Welcome to Lincoln Park
An affluent neighborhood with historic beauty and residential vibes.
Lincoln Park may just be the perfect neighborhood. With its blend of lush green spaces and city sophistication, this picturesque enclave of Chicago offers a diversity of lifestyle that will charm everyone from hikers to foodies. This walkable community boasts beautiful tree-lined streets, lakefront recreation, a thriving restaurant and music scene, boutique shopping and excellent schools, making Lincoln Park a highly sought-after home for both professionals and parents.
With a storied history that goes back to 1837, Lincoln Park evolved from its origin as swampland to become one of the most coveted neighborhoods in the country. The architecture is eclectic, due in part to the Great Fire that blazed through the area in 1871, destroying many of the residential buildings and opening up the neighborhood for an influx of diverse residents. The resulting mix of styles remains a staple of the community, and residents have the option of affordable apartments in gorgeous brownstones, luxury condos and lofts set in converted factories, lakefront high-rises, vintage walk-ups and new construction.
What to Love
• Historic architecture
• Lively nightlife
• Green space
People and Lifestyle
Lincoln Park welcomes residents of all backgrounds and interests, including students, young professionals and families. Here you’ll find an affluent, fashionable mix of academic life from nearby DePaul University, family-friendly vibes and historic beauty.
This buzzing neighborhood has something to captivate everyone, from live music and jazz lounges to theater and improv, as well as plenty of outdoor recreation and skyline views. The vibe is youthful and energetic, and most residents are young professionals working in finance or professional fields.
Dining, Entertainment and Shopping
Lincoln Park has a long list of drool-worthy restaurants, but the belle of the ball is Alinea.
The New American tasting menus from chef Grant Achatz spotlight creative plates and a unique tasting experience. Chicago’s only restaurant to earn the coveted Michelin 3-Star rating, this elegant, upscale dining room is considered one of the best restaurants in the world. The incredible attention to detail, superb culinary skill, and gorgeous food elevate dinner to a work of art.
The Chicago dining scene wouldn’t be complete without deep dish pizza, and locals head to Pequod's Pizza for the city’s best pie. This laid-back pub has a cult following, thanks to their pan-style pizza with a caramelized crust.
If you’re in the mood for a quiet, peaceful dinner with incredible views, grab your best friend and head to the North Pond Restaurant. Chef César Murillo’s modern American bistro features local, seasonal ingredients and a serene park setting. Settle in with a glass of wine and a tasting menu or stop in for brunch and take in the breathtaking views of the city skyline.
The restaurants aren’t the only places in Lincoln Park with a finger on the culinary pulse. Green City Market, Chicago’s sustainable farmers market, supports local farmers and offers the best in local honey, artisan goods, farm fresh eggs, local grains and flour, and more. Grab a coffee and an apple cider donut and peruse everything this European-inspired market has on display.
Things to Do
In a place where skyscrapers reign supreme, nature doesn’t just get an obligatory corner — in Lincoln Park, green space is a priority. Residents take full advantage of the unique and impressive landscape of this urban setting. Lincoln Park is the largest green space in Chicago and covers over 1,200 acres of lush landscaping, a zoo, botanical gardens, a beach, museums, and even an archery range. Take the kids to one of the five playgrounds, or get your steps in on the lakefront trail. You’ll also find the city’s largest dog park here, so bring Fido along for the fun.
The park is also home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a 35-acre conservation park providing tours, youth programs, craft beer tastings, and nearly 200 species of animals. And if you prefer leaves to fur, don’t worry. Lincoln Park delivers again with the Lincoln Park Conservancy. This historic botanical garden features themed gardens, a Victorian glass house, and plenty of beauty and tranquility. If adventure is what you seek, there’s no better day of fun than one spent at the Lincoln Park Archery Range, an outdoor archery range offering an archery club, lessons, and a warm welcome for beginners as well as seasoned pros.
Known for its cultural abundance and rich history, Lincoln Park records its urban past at the Chicago History Museum, while the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum provides award-winning exhibitions and programs in natural history.
Once you’ve had your fill of learning for the day, give your brain a break and head to North Avenue Beach. Chicago’s most popular beach is ideal for picnics, people-watching, and pedestrian fun, with miles of lakefront trails for hiking, jogging, and magnificent sightseeing.
Home to DePaul University, one of the top universities in the Midwest, Lincoln Park is known for excellent educational opportunities, including: