Lincoln Park is unique, vibrant and iconic! As one of the largest neighborhoods in Chicago with four unique Cultural Hubs, we invite you to explore all that Lincoln Park has to offer. Our museums and theaters will enlighten you, our restaurants and shopping will delight you and our lakefront and many parks will revitalize you. It’s the perfect Chicago neighborhood for just
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When Chicagoans seek out some of the most exciting theater, museums, dining and shopping in the city, they know to think outside the Loop — about two miles north, actually — and head to Lincoln Park. This sprawling, energetic neighborhood is not only home to its beautiful namesake park, it’s also composed of several cultural hubs, each known for unique, only-in-Chicago experiences that are sought after by locals and visitors alike.
LINCOLN — HALSTED HUB
Home to DePaul University, this cultural hub is the heart of theater and music in Lincoln Park.
Originally a Native American trail, the 13-mile Lincoln Avenue is one of Chicago’s famed diagonal streets. Here it features some of the city’s most renowned local theater: Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, founded in 1974 and housed in the former movie theater where John Dillinger was shot; the Greenhouse Theatre Center, home to multiple off-Loop theater companies; and the Apollo Theater, the space where David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” became a hit. You can also find Lincoln Hall, one of Chicago’s of-the-moment music venues.
Swing on over to Halsted Avenue for authentic Chicago-style blues at Chicago B.L.U.E.S. Bar and Kingston Mines (you can hit them both in the same night — the venues are across the street from one another). Or jam to reggae music at The Wild Hare (official name: The Wild Hare and Singing Armadillo Frog Sanctuary). Hot Caribbean music is especially good on cold Midwestern nights.
Museums abound in Chicago, and the DePaul Art Museum, on the DePaul University campus, is definitely worth a visit. The free museum features contemporary and historical work, including pieces by Salvador Dali, Francisco De Goya and Andy Warhol. While you’re on campus, check out the DePaul School of Music and the DePaul Theatre School — both prestigious programs feature professional-level performances for low ticket prices (so low they’re sometimes free).
2540 N. Lincoln
chicago b.l.u.e.s. bar
2519 N. Halsted
DEPAUL ART MUSEUM
935 W. Fullerton
DEPAUL SCHOOL OF MUSIC
804 W. Belden
THE THEATRE SCHOOL AT DEPAUL
2350 N. Racine
EMERALD CITY THEATER
Performances at 2540 N. Lincoln
GREENHOUSE THEATER CENTER
2257 N. Lincoln
2548 N. Halsted
2424 N. Lincoln
REMY BUMPPO THEATRE COMPANY
Performances at 2257 N. Lincoln
VICTORY GARDENS BIOGRAPH THEATER
2433 N. Lincoln
Fullerton CTA Red/Brown/Purple Line, Buses #8 & #74
NORTH — CLYBOURN HUB
The North – Clybourn hub is a great stop for shopping, with all the big, national brand names within walking distance. But keep your eyes peeled for some hidden local gems.
North Avenue, at the intersection of Halsted Street, features destinations worthy of some serious Chicago pride. The multiple Tony award-wining Steppenwolf Theatre counts Gary Sinise, John Malkovich and Laurie Metcalf among its alums. Across the street, the Royal George Theatre’s four stages feature off-Broadway plays, musicals and more. And just north on Halsted Street is the bucket list-worthy Alinea, with its three Michelin stars, modern art-adorned walls and international reputation for highly creative, experimental cuisine.
Clybourn Avenue is all about shopping and entertainment. The NEWCITY complex houses big-name stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Saks Off 5th and Z Gallerie, as well as all-in-one night entertainment from Kings Dining & Entertainment (bowling, dining, drinking) and ArcLight Cinemas (movies, dining, drinking). Walk up Clybourn, North and Halsted for even more serious shopping at stores like Sephora, REI, Crate and Barrel, The Container Store and the Apple Store.
Kingsbury Street offers its own mini entertainment and shopping destination. There you’ll find stores like Anthropologie, DSW, Athleta and Williams-Sonoma, as well as a jaw-droppingly large Whole Foods, complete with a wine bar and food court with riverfront views. And don’t miss iO Theatre — this legendary comedy venue is a mecca for fans and students of improvisation, and features multiple shows every night of the week.
1500 N. Clybourn
CHICAGO ART GALLERY
1871 N. Clybourn
1501 N. Kingsbury
KINGS dining & entertainment
1500 N. Clybourn
ROYAL GEORGE THEATER
1641 N. Halsted
1650 N. Halsted
North/Clybourn CTA Red Line, Bus #8 & #72
LAKEFRONT — CLARK HUB
A lush, green park on the lake, museums, theater, dining — you can spend an entire weekend in the Lakefront – Clark hub and still want more.
The Lincoln Park Cultural Center, housed in a 1927 Georgian Revival-style building, offers everything from a ceramics studio to kids’ activities. The Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the nation’s oldest, is free and open year-round (Chicago is so hardy even the zoo animals go to work in the winter). Watch productions from local theater companies at Theater on the Lake, with Lake Michigan and the city skyline as your backdrop.
Two museums are a short walk from the park. The Chicago History Museum presents an interactive narrative of the city’s history. Kids flock to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, but grown-ups love it, too, for its science and nature exhibits (the butterfly haven is a must-see). In the cooler months, it also hosts the Green City Market, Chicago’s largest sustainable farmers market. When it’s warm, you can find the open-air market inside Lincoln Park.
The North and Wells intersection is home to nationally recognized Chicago theater and comedy. Most every name you know in comedy got their start at the Second City, an improv and sketch theater founded in 1959. Its sister theater, UP Comedy Club, is housed in the same complex, and offers sketch, improv and stand-up. For more stand-up from local and national comedians, head to the intimate, old-school Zanies. Not craving comedy? Check out A Red Orchid Theatre, whose mission is theater “for a modern world.”
CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
1601 N. Clark
GREEN CITY MARKET
South end of Lincoln Park, between 1750 N. Clark and Stockton
LINCOLN PARK CONSERVATORY
2391 N. Stockton
LINCOLN PARK CULTURAL CENTER
2045 N. Lincoln Park West
LINCOLN PARK ZOO
2001 N. Clark
PEGGY NOTEBAERT NATURE MUSEUM
2430 N. Cannon
THE SECOND CITY
1616 N. Wells
THEATER ON THE LAKE
2401 N. Lake Shore
UP COMEDY CLUB
230 W. North
1548 N. Wells
CTA Buses #151, #156, #22, #36
ARMITAGE — HALSTED HUB
Unique, local shopping and dining thrive in the Armitage – Halsted hub.
Lincoln Park’s unofficial wine district is anchored by Summer House Santa Monica, a large, airy restaurant that feels and tastes like the West Coast, complete with a carefully curated selection of California and Pacific North coast wines. J9 Wine Bar is a warm neighborhood spot with an impressive wine list and cocktail menu, and Chez Moi offers French classics (including wines) in a casual, modern space.
Have a meal to write home about in the neighborhood’s most eclectic spots, like the Athenian Room, a favorite for traditional Greek since the 1970s, or Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, where the tapas, sangria and ambiance burst with flavor and energy. The homey Blue Door Farm Stand focuses on seasonal farm-to-table food, and Oyster Bah (not a typo) delivers authentic New England seafood. For Italian in a casual, laid-back setting, locals love Tarantino’s (especially the outdoor patio when it’s warm).
Find a gift for someone (or, realistically, for yourself) at Art Effect, whose unique jewelry, clothes, and home items make it impossible to walk by without going in. Foodies and the people who shop for them love Read It & Eat, a cookbook bookstore. Check out Bedside Manor for luxury linens and Lori’s Shoes for basically every shoe you can imagine. For treats you can eat, Foxtrot is a specialty convenience store that carries local and hard-to-find brands, and Vosges Haut-Chocolat is a Chicago-born brand whose creative, exotic confections have fans worldwide. Complete your visit with a trip to Old School of Music and treat yourself to a class at this legendary location.
LINCOLN PARK FARMERS MARKET
Armitage and Orchard
OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
909 W. Armitage
READ IT & EAT
2142 N. Halsted
Armitage Brown/Purple Line, CTA Buses #8, #73
The Best of Lincoln Park Award winners were announced at a ceremony on November 13, 2017, at Victory Gardens Biograph Theater (2433 N. Lincoln). Winners were nominated and chosen by public voting.
Best Place to Brunch
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 N. Halsted
Best Place to Get Fit
Webster Place Athletic Club
1455 W. Webster
Best Neighborhood Service Provider
Lincoln Park Community Services
500 W. Fullerton
Best Place to Shop for Your Home
2455 N. Sheffield
Best Place to Get Dressed
2012 N. Halsted
Best Place to Drink
Broken English Taco Pub
2576 N. Lincoln
Best Place for Coffee & Sweets
Sweet Mandy B’s
1208 W. Webster
Best Specialty Shop
All She Wrote
825 W. Armitage
Best Place to Get Refreshed
1205 W. Webster
Best Place for Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark
Best Place to Dine
340 W. Armitage
2771 N. Lincoln
Neighborhood Champion Award — Resident
Neighborhood Champion Award — Organization
EMERALD CITY THEATER
Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s premier neighborhoods for shopping. Whether you’re searching for furniture, clothes or gifts from national brands to independent boutiques, we’ve got it all. Recognized by hotel concierges, bloggers and fashion experts for being home to a stylish and concentrated retail scene, the neighborhood’s boutiques and other retailers are an amazing asset. Our neighborhood’s contrast of large and small retailers all found within a charming yet vibrant community, present a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
Of all the hot shopping spots in Lincoln Park, perhaps the most unique is in the Armitage – Halsted hub. Both a historic district and architecturally significant, the Armitage – Halsted hub is the place for high-end clothing, handmade accessories, one-of-a-kind gifts, children’s goodies and other great Chicago treasures. The Armitage – Halsted hub has gained national notoriety for attracting exclusive brands, and the community’s tree-lined streets and historic homes makes you forget that you’re shopping in one of the world’s biggest cities.
On the north end of the Lakefront – Clark hub, you’ll find more boutiques and retailers bustling with customers popping in and out of storefronts. In fact, the Diversey and Clark intersection and surrounding area is one of the most trafficked by pedestrians in the City of Chicago and only steps from the lakefront attractions.
Lincoln Park’s North – Clybourn hub is well known for being home to some of the nation’s most popular brands, with a primary focus on home goods and furniture. On-site parking is available at many businesses in this corridor and the NEWCITY complex features national brands with easy parking access at their on-site garage.
For more information on the various shops in Lincoln Park, please see pages 70 and 71 of this guide.
One of the best ways to experience the neighborhood is by checking out the food scene. In Lincoln Park, you can get a taste of everything that makes Chicago one of the world’s best – and most diverse – culinary destinations. Whatever your taste buds may fancy, there’s no denying that Lincoln Park is a foodie’s dream!
Looking for that perfect place to celebrate a special occasion? Maybe you’re trying to find the hip new spot to take that out-of-town guest? Restaurants are scattered throughout the neighborhood, making it easy to pop into a local café, gastropub or market to start your day with brunch or find a late night snack. From family-friendly and more affordable eateries to well-established restaurants, you’ll find a range of dining options here in Lincoln Park.
Lincoln Park is home to a host of legendary culinary innovators and entrepreneurs. From the James Beard Award-winning Alinea, to the first Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, to one of Chicago’s first fondue restaurants, Lincoln Park is home to a diverse mix of dining experiences.
Beyond all of Lincoln Park’s firsts, there are of course new and trendy hot spots popping up throughout the neighborhood. Places like de Quay, where you’ll experience a fusion of Dutch and Indonesian cuisine; J9 Wine Bar, featuring global wines and classic cocktails alongside light bites in a stylish setting; and many others, provide plenty of options for anyone having a night out.
Every winter Lincoln Park eateries provide a warm getaway for diners, with an inviting ambiance and hearty seasonal dishes. Enjoy incredible views of the Chicago skyline from the warmth of the Lakefront Restaurant at Theater on the Lake or head to the cozy dining room at Geja’s Cafe for their famous cheese and chocolate fondue. As the warmer months approach, many Lincoln Park restaurants and bars expand their dining rooms to the sidewalk for the best in al fresco dining.
In addition to great food, Lincoln Park is home to some of the hottest places to go for a night out on the town. From cocktail lounges and authentic English and Irish pubs to sports bars, dives and everything in between, you can easily grab a local brew, swirl that glass of Pinot Noir or sip that perfect tropical cocktail. Couple that with the country’s best comedy clubs and music venues and your night out in Lincoln Park is complete.
All year round, Lincoln Park’s streets and parks play host to a variety of festivals and special events. ZooLights brightens the dark night skies along the lakefront every holiday season; Savor Lincoln Park warms up your belly each winter; and Choose Chicago’s annual Restaurant Week caters to everyone’s palate with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at a dozen or so participating restaurants in Lincoln Park. During the summer, take your pick from garden walks, wine strolls, restaurant crawls and music festivals.
No matter when you stop by, Lincoln Park has something for everyone.
COMMUNITY FESTIVALS & HAPPENINGS
Lincoln Park Wine Fest
May 18 – 20, Jonquil Park
Lincoln Park Greek Fest
June 1 – 3, Sheffield (between Diversey & Schubert)
June 2, Lincoln Central Park (corner of Lincoln & Dickens)
Old Town Art Fair
June 9 – 10, Lincoln Avenue & Wisconsin Street
Wells Street Art Festival
June 9 – 10, Wells Street & North Avenue
Sheffield Garden Walk & Music Festival
July 21 – 22, Sheffield & Webster Avenues
Chicago Craft Beer Festival
July 21 – 22, Sheffield & Webster Avenues
Taste of Lincoln Avenue
July 28 -– 29, Lincoln & Fullerton Avenues
Chicago Hot Dog Fest
August 10 – 12, Stockton & LaSalle Drive
Chicago Air & Water Show
August 18 – 19, North Avenue Beach
October 7, Clark Street, Sedgwick Street & Stockton Avenue
howler at bauler
October 27, Bauler Park
Spooky Zoo Spectacular
TBD, Lincoln Park Zoo
35th Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
November 1 – 9, Facets Cinema
December, Lincoln Park Zoo
LINCOLN PARK UNCORKED: AN ARMITAGE – HALSTED WINE STROLL
Enjoy red and white wine samples from local wine shop, Vin Chicago, while strolling through one of Chicago’s most famous shopping districts in the heart of Lincoln Park.
CRAVINGS ON CLARK
Sample the bites that make Clark Street in Lincoln Park a true foodie destination and celebrate the start of summer in this great Chicago neighborhood. We’ll have a wide-range of culinary styles and tastes represented at our fifth annual restaurant crawl.
ART ON CLARK OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Celebrate summer and the return of Lincoln Park’s annual public art program, Art on Clark, with a special opening night party. Join us for a night of art, celebration and fun in Lincoln Park.
LINCOLN PARK UNCORKED: A LINCOLN AVENUE WINE STROLL
What’s better than getting together with friends for a walk through a quaint Chicago neighborhood? Well, stops for tasty food and wine samples at top-notch local businesses, of course!
Each year Clark Street in Lincoln Park turns into a ghoulish celebration of Halloween during Spooktacular. This year, the 10th annual Spooktacular is back along Clark Street between Diversey and Armitage. Don’t miss Spooktacular for:
- A costume contest for the kids
- And more fun for the whole family
BEST OF LINCOLN PARK AWARDS
Honor Lincoln Park’s best and most unique establishments at this annual awards celebration. From restaurants and bars to fashion shops and salons, guests will toast Lincoln Park businesses while enjoying neighborhood bites, sipping on signature drinks and creating new memories with friends and neighbors.
LINCOLN PARK HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Celebrate the holiday season in Lincoln Park! Experience all of the winter delights that Lincoln Park has to offer this holiday season.
SAVOR LINCOLN PARK
Join us for one of Chicago’s favorite indoor food festivals. Sample cuisine from some of Lincoln Park’s finest restaurants, and celebrate with friends and neighbors over beer, wine and cocktails. Savor Lincoln Park is a food-lover’s dream! Enjoy exciting silent auction items from Chicago’s best destinations as well.
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The neighborhood is excited to support local growers and fresh food at its local farmers markets. Whether you’re in need of produce, meats, cheeses or local goods, you can find it all at the farmers markets in Lincoln Park. Plus, your fresh treats make for a great addition to a summer picnic or an amazing home-cooked meal.
LINCOLN PARK FARMERS MARKET
June through October, Saturdays
7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Armitage Avenue & Orchard Street
Lincoln Park High School parking lot
GREEN CITY MARKET
May through October, Wednesdays & Saturdays
7 a.m. to 1 p.m., South end of Lincoln Park
Between 1750 N. Clark and Stockton Drive
November, First three Saturdays
December through April, Every other Saturday
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon