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Best things to do in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Zoo
“Lincoln Park was not always the beautiful park it is today. Back in the 1800’s is was the location of the City Cemetery. Now home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond and so much more! ”
458 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“I take comedy classes here and their shows are fantastic- classic place that gave us Tina Fey and many more.”
238 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“One of the best deep dish pizza places in Chicago, will get the best experience with deep dish and a caramelized crust.”
141 locals recommend
Beach
“Younger scene, has bar that looks like titanic on beach, nearby Chicago Downtown activities. If you go North the beaches get cleaner and nicer and less crowded.”
124 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“One of the best blues bars in the city. Open until 4. I promise you will have a good time.”
125 locals recommend
History Museum
“Chicago History Museum was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. It is located in Lincoln Park at 1601 North Clark Street at the intersection of North Avenue in the Old Town Triangle neighborhood. ”
96 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Au Cheval took Chicago by storm with its craveable burgers & fries. Small Cheval satisfies those cravings by serving only their burgers & fries.”
67 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“An all time favorite Tapas place. Always bustling, louder atmosphere and fun, diverse menu. ”
68 locals recommend
Garden
“A tranquil place with lots to see. Step outside and catch a glimpse of our amazing skyline!”
63 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Not really a zoo, but has two awe inspiring live exhibits, butterflies and tropical birds. Lots of fun kid activities. Short walk from Lincoln Park Zoo, houses the winter farmers market every other Saturday morning from Oct. thru April. By North Pond, a great birding spot in spring and summer. ”
66 locals recommend
Karaoke Bar
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“In Lincoln Park, Chicago’s motto “Urbs in horto”—or “City in a Garden”—truly comes to life. Historic churches and handsome brick row houses nestled within landmark districts sit next to peaceful parks, while quiet, tree-lined residential areas give way to bustling business corridors. Armitage Avenue is lined with independent boutiques and high-end retailers; Clark Street is packed with casual cafes, ethnic restaurants and sweet shops that spill out onto the sidewalks during warm weather; and Lincoln Avenue buzzes all night with bars and taverns that cater to the young college crowd from the nearby DePaul University campus. In addition to shopping and dining, Lincoln Park is a diverse arts and entertainment destination as well with a plethora of museums, top theaters and live music clubs to pick from. For scenery, there’s plenty of natural beauty and outdoors to enjoy. This North Side neighborhood’s namesake park is a sprawling 1,208 acres of green space with a free zoo open year-round, a nature museum and conservatory. And when the weather’s right, head over to the lakefront trail and beaches, where sand and surf are set against a backdrop of downtown skyscrapers.”
55 locals recommend
Bar
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“Map Room has wonderful beer selection. Cash is preferred but cards are accepted. Can get crowded quickly. So, if you want a seat, get there early!”
79 locals recommend
Roof Deck
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“If you are looking for one of the best rooftop views of Chicago, check out the J. Parker located in the Lincoln Hotel. You can enjoy outside or inside seating and not only get a great view of the city but also the crystal clear Lake Michigan.”
71 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
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“Craving some hot chocolate? This place gives you the most exquisite hot chocolate you can't even begin to imagine. MUST TRY for hot chocolate lovers!”
75 locals recommend
Theater
“See a play at Steppenwolf. You will not be disappointed! Great actors came from this theater, John Mahoney, Gary Sinese, John Malkovich, Laurie Metcalf...Plays are amazing and plenty of places to dine within walking distance of the theater.”
43 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Really light filled, expansive eatery serving fresh California favorites with a really great brunch and treat counter.”
61 locals recommend