Lincoln Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Lincoln Park is sort of like the old Certs ad or the Saturday Night Live fake ad for Shimmer: It’s a park! It’s a neighborhood! It’s a park! It’s a neighborhood! No, you’re both right! For the record, the neighborhood does take its name from the park, which covers 1,200 acres and stretches from North Ave. in the south 6 miles north to the end of Lake Shore Dr.; most people, though, think it only covers the widest area, which stretches north to Diversey. It’s packed with attractions, including miles of walking paths, beaches, a great zoo and much more. In fact, it’s packed with things many people don’t know about, like hundreds of bodies at the south end where there was a cemetery before the park was started in 1864 (many remains were moved, but the efforts were lackadaisical, as is clear every time a hole gets dug for a project). The neighborhood, Chicago’s most popular, runs west of the main patch, although its borders tend to expand exponentially when the definition is left to Realtors (“Lincoln Park West” seems to mean anything east of Iowa). It’s filled with beautifully restored vintage housing and includes a huge range of shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. You can spend days walking here; the tour below covers some classic sights and includes a few surprises."