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.Read More
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
1. The Green Lady
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
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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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
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
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.
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6. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
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.
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.
8. Schubas Tavern
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.
9. Coda di Volpe
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.
10. Ella Elli
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.
11. DMK Burger Bar
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.
12. Andy's Thai Kitchen
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.
13. Aloha Poke Co
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.
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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
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.
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
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.