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Where else can you spend a day at the beach, walk home through a zoo, and end the night at a top restaurant? Lincoln Park’s unique location in the city allows for amazing outdoor living just a short distance from the hustle of downtown.

Home to about 66,000 residents[1] it is the perfect place for people looking for all the benefits of urban living alongside large parks and open areas. The neighborhood is full of upscale homes and wide variety of lavish dining options. DePaul University is located in the neighborhood, mixing the upscale with a traditional college atmosphere.

Located two miles north of downtown, Lincoln Park borders Old Town, River North, and Gold Coast to the south, Bucktown to the west, and Lakeview and North Center to the north. Lake Michigan beaches take up the eastern border of the neighborhood and are a perfect place to spend a summer day.[2] Lincoln Park has a walkability score of 94 and a bike score of 88, making it the 6th most walkable neighborhood in Chicago.[3]

There are many smaller communities within Lincoln Park, which means that there is always something new around every corner. Sub-neighborhoods include the Clybourn Corridor, DePaul, MidNorth, Old Town Triangle, Park West, Ranch Triangle, Sheffield, West DePaul, and Wrightwood. Lincoln Park is served by the Brown Line, Red Line, and Purple Line Express and there are a variety of buses routes[4].

The area was originally settled by Native Americans and was first developed by the United States in 1824 when the military built a small post in the area. The grassy land of Lincoln Park, for which the neighborhood itself would later be named, was created in 1865 and named for Abraham Lincoln. By the 1870s the area was becoming populated as people began moving away from the city center. It was settled mostly by Irish and German immigrants, whose influence can still be seen among the churches and restaurants today.[5]

By 1900 improvements to the neighborhood included elevated train lines, streetcars, subways, trolleys, and bus lines. During the Great Depression, many of the building fell into disrepair but urban renewal funds helped renovate the neighborhood in the 1950s.[6] The 1968 Democratic National Convention was held in Lincoln Park. It was a time of heightened political anxiety in the country and led to violence between protesters and police.[7] By the 1970s the area began transforming into the upscale community that it is today.

There is always something to do in Lincoln Park. Music fans will enjoy the many blues clubs or major rock venues like Lincoln Hall. Alinea, one of the top ranked restaurants in the world, also calls Lincoln Park home. There are clothing boutiques, jewelers, and other high-end stores, as well as traditional stores to fit any budgets. DePaul University is one of the largest private universities in the countries and offers a range of programs and lectures for the public to attend.  

The Irish and German heritage of the area can still be seen in many of the neighborhood’s restaurants, but there is also a wide variety of other cuisine. Along with Alinea, there are other famous restaurants such as the Athenian Room and Balena. Cheap eats are common near DePaul and include places such as Armitage and the Butcher & the Burger. Bars range from the traditional Irish pubs and sports bars to more unique places such as The Barrelhouse Flat and The J. Parker.

One of the most treasured areas of the neighborhood is Lincoln Park Zoo. Located within the larger park the neighborhood is named for, the zoo is free to the public and includes dozens of walking paths for guests. It is easy for locals to swing through the zoo on a morning jog or attend yoga classes on the zoos boardwalk. There are few urban areas that include gorillas and penguins as neighbors. The park is also home to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Chicago History Museum, and the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

Theatre fans will love having a night out at the Steppenwolf Theatre. The famous theatre, which has featured Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, and Martha Plimpton has been putting on award winning productions since the 1970s. One of the most famous productions from Steppenwolf is August: Osage County.[8] Other prominent theatres include the Greenhouse Theater Center, the Apollo Theater Center, and The Murder Mystery Company in Chicago.

North Avenue Beach is the one of the most popular beaches in the city. It has a unique 22,000 square foot beach house and amazing views of the rest of the city. There are restaurants, volleyball courts, and kayak, jet ski, and watersport rentals. There is a walking and biking path that allows the public to easily make the beach part of their everyday exercise routine[9].

People of all ages and walks of life will find Lincoln Park to be an amazing and vibrant place to live, work, and play.

[1] Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, 2015 http://www.lincolnparkchamber.com/businesses/demographics/[2] Maps Chicago, 2017 http://maps-chicago.com/chicago-neighborhood-map#&gid=1&pid=1

[3] Walkscore 2017 https://www.walkscore.com/IL/Chicago/Lincoln_Park

[4] Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce, 2017 http://www.lincolnparkchamber.com/visitors/directions-to-lincoln-park/public-transportation/

[5] Explore Chicago: The Lincoln Park Neighborhoods, 2013 https://www.historypin.org/en/person/47755

[6] Debaise, 1998 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1998-01-20/news/9901070103_1_neighborhood-lincoln-park-zoo-coffeehouses

[7] Johnson, 2008 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1968-democratic-convention-931079/

[8] Choose Chicago, 2017 https://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/museums-and-arts/theater-and-performing-arts/steppenwolf-theatre-company/

[9] Chicago Traveler, 2017 http://www.chicagotraveler.com/chicago-beaches.htm

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Schools

Mary Meyer School
2817 N. Pine Grove Ave.
60657

Burley Elementary
1630 W Barry Ave
60657

Hamilton Elementary
1650 W Cornelia Ave
60657

Jahn Elementary
3149 N Wolcott Ave
60657

Parkview Montesorri School
640 W. Irving Park Road
60613

Louisa May Alcott
2625 N Orchard St
60614

Smart Love Preschool
800 W. Buena
60613

Blaine Elementary
1420 W Grace St
60613

Newberry Math & Science Academy
700 W Willow St
60614

Prescott Elementary School
1632 W Wrightwood Ave
60614

Disney Elementary
4251 N Clarendon Ave
60613

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School
615 W Kemper Pl
60614

Oscar Mayer Magnet School
2250 N Clifton Ave
60614

Sonnets Academy
1932 N Clark St
60614

Kids & Company
1750 North Clark St
60614

Disney Elementary
4140 N Marine Dr
60613

Francis W Parker School
330 W Webster Ave
60614

L&L Academy and Preschool
2350 N Clark St
60614

Inter-American
851 W Waveland Ave
60613

Places of Worship

Anshe Emet Synagogue
3751 N. Broadway
60613

Anshe Sholom Bnai Israel Congregation
540 W. Melrose
60657

Chicagoland Community Church
836 W. Aldine
60657

Grace Church Chicago
836 W. Aldine
60657

Lake View Presbyterian Church
716 W. Addison
60613

Our Lady of Mount Carmel
708 W. Belmont
60657

The Moody Church
1609 N LaSalle
60614

Second Unitarian Church of Chicago
656 W. Barry
60657

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
621 W. Belmont
60657

New Life Community Church
1110 W Lill Ave
60614

Temple Sholom of Chicago
3480 N. Lake Shore Dr.
60657

Church of the Three Crosses
333 W Wisconsin St
60614

Holy Covenant United Methodist Church
925 W Diversey Pkwy
60614

Best Church Of God
2433 N Lincoln Ave
60614

St Vincent DePaul Church
1010 W Webster Ave
60614

Saint Clement Church
642 W Deming Pl
60614

St Pauls United Church of Christ
2335 N Orchard St
60614

Church of Our Saviour Episcopal
530 W Fullerton Pkwy
60614

Ethos
2433 N Lincoln Ave
60614

St Michaels Church
1633 N Cleveland Ave
60614

St James Lutheran Church & School
2101 N Fremont St
60614

Lincoln Park UBF
2442 N Sheffield Ave
60614

St Josaphat Church
2311 N Southport Ave
60614

National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
2520 N Lakeview Ave
60614

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church
1037 W Armitage Ave
60614

St Bonaventures Church
1641 W Diversey Pkwy
60614

Second City Church
2001 N Orchard St
60614

St. Mike’s Parish
1633 N Cleveland Ave
60614

Bodhi Spiritual Center
2526 N Lincoln Ave
60614

Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W Menomonee St
60614

Hermon Baptist Church
1754 N Clark St
60614

Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ
615 W. Wellington
60657

Parks

Kenmore Playlot Park
3141 N. Kenmore Ave.
60657

Martin Playlot Park
922 W. Fletcher St.
60657

Weisman Playlot Park
901 W. Oakdale Ave.
60657

Margaret Donahue Park
1230 W. School Street
60657

Wendt Park
667 W. Roscoe St.
60657

Evergreen Park
631 W. Belmont Ave.
60657

South Lakeview Playground Park
1300 W. Wolfram St.
60657

Noethling Playlot Park
2645 N. Sheffield Ave.
60614

Kelly (John H) Park
3800 N. Seminary Ave.
60613

Lincoln Park Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool
Fullerton Pkwy And Cannon Dr
60689

OZ Park
2021 N Burling St
60614

Sheil Park
3505 N. Southport Ave.
60657

Jonquil Park
1001 W. Wrightwood Ave.
60614

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
South Pond Lincoln Park Zoo
60611

Challenger Park
1100 W. Irving Park Rd.
60613

Wrightwood Park
2534 N Greenview Ave
60614

Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N Stockton Dr
60614

Mid-North Park
401 West Belden Ave
60614

Lincoln Park Renewal
525 W Eugenie St
60614

Chicago Park District
Fullertn & Lake
60607

Gill Park
825 W. Sheridan Rd.
60613

Lincoln Park Renewal
1616 N Meyer Ct
60614

Park West Playlot Park
745 W. Wrightwood Ave.
60614

Supera Park
2522 N. Racine Ave.
60614

Local Government

44th Ward: Tom Tunney
3223 N. Sheffield
60657

46th Ward: James Cappleman
4544 N. Broadway St.
60640

19th Police District
850 West Addison St.
60613

John Merlo Library
644 W. Belmont
60657

Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N. Lincoln Ave.
60625

Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
1925 N Clybourn Ave
60614

DePaul University’s Richardson Library
2350 North Kenmore Ave
60614

Lincoln Park Community Shelter
600 W Fullerton Pkwy
60614

Books First
2639 N Southport Ave
60614

Michelle Smith – 43rd Ward Alderman
2523 N Halsted
60614

US Post Office
2405 N Sheffield Ave
60614

US Post Office
2643 N Clark St
60614

Lincoln Park Branch, Chicago Public Library
1150 W Fullerton Ave
60614

USPS Lincoln Park Annex
2643 N Clark St
60614

Elks National Veterans Memorial
2750 N Lakeview Ave
60614

32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack
2657 N Clybourn Ave
60614

National Lekotek Center
2001 N Clybourn Ave
60614

Hospitals

Children’s Hospital of Chicago Research
2430 N Halsted St
60614

Allied Health Professionals
1953 N Howe
60614

Neel French, MD, SC
2551 N Clark St
60614

Smart Choice MRI
1845 N Clybourn Ave
60614

Physicians Immediate Care – Clybourn
2077 N Clybourn Ave
60614

Chicago Psychological Health Center
2402 N Lincoln Ave
60614

Thorek Memorial Hospital
850 W Irving Park Rd
60613

Grocery Stores

Walmart Neighborhood Market
2844 N Broadway St
60657

Jewel-Osco
2550 N Clybourn Ave
60614

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
2500 N Elston Ave
60647

Mariano’s New City
1500 N Clybourn Ave
60610

ALDI
2600 N Clybourn Ave
60614

Trader Joe’s
667 W Diversey Pkwy
60614

Williams-Sonoma
1550 N Fremont St
60642

Plum Market
Plum Market Old Town 1233 North Wells
60610

marianos
40 S Halsted St
60661

Grocery Plenty
2036 W Division Street
60622

Olivia’s Market
2014 W Wabansia Ave
60647

Local foods
1427 W. Willow
60642

Petes Market
S Pulaski Rd
4333

Potash Market
875 North State Street
60610

Trader Joe’s
667 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago
60614

Mariano’s Fresh Market
2112 N Ashland Ave
60614

Mariano’s – West Loop
40 S Halsted St
60661

Potash Bros Supermart
1525 N Clark St
60610

Olivia’s Market
2014 W Wabansia Ave
60647

Morse Fresh Market
1430 W Morse Ave
60626

Green Grocer Chicago
1402 W Grand Ave
60642

HarvesTime Foods
2632 W Lawrence Ave
60625

Mariano’s – Roscoe Village
3350 N Western Ave
60618

Plum Market – Old Town
1233 N Wells St
60610

Southport Grocery & Cafe
3552 N Southport Ave
60657

Andy’s Fruit Ranch
4733 N Kedzie Ave
60625

Tony’s Finer Foods
4137 N Elston Ave
60618

Devon Market
1440 W Devon Ave60660

The Market by Foxtrot
900 W Armitage Ave
60614

Mariano’s Ravenswood
1800 W Lawrence Ave
60640

Potash Market- Hancock Location
175 E Delaware Pl #44
60611

Andy’s Fruit Ranch
4733 N Kedzie Ave
60625

Foodsmart
2901 W Armitage Ave
60647

Cermak Fresh Market
3033 S Halsted St
60608

Gepperth’s Meat Market
1964 N Halsted St
60614

Trader Joe’s
1840 N Clybourn Ave
60614

Mariano’s Bucktown
2112 N Ashland Ave
60614

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