Welcome to Lincoln Park, Chicago
Gorgeous neighborhood in the heart of Chicago.
Lincoln Park has amenities and benefits galore for the lucky folks who call this neighborhood home. With its tree-lined streets and classic brick houses, this place is a postcard for the good life. The area has a plethora of parks and green spaces including Lincoln Park itself. The neighborhood is perfect for young professionals and families and is an all-around great place to live.
What to Love
- Culturally rich and architecturally diverse
- Highly walkable and bikeable with access to public transportation
- Tons of shops, restaurants, and activities
Residents are 30 minutes by bike, on foot, or by public transportation from any activity they could imagine. The area is extremely pedestrian-friendly — it’s actually easier to traverse without a car. Lincoln Avenue is lined with shops, bars, and restaurants with plenty of options for night owls or day-trippers alike. Lively without being obnoxious, the nightlife here is the perfect balance for a night out. Definitely more residential than other downtown Chicago neighborhoods, Lincoln Park also boasts an active and involved community.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
The feel of this neighborhood is all about the marriage of historic beauty and trendy elegance. This vibe is on full display in the shops and restaurants of the area.
Situated in the heart of Lincoln Park near an adorable pond with a stunning view of the dramatic Chicago skyline, the North Pond restaurant is easily the loveliest dining setting in the city. The structure that houses the restaurant was built in the Arts and Crafts tradition in 1912, and the food North Pond serves today reflects the simple and subtle craftsmanship typical of that style.
Located inside the historic Belden-Stratford building, the classic French bistro Mon Ami Gabi is a treat and a treasure. From their signature dishes to their full-bodied wine menu, Mon Ami Gabi will have you saying bon appetit with gusto!
During a cold Chicago winter, you can take a trip to the laid-back vibes of California via a meal at Summer House Santa Monica. Their California-inspired menu highlights simple yet exceptional ingredients with a focus on supporting local, sustainable farming.
A family-owned business with a history in the neighborhood spanning more than 50 years, the Half Shell is the best and oldest crab shack in Chicago. Bring the whole family, no reservations required — the only must is to have some fun.
Things to Do
As the beating heart and namesake of the neighborhood, Lincoln Park itself is home to many of the spots and events that make this neighborhood such a special place to live.
Founded in 1868, the Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the most established zoos in the United States. It is also a privately-managed free zoo, living up to its mission of connecting animals and humans and supporting increased education about and access to the natural world.
A step into the floral-scented, oxygen-rich air of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Gardens is a step back in time. Built between 1890 and 1895, the Conservatory displays lush, exotic plants from around the world. The gardens include the Formal Garden, Bates Fountain, the Von Schiller Monument, the Old English-style Grandmother’s Garden, and the Shakespeare Monument. Locals and visitors alike enjoy spending time at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a Chicago Academy of Sciences museum that offers fun and educational events, programs, and activities.
A sign of the diverse and progressive bent of this part of Chicago and a hallmark of the neighborhood, Chicago's Pride celebration consists of a month-long slate of festivities and events. It’s all part of the build-up to the annual Chicago Pride Parade, which traditionally takes place at the end of June.
Lincoln Park is home to many families, and the school system is a major draw. The neighborhood also features well-regarded private schools such as Francis Parker High School.
Payton College Preparatory High School, A+ rated school on Niche.com
Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, A-rated elementary school on Niche.com