Central Lakeview Tourism

The Lakeview Lifestyle
Central Lakeview Merchants Association invites you to take in the Lakeview lifestyle. Leading off in the spring are our beloved boys of summer, the Chicago Cubs! This is the time to dust off your flip-flops and start hitting your favorite Wrigleyville pubs, eateries, and special trips to the iconic roof-top venues surrounding Wrigley Field.

After watching the Cubs pound out another victory, head down to the lakefront for a quick dip or a relaxing stroll through the park and watch the sun set reflect off Chicago’s beautiful skyline.

For those looking for a more ‘shopperific’ type of day, head on down Clark & Belmont for everything from fresh and funky boutiques, wicked vintage shops, and of course the Lake View landmark Belmont Army Surplus Store. Right around the corner is the Midwest’s premiere one-stop shop for Gothic, Punk, Emo, and Rock clothing and accessories…The Alley Chicago. This collection of stores offers over 40,000 square feet of unique merchandise and hard to find items…you’ll be blown away! Only in Central Lake View can you find Clandestine Industries, the flagship store for Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz’s clothing line. Seek out it’s frosted glass facade bearing Clandestine’s Batheart logo for exclusive Chicago-only designs from this Chicagoland native and husband of Ashlee Simpson!

Escape all of life’s demands for an hour, an afternoon, or an entire day of luxurious personal pampering. Residents and guests of Lake View are fortunate to have some of the finest spas and salons in Chicago to develop your natural assets while promoting beauty, harmony, and well-being. It’s a vacation without the hassles of the airport!

So what do you do now that you have all your fresh gear and hot new look? It’s time to party! With over 130 restaurants in Lake View, there is something to tempt every taste bud. Whether you prefer a relaxing sidewalk cafe, or the latest see-and-be-seen trendy hot spot, you will find every ethnic delight within easy walking distance. While reservations are seldom required, you may want to contact Central Lake View Merchants Association for suggestions and reviews.

No time to feel guilty about those delectably delightful calories, we’re off to bust a move on the dance floor! When it comes to nightlife, Lake View has it all….young or old; rich or poor; gay, straight, or undecided; looking for love or hanging with friends….there is a scene to fit your groove every night of the week! Good times with good people and frequent celebrity sightings are around every corner. Catch a concert at Metro, or get rowdy watching a movie at Brew & View at the Vic. Impress your lady by crooning a karaoke love song at Trader Todd’s, or chill with the fellas in the beer garden at Sheffield’s. Whether you like cheering on your favorite team with a thousand other fans at a sports bar, or working your way down the martini menu at a lounge, Lakeview’s nightlife is sure to deliver. But the night is still young, and we are off to dance until 4:00am. Wild Hare and Exedus II will take you away with Chicago’s hottest Jamaican dancehall, reggae, and worldbeat. Jam to your favorite popular beats at The Cubby Bear or Smart Bar. Sin is always ‘in’ at Berlin and SPIN, and anything goes at Roscoe’s.

Whew! It’s been an incredible day, but it’s time to get some sleep….there’s Brunch tomorrow with those new friends you just met. It’s just another day living “The Lakeview Lifestyle”.