It’s finally stopped snowing and the sun’s shining. It’s time to shed that heavy winter coat and pop on a ballcap. There’s no better place to revel in springtime than the Lincoln Park Neighborhood. The neighborhood takes its namesake from the iconic Lincoln Park. The park stretches over 1,000 acres and is often considered one of the best parks in all of Chicago. If you’re itching to spend some quality time outdoors, consider these five places:
Lincoln Park Farmers Market
Pick up some fresh produce and delicious homemade treats at this quaint outdoor market. Vendors from all over the state sell fruits, vegetables and all sort of delectable local specialties. Located at Armitage Ave. and Orchard St., the Lincoln Park Farmers Market is open from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm on Saturdays. Start your day here and venture to all the other attractions in the park.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my (more on that later)! The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place to spend your day and see some wildlife right in the heart of city. Visiting the zoo is free and makes for a great day with both kids and adults alike. The zoo hosts special events daily, so be sure to check the calendar to stay up-to-date on these can’t-miss occasions.
Lincoln Park Conservatory
It’s spring now, but winters are long in Chicago. The Lincoln Park Conservatory offers a place of warm refuge all year round. Beautiful plants ranging from local to tropical thrive in the display houses. Many of the plants grown in Lincoln Park and around the city are raised and cultivated here. If you’d like to literally stop and smell the roses, check out the conservatory.
Adjacent to Lincoln Park High School, you’ll find Oz Park. After you’ve seen the statues of Dorothy and Toto, you’ll realize the park is dedicated to The Wizard of Oz. Statues of characters from the American classic are sprinkled all over this large, green space. The park features a one-of-a-kind playground with a maze, baseball diamonds and tennis courts available for public use. If you like your outdoor escapades with a side of whimsy, visit Oz Park.
North Avenue Beach
With its convenient location and host of amenities, North Avenue Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Chicago, irresistible to residents of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood and Chicagoans writ large. If you’re in the mood to relax, you can bask in the sunlight and sunbathe and nap on the beach. If you’re looking for a beachy summer adventure, consider renting a kayak or even a jetski to take out on the lake. With food and beverage options aplenty (including a large boat-shaped restaurant), there’s something for everyone to enjoy at North Avenue Beach.
Home to a variety of attractions including a beach, free zoo, conservatory, farmers markets, theaters– both lakeside and in traditional settings – and museums, Lincoln Park is the perfect neighborhood to spend a day outdoors. These are just a few of our favorite places to enjoy the fresh air in Chicago.