Neighborhood watch: Lincoln Park, Chicago

Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most famous neighborhoods. History, food and entertainment encompass this neighborhood which make it a great place to live in Chicago. Lincoln Park has a long standing history of fantastic real estate, including a record $50,000,000 listing, but this article will highlight what it’s like to actually live in this wonderful neighborhood. This article will look at what day to day life is like in Lincoln Park and what you can expect to have access to should you move here.


Lincoln Park has an abundant history and as with the rest of Chicago some of the history is mobster related. On February 14th, 1929, on Clark Street in Lincoln Park, Al Capone allegedly planned the murder of George “Bugs” Malone in what is now known as the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre. One of the most famous lines in gangster history was uttered when the sole survivor, with 14 gunshot wounds, stated “no one shot me” in allegiance to his fellow mobsters. Local residents will see tour buses regularly passing, the now retirement home where the massacre happened, on a weekly basis. 

The Chicago Wheel was first featured at the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 but you may know the Chicago Wheel as a ferris wheel. This first ever ferris wheel resided in Lincoln Park for almost 10 years in the late 1800’s.

Lincoln Park History and Culture


Lincoln Park has a variety of food for any budget. From street tacos to one of the top 25 restaurants in the world, Lincoln Park has every type of food you could want. RJ Grunts located at the corner of Lincoln Park West and Dickens was the first in the, now, nation-wide group of restaurants called Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. R.J. Grunts grunts offers a variety of great bar food and drink, and is home to the first all you can eat salad bar ever created. Try the buffalo chicken nachos, the patty melt and the chicken quesadilla and you will be in awe! The location is perfect too, as you can stop here right after visiting the zoo or the beach. 

Pasta Palazzo located on Halsted street boasts some of the best Italian food in the city. This small local favorite offers fantastic pasta and has even been given high praise by local and national press. Try the baked goat cheese, penne funghi and the conchiglie classico. 

Next up is, not just Chicago famous, but world famous Alinea. Located on Halsted street just a bit away from Pasta Palazzo Alinea boasts the record of top 25 restaurant in the world. Alinea focuses on being on the cutting edge of the possibilities of food so their menu is always changing. While the experience is not cheap everything about this restaurant will live in your memory for the rest of your life.


Lincoln Park has a vast array of entertainment options available. One of the many great features of this neighborhood are the choices and endless possibilities of activities and fun. Lincoln Park is aptly named for its fabulous and huge park. The park is located on Lake Michigan and entering the park is similar to escaping the city. Greenery, ponds, a free zoo and even a Michelin Star restaurant are all located in the park. Step outside and be away from it all with fabulous views of the city. 

North Avenue Beach allows us Chicagoans to live the tropical life during the warmer months. Located just off of the park this massive beach has volleyball courts, a bar and plenty of water activities to enjoy. Most people head to the beach to sunbathe and take a dip in the lake but others head out for a run on the beautiful lakefront. 

Kingston Mines is located in Lincoln Park and is considered one of the premier blues club in the country. Founded in 1968 this club gets the party started at 1:00 AM with a rotating stage and fabulous music. Come check out some of the best music at the oldest continuously operating blues club in Chicago!

Lincoln Park, Chicago has it all and if you are considering moving to Chicago this is a great place to live. Beautiful architecture, endless entertainment and wonderful green space encompass one of Chicago’s most famous neighborhood and is a great place for any type of person.


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