This blog post was updated on September 7, 2018.
Located on the north side of Chicago, the Lincoln Park neighborhood surrounds and is named after the city’s largest park. The park runs along Lake Michigan, making it a scenic and peaceful retreat. As for the Lincoln Park neighborhood, it’s packed with plenty of options for quality dining, shopping and sightseeing. Here are my top suggestions.
DePaul Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton Ave.
Located on DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus, the DePaul Art Museum is an interdisciplinary creative space that supports the educational mission of the university through its collections, traveling exhibitions, lectures, classes and events that are open to both DePaul students and the greater community. Check out the website to see what will be on view while you’re in town.
North Pond Nature Sanctuary
2000 N. Racine, Suite 2080
A visit to Lincoln part would not be complete without experiencing the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, a 13-acre pond with a naturalized shoreline and surrounding prairie habitat. Birds (over 200 species), dragonflies, butterflies, turtles, fish and small mammals are no strangers to this serene natural space tucked away in the thriving metropolis that is Chicago.
934 W. Armitage Ave
A Lincoln Park institution since 1984, Esther Fishman’s Art Effect is a “modern day general store with a chic high-low mix.” Here you can find a carefully curated selection of designer jewelry, quality clothing basics (Michael Stars t-shirts, dresses from Velvet), one-of-a-kind art pieces, and fun home accessories. It’s a great place to find a gift for that person in your life who seems to have everything.
1015 W Armitage Ave
This high-end home goods store carries a selection of international dishware, linens, rugs and chandeliers that will make you swoon. The experienced home stylists will help you select a combination of dishes, textiles and silverware to fit your distinct dining needs. And if you’re simply in the mood to browse, that’s perfectly fine, too.
2229 N. Clybourn Ave.
Vanille Patisserie has been keeping Lincoln Park residents happy with authentic French pastries since 2002. Their artisanal desserts and pastries— including entremets (mousse cakes), traditional tarts, éclairs, hand-dipped chocolates, fresh baked croissants, and beautiful French macarons— are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Monkey’s Paw
2524 N. Southport Ave.
A farm-to-table phenomenon, The Monkey’s Paw serves a rotating menu of inspired gastro-pub fare paired with craft beer, wine and whiskey flights. The ambiance is comfortable and inviting, making it a great addition to Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.