Lincoln Park – Elegant, Tree-lined Residential Neighborhood

Chicago Wicker Park 3 flat with flowers on the front yard

Lincoln Park, Chicago – This Near North Side neighborhood that was once considered so remote that it contained the city cemetery and smallpox hospital, today seems to be at the center of everything.  The neighborhood’s namesake park was so named for President Lincoln after his assassination in 1865, and stretches for seven miles along Chicago’s lakefront.  With all the green space and access to the lake, the neighborhood exemplifies the city’s motto:  Urbs in Horto – City in a Garden.

In 1874 Lincoln Park Zoo opened and continues to be one of the oldest in North America and one of the very few free zoos.  By the dawn of the 20th century Lincoln Park was firmly established as a desirable residential neighborhood with fine cultural and recreational amenities that live on today: besides the Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, an outdoor theatre, a rowing canal, the Chicago History MuseumPeggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, North Avenue Beachplaying fields, beaches, and a significant group of historic statues.  DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the U.S., is a vibrant force in the neighborhood.

Lincoln Park is one of the wealthiest and most expensive Chicago communities in which to live, its elegant, tree-lined residential streets giving way to bustling business corridors.   By the end of the twentieth century, the combination of public and private urban renewal efforts created a dramatic turnaround since the nadir of midcentury.

In the 1970s Baby Boomers moved in and rehabbed greystones, vintage apartments, old single-family homes, and high rises, which brought greater demand for restaurants, bars, theaters, boutiques.  Lincoln Park is well connected with easy access to several CTA train and bus lines and Lake Shore Drive.  Browse our collection of authentic Lincoln Park images for your next project.

1 Comment
  1. Luis9th 9 months ago

    I live and Lincoln Park and I love it! The area is so nice and historic and the people too! There is so many great businesses here and shops and cares! You have to have some extracash to afford to oive here but it is possible to still find an affordable place to rent in the area. The photos are great!

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