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Where to Live in Chicago: Lincoln Park Neighborhood

March 1, 2012
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Lincoln Park - named after Abraham Lincoln - is a well-known north side Chicago neighborhood that is home to a variety of Chicagoans. Located with Lakeview to the north and River North to the south, the tree-lined streets and culturally rich area is a fun and hip place to live outside the downtown area of Chicago.

Main Attraction

Lincoln Park is home to The Lincoln Park Zoo. Founded in 1868, the zoo is one of the oldest in the nation. Open 365 days a year, the Lincoln Park Zoo is free for all ages and attracts visitors from across the country. With its fun, family-oriented events throughout the year, the Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place to spend the day enjoying the beautiful outdoors just steps away from Lake Shore Drive and, of course, the beach!

The Chicago History Museum is another major attraction for the Lincoln Park area. The museum showcases rotating exhibitions from artists across the country, all reflective of the history and culture of the city of Chicago. If you think you know a lot about Chicago, you don’t know anything until you have been to the Chicago History Museum.

Education

DePaul University, a highly regarded private university and the largest Catholic university in the nation, is located in the heart of Lincoln Park. Approximately 16,400 undergraduate students attend DePaul, although many commute from all over the city.

In addition to DePaul University, Lincoln Park has a variety of K-12 schools including Lincoln Park High School. Voted the #96 best public high school in America by Newsweek in 2010, Lincoln Park High School draws a number of students from across the city.

Where To Go

Our good friend and RedEye Chicago nightlife reporter, Emily Van Zandt, suggests that you step inside some of these fine establishments if you’re in the Lincoln Park area:

  • Delilah’s: Escape the normal crowds at this pro-whiskey dive where daily specials mean you can typically find a $1 beer option and a cheap shot or two. Head upstairs for pinball, pool and more seating, but watch your step on the way down—it’s steep.
  • The Barrelhouse Flat: This new two-story cocktail lounge is taking drinking near DePaul up a notch. Started by former Violet Hour bartender Stephen Cole, the menu is stuffed with dozens of classic cocktails along with punch and a few house favorites. The food menu is short, but filling when you want to munch on popcorn, sandwiches or poutine.
  • Barn & Company: This southern-inspired spot is a great place to watch a game if you’re craving some barbecued ribs and cornbread with your beer.

Be sure to follow Emily on Twitter at @redeyedrinks for the best tips and information about Chicago nightlife!

Shopping

With tons of boutiques, local shops, and even some more well-known retailers, Lincoln Park offers multiple shopping strips perfect for a window-browsing afternoon.

Hop off the Armitage brown line stop for fun boutiques and unique “do-it-yourself” style shops. With everything from cosmetic stores like Mac and Benefit, to Lori’s shoes, Stinky Pants, and more, Armitage Avenue provides an entertaining and relaxed shopping environment.

Do-it-yourself stores provide an interactive element to shopping on Armitage Avenue. Some of our favorites include:

  • Vecco Studio: Custom create and design your carpet with in-store stencils and sealants that give your flooring a personalized touch.
  • 1154 Lill Studio: Choose from a wide array of fabrics and designs to create your perfect bag or purse.
  • EnBeadia: A full-service bead store where you can create your own custom jewelry with the help of trained experts.

For more well-known retailers such as Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy, Apple, Forever 21 and more, North Avenue is a great place to find your favorite shops within a few blocks. For a more extensive list of shopping recommendations, check out this article by Concierge Preferred.

Where To Eat

Simply put, it’s hard to go hungry if you’re living in Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park hosts a variety of restaurants, some of our favorites include:

  • Goose Island Clybourn: With over 20 locally crafted ales and lagers available every day, and brewery tours available on the weekends, Goose Island truly is a local gem.
  • DMK Burger Bar: Sorry, no reservations here--but the wait (with a well-stocked bar) is well worth their mouth-watering burgers that go beyond just beef.
  • Geja’s Cafe: Labeled as Chicago’s most romantic restaurant, Geja’s Cafe is the perfect place for a date night. While Geja’s is a bit more expensive than some other Lincoln Park restaurants, it is hands down the best fondue in the city.
  • Sweet Mandy B’s Bakery: There’s no shortage of frosting here - this local bakery offers every kind of dessert imaginable to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth.

What To See

During warmer seasons, Lincoln Park is full of street festivals and outdoor activities. Walking distance from the popular North Avenue beach and beautiful Lake Shore Drive biking and running trail, Lincoln Park is conveniently located to stay active in outdoor activities.

For nighttime activities, Lincoln Avenue is Lincoln Park’s busiest strip of local bars - most of which pledge allegiance to their own favorite sports teams. Check out Lion’s Head for their famous 116 oz. “Table Tapper” or head upstairs to the Apartment for a night of dancing. Wise Fools Pub offers free popcorn and a dog-friendly environment, while the Irish tavern Halligan is well-known for their Jameson shots. Each bar has its own quirky twist and is a great place for a night out with friends.

Public Transportaion

For most of Lincoln Park’s residents, the CTA Brown Line is easily accessible at the Armitage stop. If you’re needing to go downtown or head up north, look no further than the CTA Red Line stop on Fullerton.

Housing

We have many listings in the Lincoln Park area and are constantly opening up doors for those who feel this is the right place to live. Whether you are looking for a studio apartment or three bedroom, Chicago Apartment Finders has you covered and will gladly drive you around to explore Lincoln Park apartment options.

If you have any questions or would like to view apartments in Lincoln Park, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-FINDERS. Be sure to follow us on our official Facebook and Twitter pages for new listings and updates

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