Few neighborhoods can boast as many cultural attractions as Lincoln Park. Located on the city's north side and edged to the east by the beautiful greenery of the park that also bears its name, Lincoln Park is an almost perfect urban location. Area residents and visitors alike are welcome to take advantage of world class restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, bars and cultural institutions that make up the fabric of this thriving and vital part of the city.
Lincoln Park is bordered by Diversey Parkway to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, North Avenue to the south and the Chicago River to the west. Despite its rather inauspicious beginnings in the early 1800s as a forested swampland, Lincoln Park has grown into a flourishing contemporary neighborhood with a well-deserved reputation as a great living space for the upwardly mobile. This is in spite of a somewhat dubious past during the "Prohibition Era". It was at the Biograph Theater (still in operation but now as a live theater), that notorious bank robber, John Dillinger, was gunned down by the FBI. That was in 1934, however, and incidents like that have long been relegated to the history books.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in Lincoln Park, like a trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo. Starting with just a pair of swans in 1869, the zoo now has over 1,200 animals on its 35 acre facility. Other great nature and historical attractions include the Lincoln Park Conservatory, The Botanical Gardens, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Chicago History Museum, all of which provide educational excursions for curious minds. To satisfy the body's needs, there many great restaurants and bars lining Lincoln Avenue and Clark and Halsted Streets. There's live theater and music options for lovers of jazz, rock or blues. For comedy, The Second City has been helping launch the careers of some of the biggest names in movies and television for over 50 years.
DePaul University has been an anchor in Lincoln Park since the school was established in 1898. Today it is the largest private university in the state with approximately 25,000 students who either commute to school or live in on-campus housing. With such an idyllic urban campus, it's little wonder that DePaul attracts students from all over the country and the world.
Lincoln Park is served by the Red Line with a stop at Fullerton Avenue which is also a transfer point for the Purple and Brown Lines. The Brown Line makes additional stops at Armitage and Diversey. There's easy access to Lake Shore Drive down Fullerton to the east and the Kennedy Expressway down Fullerton to the west.
Rentals and condos coexist among the neighborhood's housing stock which consists of brownstones, Victorian three flats and high-rises with spectacular views of the city and the lake. Living in Lincoln Park might have you feeling like you have finally arrived and you may never want to leave.