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Lincoln Park

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  • Vibe - Strollers and Brunch / Yuppie / A Real Community
  • Nightlife - Excellent
  • Dining - Excellent
  • Convenience - Great


  • Proximity to Lake Michigan (views) and Lake Shore Drive (work)
  • Expansive dining, nightlife and shopping options
  • A real community in the truest sense of the word


  • Houses both DePaul University and its 3,000 students, who can get rowdy at times
  • Somewhat expensive rents due to popularity

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Lincoln Park is one of the largest and most popular Chicago neighborhoods – for good reason. Most residents are a short distance away from some of the best nightlife, dining, lakefront, parks, shopping, and tree-lined streets in the entire city. Throw in access to At its best, it combines all the best aspects of a close-knit community with the appeal of the big city. Due to its large size, Lincoln Park is very diverse and houses the entire DePaul University campus. On weekdays, elementary and college students shuttle off to their respective schools, while professionals with extra time take to Lakeshore trail to get in a morning run. After school lets out, restaurants like Summer House, Kingston Mines blues bar and the largest cluster of shopping outside of Gold Coast/Mag Mile keeps Lincoln Parkers busy. Weekends can be spent strolling through the Lincoln Park Zoo, hitting a bucket of golf balls at the Diversey Bay Harbor or heading to Lakeview or the Loop easily via the Brown Line.

Students of Oscar Mayer Magnet School created signs to remind drivers to exercise caution during the morning rush to school and work.

Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, DePaul University houses some 16,000+ undergraduates with 3,000 of them living on campus.

Lincoln Parkers are spoiled with their close proximity to the lake and ample running and biking trails.

Lincoln Park has the second largest shopping concentration in the city ranging from high end boutiques to secondhand resale shops.

Summer House Santa Monica offers upscale Americana cuisine that can be enjoyed on their patio, indoors or their “vitamin D room”. (Pictured)

Lincoln Park also offers public tennis and basketball courts, baseball and softball diamonds and soccer fields that are used recreationally and by intramural leagues.

Due to the high concentration of families and college students, Lincoln Parkers won’t have to walk far to get to grocery stores like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

Where there are college kids, there is nightlife and Lincoln Park’s Delilah's provides the sought after nightlife.

Because of its size, the Brown, Red and Purple El lines run through parts of Lincoln Park which makes commuting a breeze.

Residents of Lincoln Park have an admission-free zoo right in their own backyards.

The Diversey Driving Range allows golfers to hone their skills when they can’t take the time to travel to an actual course.

Besides the zoo, Lincoln Park offers an extensive amount of green space and water to relax and unwind.

Lincoln Park residents don’t even have to leave the actual park to enjoy an upscale dining experience at North Pond restaurant.

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