Lakeview is Chicago’s largest community area. Just minutes north of downtown, Lakeview’s vibrant streets boast some of Chicago’s best culture, shopping, and dining, including a diverse mix of “off-Loop” theaters in the Belmont Theater District, the perfect day of shopping in the Southport Corridor, and an incredible variety of indie businesses on Lincoln Avenue. Visitors flock to our neighborhood year-round to take part in our outdoor festivals and farmers markets in the summer months, and warm up in award-winning theaters and eclectic restaurants once the weather turns cold. And businesses thrive alongside destination retail and restaurants that draw customers from across Chicago with unparalleled access via three CTA train lines and four CTA bus routes.
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The Southport Corridor, easily accessible via the CTA Brown Line and a short walk from Wrigley Field, is a go-to regional destination for the perfect day of shopping. This street is full of local charm, offering an eclectic mix of clothing and accessory boutiques, salons and spas, trendy restaurants, and family hot spots. Its diverse visitors enjoy an elevated experience with a small town feel in a big city environment.
The Lincoln Hub is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Its approachable and quaint atmosphere appeals to creative individuals and explorers, while the abundance of home-grown businesses and their loyal local customers contribute to its authenticity. A variety of home design and furnishing shops along with entertainment options such as the Athenaeum Theatre attract visitors from across the region. Both locals and visitors alike enjoy the nearby dining and drinking options.
The Paulina Station District is conveniently connected to downtown with easily-accessible public transportation, and is known for its lovable main-street character that attracts families and young professionals. The district is home to a variety of unique shops, like the iconic Chicago Music Exchange, as well as Chicago institutions offering vintage charm, such as Dinkel’s Bakery and Paulina Market. Locals are proud of the area’s creative identity and the success of the growing number of locally-owned, independent businesses.