32 Cheap Eats We Love in Lakeview

Unlike its immediate neighbor to the south, finding genuinely good cheap eats in Lakeview turned out to be easy—almost too easy. By the time the list stretched over thirty, we knew we realized we had to stop. Then we added two more. It's impressive.

We don't want to get all hyperbolic, but we're unsure if any other neighborhood equals Lakeview in the quantity and diversity of its cheap eats. Sure, the Chicago classics are covered, including some of the best examples of burgers, hot dogs, and pizza in the city. But what we love the is the mix of new and old. Without much effort, you can score old school doughnuts and cinnamon rolls so big they'll make you gape in awe, pass by exciting new Thai and Vietnamese restaurants, and then pick up incredible English bangers. And if that doesn't tide you over, you can head out for some street food from Belgium or Argentina.


Like our previous lists, we set a strict $10 limit on all the dishes, which excluded a number of promising options that were right on the line. But this time we also decided to include some desserts. There are options.

Check out the 32 cheap eats we love in Lakeview by clicking on the slideshow. Below we also have the listed individually.

Did we miss your favorite affordable spot in the neighborhood? Let us know! We can't wait to get back and try more.

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