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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 156085InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/08/16 15:30From August 16, 2016 to September 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11am
$32.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 156086InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/08/16 16:30From August 16, 2016 to September 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$32.00
Ballet Conditioning at Lincoln 156098InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/08/15 17:30From August 15, 2016 to September 5, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$22.00
Cross Training at Lincoln 156330InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/08/15 14:30From August 15, 2016 to September 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 156923InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/06/21 20:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$114.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 156922InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$114.00
Leadership Camp at Lincoln 157054CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$85.00
Music and Movement at Lincoln 157312InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/08/16 15:00From August 16, 2016 to September 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:30am
$22.00
Music and Movement at Lincoln 157313InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/08/18 15:00From August 18, 2016 to September 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:30am
$22.00
Pilates at Lincoln 157439InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/08/17 16:00From August 17, 2016 to September 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$42.00
Stained Glass at Lincoln 158261InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/06/21 20:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$84.00
Stained Glass at Lincoln 158262InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$84.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 158685InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$72.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 159476InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
$72.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Lincoln 167448InstructionCulture and Arts - Theater18 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$22.00
Back & Balance at Lincoln 165063InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 165093InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 12:45pm
$42.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 167085InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10am
$42.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 185185InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:30am
$42.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 165091InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:30am
$42.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 165094InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$42.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 167086InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/09/24 15:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$52.00
Ballet - Beginner at Lincoln 165097InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 16:30From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$42.00
Ballet Conditioning at Lincoln 166991InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/09/21 17:15From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$42.00
Cardio Conditioning at Lincoln 165502InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$42.00
Ceramics at Lincoln 165521InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$99.00
Ceramics at Lincoln 165519InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture60 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Ceramics at Lincoln 165520InstructionCulture and Arts - SculptureAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$52.00
Conditioning at Lincoln 165626InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$0
Conditioning at Lincoln 165627InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$0
Cross Training at Lincoln 165671InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 19:15From September 19, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$0
Eco Explorers at Lincoln 165843InstructionCamps - Special InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$42.00
Fun and Games at Lincoln 185187InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 17:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 2pm
$42.00
Gymnastics at Lincoln 166118InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:30From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 11:30am to Noon
$42.00
Gymnastics at Lincoln 166117InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$42.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 166559InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$114.00
Jewelry Making/Lapidary at Lincoln 166560InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$114.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Lincoln 166631InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$141.00
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
Lincoln Park Zoo Crew at Lincoln 166906InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/27 16:00From September 27, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$42.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Lincoln 166943InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/20 19:15From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$42.00
Mixed Media - Drawing at Lincoln 166984InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 15:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$52.00
Mixed Media - Drawing at Lincoln 166985InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$52.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 166988InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/29 17:45From September 29, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$52.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Lincoln 166987InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2016/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$52.00
Mixed Media Arts at Lincoln 168776InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$52.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lincoln 167048InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$47.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Lincoln 167047InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 14:30From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$47.00
Music and Movement at Lincoln 165092InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 16:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to Noon
$42.00
Music and Movement at Lincoln 165096InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/09/22 14:30From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10am
$42.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Lincoln 167210InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:30am
$27.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Lincoln 167211InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$27.00
Park Kids - Fall at Lincoln 167298InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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 - Fall at Lincoln 167297InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 19:45From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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 - 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
Park Voyagers at Lincoln 167447InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/26 21:15From September 26, 2016 to October 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Pilates at Lincoln 167441InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$0
Pilates at Lincoln 167442InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:15From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Pilates at Lincoln 167440InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 18:15From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$52.00
Pilates at Lincoln 185186InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:15From September 24, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10am
$52.00
Play School at Lincoln 167472InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/19 15:30From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$72.00
Play School at Lincoln 167471InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am
$42.00
Running Group at Lincoln 167715InstructionWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2016/09/23 19:15From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 25, 2016
$0
Stained Glass at Lincoln 168136InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm
$84.00
Stained Glass at Lincoln 168135InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to December 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$84.00
Step Aerobics at Lincoln 168141InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:30From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Storytime at Lincoln 168166InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:20pm
$22.00
Storytime at Lincoln 165095InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 10:30am
$22.00
Stretching at Lincoln 168184InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$0
Teen Club at Lincoln 168293OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 22:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 7pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Lincoln 168335InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 19:45From September 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$0
Tot Spot at Lincoln 168752OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$47.00
Walking Club at Lincoln 168998OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 30, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:30am
$0
Where the Wild Things Roam at Lincoln 166050InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$42.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 169079InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
$72.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 169080InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
$72.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 169077InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:15From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$42.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 184602InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
$72.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 184603InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$72.00
Woodcraft at Lincoln 169078InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 21:15From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$32.00
Wooden Sailboat Building at Lincoln 169091InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAnyCoed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$32.00

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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.

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