Though there’s much more to the decidedly upscale neighborhood of Lincoln Park than the majestic, multifaceted six-plus mile sweep of spectacular green space residing at its heart, it would be folly to ignore it. Bearing the name of the favorite son of Illinois, the neighborhood is endowed with everything from one of the nation’s last free zoos, the celebrated Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, and the natural wonderland that is the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to the popular North Avenue Beach, the panoramic Lakefront Trail, and the serene Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond. Lincoln Park is the meticulously manicured yin to the boisterous, gritty yang of the concrete jungle that imposingly rises just a scant mile away.
Lincoln Park is a leafy corner of Chicago that offers a unique glimpse into one of the many fashionable faces of Chicago. The esteemed Steppenwolf Theatre Company will see the debut of Bug, a new production from award-winning actor and playwright Tracy Letts this winter. The famed Second City main stage -— where comedy icons ranging from Joan Rivers and Tina Fey to Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrell earned their bonafides — is also a fun night out.
If you’re looking for fine dining, the neighborhood’s three Michelin-starred Alinea is a must-visit. The restaurant is considered one of the city’s finest dining establishments. Or enjoy a heavy dose of retail therapy in Lincoln Park’s bustling Armitage-Halsted District (located on Armitage Avenue between Halsted Street and Racine Avenue, and Halsted Street between Armitage and Webster Street), a well-trafficked oasis of high-end fashion and designer boutiques. Or perhaps you just want to retreat to the natural splendor of one of America’s favorite cities. Lincoln Park will leave you with little doubt as to why it is one of Chicago’s most popular and desirable zip codes.