Top Things to Do in Lincoln Park

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Lincoln Park, Chicago

Top Things to Do in Lincoln Park

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  • hockeyaw19
    Marlborough, MA648 contributions
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    Killed an hour or so here before a business meeting on a Thursday and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. Some excellent exhibits, active animals, and clean bathrooms. I entered right at opening and had most of the place to myself. Field trips started to trickle in as the day went on but I got to see most of the zoo in an hour and a half. Admission was free but donations are appreciated.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • DriveAllNight
    New City, NY261 contributions
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    We walked through the free zoo and it was quite nice, but there were very few animals to see! We did see the seals, flamingos, and a deer.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,293 contributions
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    Though the peak viewing time to smell the flowers and admire the botanical gardens at the Lincoln Park Conservatory is between July and August, when you are in the neighborhood, there is never a bad time to visit one of the oldest public gardens in Chicago, which was designed and planted in the late 1870s, and everything that goes with it. Located at 2291 North Stockton Drive in Lincoln Park, south of Fullerton Avenue and west of Du Sable Lake Shore Drive, the Lincoln Park Conservatory makes for a thoroughly enjoyable family outing with the Lincoln Park Zoo situated next door and the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool an the North Pond Nature Sanctuary further to the north along Stockton Drive. Established in 1877 and anchored at its present location since 1893, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a Victorian Era glass house that contains a vestibule, four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world, including rare orchids like the Moth orchid that can be found in the Orchid Room, and 15 propagating and growing houses. The Palm House was built and opened to the public in 1892 and contains more than 12 different types of giant palms and rubber trees, including a 50-foot fiddle-leaf rubber tree planted in 1891. The Tropical Room, now called the Orchid Room, opened in 1895 and contains a collection of 25,000 natural species. The Fern Room, opened in 1895, contains plants of the forest floor, primarily a a vast collection of ferns and one of the most historical plants, the cycads, whose fossils date back at least 250 million years. The Show House or the Display House is used for seasonal flower exhibits. The Tropical Summer Show started on June 2 and ends on September 23. The Winter Flow and Train Show runs from November 24 through January 6. In addition to the flowers and trees and gardens, the Lincoln Park Conservatory also is home to several noteworthy sculptures and works of art. The most famous are the Bates fountains, the Schiller monument and the Shakespeare monument.
    Written 5 June 2024
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  • DriveAllNight
    New City, NY261 contributions
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    We thoroughly enjoyed joyed the exhibits - and we learned so much about Chicago’s history. Really nice and helpful staff too.
    Written 8 June 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,293 contributions
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    The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at 2430 North Cannon Drive, at the corner of Cannon and Fullerton Avenue, is one of several historical and educational attractions that make Lincoln Park one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chicago. Opened in 1999, it focuses on the natural history of the Chicago region. Operated by the Chicago Academy of Sciences, the museum traces its history to the founding collection of the academy in 1857. The first of what eventually has become 11 Chicago museum-in-the-parks, the current facility was built on the southeastern banks of the North Pond with the financial support of benefactor Peggy Notebaert. Today, the museum is known for its live butterfly house, called Butterfly Haven. Other long-term habitat exhibitions and botanic recreations around the building include City Science House, Water Lab and Wilderness Walk. Also displays about the ecological history of the Illinois region. The butterfly house features more than 200 species of native and exotic butterflies. The museum is conducting an ongoing scientific effort to study, care and breed native butterflies for species population support in the Chicago area.
    Written 4 June 2024
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  • sanju_222323
    New Jersey15,989 contributions
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    Chicago has 26 miles of beaches, yes you heard it right, 26 miles of beaches. when you hear Chicago, you imagine the Chicago skyline with the river, and tall buildings, downtown but it also has a fab beach just north of the Mag mile (Michigan Avenue).

    North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular swimming spots in Chicago. it is a great one for families. Looking onto the water at North Avenue, this beach has it all. To the right is the city view we all know and love, The sandy beach has volleyball courts (like 100s of courts), plenty of space for visitors to stretch out, and multiple things to do nearby.

    It is a nice spot perfect for relaxing, biking, and running. the beach features a unique and popular beach house which has something for everyone and is permanently docked along this popular beach

    view from here is amazing and it's other side of the Chicago skyline (opposite to what you see from the Museum campus). John Hancock building dominates this skyline

    The parking fee is too much though.
    For 2 hours or less- it was $21
    2-4 Hours = $28

    Time: 7 AM- 11 PM Daily
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, RI1,697 contributions
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    Happened upon the park as we were walking to the zoo. Lovely green space. Areas to relax under a tree or have a picnic. Well kept and beautiful.
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • yuanwai
    Chicago, IL223 contributions
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    A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired garden, in the middle of the city, by the lake. Just a fantastic place to visit and sit around. One of the quintessential part of Chicago!
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • atraveller681
    Burlington, Canada7 contributions
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    Beautiful, intimate theater. Our seats in Section 4 near the back were perfect to see and hear the performance and to feel part of the action of The Choir of Man. Highly recommend.
    Written 27 April 2024
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  • Cindy B
    12 contributions
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    Delta did a great job with the tour. She was so knowledgeable and added a great amount of Chicago history to the tour. Definitely recommend!
    Written 7 January 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,293 contributions
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    Whenever I drive past or walk past the Elks National Memorial in Chicago, I am reminded of the time, so many years ago, that my father pointed it out to me. He was a loyal and dedicated member of the Elks and, as a veteran of World War II, he was proud that the Elks had built such a magnificent structure as a tribute to the bravery, loyalty and dedication of the thousands of Elks who had fought and died for our country. Located at 2750 North Lakeview Avenue, at the southwest corner of Diversey and Sheridan, across from Lincoln Park, and close to the park's Goethe Monument and statue of Alexander Hamilton, the Beaux Arts-style domed building has been described as one of the most magnificent war memorials in the world. Constucted between 1924 and 1926, it was built with fine marble imported from Greece, Austria, France, Belgium and Italy, as well as Tennessee, Alabama, Vermont and Missouri. High quality limestone came from Indiana. It features sculptures by Adolph Weinman, Laura Gardin Fraser and James Earle Fraser and murals by Eugene Savage and Edwin Blashfield. The rotunda features murals and statues depicting the Elks' four cardinal virtues--charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity. In 2003, the city of Chicago granted memorial landmark status. The building also serves as the national headquarters of the Elks.
    Written 14 June 2024
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  • BaggageConveyorBelt
    Kansas City, MO379 contributions
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    Went to comedy and music shows at Lincoln Hall.

    Terrific staff, great sightline of the stage, and excellent sound. Great bar, clean restrooms, great location. I had floor seats - far side for one show, center aisle for another.

    I didn't check out the balcony, but people up there seemed happy during the shows.

    Be sure to check out the Dillinger mural in the alley across the street!
    Written 15 April 2023
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  • zracoon
    Sandy, UT604 contributions
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    We visited and had breakfast at the market on a rainy Saturday, of tamales, a cheesy breakfast sandwich, a cinnamon roll, and a whole bunch of other free samples. Everyone was super friendly, good quality produce and food, and lots of cute dogs.
    Written 1 October 2019
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,427 contributions
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    The Lincoln Memorial is just a couple minutes walk east of the Chicago History Museum at Lincoln Park. What you will see is a 12-ft bronze of 16th President (1809-1865) standing in front of a decorative chair.

    It is the work of Sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1887) and is situated in centre of a platform with a semi-circular structure with seating. It is a nice memorial, one of a handful of interesting monuments you'll find scattered around Lincoln Park.
    Written 7 May 2023
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  • Michael W
    Warwick, RI39 contributions
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    We saw Midnight Catechism and it was hilarious. In a 4 day stay in Chicago filled with great site seeing this may have been the highlight considering how much we laughed at this show. Small quaint theater but all positive. We linked this to a day on the north side of Chicago where we hit the Lincoln Zoo, Chicago 360 and then dined at Shanghai Terrace.
    Written 16 August 2023
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