Active lakeside park and beach meet upscale boutique shopping and world-class dining in this charming near north side Chicago neighborhood. Over the years Lincoln Park has gained a reputation as one of the city's most desirable communities. Its shady, tree-lined residential streets and stretches of exciting entertainment and nightlife are the ideal union of serenity and fun. The majority of Lincoln Park holds an old-fashioned appeal, reinforced by rows of brown- and graystone walkups and ornate, vintage architecture. DePaul University campus adds to the neighborhood's historic character with beautiful late-19th century buildings, while the population of students interjects a youthful energy into the area. An electric bar and club scene - favored by the younger crowd in Lincoln Park - is buffered by miles of tranquil green space and breathtaking shoreline in the neighborhood's namesake 1,200-acre park. Summertime bursts with activity as people come from all over the city to enjoy the expansive beach, waterfront jogging and biking trails, a jam-packed schedule of street festivals and farmer's markets, and the family favorite - the Lincoln Park Zoo.
Lincoln Park Facts
Location: 2 miles north of the Loop
Bordering Neighborhoods: Old Town, Gold Coast, Lakeview, Lakeview East, Old Town Triangle
Boundaries: Lake Michigan to the east, Diversey Avenue to the north, North Avenue to the south and the Chicago River North Branch to the west
Then and Now
Lincoln Park wasn't always the thriving, lively urban mecca it is today. As you stroll the lakeside trails and wander the bustling businesses, consider the history that lies beneath your feet.
In 1824, Lincoln Park was merely swamp and prairie land where, amid Native American settlements, there was a remote U.S. Army outpost. By the 1830s, advances in industry and agriculture gave rise to a small community around the military base. Considered off the beaten path at the time, the area between North Avenue and Fullerton Parkway was designated a few years later for use as a much-needed smallpox hospital and cemetery as the life-threatening epidemic swept through the region. But in the 1860s, shallow graves (remember, this was swamp) plus a poor drainage system were cause for concern. Public safety worries prompted the removal and relocation of the cemetery further north. An initiative to preserve the land as a public open space ultimately created a 60-acre park called Lake Park-renamed Lincoln Park in honor of President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in 1865.
Many of Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood's first inhabitants were immigrants who arrived on the scene in waves. Germans were the originals, coming to Chicago from their European homeland to break free of religious persecution and discrimination. Taking up with the existing local industry of farming, most of the new Lincoln Park residents took to the fields and made a life for themselves in the agrarian society sprouting north of Chicago's bustling city center. Going hand in hand with the area's crop-based economy, manufacturing plants that produced agricultural goods went up along the Chicago River and Lincoln Park thrived as a small rural community.
As transportation advanced, connecting the pastoral northern region to downtown, an increasing number of people moved to the area in search of more space and less congestion. In 1859, the Presbyterian Seminary relocated from Hanover, Indiana to a new home in Lincoln Park, constructed on 25 acres of land donated by prominent men in the city-Michael Diversey, Joseph Sheffield and William Ogden (who all have streets named after them now)-at Fullerton and Halsted avenues, which is now the site of DePaul University. Situated in the heart of the neighborhood, the seminary brought roughly another thousand residents to Lincoln Park, many of Scotch-Irish heritage. More housing was needed so the seminary erected 55 homes in the vicinity around the seminary as well as a dozen and a half high-class residences that were referred to as the McCormick row houses after Cyrus McCormick who donated a hefty sum of money to the Presbyterian Seminary to the tune of $100,000.
After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 ravaged the city, the section of Lincoln Park between Clark Street and Fullerton Avenue was left devastated and in need of rebuilding, while residences in the portion of the neighborhood north of Lincoln Avenue and west of Larrabee Street were spared. A construction boom following the terrible tragedy resulted in 10,000 new inhabitants in Lincoln Park as folks feverishly worked to reconstruct their lives or start new ones. (In fact, more than half of the Lincoln Park neighborhood's existing structures were built in the period between 1880 and 1904.) Well-to-do German immigrants-many responsible for establishing the area's breweries-put up magnificent mansions along the waterfront, east of Clark Street and one of the neighborhood's most impressive residences was constructed at this time on Wrightwood Avenue called the Dewes Mansion, which still stands to this day. Still, the majority of Lincoln Park's residents were families of working class immigrants who lived in simple cottage-style homes and were employed at the massive industrial plants that sprang up alongside the North Branch of the river.
Fast-forward several decades to the 1950s when Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood experienced a drastic transformation. Families started to move out of Chicago, trading in city life for suburban living. The exodus left the neighborhood vulnerable to initiatives for total restoration-which consisted of an 'out with the old, in with the new' mentality. Fortunately, community organizations fought to protect Lincoln Park's historic landmarks and buildings, maintaining the district's captivating 19th century architectural character. With the formation of the Lincoln Park Conservation Association in 1954, wheels were in motion to promote urban renewal and historic preservation by using federal funds and enforcing stricter housing codes. Over the next decades, constant rehabilitation led to increased property values and a rekindled interest of families and young working adults to settle down in the area.
Redevelopment of older, rundown buildings into contemporary, luxury flats and the construction of new homes (both condominiums and single-family townhouses) continue to shape Lincoln Park into one of Chicago's most desirable locations to live. The neighborhood retains much of its affluent hallmark, still evident in the beautiful gray and brownstones that line the residential streets, however a trendy dining, shopping and nightlife scene have warranted this near north side community's status as an ultimate Chicago hotspot.
When you've got the largest park in Chicago right in your back yard, there's no excuse for being a couch potato. And city-dwellers like us like it that way.
Stretching over twelve hundred acres along Lake Michigan, the actual parkland of Lincoln Park (2045 Lincoln Park West, 312-742-7726) offers residents and Chicagoans from all over the city miles of trails, a wide public beach, open green meadows and a variety of athletic fields. The well-maintained lakefront path is a hotspot for joggers, bikers, inline skaters, stroller-pushers and dog-walkers. In the summer, it buzzes with activity, as droves of people venture outdoors to get fresh air, barbeque on the public grills, play games and relax on the grass. Even in winter the park's paths are plowed, making them accessible to die-hard runners who bundle up and brace against the frigid gusts that whip the shoreline.
But we're like most (dare we say sane?) people who wait for the warm weather months to head to the lakefront and its popular beach. As soon as the mercury rises, we set out for our preferred hangout: North Avenue Beach (1601 N Lake Shore Dr, 773-549-0970). Of course it would seem this prime summertime spot is a favorite among hundreds of other sun-craving Chicagoans, who all make for the sand and surf with lounge chairs, coolers, beach toys, umbrellas and CD players in tow. Savvy beachgoers get here early on the weekends because by mid-afternoon, sunbathers blanket the sand, leaving only tip-toe room between towels. For more active pursuits, volleyball courts are set up for public use and for regularly held social tournaments, and there's usually enough room up by the paved walk to throw around the football or Frisbee. Trained lifeguards are on duty during the day and designated swimming areas are sectioned off-for when it's hot enough to brave the invigorating Lake Michigan water. Believe us, it's refreshing and the best way to cool down from the humid Chicago city heat.
When the weather outside is a bit too frightful for the beach (unfortunately, about two-thirds of the year), one of our favorite tropical getaways-and one of Chicago's best kept secrets-happens to be right here in Lincoln Park. The Lincoln Park Conservatory (2000 N Racine Ave, 773-883-7275) is a lush, fragrant paradise, filled with more than 50,000 plants and set at a balmy 80 degrees or so year-round. Built in the 1890s, the conservatory transports visitors to another place and time with four distinct exhibit houses: the Fern Room, Orchid House, Palm House and Show House. Entrance is always free, and any place we can shed our overcoats and breathe in warm tropical air in the middle of winter is a plus in our book.
For a dose of cute and cuddly, spend a few hours at the adjacent Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N Cannon Dr, 312-742-2000), also located within the Lincoln Park boundaries. We get a kick out of seeing the monkeys swinging wildly about and the recently constructed primate habitat is where you'll find the larger apes-we're talking huge gorillas (not quite 800 pounds) and wily chimpanzees whose human-like facial features are mesmerizing to watch... if you don't keep an eye on the time it's easy spend an hour in here without even realizing it. Be prepared to plug your ears when you enter the big cat house, because it's no joke when they start to roar. All the other standard zoo creatures abound on the grounds, bears, zebras, reptiles, penguins, birds of prey, sea lions, small mammals, and you're sure to see a squirrel or two wandering about-although, we're pretty sure they're not part of the official exhibited animals.
On the south end of the zoo premises is a barnyard setting where interactive displays and demonstrations show visitors how it is to work on a farm. The big red barn and white picket fence sits on the bank of a good-size lagoon, known as the South Pond. During summer folks can take a ride around the pond on the giant Swan paddle boats, or feed the ducks from the bank. Whether it's a pleasant spring day or a snowy winter's afternoon, people can come to the Lincoln Park Zoo any time of year they like, and an added bonus-admission is free.
Speaking of lions, and tigers, and bears-did you know that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz got its start right here in Chicago? From about 1890 to 1910, author L. Frank Baum lived in Humboldt Park, where it's said he conceived the idea for his time-honored novel. In 1976, his Chicago ties were commemorated with Oz Park (2021 N Burling St, 312-742-7898), a 13-acre recreation area located between Webster and Dickens avenues. Life-size metal statues of the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and, of course, Dorothy, guard the perimeter of the park, which also has tennis and basketball courts, baseball and soccer fields, open areas, and walking trails. Oz Park is just one of the many green spaces tucked in among the neighborhood streets that make Lincoln Park such an appealing place to live-and play.
Lincoln Park Real Estate
Lincoln Park's residential streets are among the most beautiful in Chicago. Towering trees, shaded sidewalks and rows of elegant, wrought-iron gates preserve the neighborhood's historic charm. Lincoln Park real estate is a mix of three- and four-story conventional flats, single-family townhomes, contemporary courtyard condominiums and high-rise residential buildings offers everyone from young working singles to beginner families to empty-nesters a place to call home.
Many of Lincoln Park's older, stately graystones, brownstones and brick walkups are rehabs, updated with modern conveniences and state-of-the-art amenities essential to today's lifestyle. While some are still private single-family residences, most of these vintage buildings have been split up into separate two- and three-bedroom units. The majority of studios and one-bedrooms can be found in Lincoln Park's stretch of mid- and high-rise condos that are generally limited to the eastern edge of the neighborhood, closer to the lakefront. You can typically get anything from a studio loft to a three-bedroom duplex. Lincoln Park buildings usually offer bonuses such as a pool, exercise room, tennis courts, garage parking, extra storage, doorman and roof-top deck. And some of the properties on the top floors afford amazing views of the water, which means you'll have to pay more, but for a coveted window or balcony facing that kind of scenery, it's well worth it.
With DePaul University's campus located within Lincoln Park neighborhood boundaries, there is a large student population residing in the area. So a portion of the classic flats and condos near the school's grounds have retained a 'lease only' situation, catering to the transient nature of the college's student body. Even with tenants coming and going on a yearly basis, landlords maintain the rental properties with the pride and care that is seen throughout the neighborhood's owned real estate, and oftentimes it is hard to tell whether a place is occupied by renters or homeowners.
For the most part, detached single-family real estate in Lincoln Park neighborhood is characterized by narrow multi-story townhouses, with small cottage-style frame houses here and there. Rising from the sidewalk with dignified stature, many of these private homes are a reminder of the community's past with massive front stoops and ornate exterior stonework, although the residential blocks hold a good number of contemporary designs that incorporate a fresh new side to this long-established section of Chicago. While there are quite a few posh mansions in Lincoln Park, coach houses-hidden behind the street-front homes-are common dwellings for those with more moderate incomes. These quaint abodes are completely separate from the main residence and provide a very quiet and secluded existence, set off from the actual road and accessed through side gates.
In general, the average sales price for a one- to three-bedroom unit in Lincoln Park is around $435,000. However, potential homebuyers will find the range for attached properties spans from the low $100,000s for a studio to $3 million for a four- or five-bedroom townhouse with two-car garage. The average sales price for a single-family detached home in the Lincoln Park neighborhood is about $1.6 million with the lower end dipping into the $500,000s for a tiny 'worker's cottage' or coach house, and the upper end easily reaching into the multi-millions-we're talking anywhere from six to 16 million dollars-for a straight up three- or four-story Victorian estate.
What's on the Menu?
For foodies, Lincoln Park neighborhood is a mouth-watering tour of some of the city's best restaurants. Clark and Halsted streets and Lincoln, Armitage and Clybourn avenues are packed with culinary options from all corners of the world.
But, hey, you're in Chicago, so first things first-you have to know where the best pizza places are-and there are tons of them throughout Lincoln Park. For that classic, Chicago-style stuffed pizza, you have to try Bacino's Pizzeria (2204 N Lincoln Ave, 773-472-7400). Thick buttery pastry crust, stuffed with cheese and toppings, then covered with a zesty marinara sauce-one slice is unexpectedly filling and absolutely delicious. The menu here touches on other traditional Italian dishes such as pastas, paninis and salads, but if it's your first visit we have to recommend the signature spinach supreme pizza which combines a selection of herbs, spices and cheese with loads of fresh spinach. And to really do it up, order a bottle of wine from Bacino's fine list of vintages from around the globe, it's a superb accompaniment to mellow the tangy zip of their specialty tomato sauce. Other Lincoln Park pizza favorites include Grandpa Rudy Malnati's deep-dish recipe at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (958 W Wrightwood Ave, 773-832-4030) and Chicago's Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. (2121 N Clark St, 773-248-2570), home of the pizza pot pie-homemade sauce, a blend of cheeses and fresh ingredients wrapped up in Sicilian dough to create a totally unique twist on the regular open-face slice. And at Mangia Roma (1623 N Halsted St, 312-475-9801) classic Chicago stuffed, traditional thin crust, New York-style and Roman-style focaccia-like crusts topped with your choice of fresh sauce and ingredients makes this Lincoln Park neighborhood staple a one-stop-shop for everyone's preferred kind of pizza. The intimate dining space is served by a friendly wait staff but offers limited seating (only about a dozen tables total), however, Mangia is usually not crowded so don't worry about being able to sit down. We could go on all day about the variety of pizza joints in Lincoln Park, but there are so many other amazing culinary themes out there to cover, we'll just hit on one more popular establishment that has been in operation since 1970 and still produces some of the best tasting pie around. Pequod's Pizzeria (2207 N Clyboun Ave, 773-327-1512) has two options for pizza-thin crust or pan-on which you can pile on the toppings from a list of ingredients that includes ground beef, pepperoncini, black or green olives, jalapeno and fresh basil, in addition to the common onion, pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper and sausage. No matter what your preferred combo, Pequod's is a great pick to satisfy the pizza craving any time it strikes as they deliver until two in the morning every day except Sunday (when it's only open until midnight).
Okay, switching gears to an entirely different type of cuisine, Lincoln Park neighborhood offers residents and hungry diners from around the city an array of Eastern hemisphere fare with origins from China, Japan, Thailand, India and the Middle East. Once again, we can't begin to go into detail on every single Lincoln Park restaurant, but there are a handful of spots that will give an idea of what the area has to offer by way of Far East eatables. The neighborhood houses a number of great sushi places, that all pull quite a crowd-especially on weekend nights-however we've become regulars at a corner restaurant that claims to be Chicago's oldest Japanese eatery. With 25 years of operation under their belt, Itto Sushi (2616 N Halsted, 773-871-1800) must be doing something right! A seat at the bar is the most entertaining as you can watch the chefs prepare rolls with masterful artistry, but if you're with a group it makes more sense to eat in the main dining room. A light-filled sunroom offers guests a open, airy atmosphere and the extensive menu is packed with 50 different appetizers, traditional Maki rolls, cooked entrees, noodle dishes and, of course, sushi to order. One more feature that ranks Itto at the top of many Chicagoans' preferred place to get sushi is the fact that they have free parking-now, any Lincoln Park neighborhood resident will tell you parking is already hard enough to come by, but getting it free?-now that is unheard of! For a good Chinese food fix, Anne's Mandarin (1550 W Fullerton Ave, 773-348-0890) is an unassuming Lincoln Park storefront establishment that attracts a diverse group of patrons to its comfy cozy setting. Known for their delivery and catering deals, Anne's is still a great spot to grab a bite with a long list of starters, lunch specials, and main entrees of poultry, beef, seafood or vegetarian dishes.
Moving from East Asian gastronomy further west to cooking inspired by customary Indian plates, Hema's On Clark (2411 N Clark St, 773-529-1705) is some of the most outstanding and authentic Indian food you'll find in Lincoln Park, brought to Chicago by Hema Potla herself, a native of Hyderabad, India, who has compiled a menu of time-honored home-made recipes incorporating exotic spices and flavors. Over the years Hema has received awards and much acclaim for her Lincoln Park restaurant, justified by the unforgettable dishes and ambiance offered at both of Hema's Chicago locations. You can really taste the care and love that goes into the food here, like Hema spent all day in her kitchen seasoning the lamb curry and peas pilaf that you are feasting on. Whenever the need for a shish kabob or chicken shawarma beckons, Lincoln Parkers are fast to head to Fattoush Restaurant (2652 N Halsted St, 773-327-2652), where the service is great, the prices are reasonable and the food is delectable. Lebanese cuisine at its finest, this neighborhood hotspot for Middle Eastern fare is always hopping. We are big fans of the sandwiches that present a choice of beef, chicken, lamb, falafel or hummos filling rolled in a pita pocket. But if here for dinner, we like to splurge on the baked salmon samak with dill herbs, served with pita bread, salad and rice sprinkled with chopped almonds. And, unless you're not fond of the sweets, make sure to order the baklava for dessert with a cup of fresh ground Lebanese coffee, the perfect finish to your meal.
If you really want to go all out, Charlie Trotter's (816 W Armitage Ave, 773-248-6228) is considered by international culinary institutions to be one the finest restaurants in the world. Folks from all over make reservations at this Lincoln Park neighborhood landmark weeks (sometimes months) in advance to celebrate a special occasion or anniversary. Using organic seasonal ingredients, award-winning Chef Charlie Trotter creates daily-changing multi-course masterpieces for his guests that incorporate petite plates with a healthful and fresh take on gourmet dining. Just don't forget to bring the credit card because this kind of cuisine doesn't come cheap. Also known for their indulgent bill of fare, Geja's Cafe (340 W Armitage Ave, 773-281-9101) steps away from the typical restaurant experience with a hands-on approach to eating out. Geja's offers a unique and entertaining meal with a throwback to the 1960s fad of fondue parties. One of the few fondue places in the city, this romantic Lincoln Park neighborhood fixture is a popular favorite for couples who can dip the night away with melted cheese and chocolate sauces to coat skewered pieces of beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp, chicken breast, lobster tail and sea scallops entrees and banana, pineapple, strawberry, pound cake and marshmallow desserts. Who ever thought people would line up to go to a restaurant where you have to prepare you own meals!
At Nookies, Too (2114 N Halsted St, 773-327-1400)-the sequel to the popular Old Town diner-folks crowd the sidewalk out front on the weekends waiting for their chance to order dirt-cheap pancakes and eggs. This well-known Lincoln Park restaurant fulfills two basic needs: it's open all night on the weekends and the omelets are as big as your head. We're not kidding about the omelets-these things are massive, so unless you have a hollow leg, you might want to share one with a friend. People tend to visit Nookies for breakfast or brunch, but their lunch and dinner menu is excellent as well. The sandwiches are huge and come with a cup of soup and the big salads are-you guessed it-BIG, so you can bank on having to get a doggie bag to take home the rest after you've stuffed your belly. Toast (746 W Webster Ave, 773-935-5600) is another fashionable Lincoln Park breakfast/lunch spot that has made quite a name for itself. Distinct for its interior decor of vintage toasters, this hip little nook serves up oversized omelets and-our typical order-a mean strawberry-filled French toast that would be better identified as a dessert than a breakfast item. Because the space is small, there tends to be a wait on weekends for a table, but once you take of bite of your buttermilk pancake, crabby eggs Benedict (an English muffin topped with grilled snow crab, poached egg and white truffle hollandaise), lemon and sugar crepe, or breakfast burrito, you won't mind having to stand around for a few minutes beforehand.
Caffeine fiends will appreciate the impressive bean scene in Lincoln Park. Not surprisingly, you'll find plenty of Starbucks (of which there are too many to list here) scattered throughout this Chicago neighborhood, as well as other chain choices like Einstein Bros Bagels (2212 N Clybourn Ave, 773-549-9888, 2530 N Clark St, 773-244-9898 and 933 W Diversey Pkwy, 773-525-6217), Dunkin' Donuts (1982 N Clybourn Ave, 773-883-0045 and 801 West Diversey Pkwy, 773-871-8646) and Caribou Coffee (2453 N Clark St, 773-327-9923). But we have a soft spot for the independent shops where you can really get a taste for the local flavor. Books and antiques line the walls at Bourgeois Pig Cafe (738 W Fullerton Ave, 773-883-5282), where groups of college students, DePaul University professors and Lincoln Park residents pull a novel off the shelf to read or play a board game while sipping lattes and killer hot chocolate. The cafe also has a selection of yummy sandwiches-all named after well-known book titles to go along with the academic atmosphere-which make for a quick bite on your lunch break, or a nice evening snack in between study sessions. Argo Tea (958 W Armitage Ave, 773-388-1880) is one of our favorite Lincoln Park coffeehouses for their hand-picked teas and imported Italian coffees. Offering healthy drink options, it also prides itself on conserving environmental resources and using all-natural ingredients. The often crowded seating area affords comfy chairs and a pleasant setting for chatting with friends, reading the newspaper or a prime spot for people watching out the floor-to-ceiling front windows which look out onto Armitage Avenue's busy shopping district.
Best Shopping Stops
While we could spend all day eating our way through Lincoln Park, it's easy to get distracted by the numerous boutiques and retail stores tucked in among the restaurants and cafes.
Armitage Avenue, which runs east/west through the neighborhood's southern half, is great for boutique-style shopping. Both international and independent stores thrive in this area, appealing to a wide variety of shoppers. Big spenders will find plenty of designer apparel to suit their tastes, while bargain seekers like us love to uncover hidden treasures at the great consignment shops such as McShane's Exchange (815 W Armitage Ave, 773-525-0282). This two-story second-hand clothing store occupies a old house and is chockfull of great deals on designer digs. Sure they've been worn once or twice, but when you can get a Gucci coat for a quarter of the retail price, who's to complain?
Also on Armitage, Lush (859 W Armitage Ave, 773-281-5874) is a popular bath shop that stocks zany, wild-looking soaps with names like Honey I Washed the Kids and Karma Bubble Bar. One step inside this corner storefront and your senses are flooded with a mixture of fruity, floral, spicy and musky aromas that is overwhelming at first, but just wait a second for your nose to adjust and then take your time to browse the divine selection of soaps-great for gifts, but we always have to get something for ourselves as well. Speaking of gift ideas, Armitage Avenue has a handful of whimsy gift shops that bring an eclectic edge to the typical picture frame or coffee mug. Not your standard junk-filled kitschy souvenir store, Art Effect (934 W Armitage Ave, 773-929-3600) is an upscale Lincoln Park boutique with a selection of wares that run the gamut from oversized jeweled rings for $500 to sophisticated scented candles for $42 a piece. Of course, not everything in the place is that expensive-there are a lot of reasonably priced books and stationery for under $10, not to mention the collection of bath and body products and fun desk supplies. A few blocks down on the other side of the street is Glazed Expressions (717 W Armitage Ave, 312-867-1792) where you can get a completely original piece of gift-able pottery that is sure to be one-of-a-kind. That's because you design and paint it yourself. Just pick an unfinished mug, bowl, plate, vase or platter, get creative and give it your own personal artistic mark (maybe a simple 'I love Mom'), then they'll glaze and fire it for you, and voila!-you've got Mother's Day covered.
Continuing on our tour of Armitage Avenue's shopping district, shoe addicts will certainly fall off the wagon at Lori's Designer Shoes (824 W Armitage Ave, 773-281-5655). Always stocked with the latest European fashions and cutting-edge styles, it's nearly impossible to resist picking up a pair once inside this bustling shoe-lovers paradise, especially with the permanent sale racks carting fabulous deals on ultra hip footwear. Out of the West (1021 W Armitage Ave, 773-404-9378) is a Lincoln Park hot spot for chic Western wear, perfect for the urban cowboy. High-end denim, cowboy boots, leather belts, funky T-shirts and tasseled ranch jackets are their specialty. And fashionistas can check out the latest runway trends from international fashion designer and Chicago native, Cynthia Rowley (808 W Armitage Ave, 773-528-6160), at her Lincoln Park boutique. The simple storefront is modest and minimal, with a couple mannequins donning the designer's most recent endeavors for the modern woman. The price tags here are somewhat costly (she is a world-famous designers after all) but Cynthia Rowley enthusiasts are first to say her collections are worth every penny.
Armitage Avenue isn't the only place to spend your hard earned dough in Lincoln Park neighborhood. The businesses up Halsted Street offer national brands that boast some of the most popular styles in the country. With stores such as Lucky Brand Jeans (2048 N Halsted St, 773-975-8168), Arden B (2038 N Halsted St, 773-525-5091), and Bebe (2030 N Halsted St, 773-281-2323), this convenient Lincoln Park shopping strip si perfect for a little of everything: casual wear, dressy attire and hip accessories. Lincoln Park residents also find trendy home decor and furnishings in this section of the neighborhood at Ethan Allen (1700 N Halsted St, 312-573-2500) and Bedside Manor Ltd. (2056 N Halsted St, 773-404-2020). Whether you want to redo the entire house or just need a new accent piece for the living room, these classic interior design institutions make making over your Lincoln Park home a snap.
Our favorite staples are right around the corner from home, too, located nearby in an area known by 'hoodies as the Clybourn Corridor (at the intersection where Clybourn and North avenues meet Halsted Street). Home Depot (1232 W North Ave, 773-486-9200) has a location here with free parking for shoppers-a necessity if you're planning on hauling a dozen two-by-fours back home for that major shelf-building project. Crate and Barrel (850 W North Ave, 312-573-9800) and CB2 (800 W North Ave, 312-787-8329)-a new offspring of Crate and Barrel-supply a grand selection of home wares, kitchen needs, decorative items and seasonal dishes and knickknacks. So once you've got that new shelf completed, accessorize it with your purchases from Crate and Barrel or stop by Borders (755 W North Ave, 312-266-8060) to load up on reading material, which can also be stored in that lovely handmade shelving unit.
Night on the Town
The considerable number of students and young adults who reside in and around this Chicago neighborhood fuel the active nightlife in Lincoln Park. The main arteries of the neighborhood are lined with hundreds of bars, clubs, pubs and theaters. So whether you are in the mood to party until dawn, or to catch an early show, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago's hottest destinations.
If your drink of choice is a pint of Guinness, you're in luck (pun intended), Lincoln Park boasts a bunch of great authentic Irish pubs. The Hidden Shamrock (2723 N Halsted St, 773-883-0304) is a genuine Celtic-themed pub featuring brews from the British Isles and traditional Irish dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We truly feel like we're in Ireland here because we can count on most of the TVs to be tuned to rugby or soccer-something you don't often see in the typical American bar. Lincoln Park residents can also get in touch with their Irish sides at Halligan Bar (2274 N Lincoln Ave, 773- 472-7940). Owned by two Chicago city firefighters, it's named after a tool used by their profession since the 1940s to pry open locked doors. Fittingly decorated with vintage fire hoses, axes, jackets and an old hydrant, its dark wood walls adorned with mirrors and accented with Irish flags and Guinness beer posters add to this Lincoln Park bar's Irish character. And with $3 Guinness specials we can see why this place has loyal regulars. The River Shannon (425 W Armitage Ave, 312-944-5087) is an intimate Lincoln Park bar set off the beaten path on the corner of Armitage and Lincoln avenues that has been serving Lincoln Park locals since 1946. It's another neighborhood Irish pub with old world charm that offers a variety of Irish whiskeys and has over 40 beers to choose from. It's been around for over 60 years and you can feel its age. From the mosaic tile floors that are perpetually littered with peanut shells to the gorgeous oak bar, it's one of the best after work spots in the city.
A number of sports bars are sprinkled around the neighborhood as well and, depending on who you're rooting for, there are specific hotspots where you can convene with other likeminded fans. Michigan natives who have settled in Chicago have a few options to remind them of home. Tin Lizzie (2483 N. Clark St, 773-549-1132) broadcasts Michigan State University Spartans and Detroit Red Wings games-along with all the favorite Chicago-based teams-on big screen and flat screen TVs throughout the bar. They also have a good selection of beer on tap, basic bar menu options and live entertainment. The Gin Mill (2462 N Lincoln Ave, 773-549-3232) was founded by MSU grads who decked out the interior with lots of green and white Spartan flags and Detroit team posters. It's a great place to watch Michigan sports, but we also enjoy playing darts, shooting pool and listening to the DJ that spins tunes on Saturday nights. Notre Dame alumni should make their way over to the newly remodeled Wrightwood Tap (1059 W Wrightwood Ave, 773-549-4949), one of Lincoln Park's traditional watering holes where the Fighting Irish band together to catch all the games via satellite broadcast. Daily specials are a welcome treat with $2 domestic drafts and wells on Tuesdays and $3 microbrews and imports on Thursdays (and live music both days to boot).
For a little more excitement and entertainment than sports on TV and beer in your glass, Wise Fools Pub (2270 N Lincoln Ave, 773-929-1300) is a fun little Lincoln Park nightclub that offers live stand-up comedians and rockin' local musical groups. Following the tradition established by decades of live blues bands who performed at this small venue, Wise Fools continues to book a mix of acts that keep the crowds coming back for more. From the dimly-lit main bar area dark drapes give way to a room where the low stage invites an intimate show and no-nonsense enjoyment. The cover charge to get in is usually reasonable and beer prices are between three and four dollars-so drink up! On the other side of the neighborhood the U.S. Beer Company (1801 N Clybourn Ave, 773-871-7799) stakes its claim as a viable Lincoln Park music venue as well with several bands performing in the basement on weekend nights. The rest of the time this Lincoln Park neighborhood brewery is pretty chilled out with a casual vibe that is further instilled by its laid-back clientele. The U.S. Beer Co. has that comfortable exposed brick, warm lighting feel that is typical of many breweries and with two dozen beers on tap there's sure to be one to suit your tastes.
Lincoln Park has its share of swanky lounges and upscale bars for nights when we feel a little saucy.
We like the sophisticated ambiance and impressive martini selection at Cozmo's (2506 N Clybourn Ave, 773-404-7414). This trendy Lincoln Park nightclub is chic and made for drinking and lounging with a sleek, long bar in the front and luxurious circular ottomans in the back. House specialties include a chocolate cherry martini and white chocolate apple martini that go down smooth, but cost a pretty penny. One of Lincoln Park's newest en vogue hotspots is Landmark Grill and Lounge (1633 N Halsted St, 312-587-1600), another posh nightspot with an extensive cocktail list and plenty of room to wine and dine in style. The Landmark's uninhibited decor mixes leopard print upholstery with Persian rugs and bold colors. It doubles as a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, where patrons can sit up on a suspended catwalk to eat then head down to the bar below for a late-night night cap.
When all the other bars have closed and the night still feels young, you've got to head to one of Lincoln Park neighborhood's popular after-hours venues to keep the party going. Katacomb (1916 N Lincoln Park W, 312-337-4040) is a subterranean dance club that stays open until 4am Wednesday through Friday and 5am on Saturdays. Flickering candles throw mysterious shadows throughout the cave-like interior, while DJs spin Hip Hop, R&B, funk and dance tunes for a pulsating crowd. Neo (2350 N Clark St, 773-528-2622) is a late-night Lincoln Park dance club featuring techno, punk and rave. The space is lit by purple tinted black-lights and the glow of TV screens showing cult-favorite films. We recommend an outfit heavy on the black to blend with the predominantly Goth-culture clientele who hang here until the wee hours.
Looking for a little more culture for the night? Lincoln Park also boasts a reputable theater district with venues scattered throughout the neighborhood.
The Biograph Theatre (2433 N Lincoln Ave, 773-348-4123) is a famous Chicago landmark and one of the city's original cinemas. Rich in history, the Lincoln Park movie house is linked to events such as the demise of notorious bank robber John Dillinger in 1934. After attending a film here, Dillinger was gunned down in a nearby alley by an FBI sting that ended his 10-year run. Built in 1914, the movie venue has since been renovated and now serves as the home for Victory Gardens Theater (2257 N Lincoln Ave, 773-871-3000) where we'll splurge a little to see both world premiere plays and time-honored favorites light up the stage. Further up Lincoln Avenue, the Apollo Theatre (2540 N Lincoln Ave, 773-935-6100) offers audiences intimate performances with 440 seats spanning only 11 rows at the main stage-and a second, smaller studio popular for sketch comedy and improve acts.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company (1650 N Halsted St, 312-335-1650) is another highly respected, long-running theater in Lincoln Park neighborhood that has built up quite a notable reputation over the years. Launched in a church basement in the Chicago suburbs by young startups including Gary Sinise (perhaps best known today for his roll in Forest Gump as 'Lieutenant Dan'), Steppenwolf has gone on to receive international acclaim and produce many stage-to-screen celebs such as Joan Allen, John Malkovich and John Mahoney. Whether or not you are a theater buff, you'll be captivated by Steppenwolf's collaborative ensemble of actors who constantly take artistic risks to provide stimulating performances and broach thought-provoking issues. Just a couple doors down, the Royal George Theatre (1641 N Halsted St, 312-988-9000) is also a well-known Lincoln Park playhouse, boasting three separate stages that bring loads of laughs to sold-out audiences. Between the Main Stage, the Cabaret Theatre and the Great Room, the Royal George produces hilariously gut-busting national run shows such as numbers from the Reduced Shakespeare Company series and Late Nate Catechism.
For any of these Lincoln Park theaters it's best to get tickets in advance as the neighborhood has become quite the hotspot for seeing plays and enjoying Chicago's impressive showbiz scene.
Mark Your Calendar
Just when you start to tire of the same old hangouts, festive community celebrations and seasonal events hit the streets-and the parks-of Lincoln Park, revitalizing the neighborhood routine and providing both local residents and Chicagoans from around the city with a little something special to shake up the regular schedule.
In warm-weather months, we wait for Wednesdays and Saturdays to stock up on fresh produce brought in by local farmers to the popular Chicago's Green City Market (1750 N Clark St, 847-424-2486), located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Park (the park, not the neighborhood). Baskets in hand, city folk flock to the open-air stands for garden-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers and hand-made baked goods. The market runs from mid-May through the end of October, so Lincoln Parkers can skip the produce aisles at the grocery store and stop by the stalls for some old-school shopping-at least until fall is in full swing. Also hosting a weekly farmer's market, the parking lot at Lincoln Park High School off Armitage Avenue draws a considerable crowd on Saturday mornings from May through October. Not as extensive as the Green City Market, the booths here still attract the best crops from area harvesters and even food from out-of-state farms, not to mention some beautiful floral bouquets and mouthwateringly delicious home-baked treats. The Lincoln Park Zoo also has its own farmer's market every fourth Sunday of the month. Take our advice: Get there early, as the best-looking produce is always the first to go.
Maybe not quite as healthy, but equally tasty-Pizza Fest (2400 N Racine Ave, 773-868-301) honors Chicago's love of the stuff. Always the last weekend in June, live music, cold beer, arts and crafts and every kind of pizza you can imagine make this two-day summer festival fun-and filling. The Taste of Lincoln Avenue (2400 N Lincoln Ave, 773-868-3010) is another summertime party (one of the most popular) built on the principle of good eating. During the last weekend in July, 300 vendors and five entertainment stages take over Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood avenues in an all-out celebration of everything this Chicago neighborhood has to offer. Join over 50,000 visitors who pack the street to enjoy a mini-Taste of Chicago, sampling food from local restaurants and listening to the sounds of bands from around the country. Families are big fans of this festival, too, as an entire Kids Carnival is set up on Altgeld Street with face painting, pony rides, magic acts, a moonwalk, petting zoo and other children's activities. Lincoln Park Summerfest (2000 N Clark St, 773-665-4682) isn't just another excuse to eat more, drink more and have more fun ... although that would be fine with us. Known for its upscale art show, live music and entertainment for kids, this mid-June festival is first and foremost a family affair. Especially since we discovered there's no better gift than taking Dad to the annual Father's Day brunch. He'll love the gourmet spread catered by first-rate Lincoln Park restaurants-plus, it means we don't have to cook.
For a single day in early October, regular folks will find it difficult to stroll, bike, drive or blade down a few of Lincoln Park neighborhood's main avenues ... that's because some 45,000 runners participating in the Chicago Marathon will get in your way. Instead, slip in among the thousands of spectators assembled along Clark and Sedgwick streets to cheer on the mass of hard-core competitors that range from career Marathoners to first-time participants. If 26.2 miles seems like a cinch and you want to take part, make sure to register early because spots are limited and fill months in advance. In winter, leave it to the Lincoln Park Zoo to coax us out of our warm, cozy homes to happily wander about in the bitter cold. The Zoolights Festival (220 N Cannon Dr, 312-742-2000) is a magical exhibit that runs from late November through the first of the year. Larger-than-life models of animals are decked in thousands of lights, brilliantly illuminating the zoo grounds. Evening visits to the intricate display of holiday decorations is thrilling-and chilling-so don't forget to bundle up.
There are lots of ways to get around Lincoln Park-one of which is using your own two feet. One great benefit of this Chicago neighborhood is that almost everything is within walking distance. But when you're running late, it's too cold, or you're just feeling lazy, there are taxis galore. Just pick a spot on the curb at on of the main thoroughfares and stick out your hand-cabs will appear instantly. The tough part is finding one that isn't already occupied.
Saving cash? We try, so we rely as much as possible on the city buses and trains to get us where we need to go. Chicago's public transportation system (the CTA) is one of the best in the country-convenient and accessible. The 'El' (named for the fact that some lines run on elevated tracks) takes passengers on a straight shot through DePaul University's campus and the center of Lincoln Park. The underground Red Line train stops at North and Clybourn and at Fullerton Avenue, while the Brown Line makes four stops in the neighborhood: at Armitage, Fullerton, Diversey and Sedgwick avenues. A trip to any downtown destination from either the Red or Brown line is easy and fast as they both head directly into the city's center. And the Brown Line operates on an elevated track and heads south around the Loop affording wonderful up-close views of the buildings while you travel.
Multiple bus lines pass through Lincoln Park running both north/south and east/west. The #72 North Avenue bus is a useful route for heading west to the hipsters areas of Bucktown and Wicker Park. And passengers can get off at Damen Avenue to catch the Blue Line El, which goes out to O'Hare International Airport. When we need to get downtown from the neighborhood we usually hop on the #151 bus which takes us to the heart of Chicago, traveling along the eastern edge of the city. It should take about 15 minutes, but we admit, the buses are often slow, so try to allow extra time when possible.
If you plan to have a car in the city, remember that parking is a hidden cost of living in Lincoln Park. Although many homes have a garage or rear parking space, the rest of us duke it out for spots on the street. Purchase of separate city and neighborhood stickers are required for vehicles regularly parked on city streets in Lincoln Park and the stickers have to be renewed annually. And even if you do have your own garage, when you leave it, everyone's in the same boat for finding a space in the neighborhood's business districts. For the most part, meters line the main commercial avenues and the side streets offer random spots here and there, as long as you've mastered those parallel parking skills. Restricted by residential zone permits between certain hours, street parking is fairly limited in the evenings and visitors will need a temporary pass to avoid a $50 ticket. On the upside, Lincoln Park residents have nearby access to both interstate 90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) to the west and Lake Shore Drive to the east, making commutes fairly quick and easy.
School's in Session
Lincoln Park is home to educational facilities that range from grade school to college level, with one of the nation's most distinguished universities serving as the anchor of the academic community in this near north side Chicago neighborhood.
Founded in 1898 by a religious mission known as the Vincentians who first called the school St. Vincent's College, DePaul University (2320 N Kenmore Ave, 773-687-1000) continues to be a thriving private Catholic institution that has produced many of country's celebrated civil leaders, politicians, professional athletes, musicians and film stars. DePaul offers more than two hundred undergraduate and graduate programs that are recognized for creating a challenging educational environment with hands-on learning experiences and high caliber professors. Located in the center of Lincoln Park, DePaul adds a youthful element to the neighborhood. The campus occupies 36 acres and houses around 3,000 students in its residential halls. The overflow of students lives nearby in attractive brownstone walk-ups and rental apartments. A mixture of contemporary and older university buildings are concentrated between Halsted and Racine streets, pushing north to Webster Avenue and south past Fullerton. Conveniences such as a grocery store, post office, public library and El stop cater to the student population, and are handy for any Lincoln Park resident's daily routines. The area surrounding DePaul is vibrant and lively with a college town feel, making Lincoln Park a go-to spot for weekend entertainment and nighttime fun.
Families find Lincoln Park has many public and private schools to choose from. In addition to the following list, you can find more information on Chicago area schools at our Chicago Guide Schools page.
Alcott Elementary 2625 N Orchard St - (773) 534-5460
Arts of Living 1855 N Sheffield Ave - (773) 534-8586
DePaul University 2320 N Kenmore Ave - (773) 687-1000
Francis W. Parker High 330 W Webster Ave - (773) 797-5110
Lincoln Elementary 615 W Kemper Pl - (773) 534-5720
Lincoln Park High School 2001 N Orchard St - (773) 534-8130
Newberry Math & Science Academy 700 W Willow St - (773) 534-8000
Oscar F. Mayer Elementary 2250 N Clifton Ave - (773) 534-5535
St. Clement School 2524 N Orchard St - (773) 348-8212
St. James Lutheran School 2101 N Fremont St - (773) 525-4990
St. Josaphat School 2245 N Southport Ave - (773) 549-0909
We've compiled a sampling of some of the places you can get your bare necessities in Lincoln Park neighborhood, from toothpaste to tomatoes, packages to Pilates classes.
Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W Fullerton Ave - (312) 744-1926
Chicago Transit Authority (888) 968-7282
US Post Office 2405 N Sheffield Ave - (773) 929-7041
CVS 2414 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 665-8126
Dominick's 959 W Fullerton Ave - (773) 248-0049
Parkway Drugs 2342 N Clark St - (773) 549-2720
Walgreens 1520 W Fullerton Ave (737) 929-6968; 2317 N Clark St - (773) 929-0760
Children's Memorial 2300 N Childrens Plz # 50 - (773) 880-4000
Lincoln Park Hospital 550 W Webster Ave - (773) 883-2000
Aldi 2600 N Clybourn Ave
Apple Market 2345 N Clark St - (773) 871-2916
Big Apple Finer Foods 2345 N Clark St - (773) 880-5800
Carnival Foods 458 W Dickens Ave - (773) 472-2929
Dominick's Finer Foods 959 W Fullerton Ave - (773) 248-0049; 2550 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 935-5777
Lincoln Food 2306 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 665-9047
Lincoln Park Market 2500 N Clark St - (773) 477-9372
Omni Food Store 2550 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 477-2926
Parkwest Food Mart 2733 N Halsted St - (773) 477-2099
R&A Grocery 2601 N Halsted St - (773) 327-0212
Sunflower Market 1910 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 348-4667
Trader Joe's 1840 N Clybourn Ave - (312) 274-9733
Treasure Island 2121 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 880-8880
Whole Foods Market 1000 W North Ave - (312) 587-0648
Wrightwood Food Mart 1324 W Wrightwood Ave - (773) 327-4133
Bally Total Fitness 1455 W Webster Ave - (773) 929-8114
Crunch Fitness 1455 W Webster Ave - (773) 929-8114
Fitness Experts 2000 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 770-0162
Lakeshore Athletic Club 1320 W Fullerton Ave - (773) 477-9888
Lincoln Park Athletic Club 1019 W Diversey Pkwy - (773) 529-2022
Lincoln Park Fitness Center 444 W Fullerton Pkwy - (773) 281-8715
Webster Fitness Club 957 W Webster Ave - (773) 248-2006
MassagesThe Body Work & Massage Source - 2632 N Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 60614 (773) 244-9393
The following are just a taste of the dining, shopping and entertainment Lincoln Park has to offer. Discover the rest as you explore the neighborhood for yourself.
Chicago Historical Society 1601 N Clark St - (312) 642-4600
Lincoln Park Conservatory 2000 N Racine Ave - (773) 883-7275
Lincoln Park Cultural Center 2045 N Lincoln Park West - (312) 742-7726
Lincoln Park/North Avenue Beach
Lincoln Park Zoo 2200 N Cannon Dr - (312) 742-2000
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N Cannon Dr - (773) 755-5100
Adams Park 1919 N Seminary Ave - (312) 742-7787
Lincoln Park 2045 Lincoln Park West - (312) 742-7726
Oz Park 2021 N Burling St - (312) 742-7898
Stanton Park 618 W Scott St - (312) 742-7896
Trebes Park 2250 N Clifton Ave - (312) 742-7769
Apollo Theater Center 2540 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 935-6100
Biograph Theatre 2433 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 348-4123
B.L.U.E.S 2519 N Halsted St - (773) 528-1012
Park West 322 W Armitage Ave - (773) 929-1322
Royal George Theatre Center 1641 N Halsted St - (312) 988-9000
Steppenwolf Theatre Company 1650 N Halsted St - (312) 335-1650
Victory Gardens Theatre 2257 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 871-3000
Webster Place Theaters 1471 W Webster Ave - (773) 327-3100
Chicago's Green City Market 1750 N Clark St - (847) 424-2486
Chicago Marathon 1750 N Clark to Stockton Dr
Lincoln Park Summerfest - 2000 N Clark St - (773) 665-4682
Pizza Fest - 2400 N Racine Ave - (773) 868-3010
Taste of Lincoln Avenue 2400 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 868-3010
Zoolights Festival 220 N Cannon Dr - (312) 742-2000
Glazed Expressions 717 W Armitage Ave - (312) 867-1792
Cynthia Rowley 808 W Armitage Ave - (773) 528-6160
McShane's Exchange 815 W Armitage Ave - (773) 525-0282
Isis on Armitage 823 W Armitage Ave - (773) 665-7290
Lori's Designer Shoes 824 W Armitage Ave - (773) 281-5655
L'Occitane 846 W Armitage Ave - (773) 477-3900
Active Endeavors 853 W Armitage Ave - (773) 281-8100
Lush Cosmetics 859 W Armitage Ave - (773) 281-5874
1154 Lill Studio 904 W Armitage Ave - (773) 477-5455
Dog-A-Holics 904 W Armitage Ave - (773) 857-5787
Art Effect 934 W Armitage Ave - (773) 929-3600
Studio 910 1007 W Armitage Ave - (773) 929-2400
Mint Julep 1013 W Armitage Ave - (773) 296-2997
Tabula Tua 1015 W Armitage Ave - (773) 525-3500
Faded Rose 1017 W Armitage Ave - (773) 281-8161
Out of the West 1021 W Armitage Ave - (773) 404-9378
Fortunate Discoveries 1022 W Armitage Ave - (773) 404-0212
Panache 2252 N Clark St - (773) 477-4537
Nonpareil 2300 N Clark St - (773) 477-2933
Holtzmann's on Clark 2304 N Clark St - (773) 529-0010
Dave's Records 2604 N Clark St - (773) 929-6325
Best Buy 2650 N Clark St - (773) 388-2920
Untitled 2707 N Clark St - (773) 404-9225
Hanig's Slipper Box 2754 N Clark St - (773) 248-1977
Graystone Home 2937 N Clark St - (773) 388-9992
Jos. A. Bank 1847 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 472-7600
Crate and Barrel 1864 N Clybourn Ave - (312) 787-4775
Jayson Home & Garden 1885 N Clybourn Ave (800) 472-1885
Relax the Back Store 1925 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 348-2225
Momentum 2001 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 525-7866
Plato's Closet 2150 N Clybourn - (773) 549-2070
Cynthia's Consignments 2218 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 248-7714
Dilly Lily 742 W Fullerton Ave - (773) 404-0602
Chicago Center for the Print 1509 W Fullerton Ave - (773) 477-1585
Ethan Allen 1700 N Halsted St - (312) 573-2500
Bebe 2030 N Halsted St - (773) 281-2323
Endo-Exo Apothecary 2034 N Halsted St - (773) 525-0500
Arden B. 2038 N Halsted St - (773) 525-5091
Lucky Brand Jeans 2048 N Halsted St - (773) 975-8168
Aroma Workshop 2050 N Halsted St - (773) 871-1985
Bedside Manor Ltd. 2056 N Halsted St - (773) 404-2020
Origins 2130 N Halsted St - (773) 871-0702
Buy Popular Demand 2629 N Halsted St - (773) 868-0404
Home Depot 2665 N Halsted St - (773) 472-7740
White Elephant Shop 2380 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 883-6184
Elliott Consignment 2465 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 404-6080
DvA Gallery 2568 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 871-4382
Borders 755 W North Ave - (312) 266-8060
CB2 800 W North Ave - (312) 787-8329
Crate and Barrel 850 W North Ave - (312) 573-9800
Banana Republic 917 W North Ave - (312) 266-1006
Best Buy 1000 W North Ave - (312) 988-4067
Home Depot 1232 W North Ave - (773) 486-9200
Roy's Furniture Company 2455 N Sheffield Ave - (773) 248-7878
Underthings 804 W Webster Ave - (773) 472-9291
Isabella Fine Lingerie 1101 W Webster Ave - (773) 281-2352
Cotelac 1159 W Webster - (773) 281-2330
Sister-Arts Studio 721 W Wrightwood - (773) 929-7274
Bacchus 2242 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 477-5238
Beaumont 2020 N Halsted St - (773) 281-0177
Buffalo Wild Wings (B W 3's) 2464 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 868-9453
Corner Pocket 2610 N Halsted St - (773) 281-0050
Cozmo's 2506 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 404-7414
Delilah's 2771 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 472-2771
Duke's Bar & grill 2616 N Clark St - (773) 248-0250
Flounder's Bar & Grill 2201 North Clybourn Ave - (773) 472-9920
Gin Mill 2462 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 549-3232
Glascott Saloon 2158 N Halsted St - (773) 281-1205
GoodBar 2512 N Halsted St - (773) 296-9700
Griffin's Public House 2710 N Halsted St - (773) 525-7313
Halligan Bar - 2274 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 472-7940
Hidden Shamrock 2723 N Halsted St - (773) 883-0304
Hog head McDunna's 1505 W Fullerton Ave - (773) 929-0944
Irish Eyes 2519 N Lincoln Ave - (773) 348-9548
John Barleycorn 2142 N Clybourn Ave - (773) 348-0414
Katacomb 1916 N Lincoln Park W - (312) 337-4040
Kendall's 2263 N Lincoln Ave (773) 348-7200
Kincade's Bar & Grill 950 W Armitage Ave (773) 348-0010
Kingston Mines 2548 N Halsted St (773) 477-4647
Landmark Grill and Lounge 1633 N Halsted St (312) 587-1600
Lion Head Pub 2251 N Lincoln Ave (773) 348-5100
Local Option 1102 W Webster Ave (773) 435-3136
Mickey's Snack Bar 2450 N Clark St (773) 435-0007
Nic and Dino's Tripoli Tavern 1147 W Armitage Ave (773) 477-4400
Neo 2350 N Clark St (773) 528-2622
Ravens 2326 N Clark St (773) 348-1774
Red Lion Pub 2446 N Lincoln Ave (773) 348-2695
River Shannon 425 W Armitage Ave (312) 944-5087
Tin Lizzie 2483 N. Clark St (773) 549-1132
Tonic Room 2447 N Halsted St (773) 248-8400
U.S. Beer Company 1801 N Clybourn Ave (773) 871-7799
Wise Fools Pub 2270 N Lincoln Ave (773) 929-1300
Wrightwood Tap 1059 W Wrightwood Ave (773) 549-4949
Zella 1983 N Clybourn Ave (773) 549-2910
Charlie Trotter's 816 W Armitage Ave (773) 248-6228
Clarke's Diner 2441 N Lincoln Ave (773) 472-3505
Dunlays on Clark 2602 N Clark St (773) 883-5101
Four Farthings 2060 N Cleveland (773) 935-2060
Geja's Cafe 340 W Armitage Ave (773) 281-9101
J. Alexander's 1832 N Clybourn Ave (773) 435-1018
John's Place 1200-1202 W Webster Ave (773) 525-6670
Karyn's 1901 N Halsted St (312) 255-1590
Minnies 1969 N Halsted St (312) 943-9900
Nookies, Too 2114 N Halsted St (773) 327-1400
North Pond 2610 N Cannon Dr (773) 477-5845
R.J. Grunts 2056 N Lincoln Ave (773) 929-5363
State Restaurant and Cafe 935 W Webster Ave (773) 975-8030
Tilli's 1952 N Halsted St (773) 325-0044
Toast 746 W Webster Ave (773) 935-5600
Wiener's Circle 2622 N Clark St (773) 477-7444
Fiesta Mexicana 2423 N Lincoln Ave (773) 348-4144
Jaimitos Burritos 1781 N Clybourn Ave (312) 397-9009
La Bamba 2557 N Halsted St (773) 477-7491
Lalo's Mexican Restaurant 1960 N Clybourn Ave (773) 880-5256
Taco & Burrito Palace #2 2459 N Halsted St (773) 248-0740
Twisted Lizard 1964 N Sheffield Ave (773) 929-1414
Zia a New Mexican Cafe 340 W Armitage Ave (773) 525-6959
Alinea 1723 N Halsted St (312) 867-0110
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 2024 N Halstead St (773) 935-5000
Emilio's Tapas 444 W Fullerton Ave (773) 327-5100
Anne's Mandarin 1550 W Fullerton Ave (773) 348-0890
Bangkok Star Restaurant 1443 W Fullerton Ave (773) 348-8868
Cho Sun Ok Restaurant 4200 N Lincoln Ave (773) 549-5555
Green Tea Japanese Restaurant 2206 N Clark St (773) 883-8812
Hey Sushi 2630 N Clark St (773) 248-3900
Itto Sushi 2616 N Halsted (773) 871-1800
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant 2473 N Clark St (773) 975-7033
Sai Cafe 2010 N Sheffield (773) 472-8080
Shine & Morida 901-903 W Armitage Ave (773) 296-0101
Sushi O Sushi 346 W Armitage Ave (773) 871-4777
Sushi Para II 2256 N Clark St (773) 477-3219
Tsuki Japanese Restaurant 1441-1445 W Fullerton Ave (773) 883-8722
Ambria 2300 N Lincoln Park (773) 472-5959
Cafe Bernard 2100 N Halsted St (773) 871-2100
La Fette 163 W North Ave (312) 397-6300
Mon Ami Gabi 2300 N Lincoln Park W (773) 348-8886
Basil Leaf Cafe 2460 N Clark St (773) 935-3388
Enoteca Piattini 934 W Wester Ave (773) 935-8466
Sausalito 543 W Diversey Pkwy (866) 348-4306
Tarantino's 1112 W Armitage Ave (773) 871-2929
Vinci 1732 N Halsted St (312) 266-1199
Amato's Pizza 953 W Willow St (312) 640-1299
Bacino's Pizzeria 2204 N Lincoln Ave (773) 472-7400
Cafe Luigi 2548 N Clark St (773) 404-0200
Chicago's Pizza & Oven Grinder Co. 2121 N Clark St (773) 248-2570
Domino's 2231 N Lincoln Ave (773) 665-7232
Edwardo's Natural Pizza 2662 N Halsted St (773) 871-3400
Gioio's Beef Stand Pizzeria 2572 N Clark St (773) 248-7777
HomeMade Pizza 850 W Armitage Ave (773) 248-2900
Lincoln Park Pizza 2245 N Lincoln Ave (773) 244-9484
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria 958 W Wrightwood Ave (773) 832-4030
Mangia Roma 1623 N Halsted St (312) 475-9801
My Pie Pizzeria 2417 N Clark St (773) 929-3380
O'Fame 750 W Webster Ave (773) 929-5111
Pat's Pizzeria 2679 N Lincoln Ave (773) 248-0168
Pequod's Pizzeria 2207 N Clyboun Ave (773) 327-1512
Pizza Capri 1733 N Halsted St (312) 280-5700
Ranalli's on Clark 2301 N Clark St (773) 244-2300
Tomato Head Pizza Kitchen 1001 W Webster Ave (773) 404-8010
Via Carducci's Italian Eatery 1419 W Fullerton Ave (773) 665-1981
Half Shell Restaurant 676 W Diversey Pkwy (773) 549-1773
King Crab Tavern & Seafood Grill 1816 N Halsted St (312) 280-8990
Local Shack 1102 W Webster Ave (773) 435-3136
Middle Eastern Cuisine
Fattoush Restaurant 2652 N Halsted St (773) 327-2652
Maza 2748 N Lincoln Ave (773) 929-9600
Pars Cove Restaurant 435 W Diversey Pkwy (773) 549-1515
Sinbad's 444 West Fullerton Pkwy (773) 525-2233
Athenian Room 807 W Webster Ave (773) 348-5155
Cafe Nosh 2665 N Clark St (773) 388-2295
Lincoln Town Gyros 800 W Altgeld St (773) 929-9411
Essence of India 4601 N Lincoln Ave (773) 506-0002
Green Curry House 2415 N Clark Ave (773) 525-7302
Hema's on Clark 2411 N Clark St (773) 529-1705
Indian Grill 2258 N Clark St (773) 477-8000
Raj Darbar Indian Restaurant 2660 N Halsted St (773) 348-1010
Ambrosia Cafe 1963 N Sheffield Ave (773) 404-4450
Argo Tea 958 W Armitage Ave (773) 388-1880
Bourgeois Pig Cafe 738 W Fullerton Ave (773) 883-5282
Caribou Coffee 2453 N Clark St (773) 327-9923
Dunkin' Donuts 1982 N Clybourn Ave (773) 883-0045; 801 West Diversey Pkwy (773) 871-8646
Einstein Bros Bagels 2212 N Clybourn Ave (773) 549-9888; 2530 N Clark St (773) 244-9898; 933 W Diversey Pkwy (773) 525-6217
Monterotondo Trattoria Italia 612 W Wrightwood Ave (773) 883-7273
Savor the Flavor 2545 N Sheffield Ave (773) 883-5287
Starbucks 2200 N Halsted St (773) 935-2622
2275 N Lincoln Ave (773) 832-4313; 1001 W Armitage Ave (773) 528-1340
2200 N Clybourn Ave (773) 248-0908; 1002 W Diversey Pkwy (773) 665-1888
1157 W Wrightwood Ave (773) 528-3149; 2475 N Lincoln Ave (773) 528-1275
2063 N Clark St (773) 525-6231; 2525 1/2 N Clark St (773) 296-0898
2454 N Ashland Ave (773) 549-4482; 1245 W Fullerton Ave (773) 327-9761
959 W Fullerton Ave (773) 248-0049
Siena Coffee 2308 N Clark St (773) 665-7182
Screenz Computing Center 2717 N Clark St (773) 348-9300
Austrian Bakery 2523 N Clark St (773) 244-9922
Ethel's Chocolate Lounge 819 W Armitage Ave (773) 281-0029
Sweet Mandy B's 1208 W Webster Ave (773) 244-1174
Swirlz Cupcakes 705 W Belden (773) 404-2253
Treats Frozen Desserts 2224 N Clark St (773) 472-6656
Vosges Haut-Chocolate 951 W Armitage Ave (773) 296-9886
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