Two miles north of downtown Chicago you find one of the Windy City’s quintessential neighborhoods, Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is located along the lakefront and comprises the area north of North Avenue, south of Diversey Parkway, west of the Lake Michigan and east of the Kennedy Expressway.
With an exceptional shopping, rich mix of restaurants, world-class theaters and entertainment, renowned cultural institutions and, of course, lakefront park and activities, Lincoln Park offers Chicagoans and visitors an authentic Midwestern big-city experience.
Named after Lincoln Park, a vast stretch of park belonging to the Chicago Park District, the community area is anchored by the Lincoln Park Zoo and DePaul University. The community area of Lakeview is north of Lincoln Park, North Center is to the northwest, Logan Square to the west, West Town to the southwest, and Near North to the south.
Beginnings as a Remote Outpost
The area now known as Lincoln Park in Chicago was primarily forest with stretches of grassland and occasional quicksand until the late 1820s when the Europeans arrived.
In 1824, the United States Army built a small post near today's Clybourn Avenue and Armitage Avenue (formerly Centre Street). Indian settlements existed along Green Bay Trail, now called Clark Street (named after George Rogers Clark, a brigadier general in the Revolutionary War), at the current intersection of Halsted Street and Fullerton Avenue. Before Green Bay Trail became Clark Street, it stretched as far as Green Bay, Wisconsin, and was part of what still is Green Bay Avenue in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.