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Beyond The Loop: Neighborhood Guide: COE Test

Summer in Chicago

Discover Chicago like a local this summer! Book our Summer Beyond The Loop special offer - available for stays from June 4th through September 3rd.

Click here for access to the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) quick trip planner during your stay.


Discover one of the most popular neighborhoods in Chicago. Historic Lincoln Park is homed to acclaimed restaurants, cocktail lounges and lively taverns, comedy clubs and theater venues, and much more. Conveniently close to Lake Michigan, the tree-lined neighborhood is home to an expansive 1,208 acre park that includes a zoo, museum and conservatory. Access Lincoln Park by taking the Red Line.

  • Located in the heart of Chicago's "Blues Alley", listen to live blues music at the world famous Kingston Mines (2548 N Halsted St).
  • Enjoy free admission to Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N Clark St). Check their events page for summer happenings! 
  • Make it a day by the lake or on boat at Belmont Harbor (3600 N Recreation Dr). Surrounded by acres of park space and skyline views, it is one of the largest harbors in Chicago and a favorite among families and long-time boaters.
  • Founded in 1974, Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N Halsted St) has consistently delivered dynamic and exciting theater in Chicago. Attend a summer show before their 2018-2019 season ends! 
  • Visit the creatively Paris-inspired Maison Marcel window (3114 N Broadway St) for French pastry delicacies.
  • Eat like a local at Pequod’s Pizza (2207 N Clybourn Ave) or Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder (2121 N Clark St). Be prepared for the wait to experience one of these Chicago classics! 
  • Explore the current exhibits at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (2430 N Cannon Dr), including a butterfly haven.

Lincoln Park, Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago


    Hip Wicker Park is a hot spot for one-of-a-kind experiences from interactive dining to rotating street art to boutique shops. Surrounded by Bucktown, Ukranian Village and Humboldt Park, this west neighborhood is highly popular area for adventuring like a Chicago local. Access Wicker Park by taking the Blue Line.

    • Shop at local favorites and big brands along Milwaukee Ave, including Myopic Bookstore, Levi’s, Reckless Records, Una Mae’s, Neighborly and so much more (N Milwaukee Ave from N Damen Ave to N Ashland Ave).
    • Transformed from an old gas station to a lively hangout serving up Tex-Mex street food, dine at the original Big Star (1579 N Milwaukee Ave) - one of the most popular outdoor patios in Wicker Park. Be prepared to wait a while before seating. You can also order to-go!
    • Welcome to Chicago’s very own shuffleboard club - Royal Palms (1750 N Milwaukee Ave). Slay the competition and enjoy a cocktail on their rooftop.
    • Walk or Jog along The 606 Trail (Runs along the Bloomingdale Trail (1800N) for 2.7 miles between 1600 W Ashland and 3750 W Ridgeway). Once an old railroad track, this elevated, urban greenway is a uniquely Chicago experience with great views of western neighborhoods. The Western and Damen Blue Line Stops are the closest walk to an entrance!
    • Like many areas in Chicago, Wicker Park is known for trendsetting dining experiences. Try the James Beard Awarding-winning Violet Hour (1520 N Damen Ave), a pre-prohibition style speakeasy hidden by a rotating mural, or the newly opened Machine (1846 W Division St), an innovative restaurant with an interactive cocktail program and flower shop.
    • Browse quality produce, samples and treats from local establishments and farms at the Wicker Park Farmers Market (1425 N Damen Ave). Even better, make it a picnic day at the park! Named after the neighborhood, Wicker Park has a playground, several community gardens, athletic fields and a historic fountain.

    Reckless Records, Adam Alexander Photography Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago


    One of Chicago’s most easily accessible neighborhoods and conveniently bordering scenic Lake Michigan, Lakeview is home to a celebrated and diverse set of communities from Wrigleyville to Boystown. This Northeast neighborhood has endless options for live entertainment, outdoor play, cultural events and creative dining in Chicago. Access Lakeview by taking the Red or Brown Line.

    • Relive your arcade glory days at Replay (3439 N Halsted St), known to host themed pop-up bars throughout the year!
    • Watch the Chicago Cubs at historic Wrigley Field (1060 W Addison St). You can find home games listed on our events page
    • Built in 1929 and operating as a cinema and art-house since the 1980s, catch a Flick at the historic Music Box Theatre (3733 N Southport Ave).
    • Have a Laugh at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar (851 W Belmont Ave) from improve to sketch comedy to musicals and plays.
    • Check out local events or go on a tour at Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted St), the largest LGBT community center in the Midwest.
    • Indulge in Artisanal Cheese, Bread & Wine at the original Pastoral (2945 N Broadway).

    Halsted Street, Abel Arciniega Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago


    Take a trip on the blue line to artsy Logan Square. With quirky food spots, music venues, bohemian shops and art galleries, this neighborhood is off-the-beaten path for the creative traveler. Access Logan Square by taking the Blue Line.

    • Recently opened, Pretty Cool Ice Cream (2353 N California Ave) is a nostalgic wonderland for ice cream pops.
    • Logan Square has many inspiring galleries throughout the neighborhood. Explore its ever-changing art scene at Galerie F (2415 N Milwaukee Ave) and Comfort Station (2579 N Milwaukee Ave)
    • As the largest independent brewery in Illinois, Revolution Brewing (Brewpub: 2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Brewery + Taproom: 3340 N. Kedzie Ave) is must-visit in Chicago. Grab a draft on tap or two at their brewpub or get a behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery.
    • Brunch like a hip Chicagoan (and whiskey lover) at Longman & Eagle (2657 N Kedzie Ave), known for their unparalleled whiskey selection and modern farm-to-table eats.
    • With a tropical atmosphere and hundreds of varieties of rum, you'll feel like you've transported to an island oasis at Lost Lake (3154 W Diversey Ave). This stylish tiki bar evokes both the glamorous tropical escapism of 1930s Hollywood and the rugged nautical, island aesthetic of the world's first tiki bar, the original Don’s Beachcomber Cafe.
    • Take an insta-worthy photo at the “Greetings from Chicago” mural (2226 N Milwaukee Ave). 

    City of Chicago Photo Courtesy of Choose Chicago

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