Lincoln Park

  • 500-5700 N. Lake Shore Drive   Chicago, Illinois 60614 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Lauren Quinn
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7726

Lincoln Park lies along the lakefront from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood, northward to Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater. The section of Lincoln Park adjacent to the Lincoln Park neighborhood contains the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Theatre on the Lake, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, Lincoln Park Archery Range,  North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach, numerous playing fields, a very prominent statue of General Grant as well as, a famous statue of Abraham Lincoln and many other statues.

Within the park guests will also find recreational facilities - the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Margate Fieldhouse and Clarendon Park.

Be sure to check out one of the five playgrounds within Lincoln Park.  Visit the newly renovated Telscer Playground at 3100 North Lake Shore Drive was renovated under the ChicagoPlays! program.

The American Planning Association (APA) 2010 National Planning Excellence, Leadership, and Achievement Awards honor the outstanding planning initiatives and individuals of the previous year.

APA singled out Lincoln Park as one of the 2009 Great Public Spaces in America, for its world class amenities, historic landmarks and buildings, and for the wide range of activities available to park users. Most notably, Lincoln Park is the result of a long-standing commitment by city leaders and citizens to protect 1,200 acres of some of Chicago's most valuable lakefront real estate for the public's use and benefit.

History

Lincoln Park began as a small public cemetery on the northernmost boundary of Chicago where victims of cholera and small pox were buried in shallow lakeside graves. Aware of the public health threat, citizens began demanding the cemetery's conversion to parkland in the 1850s. In 1860, the city reserved a 60-acre unused section as Lake Park. Shortly after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), 16th President of the United States, the park was renamed in his honor. The city allocated $10,000 for improvements, and nurseryman Swain Nelson created and implemented the park's first plan. An early donation of mute swans marked the beginnings of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Citizens argued for the removal of the remaining burial ground. This contributed to a larger parks movement, and in 1869, the state legislature created three park districts: the South, West, and Lincoln Park Commissions, each responsible for the parks and boulevards in its region. Under the direction of the Lincoln Park Commission, bodies were exhumed and relocated to other cemeteries, and the park was expanded south to North Avenue and north to Diversey Parkway. Severe winter storms in 1885 resulted in the construction of a breakwater system which included the first of many landfill projects extending Lincoln Park's boundaries.

The independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, and Lincoln Park was expanded north to Foster Avenue. A final expansion in the 1950s brought the park to its current size of 1,208 acres. Throughout Lincoln Park's history, renowned artists, landscape designers, and architects contributed to its development. These included sculptor Augustus-Saint Gaudens, landscape designers Ossian Cole Simonds and Alfred Caldwell, and architects Joseph Lyman Silsbee and Dwight H. Perkins.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Lincoln Park Archery Range

Lincoln Park Archery Range

Location Notes: east of Belmont Harbor/south of Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary.

Notes: Lincoln Park Archery Club

Lincoln Park Diamonds

Lincoln Park Diamonds

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield, Waveland, Lawrence

Lincoln Park Basketball

Lincoln Park Basketball

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield and Foster Beach

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Location Notes: 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Location Notes: Between Ardmore Ave. & Hollywood Ave. at Lake Michigan

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location Notes: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Montrose Point

Lincoln Park Ceramic Studio

Lincoln Park Ceramic Studio

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

Location Notes: at Berwyn and Sheridan

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

Lincoln Park Edgewater Meadows

Lincoln Park Edgewater Meadows

Location Notes: Edgewater Meadows

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Lincoln Park - Daniel's

Lincoln Park - Daniel's

Location: Wilson & LSD

Location Notes: near the Comfort Station

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)501-3046

Lincoln Park - Lakeshore Bike N Tune

Lincoln Park - Lakeshore Bike N Tune

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Location Notes: near the bike path

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)348-76

Notes:

www.lakeshorebike.com

Lincoln Park - Noel's Tacos

Lincoln Park - Noel's Tacos

Location: Foster & LSD

Location Notes: at the soccer fields near Foster Ave. & Lake Shore Drive

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)766-1812

Lincoln Park - North Pond

Lincoln Park - North Pond

Location: 2610 N. Cannon Drive

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)493-8657

Notes:

www.northpondrestaurant.com

Lincoln Park - Park Bait

Lincoln Park - Park Bait

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Location Notes: at Montrose Harbor

Hours:

Phone: (773)271-2838

Lincoln Park - Tennis on the Lake

Lincoln Park - Tennis on the Lake

Location: Waveland & LSD

Location Notes: near Waveland tennis courts

Hours:

Phone: (773)278-8877

Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Location Notes: Belmont & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: .15 acres, located east of Lake Shore Drive at north end of Belmont Harbor

Foster Beach DFA

Foster Beach DFA

Location Notes: Foster & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: .78 acres, located at north east end of Foster Beach

Montrose Beach DFA

Montrose Beach DFA

Location Notes: Montrose & Simonds Drive

Notes: 3.83 acres, located at north end of Montrose Beach

Foster Beach

Foster Beach

Location Notes: Foster Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Foster Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Location Notes: Between Ardmore Ave. & Hollywood Ave. at Lake Michigan

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Montrose Beach Dunes

Montrose Beach Dunes

Location Notes: Monstrose & Simonds Drive

Notes: Montrose Beach

North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach

Location Notes: North Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: North Avenue Beach

Lincoln Park Southfield

Lincoln Park Southfield

Location Notes: 1650 N. Stockton Drive

Notes: southfield

Margate Park

Margate Park

Location Notes: 4921 N. Marine Drive

Notes: Margate Fieldhouse

Lincoln Park Diversey Fitness Course

Lincoln Park Diversey Fitness Course

Location: 3041 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Lincoln Park Football/Soccer

Lincoln Park Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Diversey, Montrose, Cricket Hill

Lincoln Park Soccer Turf

Lincoln Park Soccer Turf

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield, Montrose, Foster

Grandmother's Garden

Grandmother's Garden

Location Notes: Corner of Stockton Dr. & Webster Ave. (3 blocks long)

Notes: Grandmother's Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Great Garden

Great Garden

Location Notes: West of Lincoln Park Zoo off Stockton Dr.

Notes: Great Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

South Lagoon Flower Garden

South Lagoon Flower Garden

Location Notes: West of Lake Shore Dr., north of North Ave., at south end of the lagoon

Notes: South Lagoon Flower Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Location Notes: Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway

Notes: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool - closes for the season Sunday, Nov.3 at dusk.

North Pond Sanctuary

North Pond Sanctuary

Location Notes: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: North Pond Sanctuary

Rowing Lagoon

Rowing Lagoon

Location Notes: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: Rowing Lagoon

South Pond

South Pond

Location Notes: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: South Pond

Dance Room

Dance Room

Location Notes: 2045 N. Lincoln Park West

Notes: Dance Studio

Lincoln Park Clubroom

Lincoln Park Clubroom

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Clubroom

Lincoln Park Small Auditorium

Lincoln Park Small Auditorium

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Small Auditorium

Lincoln Park Playground

Lincoln Park Playground

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Cummings, Sunshine, Diversey, Roscoe, Telscer - Chicago Plays Renovation, Fall 2013, for Telscer

Marovitz Golf Course

Marovitz Golf Course

Location Notes: 4440 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Marovitz Golf Course

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location Notes: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Montrose Point

Lincoln Park Wilson Skate Park

Lincoln Park Wilson Skate Park

Location Notes: Wilson and Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Wilson Skate Park [Boards only]

Lincoln Park Waveland Tennis Court

Lincoln Park Waveland Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3700 N. Recreation Drive

Notes: Waveland; South end courts

Lincoln Park Montrose Volleyball

Lincoln Park Montrose Volleyball

Location Notes: Montrose & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Montrose Volleyball

Lincoln Park North Ave Volleyball

Lincoln Park North Ave Volleyball

Location Notes: North Ave & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: North Ave Volleyball

Lincoln Park Oak Street Volleyball

Lincoln Park Oak Street Volleyball

Location Notes: Oak Street & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Oak Street Volleyball

Lincoln Park Telscer Spray Pool

Lincoln Park Telscer Spray Pool

Location Notes: Briar & Lake Shore Drive West

Notes: Telscer Water Spray Feature

Lincoln Park Woodshop

Lincoln Park Woodshop

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Location Notes: 2001 N. Clark St.

Notes: Lincoln Park Zoo

Interested in taking a class? Check out offerings at Clarendon Park, Lincoln Park Cultural Center or Margate Park.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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Lincoln Park lies along the lakefront from Ohio Street Beach in the Streeterville neighborhood, northward to Ardmore Avenue in Edgewater. The section of Lincoln Park adjacent to the Lincoln Park neighborhood contains the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Theatre on the Lake, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, Lincoln Park Archery Range,  North Avenue Beach and Oak Street Beach, numerous playing fields, a very prominent statue of General Grant as well as, a famous statue of Abraham Lincoln and many other statues.

Within the park guests will also find recreational facilities - the Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Margate Fieldhouse and Clarendon Park.

Be sure to check out one of the five playgrounds within Lincoln Park.  Visit the newly renovated Telscer Playground at 3100 North Lake Shore Drive was renovated under the ChicagoPlays! program.

The American Planning Association (APA) 2010 National Planning Excellence, Leadership, and Achievement Awards honor the outstanding planning initiatives and individuals of the previous year.

APA singled out Lincoln Park as one of the 2009 Great Public Spaces in America, for its world class amenities, historic landmarks and buildings, and for the wide range of activities available to park users. Most notably, Lincoln Park is the result of a long-standing commitment by city leaders and citizens to protect 1,200 acres of some of Chicago's most valuable lakefront real estate for the public's use and benefit.

Lincoln Park began as a small public cemetery on the northernmost boundary of Chicago where victims of cholera and small pox were buried in shallow lakeside graves. Aware of the public health threat, citizens began demanding the cemetery's conversion to parkland in the 1850s. In 1860, the city reserved a 60-acre unused section as Lake Park. Shortly after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), 16th President of the United States, the park was renamed in his honor. The city allocated $10,000 for improvements, and nurseryman Swain Nelson created and implemented the park's first plan. An early donation of mute swans marked the beginnings of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Citizens argued for the removal of the remaining burial ground. This contributed to a larger parks movement, and in 1869, the state legislature created three park districts: the South, West, and Lincoln Park Commissions, each responsible for the parks and boulevards in its region. Under the direction of the Lincoln Park Commission, bodies were exhumed and relocated to other cemeteries, and the park was expanded south to North Avenue and north to Diversey Parkway. Severe winter storms in 1885 resulted in the construction of a breakwater system which included the first of many landfill projects extending Lincoln Park's boundaries.

The independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, and Lincoln Park was expanded north to Foster Avenue. A final expansion in the 1950s brought the park to its current size of 1,208 acres. Throughout Lincoln Park's history, renowned artists, landscape designers, and architects contributed to its development. These included sculptor Augustus-Saint Gaudens, landscape designers Ossian Cole Simonds and Alfred Caldwell, and architects Joseph Lyman Silsbee and Dwight H. Perkins.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.