. 

3328 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

2. Dinkel's Bakery

3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Rows and rows of cakes line the windowsill of this longtime German bakery that also serves breads, pretzels, soups, salads and doughnuts. Stop by for lunch to grab a sandwich featuring meats from Paulina Meat Market (there’s vegetarian options too) then take a sweet bakery treat to-go.

3329 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

3. Redhot Ranch

3057 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This no-frills cash only spot serves classic Chicago dogs and smashed hamburgers with huge heaps of fries. Burgers come with a crispy edge and creamy melted American cheese. Plus, everything’s under $10, so feel free to chow down.

3057 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. The Art of Pizza

3033 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Acclaimed pizza by the slice are tops at this West Lakeview spot. Go for the deep dish (there’s thin too), or try the other options the restaurant serves, like the daily specials that range from spaghetti to baked lasagna.

3033 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Southport Grocery and Cafe

3552 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Brunch is done right at Southport Grocery, with cupcake pancakes and brisket on a biscuit covered in gravy. Plus, the restaurant has a mini grocery store inside to pick up the tools to make anything on the menu.     

3552 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Walking around Southport Corridor often calls for an ice cream cone, and Jeni’s interesting flavors are just right for an afternoon in the neighborhood. Beer-centric flavors and seasonals like sweet corn are available alongside classics like chocolate and vanilla at this Ohio import.    

3404 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

7. Coalfire

3707 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Coalfire Southport Photos Eater Inside Marc Much

Coal-fired pizzas topped with nduja, whipped ricotta and truffle paste are just the thing to pregame a movie at Music Box. Pair pizza with a beer and finish with a slice of pie from Bang Bang at this expansion of the icon on Grand Avenue.

3707 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

8. Schubas Tavern

3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Image courtesy of Gensler Chicago/Curbed Chicago

Most nights, you’ll find barflies sitting at the bar among groups of people headed to this bar’s storied music venue to listen to indie groups and local bands. This old Schlitz brewery is just the right spot for a laid back beer before a show or checking out Lakeview’s comedy scene. Plus, early next year Schubas will reopen its restaurant (formerly Harmony Grill) with a Midwestern-inspired menu and renovated space.

3159 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Coda di Volpe

3335 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Coda di Volpe Marc Much

Upscale Italian is on the menu at Coda di Volpe, which does pizza and pasta right, from a creamy sweet corn ravioli to a meaty rigatoni. Stop in and sit at the bar for a casual night while sipping on a negroni, or grab one of the roomy booths for a nice dinner.

3335 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

10. Ella Elli

1349 W Cornelia Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Nick Fochtman

Four Star Dining Group’s recent opening brought a new level of class to Lakeview dining. Double bar stools feel romantic, plus dainty dishes like toasts, sliced carrots and pizzas make it just the right spot for a date.

1349 W Cornelia Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

11. DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Barry Brecheisen

The original of a burgeoning chain is the place for indulgence, with a massive list of huge, over-the-top burgers and rich milkshakes. Shots of alcohol can be added to your milkshake for a boozy treat and burgers come with just about any topping imaginable that are just right for lunch or dinner. And don’t forget about Fish Bar, the acclaimed seafood spot next door by the same owners.

2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

12. Andy's Thai Kitchen

946 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
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There are plenty of Thai restaurants to pick from in Lakeview, but any restaurant that has chef Andy Aroonrasameruang is an absolute must. Traditional dishes like tom kha and curries are all sure bets along with specialty entrees.

946 W Wellington Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

13. Aloha Poke Co

843 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Poke is on the rise in Chicago, and this large location of ballooning local chain has all the options for a refreshing bowl. Pick from tuna or salmon and all the accoutrements for a guilt-free lunch.

843 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

14. Wood

3335 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Chef Ashlee Aubin heads up this neighborhood Michelin-approved restaurant that uses local vegetables from nearby farms and herbs from a private garden. Dishes range from the fancier side, like a sautéed branzino with new potatoes to pork carnitas and burgers.

3335 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60657

15. Ceres' Table

3124 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Timothy Hiatt

Ceres’ Table is a neighborhood favorite that moved a few years back, serving pizza and pasta with a large selection of wine. Pick from orecchiette with clams or a pumpkin risotto and pair it with a glass of wine for a simple but delicious dinner.

3124 North Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657

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16. Crisp

2940 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

There are plenty of options at this counter-service Korean spot, but Crisp is best-known for its addictive fried chicken wings. Go for the Crisp BBQ topping, which is an Asian sauce that’s just a little sweet and a little spicy with just the right amount of smokiness. Kick up the level of spice for a little more of a punch.    

2940 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

17. DryHop Brewers

3155 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

Mondays are the best day at this bustling brewpub, where there’s a barman’s banquet with a burger, fries, a beer and a shot of whiskey for $15. Brunch is good for early beer drinking too, with an array of omelets to cure any hangover.

3155 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

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