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Lincoln Park

Welcome to Lincoln Park

Vibrant, idyllic urban escape

Lincoln Park is a charming urban oasis flanking the shores of Lake Michigan just north of the hustle and bustle of downtown and the Gold Coast. This pleasant neighborhood is replete with low-rise tree­-lined residential streets, lined with picture-perfect greystones and walk­-ups.

Enjoy boutique shopping on Armitage Avenue, grab lunch at a quaint cafe on Clark Street, catch the game at your favorite neighborhood sports bars, or hang out all night at a club on Lincoln Avenue before retiring to your quiet street to call it a day. Lincoln Park is nestled alongside its namesake, the city's largest park, which is packed with over 1,200 acres of gardens, beaches, walking and bicycle trails, and a variety of athletic facilities.

Public transportation is easy: Red and Brown Line trains run north-south through Lincoln Park. There are also many buses, which traverse the neighborhood, including the Clark 22, Broadway 36, Diversey, Fullerton, North, Halsted buses

Perfect for those who want easy access to the loop via mass transit, a more residential feel than the Loop, a better price point than River North or Old Town, and a more casual vibe than the Gold Coast.

Highly rated public and private schools, including Lincoln Elementary and Francis W Parker

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Location

Lincoln Park is located directly west of Lake Michigan, north of North Avenue (1600 N), east of the Chicago River or the diagonal street parallel to and just east of the river, Clybourn Avenue, and south of Diversey Avenue (2800 N).

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Types of residential housing:

  • Vintage multi-family apartment buildings, including mid-rises, courtyard buildings, and walk-ups
  • Mid-century and newer construction multi-family dwellings, including mid-rises, "4 + 1"s, walk-ups, and a smattering of high-rises along the eastern and southern boundary
  • Single-family houses and townhomes, both vintage and brand new

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Transportation

You probably won't be able to walk to work, but Lincoln Park is serviced by Red, Purple and Brown line CTA stations, making for a twenty minute commute to the loop. Lake Shore Drive to the east and I­-94 to the west can get crowded during rush hour, but are generally a convenient means to get around or out of town.

Schools in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is home to a number of outstanding public and private elementary schools and high schools, including Francis W Parker, Lincoln Elementary, Newberry Elementary Math & Science Academy, Lincoln Park High School, and French-American School of Chicago.

Attractions , landmarks, and things to do

Lincoln Park has something for everyone. Those who love live music can check out Kingston Mines for classic blues, Lincoln Hall for indie acts, Park West for rock and pop stars, or any number of local joints to catch a cover band on the weekends. Theater aficionados can take in a play at the critically acclaimed Steppenwolf or Apollo. Foodies can walk to Michelin Three­ Star gastro­science mecca, Alinea, and countless other tasty delights. Neighborhood fixture DePaul University has noteworthy lectures, sporting events, and a remarkable new art museum open to the public. In addition to its numerous athletic facilities, Lincoln Park is home to the free Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, numerous monuments and public art works, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

Close by to...

  • Higher-end shopping and dining in Old Town and the Gold Coast to the south
  • Hip cocktail bars and hangouts of Logan Square just across the river to the west
  • More laid­back and diverse Lakeview to the north

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