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!

 

 

 

Feature image: Jess Keys by Jules Kennedy

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Drink, Eat

Top Chicago Restaurants with a View

Best Chicago Restaurants with a View

Look what Serious Eats has to say:

Ever feel like the quality of a restaurant is inversely related to the picturesque view it offers? Obviously, I understand the general concept of paying more for a meal served in some spectacular location—like a rotating room atop a downtown skyscraper—but why is the food at most so… bad? Okay, bad is probably the wrong word, but what about overpriced? And then there’s the peculiar fact that so many of our fine dining temples actually worth the money purposefully make sure there is no view at all (looking at you Tru, L20, and Next).

20130619-256429-restaurants-chicago-great-view-skyline.jpg

That said, I’m also the first to admit that I’m an absolute sucker for a good Chicago skyline view. You’d think I’d get over seeing the towers of downtown after a six years of living here, but I think the opposite is true. Each year, I become further infatuated, often ignoring friends and family as I gawk mindlessly out a window. The same can be said about any unbroken panorama of the lake.

Which all lead me to this question: is it possible to reconcile my child-like love of the view with my totally reasonable desire to never eat terrible food? Fortunately, there are far more options than I realized, even if most are on the fine dining side of things.

I tried to stay away from patios, because that’s more about the atmosphere—the lights, the tables, the plants—instead of the all-or-nothing shock of the view. Also, the staff covered patios last year. This also isn’t necessarily a list of restaurants with the best view. Instead, these are the places where you can find an excellent meal and have a great view.

Definitely let me know if you have any favorites that missed the cut. I’m always looking for options.

Read more…

Best Chicago Restaurants with a View

 

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Drink, Eat

Best Chicago Restaurants with a View

Best Chicago Restaurants with a View

Look what Serious Eats has to say:

Ever feel like the quality of a restaurant is inversely related to the picturesque view it offers? Obviously, I understand the general concept of paying more for a meal served in some spectacular location—like a rotating room atop a downtown skyscraper—but why is the food at most so… bad? Okay, bad is probably the wrong word, but what about overpriced? And then there’s the peculiar fact that so many of our fine dining temples actually worth the money purposefully make sure there is no view at all (looking at you Tru, L20, and Next).

20130619-256429-restaurants-chicago-great-view-skyline.jpg

That said, I’m also the first to admit that I’m an absolute sucker for a good Chicago skyline view. You’d think I’d get over seeing the towers of downtown after a six years of living here, but I think the opposite is true. Each year, I become further infatuated, often ignoring friends and family as I gawk mindlessly out a window. The same can be said about any unbroken panorama of the lake.

Which all lead me to this question: is it possible to reconcile my child-like love of the view with my totally reasonable desire to never eat terrible food? Fortunately, there are far more options than I realized, even if most are on the fine dining side of things.

I tried to stay away from patios, because that’s more about the atmosphere—the lights, the tables, the plants—instead of the all-or-nothing shock of the view. Also, the staff covered patios last year. This also isn’t necessarily a list of restaurants with the best view. Instead, these are the places where you can find an excellent meal and have a great view.

Definitely let me know if you have any favorites that missed the cut. I’m always looking for options.

Read more…

Best Chicago Restaurants with a View

 

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