Chicago’s Lincoln Park After Five

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Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s premier neighborhoods. Located just north of the Chicago Loop (or city center), Lincoln Park is a beautiful local lakefront community.

Lincoln Park is the main attraction in Lincoln Park. The park is an enormous green space on Chicago’s northern lake shore. It offers many unique attractions such as the Lincoln Park Zoo, a Lily Pond, a Nature Preserve and plenty of paved walking paths.


How to Get to Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is in the heart of Chicago. It’s accessible from the O’Hare airport in less than an hour driving. You can also reach Lincoln Park from O’Hare by public transpiration. Take the blue line from Cumberland to Clark/Lake then transfer to the Brown Line going north. Get off at Fullerton station and you’ll be in Lincoln Park!

Lincoln Park is a big neighborhood, but it’s totally walkable! Especially during warmer months, you should try to be on your feet as much as possible. Alternatively, Divvy bikes are a cheap and easy way to travel short distances. Otherwise, you can use Uber.


Where to Eat in Lincoln Park

Devil Dogs // This neighborhood hot dog joint serves up late night bites of Chicago street food. I recommend the “Chicago Dawg” for an authentic experience.

Chicago Bagel Authority // This Chicago favorite is famous for their steamed bagel sandwiches. The store offers a unique hipster, eclectic, vibe. Worth stopping by for a delicious and affordable breakfast or lunch!

Molly’s Cupcakes // This neighborhood favorite will satisfy any sweet tooth. Molly’s cupcakes are rich, decadent and award winning!

Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! // This Spanish tapas restaurant is quite popular. They have fantastic sangria drinks (which you can buy by the pitcher). Perfect for a romantic dinner or a boozy brunch.

Summerhouse Santa Monica // This coastal paradise is loved for brunch and dinner. The restaurant is open to the outside during warmer months, and provides a bright and airy ambiance. They also have a cookie counter!


What to Do in Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park Zoo // Chicago’s beautiful free zoo. Make sure to walk around the whole park (including the nature boardwalk). One spot to catch beautiful views of Chicago’s skyline is on the bridge over south pond.

North Avenue Beach // Considered Chicago’s party beach, this is a great place to soak up the sun, have drinks & enjoy Lake Michigan’s freezing cold waters. Lay your towel close to Castaways to enjoy popular music. Shop at

Urban Surplus // Urban Surplus is one of the few Urban Outfitters outlet stores in the nation. You can get great Urban Outfitters apparel, accessories and even apartment items.

DePaul Art Museum // A lesser known Lincoln Park Gem, this university museum is open to the public and displays historical and contemporary works.

Elks National Memorial // The Elks Memorial is a unique Beaux Arts style domed structure built to honor solders who served during WWI. You can visit the museum & monument.


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Lincoln Park is one of Chicago\'s premier neighborhoods north of the Chicago Loop. Try the Lincoln Park itself. There are many places to eat like Devil Dogs, Chicago Bagel Authority, Molly\'s Cupcakes, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, and Summerhouse Santa Monica. Try North Avenue Beach, Urban Surplus, DePaul Art Museum, or Elks National Memorial. #LincolnPark #LincolnParkChicago #ChicagoTravel #TravelIllinois

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