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.

Social Media

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Lincoln Fieldhouse

Lincoln Fieldhouse

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Lincoln Clubroom

Lincoln Clubroom

Location Notes: 2045 W. Lincoln Park West

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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

Events

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Midsommer Flight at Lincoln

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Midsommer Flight at Lincoln

Location: Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Chicago, IL  60614

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

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
Park Kids - Spring at Lincoln 180382InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:45From April 3, 2017 to June 27, 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 200204InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2017/06/27 22:00From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$23.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 195286InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/07/01 16:00From July 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Ballet Conditioning at Lincoln 195297InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2017/06/29 22:00From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$23.00
Ceramics at Lincoln 195497InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2017/06/21 18:30From June 21, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$53.00
Conditioning at Lincoln 195528InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/27 17:15From June 27, 2017 to July 27, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$0
Crafting at Lincoln 200203InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/30 14:30From June 30, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 9:30am to Noon
$23.00
Cross Training at Lincoln 195536InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/28 17:30From June 28, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Cultural Camp at Lincoln 201731CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$107.00
Day Camp at Lincoln 195647CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$597.00
Early Bird Camp at Lincoln 195769CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$100.00
Eco Explorers at Lincoln 195810CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/06/28 18:00From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$44.00
Extended Camp at Lincoln 195852CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
$200.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 196264InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$120.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 196263InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$120.00
Leadership Camp at Lincoln 196395CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$193.00
Leadership Camp at Lincoln 196396CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$89.00
Lincoln Park Zoo Crew at Lincoln 195287InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/28 18:15From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$34.00
Mixed Media Arts at Lincoln 196647InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$39.00
Mommy and Me Ballet at Lincoln 196661InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2017/07/01 19:30From July 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3pm
$23.00
Pilates at Lincoln 196786InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/27 23:15From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$44.00
Pilates at Lincoln 200202InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/01 14:15From July 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$34.00
Play Camp at Lincoln 196823CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/06/26 14:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$114.00
Play Camp at Lincoln 196822CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 17:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$143.00
Soccer Camp at Lincoln 201878CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$31.00
Stained Glass at Lincoln 197102InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$88.00
Stained Glass at Lincoln 197103InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2017/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$88.00
Stretching at Lincoln 196660InstructionWellness - Fitness8 and upCoed2017/07/01 17:00From July 1, 2017 to August 5, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:30pm
$23.00
Summer in the City at Lincoln 197118CampsCamps - Special Interest60 and upCoed2017/06/28 14:30From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$0
Toddler Camp at Lincoln 197477CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/27 14:30From June 27, 2017 to August 1, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11am
$34.00
Toddler Camp at Lincoln 197478CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 3Coed2017/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11am
$34.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 197618InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:00From June 19, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
$76.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 197619InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$76.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 197620InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2017/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
$76.00

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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.

 

 

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Craft Night at Lincoln

Location: Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Chicago, IL  60614

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Midsommer Flight at Lincoln

Location: Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Chicago, IL  60614

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Midsommer Flight at Lincoln

Location: Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Chicago, IL  60614

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Artworks & Monuments 0
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.

Did you know the Lincoln Park Cultural Center is on Facebook? Follow us.