Lincoln Park

  • 500-5700 N. Lake Shore Drive Irving Park and Recreation Drive  Chicago, Illinois 60614 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Lauren Quinn
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7726
Requests for fields at Southfield, Waveland, Lawrence, Montrose, or Foster, or Volleyball at North, Montrose, or Oak will be accepted by Vicky Taghon starting 2/1/16. -

New for the 2016 season, customers will register for a place in line instead of lining up in person. Click here to complete the registration starting 2/1/16 at 9:00 am. Once registered, a request form may be submitted via email to vicky.taghon@chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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 playground just off of Lake Shore Drive at Hollywood, it has a great water spray feature as well. The playground 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

Paid parking is available in a number of Chicago Park District lots in the area.  Get rates and additional information.

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

Lincoln Park Archery Range

Lincoln Park Archery Range

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

Notes: Lincoln Park Archery Club

Descriptors: Indoor

Heron

Heron (1)

Location Notes: Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo across from the Red Wolf exhibit

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Hug Chicago Mural

Hug Chicago Mural (1)

Location Notes: Barry Avenue Underpass

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Indian Land Dancing

Indian Land Dancing (1)

Location Notes: Underpass at Foster and Lake Shore Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Jane Addams Mosaic

Jane Addams Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: Underpass at Ohio Street and Lake Shore Drive, at the entrance to Jane Addams Memorial Park

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

John Peter Altgeld Monument

John Peter Altgeld Monument (1)

Location Notes: South of W. Diversey Parkway and east of N. Cannon Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Kwa-Ma-Rolas

Kwa-Ma-Rolas (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Lake Shore Drive on axis with W. Addison Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Limestone Lion

Limestone Lion (1)

Location Notes: East of Wild Things! Gift Shop

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

A Signal of Peace

A Signal of Peace (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Lake Shore Drive north of Diversey Harbor

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Abraham Lincoln Portrait

Abraham Lincoln Portrait (1)

Location Notes: Lincoln Park Cultural Center interior

Descriptors: Indoor, Painting

Abraham Lincoln:The Man

Abraham Lincoln:The Man (1)

Location Notes: North of W. North Avenue, east of the Chicago History Museum

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Adelor

Adelor (1)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Alexander Hamilton Monument

Alexander Hamilton Monument (1)

Location Notes: South of W. Diversey Parkway, west of N. Cannon Drive, and east of N. Stockton Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Alternatives

Alternatives (1)

Location Notes: South exterior of Margate Park Playground field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

American Bison

American Bison (1)

Location Notes: N. Cannon Drive near entrance to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Benjamin Franklin Monument

Benjamin Franklin Monument (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Stockton Drive, north of W. LaSalle Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Checkmate-Knight

Checkmate-Knight (1)

Location Notes: Belmont/LSD West

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Checkmate-Queen

Checkmate-Queen (1)

Location Notes: Belmont entrance ramp to Southbound LSD

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Chess Pavilion

Chess Pavilion (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Lake Shore Drive on axis with E. North Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Chevron

Chevron (1)

Location Notes: Diversey Harbor Inlet - North side

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Chicago Fire Relic

Chicago Fire Relic (1)

Location Notes: East of Chicago History Museum

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Children’s Fountain

Children’s Fountain (1)

Location Notes: North of W. North Avenue and east of N. Clark Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

City Hall Relic

City Hall Relic (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Lincoln Park West and southwest of the Lincoln Park Cultural Center

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Come to Light

Come to Light (1)

Location Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach old comfort station

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Couch Tomb

Couch Tomb (1)

Location Notes: South of N. LaSalle Drive on axis with N. Stockton Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Dr. José Rizal Monument

Dr. José Rizal Monument (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Lake Shore Drive on axis with W. Leland Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Dying to Survive

Dying to Survive (1)

Location Notes: North Ave terminus at LSD

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

East Gate Arch

East Gate Arch (1)

Location Notes: N. Cannon Drive near zoo entrance

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Elephant Drinking Fountain

Elephant Drinking Fountain (1)

Location Notes: North of the Regenstein African Journey building near Conservatory Gate

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Eli Bates Fountain

Eli Bates Fountain (1)

Location Notes: East Side of N. Stockton Drive and south of Lincoln Park Conservatory

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Emanuel Swedenborg Monument

Emanuel Swedenborg Monument (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Lake Shore Drive and south of Diversey Harbor

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Eugene Field Memorial

Eugene Field Memorial (1)

Location Notes: Northeast of the Helen Brach Primate House

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

For the Young at Heart

For the Young at Heart (1)

Location Notes: Pritzker Family Children's Zoo

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Cummings Playground Art

Cummings Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Stockton Drive and north of W. Dickens Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Curve XXII

Curve XXII (1)

Location Notes: North of W. Fullerton Avenue and east of N. Cannon Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Fountain Girl

Fountain Girl (1)

Location Notes: South of W. LaSalle Dr. and east of Chicago History Museum

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Garden Figure

Garden Figure (1)

Location Notes: Lincoln Park Conservatory, Palm House

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Goddess of Youth

Goddess of Youth (1)

Location Notes: Lincoln Park Conservatory, Orchid Room

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Gorilla

Gorilla (1)

Location Notes: Outside Regenstein Center for African Apes facing the zebra habitat

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Lion Fountain

Lion Fountain (1)

Location Notes: West of the Kovler Lion House

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Living and Growing

Living and Growing (1)

Location Notes: Underpass at Bryn Mawr and Lake Shore Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Lowland Gorilla Family

Lowland Gorilla Family (1)

Location Notes: Near Regenstein Center for African Apes

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Margate Park Playground Art

Margate Park Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: On axis with W. Margate Terrace between N. Marine Drive and N. Lake Shore Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Old Fishing Hole

Old Fishing Hole (1)

Location Notes: Near Flamingo and Waterfowl Lagoon Waterfall

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Pathfinders

Pathfinders (1)

Location Notes: Entrance to the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Peace and Justice

Peace and Justice (1)

Location Notes: Peace Garden just east of Buena Avenue Underpass

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Peace Garden Mosaic

Peace Garden Mosaic (1)

Location Notes: East side of pedestrian underpass at Buena Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Polar Bear

Polar Bear (1)

Location Notes: Near polar bear habitat

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Putnam Chain

Putnam Chain (1)

Location Notes: Just east of Chicago History Museum

Descriptors: Outdoor, Object

Rabbit and Butterfly

Rabbit and Butterfly (1)

Location Notes: Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo outdoor area near Beaver Lodge discovery window

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

Rhythm and Views

Rhythm and Views (1)

Location Notes: Underpass at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Richard Oglesby Monument

Richard Oglesby Monument (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Cannon Drive and north of W. Fullerton Parkway

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Rites of Spring

Rites of Spring (1)

Location Notes: West of antelope/zebra exhibits

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Roscoe Playground Art

Roscoe Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Lake Shore Drive, on axis with W. Roscoe Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Mother and Baby Pygmy Hippo

Mother and Baby Pygmy Hippo (1)

Location Notes: Inside Regenstein African Journey near pygmy hippo exhibit

Descriptors: Indoor, Sculpture

Nekay

Nekay (1)

Location Notes: LSD @ Diversey Harbor - N of Inlet

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Seal and Sea Lion

Seal and Sea Lion (1)

Location Notes: Kovler Sea Lion Pool

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Siblings

Siblings (1)

Location Notes: East of N. Clark Street near entrance to Matthew Laflin Memorial Building on axis with W. Armitage Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Spintronic

Spintronic (1)

Location Notes: LaSalle/Clark NE (S of History Mus Pkng)

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Steelroots

Steelroots (1)

Location Notes: In front of the Peggy Notebaert Museum near the corner of Fullerton Avenue and Cannon Drive

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Sunform

Sunform (1)

Location Notes: Center Plaza South of Park Place Café

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Ten Thousand Ripples

Ten Thousand Ripples (1)

Location Notes: Just South of Diversey @ LSD

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

The Alarm

The Alarm (1)

Location Notes: East side of N. Lake Shore Drive, on axis with W. Wellington Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

The Lesson

The Lesson (1)

Location Notes: West Gate Entrance of the Lincoln Park Zoo

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Ulysses S. Grant Monument

Ulysses S. Grant Monument (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Cannon Dr. between W. Fullerton Avenue and E. North Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Vardiman Greene Black Memorial

Vardiman Greene Black Memorial (1)

Location Notes: North of E. North Avenue on axis with N. Astor Street

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

William C. Niesen Memorial Fountain

William C. Niesen Memorial Fountain (1)

Location Notes: Niesen Field, East of N. Cannon Drive north of South Athletic field house

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculptural Fountain

William Shakespeare Monument

William Shakespeare Monument (1)

Location Notes: West of N. Stockton Avenue on axis with W. Belden Avenue

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture

Wing I

Wing I (1)

Location Notes: South of Diversey Driving Range parking lot entry @ bike path

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

You Know What You Should Do

You Know What You Should Do (1)

Location Notes: Exterior wall at east end of pedestrian underpass to Oak Street Beach

Descriptors: Outdoor, Mural

Lincoln Park Diamonds

Lincoln Park Diamonds

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield, Waveland, Lawrence

Lincoln Park Basketball

Lincoln Park Basketball

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield and Foster Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

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

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Location Notes: 3550 N. Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Bill Jarvis Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location Notes: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Montrose Point

Lincoln Park - Bacino's

Lincoln Park - Bacino's

Location: Diversey Pkwy & LSD

Location Notes: near driving range

Hours:

Phone: (773) 880-9633

Notes:

http://www.bacinos.com/DIVERSEY/about.html

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Lincoln Park - Daniel's

Lincoln Park - Daniel's

Location: Wilson & LSD

Location Notes: near the Comfort Station

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)501-3046

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Lincoln Park - Lakeshore Bike N Tune

Lincoln Park - Lakeshore Bike N Tune

Location: Waveland & LSD

Location Notes: near the bike path

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 348-7668

Notes:

http://www.lakeshorebike.com

Descriptors: Bike Rental

Lincoln Park - Noel's Tacos

Lincoln Park - Noel's Tacos

Location: Foster & LSD

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

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)766-1812

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Lincoln Park - North Pond

Lincoln Park - North Pond

Location: 2610 N. Cannon Dr.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773) 477-5845

Notes:

http://northpondrestaurant.com/

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Lincoln Park - Park Bait

Lincoln Park - Park Bait

Location: Montrose & Lake Michigan

Location Notes: at Montrose Harbor

Hours:

Phone: (773)271-2838

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Lincoln Park - Tennis on the Lake

Lincoln Park - Tennis on the Lake

Location: Waveland & LSD

Location Notes: near Waveland tennis courts

Hours:

Phone: (773)278-8877

Notes:

http://www.tennisonthelake.com

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Belmont Harbor Beach DFA

Location Notes: Belmont & Lake Shore Drive

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

Foster Beach Dog Friendly Area - CLOSED

Foster Beach Dog Friendly Area - CLOSED

Location Notes: Foster & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Due to the rising water level, this DFA closed in October 2015.

Montrose Beach DFA

Montrose Beach DFA

Location Notes: Montrose & Simonds Drive

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

Montrose Beach Dunes

Montrose Beach Dunes

Location Notes: Monstrose & Simonds Drive

Notes: Montrose Beach

North Avenue Beach

North Avenue Beach

Location Notes: North Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: North Avenue Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

Kathy Osterman Beach

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

Notes: Kathy Osterman Beach

Foster Beach

Foster Beach

Location Notes: Foster Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Foster Beach

Lincoln Park Southfield

Lincoln Park Southfield

Location Notes: 1650 N. Stockton Drive

Notes: southfield

Margate Park

Margate Park

Location Notes: 4921 N. Marine Drive

Notes: Margate Fieldhouse

Lincoln Park Soccer Turf

Lincoln Park Soccer Turf

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Southfield, Montrose, Foster

Descriptors: Grass

Lincoln Park Football/Soccer

Lincoln Park Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2045 N.Lincoln Park West

Notes: Diversey, Montrose, Cricket Hill

Descriptors: Artificial Turf

Grandmother's Garden

Grandmother's Garden

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

Notes: Grandmother's Garden

Great Garden

Great Garden

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

Notes: Great Garden

South Lagoon Flower Garden

South Lagoon Flower Garden

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

Notes: South Lagoon Flower Garden

Montrose Harbor

Montrose Harbor (1)

Location: 601 W. Montrose Drive

Phone: (312) 742-7527

Diversey Harbor

Diversey Harbor (1)

Location: 2601 N. Cannon Drive

Phone: (312) 742-7762

Belmont Harbor

Belmont Harbor (1)

Location: 3600 Recreation Drive

Phone: (312) 742-7673

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

Location Notes: Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway

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

South Pond

South Pond

Location Notes: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: South Pond

North Pond Sanctuary

North Pond Sanctuary

Location Notes: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: North Pond Sanctuary

Rowing Lagoon

Rowing Lagoon

Location Notes: 2045 Lincoln Park West

Notes: Rowing Lagoon

Lincoln Playground-Driving Range

Lincoln Playground-Driving RangeAccessible

Location: 221 W. Diversey Dr.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-Margate

Lincoln Playground-MargateAccessible

Location: 859 W. Margate Ter.

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Lincoln Playground-Montrose

Lincoln Playground-MontroseAccessible

Location: 300 W. Sunnyside

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-Morrie Mages

Lincoln Playground-Morrie MagesAccessible

Location: 3920 N. Recreation Dr.

Location Notes: Irving Park and Recreation Drive

Hours:

Notes: Renovated Summer 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-N

Lincoln Playground-NAccessible

Location: 4850 N. Simonds Dr.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-S

Lincoln Playground-SAccessible

Location: 2120 N. Stockton Dr.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-St. Andrews

Lincoln Playground-St. AndrewsAccessible

Location: 929 W. Hollywood Ave.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-Sunshine

Lincoln Playground-SunshineAccessible

Location: 2650 N. Cannon Dr.

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Lincoln Playground-Telscer

Lincoln Playground-TelscerAccessible (1)

Location: 3100 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays Renovation

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Marovitz Golf Course

Marovitz Golf Course

Location Notes: 4440 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Notes: Marovitz Golf Course

Montrose Point

Montrose Point

Location Notes: Montrose Ave. & Lake Michigan

Notes: Montrose Point

Lincoln Park Wilson Skate Park

Lincoln Park Wilson Skate Park

Location Notes: Wilson and Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Wilson Skate Park [Boards only]

Lincoln Park Waveland Tennis Court

Lincoln Park Waveland Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3700 N. Recreation Drive

Notes: Waveland; South end courts

Lincoln Park Montrose Volleyball

Lincoln Park Montrose Volleyball

Location Notes: Montrose & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Montrose Volleyball

Lincoln Park North Ave Volleyball

Lincoln Park North Ave Volleyball

Location Notes: North Ave & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: North Ave Volleyball

Lincoln Park Oak Street Volleyball

Lincoln Park Oak Street Volleyball

Location Notes: Oak Street & Lake Shore Drive

Notes: Oak Street Volleyball

Lincoln Park Telscer Spray Pool

Lincoln Park Telscer Spray Pool

Location Notes: Briar & Lake Shore Drive West

Notes: Telscer Water Spray Feature

Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

Location Notes: 2001 N. Clark St.

Notes: Lincoln Park Zoo

Events

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

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 Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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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 playground just off of Lake Shore Drive at Hollywood, it has a great water spray feature as well. The playground was renovated under the ChicagoPlays! program.

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

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

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

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

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

Paid parking is available in a number of Chicago Park District lots in the area.  Get rates and additional information.

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