Neighborhood Dating Guide: Lakeview

If you’re looking for a neighborhood that’s filled to the brim with young and hot 20- to 30- somethings ready to find the loves of their life, look no further than Lakeview. Being a unique area of the city built up by smaller neighborhoods, there are tons of people to meet, talk to, exchange hobbies, and share secrets with. Continue with our Chicago neighborhood date ideas guide for Lakeview and explore the delicious restaurants, fun bars, events, and easy-to-access public transportation for an incredible date. Whether you want to get closer to the lake or closer to a potential partner, Lakeview is a great place to plan some incredibly fun dates in our own backyard.

PS: If you’re looking for date ideas in other areas of the city, be sure to check out our neighborhood dating guides for Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and Logan Square.


Cubs Game – Wrigley Field 

1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613


Hey Chicago, whaddya say? Take your date to Wrigley today! Okay, yeah that was super cringe BUT definitely true. Whether you’re a Northsider or a Southsider, you truly cannot deny the importance of Wrigley Field in Chicago. I mean, the perfect summer afternoon isn’t complete without a sunny day game, right? Treat your date to a Wrigley hot dog and a tall Bud Light, and watch how the sparks fly. Cubs tickets are fairly cheap, there’s tons of public transportation surrounding Addison and Clark, and the atmosphere is consistently electric. I’m telling you, you can be a Sox fan and STILL have a good time on a date to the Cubs game. Worse comes to worst? Take your date bar hopping down Clark and get a little buzz. 


3707 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

While Chicago is certainly known for our pizza, the food coma you go into after devouring three slices of a deep dish just isn’t it for setting the mood. When you and your date want to dive into a delicious pie, head to Coalfire. This coal oven pizza is crisp, hot, and made with incredible ingredients. Coalfire prides itself on using locally sourced artisanal butchers and growers, ensuring that each item that goes into your perfect piece is as fresh as can be. With menu staples like pepperoni & whipped ricotta and pistachio pesto, diners can delight in the house favorites or take the option to build their own pizza with toppings of their choice! Just don’t blame us if your date thinks your topping choices are weird. 


Posted by Chicago Harbors on Monday, June 21, 2021


Belmont Harbor

3600 N Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL 60613

How often do you take the time to spend an afternoon outside? Surprisingly, the city is filled with green spaces and parks to hang out and enjoy the weather (as fleeting as our summers may be). Whether you have a boat or not, Belmont Harbor is a beautiful spot in the city to spend some time with a potential love interest. You don’t have to sit on the docks either because there are plenty of grassy park areas to plan a cute picnic or bring a bottle of wine to enjoy along the Lakefront. Take advantage of our last few days of summer and ever-so-slightly changing trees to soak in some sun and kick off a budding romance before the cuffing season begins. 

Elixir Lounge

3452 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

In the heart of Boystown, you’ll find Elixir. This cocktail bar and lounge is the perfect spot for couples to cozy up under the low-hanging chandeliers and enjoy the perfectly crafted cocktail list. With drinks made from all your favorite liquors, everyone can find a new favorite made with their alcohol of choice. With a signature cocktail list, Elixir puts its own twist on delicious cocktails by incorporating fresh ingredients and bold flavors to create drinks you might have never thought to try elsewhere, like their Rustic Artichoke or Bubblegum Old Fashioned. They also feature classic cocktails but elevate the traditional by adding some flair to give your old reliable a new flair. So sit back, relax, and sip on something different with the perfect date by your side. 

Pescadero Seafood & Oyster Bar

1258 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Oysters are literally an aphrodisiac, so why wouldn’t you take a date to Pescadero? Not only does this Lakeview restaurant offer the freshest seafood you’ll find in the middle of Chicago, but with an upscale maritime theme, you’re given at least a brief escape from the Midwest for your date. Since opening in June of last year, Pescadero has made waves (get it?) in Lakeview by continuously bringing the freshest fish and menu options to this location. The raw bar, small plates, seared favorites, and handheld options are perfect to enjoy while sharing fun facts about yourself and deciding if your current date is going to make it to the next level.

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