Lincoln Park Attractions

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  • jlormeau
    Westfield Center, OH176 contributions
    Who doesn’t enjoy a zoo? Especially when it is completely free. This is a nice zoo to spend a couple of hours in. The zoo is compact and just the right size for families with little ones. Definitely worth the visit.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,667 contributions
    Lincoln park is situated just a short drive north from downtown area, by the lake. It's a huge space which features many walking and cycling paths, but the biggest attraction is its well maintained and free Zoo.
    From many places in the park there are great views of northern Chicago skyline.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,647 contributions
    Frank Sinatra sang about "My kind of town, Chicago is" but until you visit the Chicago History Museum, you really don't know what kind of town it really is...and was. Fortunately, my wife and I live a block away. As members, we make frequent visits to the museum to view the latest exhibits and get reacquainted with the older permanent displays. Located at 1601 North Clark Street, at North Avenue, at the south end of Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum is the museum of the Chicago Historical Society. It was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. The centerpiece of the museum's collection focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. It includes Lincoln's deathbed, other pieces of furniture from the room where he died in the Petersen House and clothing that he and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln wore on the evening of the assassination. The collection also includes the table on which General Robert E. Lee signed his 1965 surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia, an official act that effectively ended the Civil War. Start your visit by walking the Jaffee History Trail, which begins on the corner of Clark Street and La Salle Street, north of the museum building. Aside from the Lincoln exhibits, which also highlight his presidential election, his leadership during the Civil War and his assassination, other current exhibits include Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection, City on Fire: Chicago 1871, Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968 and Vivian Maier: In Color, 65 color images made between the 1950s and 1970s by street photographer Vivian Maier. Also see the first passenger car to operate on the Chicago 'L' system in 1893, the first locomotive to operate in Chicago and dioramas featuring Chicago's rise from a desolate frontier outpost to the bustling city that hosted the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Chicago: Crossroads of America is a 16,0000-square-foot space that explores the city's development and its relationship to and influence on American history. Nearly 600 objects document the people and events of the past 200 years. No matter how many times we visit the Chicago History Museum, we always can't wait to make a return visit.
    Written 2 June 2022
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  • Monique R
    36 contributions
    It was worth having to register online for free admission (since it's enclosed, they need to limit crowd size). From the giant sausage tree inside the front door to the brilliant colors in the Show House, this place is a plant lover's dream. The botanist in me appreciated the fact that most of the plants are identified, while the artist in me just enjoyed the outstanding variety of forms and colors, all laid out perfectly. I could have spent twice as long in there and enjoyed every minute. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely go!
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,647 contributions
    One of the advantages of living where we do on Chicago's Gold Coast is the view. Since we moved into our apartment in 1983, we have enjoyed a picturesque view of North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park and a front row seat for the annual Air and Water Show. Located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, at North Avenue and Lake Michigan, North Avenue Beach is one of Chicago's most popular beaches with the most picturesque view of Chicago's magnificent skyline. It also features a popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space, a sleek ocean liner-inspired building that contains a restaurant, an ice cream cafe and facilities to rent volleyball courts, bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, lounge chairs, umbrellas, even sandals and chess tables. Outdoor beach yoga is offered seven days a week for all age levels. North Avenue Beach is also a popular gathering place for joggers and walkers and bicyclists. On the Lakefront Trail, you can stroll north from North Avenue Beach to Montrose Beach or south to Navy Pier. There is plenty of beachfront for swimmers and sun bathers. On a sunny summer day, it's an all-day activity. Parking is available in a paid lot but, be forewarned, there isn't much space so arrive early and take the North Avenue bus to the end of the line.
    Written 15 June 2021
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  • 627annemarieq
    Bangor, ME13 contributions
    This museum is one of the finest attractions in Lincoln Park. What a thoughtful addition to this lovely property! My two-year-old great-graddaughter was so delighted to roam among the beautiful creatures, which, from time-to-time alighted on her hand (what joy!) in the butterfly garden. Three cheers!
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Marina M
    Miami, FL196 contributions
    Very cute park. Not very large but good for a short walk. Perfect for families. Very close to shopping and restaurants.
    Written 18 December 2020
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  • yuanwai
    Chicago, IL233 contributions
    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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  • Shelly T
    23 contributions
    Just recently came here to see Ali Gatie perform! The venue itself seemed very spacious for the amount of people there. There was enough room to not feel cramped or stuck in one spot during the concert. There was also upstairs seating and viewing. The only downside was the super long wait to enter the venue. Supposedly, the information we got said doors opened at 6:30 PM and the concert started at 7:30 PM, but by the time we got there around 6:30, there was a line of about 80 people already... still waiting outside. We got in line and were talking to the people around us and no one really knew anything. Eventually a worker directed everyone to where they had to go to get their "tickets" checked. It was an additional wait after that. We only had an email confirmation of the tickets and they just ask the name associated with the tickets and cross it off their printed list. Overall, really intimate place for performers and highly recommend visiting and checking out who's performing! :)
    Written 5 February 2020
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  • zracoon
    Sandy, UT582 contributions
    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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  • Anna B
    1 contribution
    Amazing service! I came in to see if I could try my potential signature drink for my wedding. They went above and beyond. The waitress asked me what I needed for the drink and talked to the bartenders to see what they could do for me. I had 2 staff from the bar come to congratulate me and ask me about my signature drink and what I wanted in it. They worked so hard to try different combinations to create the perfect signature drink. I absolutely loved the drink and the bartender wrote down the recipe for me. P.S the food is absolutely amazing.
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • Barbara NYC
    New York City, NY5 contributions
    Wrightwood 659 has four floors of beautifully designed exhibition spaces. Contemporary art shines in the warm, spacious galleries. I used the handsome staircases, which offered birds eye views of the next art I was about to see. Not too big and not too small, Wrightwood 659 is perfect for an afternoon of art appreciation.
    Written 29 February 2020
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  • Bob C
    Batesburg, SC48 contributions
    Use your imagination to retrace John Dillinger's footsteps on his fateful night. From the exit door to his death location in the alley nextdoor. Public Enemy #1 no more!!
    Written 27 February 2020
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  • Annaline
    Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
    It looks good during the day as well as at night. However wish flower beds in front of the monument (called: Lincoln Garden) was lit more so you can feel more secure. A lot of people walking dogs around as well as jogging. No free parking nearby .
    Written 13 October 2017
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  • Lynn M
    Houston, TX2,505 contributions
    Small, intimate, comfortable theatre. Checkin easy, masks required. Very nice staff. Bar up front and a small lounge seating area. You can take your drinks in the theatre. (They are renting the space, so mind your manners by being tidy.)

    We saw Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. The play was HYSTERICAL. I laughed so hard and often. The actor who played the gay man was so funny!! (I wish I knew his name, but his picture was not on the program with the other two actors. He was very Nathan Lane like.

    The female actor, Shawn Nightingale, was very good. She made me think of some of the earlier female cast on Saturday Night Live.

    The play was about one hour and 20 minutes, but felt longer in a very good way. The audience was laughing all the time. They do pull people from the audience, and there is audience engagement, so the improv by the Nathan Lane like character is exceptional. Not just anyone can pull that off.

    I would definitely go see a play here again if we come back to Chicago.
    Written 25 June 2022
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