Chicago Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park, Chicago

If you’re in Chicago when the weather’s nice, Lincoln Park is the perfect place to spend a day. The picturesque neighborhood is packed with lakefront green space, hidden retreats, and panoramic views of the skyline and Willis Tower. You also likely know it as the home of Lincoln Park Zoo, one of only three major zoos in the country that still offers free admission. Plus, don’t forget that Lincoln Park, Chicago is a destination for dining, nightlife, and more! Wondering what to do in Lincoln Park? Check out our top picks from the Skydeck.

Where is Lincoln Park in Chicago?

Where is Lincoln Park located? That depends on whether you’re referring to the neighborhood or the park. The Lincoln Park neighborhood is precisely defined as an official community area of Chicago by its borders: Diversey Parkway on the north, the Chicago River on the west, North Avenue on the south, and Lake Michigan to the east. But where is Lincoln Park… the park? You’ll find it just across the Chicago River.

What to See in Lincoln Park Chicago: Landmarks

Here’s what to see in Lincoln Park Chicago if you’re interested in historical monuments and notable architecture in the area:

  • Elks National Memorial Building and Headquarters: Life-sized bronze elks stand outside this domed Classical Beaux Arts-style building, built to commemorate 1000+ members of The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks lost in the First World War.
  • Chicago History Museum: Go back in time with Permanent exhibitions like “Lincoln’s Chicago” and “Chicago: Crossroads of America.”
  • Abraham Lincoln Monument: The 1887 by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens depicts a natural-looking Lincoln as he prepares to begin a speech.

What to Do in Lincoln Park

Now that you know what to see in Lincoln Park Chicago, it’s time to enjoy all that natural beauty up close! Full of landscaped grounds and unique nature attractions, Lincoln Park is much more than your typical park. It also has a surprising history: originally used a cemetery in the 1860s, Lincoln Park, Chicago actually began life as Lake Park and took its present name after Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 assassination. Here’s what to do in Lincoln Park to fully appreciate its outdoor amenities:

  • Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool: This romantic spot is perfect if someone you know wants to sit under the shaded pavilion, watch the lilies, and read to you from the Double Dream of Spring.
  • Lakefront Trail: This 18.5-mile-long path passes through Lincoln Park and is incredibly popular with locals for walking, jogging, skateboarding, and cycling.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo: The 35-acre Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in North America.
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory: If you love unusual plants and botany in general, do not miss this! Check out thousands of trees and plants under a giant glass dome, multiple greenhouse rooms, and rotating flower shows.
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: This local institution offers interactive displays for the whole family to learn about the natural world. The true highlight is the 100-square-foot butterfly greenhouse!
  • Nature Boardwalk: Take a walk through this restored natural ecosystem, featuring native birds, frogs, fish, turtles, insects, and more.

See Lincoln Park, Chicago from the Willis Tower Skydeck!

Looking for a new perspective? Visit us at the Skydeck to see the whole of Lincoln Park from Willis Tower’s 103rd floor, or check out Skydeck virtual tours. We’re also happy to provide ideas for unique things to do in downtown Chicago. Get in touch today!