What to eat, drink, shop for, and see in this on-the-rise North Side neighborhood.
The Southport Corridor.
“The Southport Corridor” or just “Southport”—whatever you call it, this little piece of Lakeview, nestled between Wrigleyville and Roscoe Village, has earned its own neighborhood distinction. The picturesque stretch that runs from Belmont to Irving Park comes alive on the weekends, and for good reason: The list of shops, restaurants and other hotspots is perpetually on the rise. Read on for a few to hit up this weekend.
Satisfy your brunch cravings with a plate of bread pudding pancakes or a few grown-up pop tarts, or stop in for a midday Southport Cuban sandwich. On the way out, pick up some mix to make your own scones from the high-end grocery section. 3552 N. Southport Ave., 773-665-0100
Visit this classic Chicago theater on Sunday for a special Easter viewing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. A costume contest and goodie bags await. (Sunday, April 20, 2 p.m.) 3733 N. Southport Ave., 773-871-6604
It doesn’t have to be warm in Chicago to enjoy Jeni’s handcrafted flavors. Indulge in a signature favorite, like whiskey and pecans or riesling poached pear sorbet, or try a limited-edition selection. Currently on the menu? Banana French toast and chocomole. 3404 N. Southport Ave., 773-348-7139
This local boutique is closing its doors on April 30, but stop in before then for some amazing clothes and accessories—many from Chicago designers—while you still can. 3451 N. Southport Ave., 773-248-8604
Endless accessories for women (hello, statement necklaces); gadgets and vintage sports gear for men; a friendly live-in cat for kids—this unassuming boutique has something for everyone. 3527 N. Southport Ave., 773-248-9866
Get your morning caffeine fix—and fresh, homemade empanadas in flavors like raja pablano and cheese, and chicken salsa verde—at this Latin American espresso bar. The friendly employees and café con leche will surely keep you coming back. 3612 N. Southport Ave., 773-687-8428