Lakeview may be home to Wrigley Field and the many overcrowded sports bars surrounding it, but beyond the chaos you can find several unforgettable places to eat and drink. From a cozy date night spot to a new pizza outpost, here’s a look at our favorite restaurants and bars in Lakeview.
Charming, intimate, and packed with conversation-starting eats like Taleggio agnolotti with chanterelles, black Lacinato kale, and shaved summer truffle, this seasonally driven resto helmed by executive chef Ashlee Aubin checks all the boxes of a date-worthy destination. An added bonus? Meticulously balanced cocktails, such as the frothy Strictly Platonic with Plantation rum, cynar, lemon, peach bitters, egg white, and ginger beer. 3335 N. Halsted St., 773-935-9663
This tiny counter-service Korean spot looks unassuming, but the seemingly constant stream of people walking through the door is a testament to its popularity among locals and visitors alike. The draw? Sticky-sweet, twice-fried Seoul Sassy Korean-style chicken wings lacquered in an heirloom sauce made of ginger, soy, garlic, and a special spice blend. 2940 N. Broadway St., 773-697-7610
Outfitted with rustic floor-to-ceiling wood, industrial chic light fixtures made of metal and Edison bulbs hanging over the bar, and a retractable exterior wall that allows for an open-air feel, this modern Mexican-inspired hangout sets a picture-perfect scene for post-work or weekend imbibing—made better only by a drink menu boasting a lineup of sweet, smoky, and spicy cocktails. Our favorite? The smoky Texas Pina mixed with Peloton Mezcal, pineapple juice, agave nectar, lime juice, mint, and grilled pineapple foam. 2901 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-687-9949
Part-specialty grocery store and part-café, this sweet little eatery boasts outrageously good, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast items, such as cupcake pancakes served with vanilla butter and maple syrup, house-smoked brisket and gravy, and grilled cinnamon-walnut-sour-cream coffee cake filled with cream cheese. Since grocery shopping on an empty stomach is a dangerous game, we recommend perusing the grocery aisles—which are stocked with local goods ranging from Terry’s Toffee to Lillie’s Q barbecue sauce—post-breakfast. 3552 N. Southport Ave., 773-665-0100
After nearly a decade of success at its original West Town location, this popular pizzeria has opened a Lakeview outpost. Go for the cult-favorite pepperoni and whipped ricotta pie, which is baked in an 800-degree coal-burning oven and sports Coalfire’s hallmark blistered crust. 3707 N. Southport Ave., 773-477-2625
Conveniently located next door to each other, these burger and seafood concepts from the DMK Restaurants group are both can’t-miss Lakeview staples. Swing by Burger Bar for a Big DMK (the restaurant’s upmarket take on a certain iconic fast food burger) and a peanut butter shake, and make Fish Bar your go-to for fish sliders and a s’mores fix. 2954 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-360-8686; 2956 N. Sheffield Ave., 773-687-8177
Effortlessly toeing the line between sophisticated and neighborhood-y, stylish Cere’s Table—originally located in Uptown—moved to Lakeview in the spring of 2014, and has quickly established itself as one of the hottest places for regional Italian fare in the area. The menu is thorough and seasonally driven, but not at all fussy; standouts include smoke swordfish carpaccio, orecchiette with fennel sausage, tomato, argula, and grana padano, and a variety of pizzas that can be ordered with a fried egg on top. 3124 N. Broadway St., 773-922-4020