Chicago is a walking city, so locals and tourists are used to having to step or CTA between multiple locations in order to eat, play, and be entertained—but there’s a new bright spot on the Lincoln Park horizon that makes it easy to achieve all these goals in one location.
New City is a hot destination at the dynamic intersection of North Avenue, Clybourn, and Halsted. It features a wide variety of restaurants for all palates, shopping destinations for every style, plus fun entertainment options. Plan on spending the whole day in just a one block area of Lincoln Park, and be sure to hit up these top five locations at New City.
Arclight hearkens back to the days of old, when people used to dress up to go to the movies. There’s a reason it’s called a “cinema,” and it’s because they don’t just serve tubs of popcorn for the usual blockbusters. You ride up a series of escalators that seemingly take you straight up into the land of the Hollywood stars. Once you arrive at the theater, you can see the usual releases, but also partake in weekday happy hours, themed movie marathons by famous directors, and Second Wednesdays, where they partner with legendary Second City comedy theater.
LYFE stands for “Love Your Food Everyday,” and this restaurant takes that acronym seriously, with the goal of serving tasty food that’s still good for you. Gluten-free pizza crust and non-fried fried chicken are perfect examples of this philosophy. Plus, they serve their wine out of kegs, which somehow makes drinking it even more fun. It’s the spot for those trying not to lose track of their diets while on vacation, plus the bright interior gets you in and out and back to shopping without feeling rushed.
This is so much more than a bowling alley, and could truly be a whole-day destination all on its own. If Kings‘ bowling lanes and 222-foot bar don’t wet your whistle, there’s also a scratch-made-driven menu to nosh on. Still not enough? They’ll also throw in shuffleboard, billiards, air hockey, and more than 50 TVs that will have your sports senses in overdrive.
Leroy Earl “Bus” Fuller. Stanley Earl Fuller. These names might sound like old school mobsters or vintage cartoons characters, but they’re the father/son duo that founded the Earls Kitchen + Bar restaurant group, which now boasts 65 locations from Miami to Vancouver. If their family story or widespread success wasn’t enough to draw you in, let the sticky toffee chocolate pudding win you over. With a menu that’s very varied (from sushi and curry to salads and sandwiches), no one will leave unsatisfied.
Z Gallerie visitors beware: you are going to want to buy everything in this home-improvement store, but you won’t be able to fit it in your suitcase. The goal of the gallery is to have guests be inspired, and there is no shortage of inspiration in their collections of tableware, bedding, furniture, and more. The sleek, bright white interior draws attention to the artwork that could one day gild your home, if you can only pick a favorite piece to purchase.
And don’t forget, New City is located right in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, which boasts even more activity options once you tear yourself away from the bright lights of New City.