Lincoln Park leads the way in natural beauty, adding a needed bit of greenery to the busy "city-ness" of Chicago. The neighborhood's motto is, after all, "urbs in horto" or "city in a garden." It's no surprise, then, that abundant parks and cozy, tree-lined streets of brick row housing make up much of Lincoln Park's residential side. Still, the area is not to be outdone in the culture department, either. Museums, ethnic restaurant, cafes, eclectic thrift stores, and high-end boutiques all keep residents busy. So does this northside neighborhood's border with Lake Michigan on the east — in the summer months, residents flock to Lincoln Park's lakefront trail and beaches. Theaters, farmers' markets, blues clubs, taverns, and the neighborhood's namesake 1,208-acre Lincoln Park also provide ample entertainment for Chicagoans lucky enough to call the area home.
Lincoln Park was as natural back in the 1820s as it is today, although its outpost of grassland and quicksand was perhaps not something to write home about. In 1837, Lincoln Park was incorporated into Chicago, and by 1871 and the Great Fire, the predominantly German and Polish neighborhood wasn't greatly destroyed. In fact, the area was able to welcome many displaced Chicagoans from other boroughs, many of whom settled permanently in Lincoln Park and whose families continued its development to this day. Demographic
While a large Puerto Rican community called Lincoln Park home during the 1950's to 1970s, today the area is a mix of college students at nearby DePaul University, businesspeople, families, and individuals of many nationalities. All enjoying the welcoming atmosphere of Lincoln Park, these residents appreciate its blend of quiet tree-lined streets as well as bustling business districts that strike the right balance.
Lincoln Park wouldn't truly be what it is today without its namesake park. Lincoln Park's 1,208 acres house an incredible diversity of activities and nature. There is the free Lincoln Park Zoo, Alfred Caldwell Lilly Pond, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Theatre on a Lake, and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Further east, Lakefront trails and beaches are a favorite throughout summer months.
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