Links of Interest
Distance to Downtown Chicago
Average Drive Times
12 minutes to Chicago Loop
27 minutes to O’Hare Airport
25 minutes to Midway Airport
As you travel north from Chicago’s Loop and Gold Coast neighborhoods, you will find yourself in greater Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is a neighborhood of Chicago brownstones, Victorians, 2-flats, 3-flats, single family homes as well as many of Chicago’s finest highrises – You will find great Chicago condos as well as townhomes and single family homes here. The Lincoln Park neighborhood is home to affordable apartments, quiet flats, and luxury highrises. Things to do in Lincoln Park abound – You’ll find a myriad of fine restaurants, night spots, boutiques and theaters. A favorite of young professionals and families, the sophisticated Lincoln Park neighborhood presents a mix of mansions and two-flats, apartment dwellers and home owners.
Like any Chicago neighborhoods, Lincoln Park’s boundaries are somewhat malleable. However it’s commonly agreed that Lincoln Park stretches from Diversey Parkway on the north, Clybourn Avenue on the west, North Avenue (or a little further south) on the south, and Lake Michigan on the east.
Lincoln Park holds miles of stunning lake views, beaches, greenery, lagoons and paths. Lincoln Park is a refuge for joggers, tennis players, golfers, cyclists, and softball players, as well as visitors to Lincoln Park Zoo, The Chicago History Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, and the park's nature preserves, crewing lagoon, and marinas. The park itself parallels Chicago’s lakefront and runs from the Gold Coast north to Edgewater.
As adaptive reuse architecture has transformed old schools, churches, warehouses and factories into desirable living spaces, Lincoln Park's boundaries have pushed north, south and east through the years. Within Lincoln Park, you will find the many smaller neighborhoods, including DePaul and Old Town.
Lincoln Park is home to two of the top magnet schools in the Chicagoland area, LaSalle Language Academy and Newberry Math & Science Academy. Students from both schools produce high scores on standardized tests. Private schools, attended by many of the area’s students include the Francis Parker School and St. Ignatious College Prep.
Just northwest of the corner of Wells Street and North Avenue is the charming Lincoln Park enclave known as the Old Town or Old Town Triangle. The neighborhood has quaint narrow streets-some paved with bricks-and historic cottages, row homes, brownstones and townhouses. Old Town is charmingly desirable.
You’ll find everything from studios and one bedrooms in Old Town to larger apartments and single family homes. North Wells Street evolved as a hip and cool counterculture neighborhood in the 1960s, and became home to many Chicago institutions, including our own Second City players, O’Brien’s restaurant and the famous Fireplace Inn.
Northwest along Lincoln Avenue at Fullerton, the Lincoln Park community of DePaul takes its name from century-old DePaul University, whose campus is the neighborhood's focal point. Other outstanding schools in the area include the local Lincoln Park High School and the popular Francis Parker independent day school. DePaul offers stately single-family and multiple-unit housing, including original Chicago row homes with ornamented Victorian facades. The neighborhood has restored greystones and newer homes designed by top Chicago architects. Not just a home to students, some of Chicago’s most luxurious properties are located in DePaul. Filled with many nightlife and dining options such as the uber-luxurious Charlie Trotter’s, right down to late night joints such as the world famous Demon Dog’s hotdog stand! Nearby are Wrightwood and Sheffield, two areas that share many of the same characteristics and housing stock. Southwest is Ranch Triangle, an area adjacent to Clybourn Avenue.
St. Joseph Hospital which has specialties in cancer treatment, psychiatry and cardiology is nearby; Childrens’ Memorial Hospital is a trauma center that treats children exclusively.
Ease of transportation is one of the most appealing benefits of Lincoln Park. Within a few miles of downtown, it’s a lovely walk or bicycle ride on a summer day. Lincoln Park is served by multiple lines on the CTA – The brown, purple and red lines – reaching downtown in minutes. In addition, buses run on Fullerton, Halsted, Diversey Parkway and Lincoln Avenue, ensuring that you’re never more than a block or two away from a quick trip to The Loop. The Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) exits are west on North Avenue and Fullerton.