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Our Favorite Spring Activities Around Lakeview in 2022

Spring is right around the corner, to the excitement of many midwesterners. Though this winter hasn’t been ferocious, Chicago residents are always ecstatic for the seasons to change. With COVID rates going down in the city, spring activities will be abundant. Here are some of our favorite activities around Lakeview for springtime fun. 

Travelogue Tuesday – Venice in the Spring

For Lakeview residents, Bottle & Bottega is the premiere boozy painting class everyone wants to participate in. They host many painting events, including morning classes, private events, and virtual courses. Bottle & Bottega are starting it off right with an Italian-inspired class for spring. 

The spring event will start at 6:30 with a cocktail reception. The shop is BYOB, but they’ll provide glass, wine openers, and necessary utensils. Promptly after, their “Taoist Tuesday” will begin with painting portraits of zen-like landscapes and scenery. The painting you’ll be recreating is a Venetian portrait, perfect for spring with its bright colors and surrealist depiction.  

Check out more about this event here: :https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/chicago-lakeview/event/2997111/# 

Fate, Tragedy, and Triumph from the Lakeview Orchestra 

Spring is the perfect time for a classical concert. On the busy Southport Avenue is where the Athenaeum Theatre resides, hosting many wonderful events in the coming months. 

Fate, Tragedy, and Triumph will be performed by Janis Sakai, marking her debut as a solo violinist. She’ll perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto. The concert’s name is directly after Tchaikovsky’s controversial piece, which features a tragedy-to-triumph musical arc, perfect for the rebirth of spring. 

If you’d like a pleasant spring morning of classical music, buy a ticket for this beautiful event on April 10th. https://www.lakevieworchestra.org/events/2022/04/10/fatetragedyandtriumph 

Sam Evian & Mia Joy at Schubas

Lakeview hosts some of the best music venues in the city. Even though the Vic Theatre and the Metro have some incredible touring acts, Schuba’s intimate pub aesthetic has won over the hearts of Lakeview residents. New York’s soft-rocking Sam Evian will perform with local, ethereal musician Mia Joy for a spectacular spring event this May. 

Sam Evian has been making waves in the indie rock scene for quite some time, and his brand of sincere songwriting has pushed him to the forefront. His new record Time to Melt was released late last year, ready to tour it around the country this spring. Chicago musician Mia Joy will be opening the night; well known in the local scene, Mia Joy has been making waves for her unique brand of graceful, washed-out pop. 

Tickets for this May 11th event are already available on Schuba’s website: https://lh-st.com/shows/05-11-2022-sam-evian/ 

Mogwai at the Metro  

Just up the street from Wrigley Field is a venue of enormous significance. Operating for almost 100 years, the venue has booked some of the biggest bands in history. 

Mogwai, a post-rock band from Glasgow who has influenced bands globally since 1995, is coming to Chicago for an unforgettable evening. The rock project is known for its excessive, meticulous guitar riffs, ear-splitting distortion, and extensive catalog. Nina Nastasia will open the night, a beautiful songwriter from LA showcasing her folk-country influences. 

Tickets are just under $30, so head on over to the Metro’s site for purchasing details: https://metrochicago.com/event/mogwai/ 

David Lynch: A Complete Retrospective   

Southport Avenue is one of the most bustling streets in Lakeview. It’s home to another iconic building, the Music Box Theatre, offering art-house and out-of-the-box cinema experiences since the early 80s. Starting April 7th, the Music Box will be showcasing most of David Lynch’s illustrious filmography. 

David Lynch Films will make up the whole week-long fest, including classics like Blue Velvet, Dune, and Mulholland Drive. A viewing of Lynch’s famous Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is included in the programming, showcasing his accomplishments in television. Single tickets and a week-long pass will be available for purchase, ensuring you get all the David Lynch fantasies you need. 

More info about the movies and series passes are located here: https://musicboxtheatre.com/events/david-lynch-a-complete-retrospective-the-return 

Spring is a blissful time in Chicago. Though an occasional snowfall interjects our springtime excursions, knowing winter is finally ending is enough to get locals out and about. This April and May, many exciting events are set to take place in the beloved Lakeview neighborhood. These are some of our favorite spring activities you’ll have to check out this spring 2022.