Lincoln Park Cultural Center

  • 2045 N. Lincoln Park West   Chicago, Illinois 60614 [View Map]
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  • Facility Supervisor: Lauren Quinn
  • Facility Phone: (312) 742-7726
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Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Clark Street at Lincoln Park West, the Chicago Park District's cultural gem, Lincoln Park Cultural Center boasts wide variety of cultural and recreational programming throughout the year.

We encourage you to checkout our lapidary and stained glass shop, the ceramics studio, and the full service woodshop. For those with little ones we have an early childhood center filled with fun and exciting programs. Enjoy one of our special events in the auditorium or take a dance lesson in the dance studio.

AWARDS: 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

The Lincoln Park Cultural Center is housed in a handsome red brick building that once served as the park’s administrative headquarters.  Built in 1927, the Georgian Revival style building was designed by architect Edwin Hill Clark.  The son of a commission merchant, Clark (1879–1967) grew up in Chicago and graduated from Yale University.  He went on to study architecture at Chicago’s Armour Institute (now IIT) and began working in the office of architect William Otis in 1903.  Several years later, the two formed a partnership known as Otis & Clark, which continued until 1919.  Clark then briefly practiced with two brothers, Chester and Russell Walcott and went on to establish his own firm in the mid 1920s, in which he remained busy until his retirement in 1947.

Edwin H. Clark became well-known for producing stately buildings that represented a range of period-revival styles.  A longtime resident of Winnetka, he designed many elegant north shore homes, such as the Henry T. Stanton House in Winnetka, and the Charles H. Quinlan, and James Ward Thorne estates in Lake Forest.  He also worked closely with Mrs. James Ward Thorne on a series of famous miniature rooms that are now in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Clark’s work also includes the Winnetka City Hall, Chicago’s Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium (now North Park Village) and the planning and design of Brookfield Zoo.  In addition to the Administration Building (now the Cultural Center), Clark produced several other buildings in Lincoln Park, such as the Waveland Clock Tower, the Small Animal House (now Primate House), and Aquarium (now the Reptile House) in the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Chicago Tribune published a rendering of Clark’s design for Administration Building in 1926.  The following year, the Lincoln Park Commissioners contracted with O’Neil Construction to build the structure for a cost of approximately $125,000.  When it first opened, the administrative headquarters included a board room, offices for the president, commissioners, superintendent, secretary, auditing and bookkeeping, and police departments, as well as an interior basement garage.

After only seven years, the building’s functions shifted when the city’s twenty-two independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934.  The new agency maintained a park police force of over 700 patrolmen with stations in several parks, including a squad room and lieutenant’s office on the first floor of the Lincoln Park Administration Building.  The building also provided offices for other staff members, including photographers, who had darkroom spaces in the basement.  By the early 1940s, the basement was designated as the system’s North District Police Station.  At the same time, the rest of the facility was used for community meetings and various classes including lapidary and jewelry making, costume design, photography, and fly tying and tackle construction.  After the park police force was consolidated into the Chicago Police Department in 1959, the basement station was adapted to arts and crafts facilities such as a wood shop.  In 1965, the building was officially renamed the Lincoln Park Cultural Center and staffed with professional drama, music, puppetry, crafts, and dress and millinery design instructors.  Many similar programs continue to flourish in the building today.

Parking

Paid parking is available in nearby Chicago Park District lots.  Get rates and additional information.

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

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Location Notes: Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Lincoln Fieldhouse

Lincoln Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

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Lincoln Clubroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

Notes: Dance Studio

Lincoln Clubroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

Notes: Playroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

Notes: Small Clubroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

Notes: Auditorium

Lincoln Woodshop

Lincoln Woodshop

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spr at Lincoln 166643Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to June 2, 2017$423.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Lincoln 167383Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$549.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Lincoln 167382Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$549.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Lincoln 171690InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2017/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$23.00
Back & Balance at Lincoln 171956InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171979InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$53.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171983InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10am
$43.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171982InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:30am
$43.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171984InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$43.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171978InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 17:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to Noon
$43.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171986InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:30am
$43.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171980InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2017/01/14 16:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$53.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 171981InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 17:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$43.00
Ballet Conditioning at Lincoln 172006InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/01/11 18:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$53.00
Cardio Conditioning at Lincoln 172471InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:30pm
$43.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at Lincoln 172499InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$53.00
Ceramics at Lincoln 172498InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$101.00
Ceramics at Lincoln 172497InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Chess at Lincoln 189543OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Conditioning at Lincoln 172590InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$0
Conditioning at Lincoln 172591InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$0
Cross Training at Lincoln 172626InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 3:15pm
$0
Eco Explorers at Lincoln 172802CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$43.00
Fun and Games at Lincoln 173737InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 18:45From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 2pm
$43.00
Gymnastics at Lincoln 173035InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$43.00
Gymnastics at Lincoln 173034InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$43.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 173384InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$116.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 173385InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$116.00
Kiddie College - Winter at Lincoln 173420InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$141.00
Lincoln Park Zoo Crew at Lincoln 173654InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$43.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Lincoln 173686InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/01/10 20:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$43.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 173729InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$53.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 187661InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 2pm
$53.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 173727InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$53.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 173730InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$53.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 173731InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$43.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lincoln 173794InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$48.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lincoln 173793InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/13 15:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$48.00
Music and Movement at Lincoln 173828InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2017/01/12 15:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10am
$43.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Lincoln 173933InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:30am
$28.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Lincoln 173934InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:30am
$28.00
Park Kids - Winter at Lincoln 174016InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$183.00
Park Kids - Winter at Lincoln 174015InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$183.00
Pilates at Lincoln 174081InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Pilates at Lincoln 174082InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Pilates at Lincoln 174080InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 19:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$53.00
Pilates at Lincoln 174083InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/14 15:15From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$53.00
Play School at Lincoln 174112InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
$73.00
Play School at Lincoln 174111InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$43.00
Reading Club at Lincoln 189542OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Running Group at Lincoln 174220InstructionWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/01/13 20:15From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$0
Stained Glass at Lincoln 174610InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$86.00
Stained Glass at Lincoln 174611InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$86.00
Step Aerobics at Lincoln 174617InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Storytime at Lincoln 174642InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 18:10From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 12:10pm to 12:30pm
$23.00
Storytime at Lincoln 171985InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 10:30am
$23.00
Stretching at Lincoln 174665InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$0
Teen Club at Lincoln 174787OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 23:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Lincoln 174830InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Tot Spot at Lincoln 175150OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$48.00
Trash to Treasure at Lincoln 173728InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$53.00
Walking Club at Lincoln 175390OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:30am
$0
Where the Wild Things Roam at Lincoln 175405InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$43.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 175432InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
$73.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 175433InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
$73.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 175430InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$43.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 187656InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$73.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 187659InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$73.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 175431InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 22:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
$33.00
Wooden Sailboat Building at Lincoln 175444InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAnyCoed2017/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to 7pm
$33.00

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Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Clark Street at Lincoln Park West, the Chicago Park District's cultural gem, Lincoln Park Cultural Center boasts wide variety of cultural and recreational programming throughout the year.

We encourage you to checkout our lapidary and stained glass shop, the ceramics studio, and the full service woodshop. For those with little ones we have an early childhood center filled with fun and exciting programs. Enjoy one of our special events in the auditorium or take a dance lesson in the dance studio.

AWARDS: 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.

 

 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Artworks & Monuments 0
Ceramics Studios 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 0
Cultural Centers 0
Fieldhouse 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 0
Lapidary Studios 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 0
Meeting/Event Space 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 1 Dance Studio
Meeting/Event Space 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 1 Playroom
Meeting/Event Space 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 1 Small Clubroom
Meeting/Event Space 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 1 Auditorium
Woodshops 2045 W. Lincoln Park West 0

The Lincoln Park Cultural Center is housed in a handsome red brick building that once served as the park’s administrative headquarters.  Built in 1927, the Georgian Revival style building was designed by architect Edwin Hill Clark.  The son of a commission merchant, Clark (1879–1967) grew up in Chicago and graduated from Yale University.  He went on to study architecture at Chicago’s Armour Institute (now IIT) and began working in the office of architect William Otis in 1903.  Several years later, the two formed a partnership known as Otis & Clark, which continued until 1919.  Clark then briefly practiced with two brothers, Chester and Russell Walcott and went on to establish his own firm in the mid 1920s, in which he remained busy until his retirement in 1947.

Edwin H. Clark became well-known for producing stately buildings that represented a range of period-revival styles.  A longtime resident of Winnetka, he designed many elegant north shore homes, such as the Henry T. Stanton House in Winnetka, and the Charles H. Quinlan, and James Ward Thorne estates in Lake Forest.  He also worked closely with Mrs. James Ward Thorne on a series of famous miniature rooms that are now in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Clark’s work also includes the Winnetka City Hall, Chicago’s Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium (now North Park Village) and the planning and design of Brookfield Zoo.  In addition to the Administration Building (now the Cultural Center), Clark produced several other buildings in Lincoln Park, such as the Waveland Clock Tower, the Small Animal House (now Primate House), and Aquarium (now the Reptile House) in the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Chicago Tribune published a rendering of Clark’s design for Administration Building in 1926.  The following year, the Lincoln Park Commissioners contracted with O’Neil Construction to build the structure for a cost of approximately $125,000.  When it first opened, the administrative headquarters included a board room, offices for the president, commissioners, superintendent, secretary, auditing and bookkeeping, and police departments, as well as an interior basement garage.

After only seven years, the building’s functions shifted when the city’s twenty-two independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934.  The new agency maintained a park police force of over 700 patrolmen with stations in several parks, including a squad room and lieutenant’s office on the first floor of the Lincoln Park Administration Building.  The building also provided offices for other staff members, including photographers, who had darkroom spaces in the basement.  By the early 1940s, the basement was designated as the system’s North District Police Station.  At the same time, the rest of the facility was used for community meetings and various classes including lapidary and jewelry making, costume design, photography, and fly tying and tackle construction.  After the park police force was consolidated into the Chicago Police Department in 1959, the basement station was adapted to arts and crafts facilities such as a wood shop.  In 1965, the building was officially renamed the Lincoln Park Cultural Center and staffed with professional drama, music, puppetry, crafts, and dress and millinery design instructors.  Many similar programs continue to flourish in the building today.

Paid parking is available in nearby Chicago Park District lots.  Get rates and additional information.

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

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