Lincoln Park Chicago Neighborhood Guide

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A charming, tree-lined neighborhood with all the benefits of a big city.

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Just north of Old Town, Lincoln Park is one of the largest and most popular Chicago neighborhoods– and for good reason. Most residents are a short distance away from some of the best nightlife, dining, lakefront parks, shopping, and tree-lined streets in the entire city. It combines all the best aspects of a close-knit community with the appeal of the big city. Which means rental prices can be high.


Residents live mostly in walk-ups, but there are quite a few high-rises, especially near the lake. Lincoln Parkers are spoiled with their close proximity to the lake and ample running and biking trails. Lincoln Park has the second largest shopping concentration in the city: ranging from high-end boutiques to secondhand resale shops. Lincoln Park also offers public tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball diamonds, and soccer fields that are used recreationally and by intramural leagues. Weekends can be spent strolling through the Lincoln Park Zoo, hitting a bucket of golf balls at the Diversey Bay Harbor, or heading to Lakeview or The Loop easily via the Brown Line.


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Neighborhood Vibe

Lincoln Park has the ability to transport residents out of a bustling city and into a picturesque, natural paradise. Running trails, breathtaking botanic gardens, and numerous lakefronts speckle this neighborhood—pleasing nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. In addition to plenty of outdoor space, Lincoln Park is a diverse and happening spot for tourists and locals with entertainment options ranging from cocktail lounges to dive bars to comedy clubs.

Favorite Spots

This unique neighborhood is home to one of the oldest zoos in the country, one of the world's best restaurants (Alinea), and fantastic shopping on Armitage and Halstead. Take in sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the rooftop of The J. Parker or relax on the shore of North Avenue Beach. Even after Winter hits, Lincoln Park offers a host of fantastic activities. Catch a show at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company or learn about the windy city at the Chicago History Museum.

Things to Know

Lincoln Park Chicago offers a diverse array of activities all year long. Spend the summer at any one of the neighborhood’s parks, ride bikes along the lakeshore, or sip coffees near Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and enjoy Chicago’s amazing summer weather. Foodies could spend a year checking restaurants off their bucket lists and never need to leave the neighborhood.

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