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Lincoln Park, Chicago Travel Guide

Lincoln Park Summary


  • The Lincoln Park Zoo and The Lincoln Park Conservatory
  • The famous Oz Park
  • The Chicago History Museum
  • Plenty of restaurants and shops
  • Vibrant nightlife
  • Beautiful mansions
  • Near Lakeview and Old Town
  • Some of Chicago's best beaches are in the area


  • The eastern parts of the area are far from the subway
  • Few accommodation options
  • The Loop is a 20-minute subway ride away

What It's Like

Lincoln Park is a residential neighborhood north of the Old Town and directly west of Lake Michigan. There are dozens of restaurants, bars and boutiques in the area, but it is fairly quiet. Lincoln Park is also home to bike and jogging paths along the lake, gardens, public art, some of Chicago’s best beaches, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory (both of which are free), and the famous Oz Park. Chicago's top tourist attractions -- like the Loop, Millennium Park and the Magnificent Mile -- are a short subway or bus ride away.

Where To Stay

Lincoln Park is sanwiched between Old Town to the south and Lakeview to the north. For great views of the park and proximity to the beaches and bike paths, stay on the east side of the neighborhood. But for easy access to the subway, choose a hotel on the west side of the neighborhood.

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