Lakeview, on Chicago’s north side, is a big neighborhood. Within its borders you’ll find the well-known Wrigleyville and popular Boystown. These mini neighborhoods within Lakeview add to its character. You’ll find there’s tons to do in Lakeview! You can catch a baseball game in Wrigleyville at its namesake Wrigley Field or spend some time on the waters of Lake Michigan. With its proximity to the lake and Lincoln Park, there are countless activities—both athletic and simply outdoor– activities to get into in Lakeview. Here are our favorites:
Wrigley Field, nestled in Wrigleyville is packed with sports bars, shops and restaurants. The baseball lovers in your life are going to love this part of Lakeview. You can catch a baseball inside the stadium or enjoy the new Park At Wrigley, with classic lawn games and large TVs for watching the game outside. There’s so much history to take in that even non-fans will enjoy a tour of the stadium and grounds.
Talk about a throwback- this bowling alley and billiards hot spot was built in the early 1900’s. You can enjoy bowling where the bowling pins are still reset by hand by “pinboys.” If that’s not your speed, you can play some pool in the excellent billiards room. The food and drink menus are on point. Look forward to some good times at these lanes.
With almost 1,000 boats in the harbor during the warm months, this is the largest harbor in the Chicago harbor system. You can charter a sailboat from the harbor and get out onto Lake Michigan where you’ll enjoy unparalleled city views. The northerly part of Lincoln Park is resides alongside this harbor and makes a great spot for a picnic before or after a day out on the boat. If you’re looking to relax, you can enjoy some lounging in the sun nearby. A day at Belmont Harbor is great fun for both rookie sailors and families.
It’s time to hit the links! The Sydney R Marovitz Golf Course is a convenient and welcome reprieve from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautifully manicured course rests up against Lake Michigan and will make you forget you’re in the middle of Chicago. Tee times can be booked via phone or online and you’ll find that a round of golf is really affordable. Even if you’re not the best golfer, getting outside and walking the course is a wonderful way to spend your day.
A little less time-consuming and more casual than Sydney R Marovitz Golf Course, the Diversey Range and Mini Golf Course is a blast for families and small groups. The driving range is the perfect place to blow off steam — you can buy a bucket of balls and go to town. If you’d like a bit more adventure and competition, give the 18-hole miniature golf course a shot. With obstacles like bridges, hills, and waterfalls, you’ll find this mini golf course is fun challenge for kids and adults alike. The range is open into the evening until 10PM.
There’s no shortage of fun things to do in Lakeview—you’ll find an adventure around every corner. This big neighborhood creeps down into Lincoln Park and there are just tons of amenities and activities for you take advantage of. If it’s a cold or rainy day, visit the Southport Lanes. If it’s beautiful out, visit Belmont Harbor or play some golf (miniature golf counts too!). You can visit historic Wrigley Field or one of the famed sports bars near it.