Best Things To Do And See In Lakeview, Chicago

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Alyssa Reyes

Lakeview, on Chicago’s North Side, is a vibrant and inviting place for locals and tourists. There’s always something to do in Lakeview, whether it’s spending the afternoon at the theater watching indie films, or a night out enjoying live music. Here are the best things to do while exploring Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Landmark Century Centre Cinema


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The Landmark Century Centre Cinema is a cherished spot for film buffs. Right in the Lakeview neighborhood, some of the world’s best cinema, from Hollywood films to international and independent films, are projected on the big screen. The theatre’s five screens show a range of genres throughout the year. Catch films like The Revenant, Room, 45 Years, Anomalisa, and this year’s Best Picture winner, Spotlight.

The Vic

Performance at The Vic | © Swimfinfan/Flickr
© Swimfinfan/Flickr

The Vic

For decades, The Vic has provided quality entertainment in the form of live musical performances. The Vic has welcomed artists from across the world, both up-and-coming and well-known. The venue is perfect for anyone looking to enjoy live music in a comfortable, yet vibrant setting. Watch some of your favorite musicians take the stage, like Beach House, Jeff Tweedy, and St. Germain. The Vic hosts comedy shows, as well as ‘Brew and View’, where guests can watch a range of films from music-centered films to recent Hollywood releases. At The Vic’s Brew and View, most movies are $5!

The Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 472 0449

Performance at The Vic | © Swimfinfan/Flickr

Music Box Theatre

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Music Box Theatre

The Music Box Theatre in Lakeview has long been a staple of Chicago cinema. The Music Box Theatre is exactly what an ideal filmgoing experience should be – engaging, inspiring, and entertaining. Known for showing both foreign and independent films, the Music Box Theatre also hosts events and festivals that cannot be found at any other place in the city – don’t miss the 70mm film festival.

Music Box Theatre, 3733 N Southport Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 871 6607

Inside movie theater | © Felipe Almeida/Flickr

The Wiener's Circle

Outside of The Wiener’s Circle | © Nicolas Henderson/Flickr
© Nicolas Henderson/Flickr

The Wiener’s Circle

This place may look like every other fast food joint in the city, but rest assured, The Wiener’s Circle is a one-of-a-kind experience. Located on the busy Clark Street, The Wiener Circle stands out from other hot dog spots as it comes alive at night. It may appear unassuming, but The Wiener Circle is popular among college students and Chicago locals. The staff is playful as the cooks and cashiers yell at and ridicule their patrons and vice versa, all into the wee hours of the night.

The Wiener’s Circle, 2622 N Clark Street, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 477 7444

Outside of The Wiener’s Circle | © Nicolas Henderson/Flickr

Bobtail Ice Cream Company

Bobtail Ice Cream Company

If you’ve always dreamed of visiting a 1950s ice cream parlor, then head to Bobtail Ice Cream Company in Lakeview. Inspired by their grandfather’s small ice cream factory in the early 1950s, the owners of Bobtail aimed to bring back the joy of making and selling ice cream. Bobtail is the place for friends and families to enjoy homemade ice cream and other tasty creations in an old-fashioned atmosphere. Try scoops of vanilla bean, mint chip, and cookie dough or indulge in milkshakes, sundaes, and root beer floats. All that’s missing is a vintage poodle skirt, sunglasses, and a sweet tooth.

Bobtail Ice Cream Company, 2951 N Broadway, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 880 7372

Ice cream sundae | © Steven Depolo/Flickr

Northalsted Market Days

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Every year, the Lakeview neighborhood holds the Northalsted Market Days. The market days event takes place between six city blocks, making it the largest outdoor street celebration in the Midwest region. At the two-day event, guests can browse through items from over 300 vendors, watch live music performances, enjoy food and drinks, and discover the neighborhood. While the event is free, there is a suggested $10 donation that benefits The Legacy Project, a Lakeview museum centered on telling the stories of LGBTQ figures throughout history.

Elbo Room

Music Venue

Performance at Elbo Room | © Heather Banas/Flickr
© Heather Banas/Flickr

Elbo Room

Elbo Room is a popular lounge and music venue in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. Musicians of varying genres are featured at Elbo Room, as well as themed nightly events. A night at the Elbo Room is the perfect way to cap off a trip in Lakeview.

Elbo Room, 2871 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA +1 773 549 5549

Performance at Elbo Room | © Heather Banas/Flickr

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