It is widely-recognized as one of America’s most coveted neighborhoods. Vibrant, culturally rich, its tree-lined streets brim with architectural masterpieces and contemporary classics. Corridors of Michelin-recommended restaurants, casual culinary gems, inviting sports bars, renowned theaters and top-notch shopping. Sandy beaches, lakefront parks of wildlife, ponds, manicured gardens and jogging paths. Great schools, kiddie playgrounds everywhere and only 2 miles from Chicago’s business center: The Loop.
65,000 people live here. 30% of the 34,500 households are families with children. Average household income is $142,000, with $84,000 as the median. 44% have a graduate degree and 82% have their Bachelor’s. The median age is 30.
It’s almost recession-proof and keeps on improving one beloved home at a time, and in spectacular developments such as 2550 N. Lakeview. Yet Lincoln Park’s unique character never changes: its residents are known for their approachability, vitality and understated class. Lincoln Park household income has grown 22% since 2000.
Great private schools K-12: Francis W. Parker, St Clement, St James Lutheran. One of the best public schools in the country: Lincoln Park High School. DePaul University. The Chicago Public School locator lists seven public schools for the Lincoln Park zip code of 60614. Abraham Lincoln Elementary is often ranked among the Top 20 in Illinois.
Eastern Lincoln Park is well served by the Chicago Transit Authority: Red, Purple and Brown line train stations and buses to the Loop (see map). Further west requires connecting to these routes. Cabs are pervasive.
You can walk everywhere. A 94/100 from Walkscore.com. Daily errands do not need a car.
Lincoln Park Zoo—one of only 3 free zoos left in the nation. Lincoln Park Conservatory—century-old steamy domed greenhouses bursting with exotic plants. Lincoln Park’s running paths, fields for sports and dogs, a rowing lagoon. North Avenue Beach—the beach volleyball capital of the Midwest, Fullerton Beach’s lazy stretch of heaven. The Chicago Park District offers countless free or bargain-priced events and services in Lincoln Park, e.g., Movies in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park, kids camps.
Chicago History Museum has five permanent collections and kids can turn themselves into Chicago-style Hot Dogs. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum houses a winter-defying butterfly haven. The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is a masterpiece of world renowned architect Leonard Gliatto. Steppenwolf Theater—Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded by Gary Sinise and John Malkovich offering cutting-edge original material and piercing performances of classics. Second City, the improv Mama that birthed Tina Fey, Amy Poehler. Steve Carrell, Mike Myers, and Steven Colbert. Park West—“Second only to London’s Royal Albert Hall,” said Ringo Starr. B.L.U.E.S.—dedicated, original. Lincoln Hall—affordable Indie rock excellence.
440 in Lincoln Park, including: Alinea—one of the nation’s very best; Pequod’s—Chicago-style deep dish caramelized-crusted pizza craved by locals; Wiener’s Circle—late-night chili cheese fries and dogs served with saucy invective; Barrelhouse Flat – hand-crafted cocktails in sexy, prohibition-era lounge, voted Top 10 bar in America by Esquire; Pat’s – voted Chicago’s best thin crust pizza; Raj Darbar—addictive Indian with a Michelin mention; Toro –Sit at the bar, chat with Mitch and marvel at his masterful sushi, Sweet Mandy B’s—dessert emporium that causes traffic rage.
Green City Market—Where celebrity chefs show off and farms showcase locally grown produce and sustainably raised meat.
Sheffield Garden Walk and Music Festival—50-year tradition of 100+ residential gardens open to public as the streets buzz with live music, the Chicago Craft Beer Festival, architectural tours and mouth-watering BBQ; Taste of Lincoln Avenue—250+ local vendors, 35 bands, one unforgettable weekend-long block party.