Lifestyle, Neighborhood Guide

How to Spend a Day on Broadway

Lakeview is a beloved north side neighborhood that’s home to a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and longtime institutions. The neighborhood itself is one of Chicago’s more sprawling and culturally diverse, so here we’ll focus on Lakeview East — and more specifically: Broadway Street. Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a visitor, there are plenty of options on its main street (Broadway) to get a local taste of Lakeview, from day to night. Here we’ve outlined a dozen of our favorite spots along Broadway, from Diversey to Addison.

 

Bookmark these 12 destinations along Broadway…

 

Maison Marcel

Start your day at Maison Marcel, where you can find French pastries, coffee, and boho-inspired decor.  (Maison Marcel, 3114 N. Broadway)

Lakeview Athletic Club

Work up a sweat at Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC), equipped with studio classes and a rooftop pool for summer months.  (Lakeview Athletic Club, 3212 N. Broadway)

Ingmar James

Stop by Ingmar James salon for a little pampering, from a fresh cut to master coloring.  (Ingmar James, 3255 N. Broadway)

Mortar and Pestle

Enjoy a top-rated brunch at Mortar and Pestle, where you can find a quality menu of breakfast and lunch fare.  (Mortar and Pestle, 3108 N. Broadway)

Unabridged Bookstore

Pop in Unabridged Bookstore for a literary experience, offering a range of books for all ages and interests.  (Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway)

The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Visit The Coffee & Tea Exchange to discover a variety of specialty coffee and teas, a neighborhood staple since 1975.  (The Coffee & Tea Exchange, 3311 N. Broadway)

Vanille Patisserie

Indulge your sweet tooth at Vanille Patisserie, where you’ll find dessert pastries, tartes, cakes, macarons, and more.  (Vanille, 3243 N. Broadway)

Reckless Records

Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records has been a destination for music aficionados across genres.  (Reckless Records, 3126 N. Broadway)

wineHouse

wineHouse offers an inviting setting for wine tastings, special events, joining a wine club, and picking up a bottle for your favorite BYOB spot.  (wineHouse, 3164 N. Broadway)

Wakamono

Dine at Wakamono, a Lakeview favorite for sushi and Japanese fare — plus it’s BYOB.  (Wakamono, 3313 N. Broadway)

Laugh Factory

Hit up a show at Laugh Factory, one of the best and most popular comedy clubs in Chicago.  (Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway)

DryHop

Enjoy a night cap at DryHop, a hip local Lakeview brewery and restaurant.  (DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway)

 

Have you visited Lakeview lately? Tell us your favorite spots along Broadway!

 

 

 

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Drink, Eat, Events, Get The List, Life, Neighborhood Guide, Shop

The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Uptown Chicago

Many Chicago neighborhoods come close, but not many surpass the rich and culturally colorful history of Uptown. From things to do, bites to eat, and places you ought to see, here is a simple guide to some highlights of Uptown.

Beauty House Beauty Supply • 1041 W Wilson Ave

Look no further: anything you’ve been looking for, here is where you’re going to find it. This Uptown cosmetic shop is perhaps the finest beauty house in the city. Hair enthusiast and product junkies alike will find that this long-time staple is like a candy shop. Bags are checked in at the front door, and if you’re using a plastic card, your purchase must total $10 and onward. But, beyond that, there are endless aisles full of all your hair, hair care, skin, nails, and jewelry needs.

The Godfather’s Famous Pizza • 1265 W Wilson Ave

Another best in the city, “Godfather’s Pizza” is too mouth-watering for words. They’ve got stuffed pizzas, and puffed pizzas, pan pizzas, and thin crust pizzas, right on Wilson Avenue. There’s an eclectic menu full of other classic Italian bites, delivering to nearly 30 of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods for only $2.50.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge • 4802 N Broadway St

Nothing sounds sweeter than a cocktail lounge with connections to Chicago mob history. It’s been around since 1907, and can be seen in movies such as Thief (1981), Soul Food (1997),  and High Fidelity (2000) to name a few. While you won’t catch Al Capone sitting in his favorite booth, or Jack McGurn’s men literally being cutthroat, you will find the sweet jazz and blues and poetry performances incredible. Get in early, because this place has a tendency to fill up.

Montrose Beach

The beach of Uptown, and a superbly popular beach for beach-goers,  there’s plenty of fun in the sun to be had. Wind up playing volleyball, or sitting under an umbrella, enjoy the complimentary WiFi. There are concession stands, kayak rentals, water-sport rentals like jet-skis, and plans had been made for a simulated wave pool. There’s even a fenced-off dog beach for a man and his best friend to play.

Black Ensemble Theater Company •  4450 N Clark Street

This theater company is at the epicenter of productions involving Black-American culture. You’ll enjoy musicals celebrating infamous black musicians and performers like Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, and Billie Holiday. One of the greatest aspects of this company is the role it plays in contributing to Chicago’s emerging Theater Town image. The company once performed at 4520 North Beacon Street, but have been performing in this new state of the art 50,000-square-foot Cultural Center since November 18, 2011.

West Argyle Street Historic District

Once a suburb called “Argyle Park,” and now Chicago’s first and only shared street, Asia on Argyle is just that. There’s a hodgepodge of Vietnamese, Chinese, Camboadian, Laotian, and Thai restaurants, bakeries and shops. Window shop and find duck roasting before your eyes. You’ll probably want to stop by Lao Sze Chuan and try the dry chili chicken while you’re there.

Wilson Red Line Uptown Station

While the Popeye’s is more of a throwback, and renovation of the Wilson Red line stop is already underway, the stone infrastructure of the Uptown Station will still remain in its architectural greatness. If you’ve traveled in and around Uptown during the past several decades, this station will always hold some sort of significance to you and bring you that good ole’ nostalgia.

 

Racial Reconciliation Mural • N Sheridan Rd & W Sunnyside Ave

The Unique Thrift Store on Sheridan is now something of the past, but for now, the mural along the wall of the building still stands. The mural has a rich history, which you can check out here, and is filled with symbolism and messages of faith. Completed in the mid-1990s, this art is worth taking a look at before anything could possibly happen to it.

Aragon Ballroom • 1106 W Lawrence Ave

The most awe-fulfilling factor that makes Uptown one of the greatest communities to ever grace Chicago is it’s very rich history. Not so long ago, people would flock to the ballroom from all over the city and surrounding suburbs, to partake in dance, concerts, and a melee of other uses. It was built in a Moorish architectural style, where the interior resembled a Spanish village, earning the Spanish name of “Aragon.” Today, the venue has continued to be used as the hot spot for concerts, live-recordings, and other events.

Riviera Theatre • 4746 N Racine Ave

This concert venue that fits about 2,500 people was built in 1917 at the intersection of Lawrence, Broadway and Racine. At one point, in the late 1980’s, it was a private nightclub. Since 2006, it’s been owned by Jam Productions. This June, catch Future Islands and Portugal. The ManBlack Daniels and Electric Guest in concert.

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Neighborhood Guide

Chicago’s Up and Coming Neighborhoods for 2018

With each new year, comes speculation of Chicago’s latest ‘up and coming’ neighborhoods. From the South Side to North Side, to a deeply-rooted historic neighborhood to a trendy revitalized community, there’s something for everyone. Here we map the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago for 2018.

 

See the Best Chicago Neighborhoods for 2018…

 

Avondale

Avondale runs from Diversey to Addison, bordering the Chicago River and nearby Kennedy Expressway. While Chicagoans have loved longtime neighborhood cult-classic restaurants like Kuma’s Corner and Parachute, Avondale is gaining popularity as a place to settle and call home.

Bronzeville

A South Side neighborhood steeped in history, Bronzeville is in the midst of transformation. A growing development scene of gut-rehab greystones and single family homes is happening now across Bronzeville, nicely complimented by the neighborhood’s beautiful boulevard streets.

Noble Square

Noble Square is a community within the greater West Town area, which is seeing an influx of real estate activity. The neighborhood has an urban feel, while offering new construction and rehab opportunities. Located near Wicker Park and West Loop, Noble Square is attracting the young professional buyer (or tenant).

Buena Park

Buena Park fills the gap geographically between Lakeview and Uptown, tucked between Lake Michigan and Graceland Cemetery. Rising rent prices in Lincoln Park and Lakeview can entice renters north, and many will fall in love with quaint neighborly feel found in Buena Park.

Humboldt Park

A west side neighborhood with growing popularity, Humboldt Park is diverse and evolving. Many wish to live near the 606 trail in Humboldt Park to have access to nearby Wicker Park and Logan Square, where comparative rent prices tend to be higher.

 

Do you agree with our list? Tell us your favorite Chicago neighborhood!

 

 

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