With access to almost every major attraction the city has to offer, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods. Living in Lincoln Park offers amazing food, a historic theater, a university and a zoo for residents to enjoy. Plus, the neighborhood is right off Lake Michigan and just a stone’s throw to the Loop and Wrigley Field.
Scores of mobile young professionals and families live in Lincoln Park. HomeSnacks recently rated it at the top of a list of Chicago’s best neighborhoods based on income, employment, safety and home prices. The average sales price for homes is $565,809, with the price per square foot at $272. You shouldn’t have too much of a problem negotiating here: The average sales price is $23,951 less than the list price. Lincoln Park houses many well-regarded schools, including DePaul University and Francis W. Parker, a K-through-12 private institution with tuition ranging from $29,710 to $37,240.
Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s liveliest neighborhoods. If you love living in the middle of the action, look for a spot near or on Armitage Avenue, Clark Street, Diversey Parkway or Fullerton Parkway. Halsted Street offers a bountiful selection of brunch spots and sports bars, and it’s also home to the three-starred Michelin-rated Alinea Restaurant and the world-renowned Steppenwolf Theatre. But even with all the bustle, those seeking tranquility can consider living on one of the more tree-lined streets favored by families.
There’s never a dull moment in Lincoln Park, and there’s always something to do for just about every taste. The Social Table hosts dinner party-style cooking classes. And Lincoln Park Zoo — which is free and open year-round — is one of the top family-friendly activities in the city. Other great attractions in Lincoln Park include Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Kingston Mines blues club, North Avenue Beach, DePaul Art Museum, Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Chicago History Museum.
Getting Around Town
Many residents love Lincoln Park because of its accessibility. Major grocery stores including Aldi, Jewel-Osco, Mariano’s, Trader Joe’s, Treasure Island Foods and Whole Foods are within walking distance to most homes in the area. Living in Lincoln Park also offers easy access to some of the city’s top hospitals such as Lurie Children’s Hospital, Presence Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Lincoln Park is very pet-friendly, with a number of dog-friendly parks and shops in the area offering doggie treats. It’s also a safe neighborhood for cycling, running and walking. Parking, however, is challenging, which is why most residents have permit parking on their blocks if they don’t own garages or parking spots.
Partially due to the lack of parking, commuting by public transportation is extremely popular in Lincoln Park. The elevated train has several stops in the neighborhood through the Brown and Red lines, and buses travel through every major street. Lake Shore Drive, which connects the North and South sides of Chicago, is a major thoroughfare in Lincoln Park.
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