Lincoln Park

  • 500-5700 N. Lake Shore Drive   Chicago, Illinois 60614 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Lauren Quinn
  • 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: east of Belmont Harbor/south of Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary.

Notes: Lincoln Park Archery Club

Lincoln Park Diamonds

Lincoln Park Diamonds

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield, Waveland, Lawrence

Lincoln Park Basketball

Lincoln Park Basketball

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield and Foster Beach

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Location: 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

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

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Montrose Point

Lincoln Park Ceramic Studio

Lincoln Park Ceramic Studio

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park

Location: at Berwyn and Sheridan

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Edible

Lincoln Park Edgewater Meadows

Lincoln Park Edgewater Meadows

Location: Edgewater Meadows

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Lincoln Park - Daniel's

Lincoln Park - Daniel's

Location: Wilson & LSD

Lincoln Park - Lakeshore Bike N Tune

Lincoln Park - Lakeshore Bike N Tune

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Notes:

www.lakeshorebike.com

Lincoln Park - Noel's Tacos

Lincoln Park - Noel's Tacos

Location: Foster & LSD

Lincoln Park - North Pond

Lincoln Park - North Pond

Location: 2610 N. Cannon Drive

Notes:

www.northpondrestaurant.com

Lincoln Park - Park Bait

Lincoln Park - Park Bait

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Lincoln Park - Tennis on the Lake

Lincoln Park - Tennis on the Lake

Location: Waveland & LSD

Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Location: 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: Foster & Lake Shore Drive

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

Montrose Beach DFA

Montrose Beach DFA

Location: Montrose & Simonds Drive

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

Foster Beach

Foster Beach

Location: Foster Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Foster Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

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

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Montrose Beach Dunes

Montrose Beach Dunes

Location: Monstrose & Simonds Drive

Notes: Montrose Beach

North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach

Location: North Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: North Avenue Beach

Lincoln Park Southfield

Lincoln Park Southfield

Location: 1650 N. Stockton Drive

Notes: southfield

Margate Park

Margate Park

Location: 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: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Diversey, Montrose, Cricket Hill

Lincoln Park Soccer Turf

Lincoln Park Soccer Turf

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield, Montrose, Foster

Grandmother's Garden

Grandmother's Garden

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

Notes: Grandmother's Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Great Garden

Great Garden

Location: West of Lincoln Park Zoo off Stockton Dr.

Notes: Great Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

South Lagoon Flower Garden

South Lagoon Flower Garden

Location: 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: 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: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: North Pond Sanctuary

Rowing Lagoon

Rowing Lagoon

Location: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: Rowing Lagoon

South Pond

South Pond

Location: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: South Pond

Lincoln Park Jewelry Lab

Lincoln Park Jewelry Lab

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Dance Room

Dance Room

Location: 2045 N. Lincoln Park West

Notes: Dance Studio

Lincoln Park Clubroom

Lincoln Park Clubroom

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Clubroom

Lincoln Park Small Auditorium

Lincoln Park Small Auditorium

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Small Auditorium

Lincoln Park Playground

Lincoln Park Playground

Location: 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: 4440 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Marovitz Golf Course

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Montrose Point

Lincoln Park Wilson Skate Park

Lincoln Park Wilson Skate Park

Location: Wilson and Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Wilson Skate Park [Boards only]

Lincoln Park Waveland Tennis Court

Lincoln Park Waveland Tennis Court

Location: 3700 N. Recreation Drive

Notes: Waveland; South end courts

Lincoln Park Montrose Volleyball

Lincoln Park Montrose Volleyball

Location: Montrose & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Montrose Volleyball

Lincoln Park North Ave Volleyball

Lincoln Park North Ave Volleyball

Location: North Ave & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: North Ave Volleyball

Lincoln Park Oak Street Volleyball

Lincoln Park Oak Street Volleyball

Location: Oak Street & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Oak Street Volleyball

Lincoln Park Telscer Spray Pool

Lincoln Park Telscer Spray Pool

Location: Briar & Lake Shore Drive West

Notes: Telscer Water Spray Feature

Lincoln Park Woodshop

Lincoln Park Woodshop

Location: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Location: 2001 N. Clark St.

Notes: Lincoln Park Zoo

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Archery Range east of Belmont Harbor/south of Bill Jarvis Bird Sanctuary. 0 Lincoln Park Archery Club
Baseball Field 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 14 Southfield, Waveland, Lawrence
Basketball Court - Outdoor 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1 Southfield and Foster Beach
Birding Area 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive 1 Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary
Birding Area Between Ardmore Ave. & Hollywood Ave. at Lake Michigan 1 Kathy Osterman Beach
Birding Area Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan 1 Montrose Point
Ceramics Studios 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1
Community Gardens at Berwyn and Sheridan Edible 1 Community Garden
Community Gardens Edgewater Meadows Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Concessions Lincoln Park, Wilson Comfort Station, Wilson and Lake Shore Drive 0
Concessions Lincoln Park Waveland Bike Path, Waveland and Lake Shore Drive 0

www.lakeshorebike.com

Concessions Lincoln Park, Foster & Lake Shore Drive 0
Concessions Lincoln Park, North Pond 0

www.northpondrestaurant.com

Concessions Lincoln Park, Diversey Driving Range, 141 W. Diversey 0
Concessions Lincoln Park, Waveland Tennis Courts, Waveland and Lake Shore Drive 0
Cultural Centers 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1
Dog Friendly Areas Belmont & Lake Shore Drive 1 .15 acres, located east of Lake Shore Drive at north end of Belmont Harbor
Dog Friendly Areas Foster & Lake Shore Drive 1 .78 acres, located at north east end of Foster Beach
Dog Friendly Areas Montrose & Simonds Drive 1 3.83 acres, located at north end of Montrose Beach
Dune Habitat Foster Ave. & Lake Michigan 1 Foster Beach
Dune Habitat Between Ardmore Ave. & Hollywood Ave. at Lake Michigan 1 Kathy Osterman Beach
Dune Habitat Monstrose & Simonds Drive 1 Montrose Beach
Dune Habitat North Ave. & Lake Michigan 1 North Avenue Beach
Fieldhouse 1650 N. Stockton Drive 1 southfield
Fieldhouse 4921 N. Marine Drive 1 Margate Fieldhouse
Fitness Courses 0
Football / Soccer 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 0 Diversey, Montrose, Cricket Hill
Football / Soccer 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 0 Southfield, Montrose, Foster
Gardens Corner of Stockton Dr. & Webster Ave. (3 blocks long) Ornamental 1 Grandmother's Garden
Gardens West of Lincoln Park Zoo off Stockton Dr. Ornamental 1 Great Garden
Gardens West of Lake Shore Dr., north of North Ave., at south end of the lagoon Ornamental 1 South Lagoon Flower Garden
Lagoons and Ponds Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway 0 Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool - closes for the season Sunday, Nov.3 at dusk.
Lagoons and Ponds 2045 Lincoln Park West 1 North Pond Sanctuary
Lagoons and Ponds 2045 Lincoln Park West 1 Rowing Lagoon
Lagoons and Ponds 2045 Lincoln Park West 1 South Pond
Lapidary Studios 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1
Meeting/Event Space 2045 N. Lincoln Park West 0 Dance Studio
Meeting/Event Space 2045 N. Lincoln Park West 0 Playroom
Meeting/Event Space 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1 Clubroom
Meeting/Event Space 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1 Small Auditorium
Playgrounds 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 5 Cummings, Sunshine, Diversey, Roscoe, Telscer - Chicago Plays Renovation, Fall 2013, for Telscer
Prairies & Grasslands 4440 N. Lake Shore Dr. 1 Marovitz Golf Course
Prairies & Grasslands Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan 1 Montrose Point
Skate Parks Wilson and Lake Shore Drive 1 Wilson Skate Park [Boards only]
Tennis Courts 3700 N. Recreation Drive 20 Waveland; South end courts
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor Montrose & Lake Shore Drive 50 Montrose Volleyball
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor North Ave & Lake Shore Drive 100 North Ave Volleyball
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor Oak Street & Lake Shore Drive 9 Oak Street Volleyball
Water Spray Features Briar & Lake Shore Drive West 1 Telscer Water Spray Feature
Woodshops 2045 N.Lincoln Park West 1
Zoo 2001 N. Clark St. 1 Lincoln Park Zoo

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.