One Block: Lincoln Park

Discover all the places to eat, drink, shop and play in this vibrant neighborhood

Named for one of America's great presidents, who called Illinois home, as well as for the acres of greenery that can be enjoyed year-round, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago's great north side gems. From becoming immersed in Lincoln Park Zoo to a romantic dinner at one of the most romantic spots in the city, here's our guide to this ecelctic neighborhood.



One of the most notable romantic spots in Chicago, if not all the city, is Geja’s Café. Open since 1965, it holds the record for most engagements at one restaurant, and is flanked by a delicious menu of fondue and fine wines.

Geja’s Café 340 W. Armitage Ave.,773.281.9101,

RJ Grunts 2056 N. Lincoln Park West, 773.929.5363,

Homeslice 938 W. Webster Ave., 312.789.4600,



Lincoln Park is the capital of boutiques in Chicago, with goods for kids, pets, home and more. Art Effect is a popular spot carrying women’s clothing, jewelry, art, trendy necklaces and kitschy home goods that make great gifts too.

Art Effect 934 W. Armitage Ave., 773.929.3600,

NewCity 1457 N. Halsted, 312.248.8569,

Dave’s Records 2604 N.Clark St., 773.929.6325,



Find drinks with a view at the J. Parker, the 13th floor rooftop bar and restaurant that sits atop Hotel Lincoln. The year-round glass enclosed space offers stunning views of Lincoln Park and offers drinks like Flanagan’s Frappe.

The J. Parker 1816 N.Clark St., 312.254.4747,

Delilah’s 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.472.2771,

Red Lion Pub 2446 N. Lincoln Ave., 773.883.2422,



As its name might suggest, Lincoln Park is situated near a prominent area of greenery, but there’s also places like Lincoln Park Zoo where you can play free year-round.

Lincoln Park Zoo 2001 N.Clark St., 312.742.2000,

Chicago History Museum 1601 N.Clark St., 312.642.4600,

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Canon Dr., 773.755.5100,