There’s one thing Chicago transplants often hear when looking for their first apartment in the city, “you should to live Lakeview”. This phrase seems to be sage advice from those who’ve spent any amount of time in the area bordered by West Diversey Parkway on the south, West Irving Park Road on the north, North Ravenswood Avenue on the west, and the shore of Lake Michigan on the east. Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood is quite large, with several distinct areas found within its borders. East Lakeview, Central Lakeview, Boystown and Wrigleyville are all sub neighborhoods that make up this amazing lakefront community. Dubbed one of Chicago’s liveliest and most accessible neighborhoods and a walker’s paradise it’s easy to see why so many of its residents recommend the area to newcomers and why so many renters choose to call it home.
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Chicago Lakefront Trail- One of Chicago’s most stunning assets is its sprawling shoreline. Residents of Chicago’s Lakeview community have immediate access to the impressive 18-mile-long stretch of trail that extends from Ardmore Street (5800 N. Sheridan Road) on the North Side to 71st Street (7100 S. South Shore Drive) on the South Side. On a beautiful summer day you’re sure to find hundreds of people outside enjoying a good run, bike, picnic or rest at the edge of Lake Michigan. There’s no other neighborhood in Chicago where you can sail, jet ski and attend trapeze school all in the same day. We suggest preparing a picnic, grabbing some vino and heading just off the harbor to watch the boats come and go. We usually stop in at Pastoral located at 2945 N. Broadway for one of their delicious “Pastoral Picnics” which includes a variety of cheese, charcuterie, bread and accoutrements.
Stan’s Donuts- You may have noticed a number of pink neon signs popping up around the Chicago area. If you have a sweet tooth then we know there’s no way you’ve missed them. Started in in 1963 Stan’s Donuts has been a mainstay of Westwood Village in Los Angeles. In the spring of 2016 Lakeview welcomed Stan’s and it’s donuts to the neighborhood. The best part? There isn’t just one but two locations! Whether its 8:00 AM on a Saturday or 8:00 PM on Tuesday this place is always hoping. What we love about Stan’s is that they offer a variety of options. Yes you have your standards like chocolate glazed, cinnamon sugar and rainbow sprinkle but you also have a ridiculous amount of specialty options. We love the lemon pistachio old fashioned and the apple fritter… oh and don’t forget the strawberry bismark! 2800 N. Clark St. and 3300 N. Broadway St. (http://www.stansdonutschicago.com)
City Press Juice & Bottle- Ok so we’ve talked about donuts and we’ve eaten donuts but then we’ve stopped in to City Press Juice & Bottle to help us wash down our guilt. We all know that pressed juice is all the rage. In the last year we’ve seen some great spots open up around the city. Specifically Owen and Alchemy and Harvest Juicery come to mind. So when we heard that Anthony and Angela Maicki were bringing their shop City Press Juice & Bottle to East Lakeview we were thrilled. After sampling some of their fabulous elixirs at the Logan Square Farmer’s market we knew we’d become frequent visitors. Whether you’re looking to detox or just need a delicious and simple way to get your veggies in, there’s something on the menu that’s sure to strike your fancy. Our go-to is the House Green I (kale, cucumber, carrot, apple, lemon and parsley) and the Bloody Merry (beets, carrot, burdock root, cucumber and lemon). 2931 N. Broadway (http://citypressjuice.com)
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