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Great Neighborhoods: Chicago


Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park is one of Chicago's oldest neighborhoods. It originated as untouched forest and grassland which began to be cultivated by the late 1820s,. Shopping, dining, schools and public transportation draw pedestrians to these elegant tree-lined streets at all hours. This now-peaceful neighborhood was the site of the 1929 St. Valentine's Day Massacre. It also contains the Biograph Theatre, where legendary gangster John Dillinger was gunned down.

Neighborhood Details

Cost of Housing

Most homes date from the Chicago Fire of 1871 to new construction. Many of the former are Victorians, including lakefront homes of 5,200 to 7,000 square feet, going for $900,000 to $2.2 million.

Another 19th Century, Victorian, favorite are three-story, gray- or brownstones, divided into two or three residences, with hand-crafted molding and trim, plus original fireplaces. Like contemporary single-family townhouses with two or three bedrooms, outside decks, and garages, the "stones" run from $600,000 to $900,000.

Rentals are not cheap, with studios starting at about $950 a month and large, two-bedrooms going as high as $5,000.

School System

Lincoln Park HighSchool, a very highly rated part of the Chicago public school system, is here. Prestigious private schools, grades K through 12, include the Latin School, which Nancy Reagan attended, and Francis Parker. DePaul University is also here.


Lincoln Park is in close proximity to Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo and a namesake 1,200-acre green space with running, biking and skating paths.

Boutiques line Clark Street. Steppenwolf, Royal George and Victory Gardens theaters provide cultural activities.


The neighborhood draws masses of tourists, making for streets that are often congested. Parking is almost impossible without an overnight permit, but you can walk everywhere, even for groceries.

A mere 1½ miles from Downtown, Lincoln Park boasts the "L" (short for "elevated") trains that take you anywhere in the city safely and cheaply. Non-rush hour auto commutes take about ten minutes.

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