Understanding Lincoln Park: A History

The City of Chicago’s official motto is “Urbs in Horto”- or “City in a Garden”. With Chicago’s largest park on beautiful Lake Michigan, Lincoln Park more than lives up to that phrase. Lincoln Park’s tree-lined streets, historic brick row houses, cultural institutions, and excellent schools make the neighborhood one of the most prestigious and sought after in the City. A great location one mile from The Loop, the neighborhood is readily accessible via the CTA Red, Brown, and Purple Lines, and by Lake Shore Drive and the Kennedy Expressway.

When Chicago was incorporated in 1837, what is now Lincoln Park was just north of its borders. The city did, however, own much of the land north of its boundary, with a plan for a park along the lake. The neighborhood took its name from this parkland, originally called Lake Park More...

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