Lincoln Park A Mixture of Affluence and Diversity

 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.  

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