8 Fun Things To Do in Lincoln Park

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Image above courtesy of [Pars Cove]

Whether you recently moved to Chicago or have been here a few years, maybe you have yet to visit the area known as Lincoln Park.

Lincoln Park “is bordered on the north by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River, on the south by North Avenue, and on the east by Lake Michigan.” (W) There is lots to see and do in Lincoln Park – from indulging in a scrumptious one-of-a-kind cupcake at Molly’s Cupcakes to spending the afternoon at one of the prettiest nature museums in Chicago to dancing the night away in a local and popular Blues club.

Below are 8 things to see and do while in Lincoln Park.

1. Pars Cove Restaurant –

This restaurant is the perfect spot if you’re new in the area and want to try something special. It’s small and intimate, making it ideal also for couples looking for a romantic spot to dine in. The Atlantic Salmon with veggies in lemon garlic sauce is what I had when I visited this local eatery and it was truly one of the best I’ve ever tried anywhere. Absolutely delicious!!! In the Summer, there’s outdoor patio seating, they offer delivery in the area along with take out – and boast a nice drink menu as well.

2. Lincoln Park Conservatory –

If you’re looking to spend an afternoon doing something fun, free or low cost and with nature in mind, the Lincoln Park Conservatory is a good bet. The conservatory is located south of Fullerton and running on and along Stockton Drive – it encompasses the several parks, pools, ponds and greenhouses. There’s also a beautiful public garden in front of the conservatory that’s absolutely lovely in the Summertime – for photo ops, walking or just enjoying the serene scenery.

Lincoln Park Conservatory is a Victorian Era glass house, built in late nineteenth century. It contains four rooms displaying exotic plants from around the world. Rare orchids, like the Moth orchid, can be found in the Orchid room. (W)

3. Grab a Divvy Bike –

Divvy bikes if you don’t know are the city’s public shared bike rental system. The bikes are available all through the city and you can find the nearest one to you via the Divvy app. Available for the iPhone and Android. The bikes are reasonably priced and since there are stations literally all over – it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one near you and then another station to return the bike. You can plan a specific route (like many do) and bike through Clark St or cruise through Broadway. And then stop at one of the places on this list. 🙂

4. Kingston Mines and Blues –

The legendary Kingston Mines club is home to world famous blues players and blues music. They also serve a full menu of food items including yes! some awesome BBQ fare. And a full drink menu as well. This is for sure a great time in Lincoln Park – if you mix good music and good food with a few friends – an awesome time awaits!

They also have special or free admission for the following: “Free & discount entry available for: Students, Seniors, US Military, Police, Firefighters, Birthdays, Industry and more.”

5. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum –

This is a great way to spend a beautiful day while in Lincoln Park. Whether in the sunny Summer days or even in Winter; this spot offers you nature galore.

*Free admission for Illinois residents coming up this Valentine’s Day – February 14th from 9am to 5pm.

6. Apple Store –

First let me say, I’m not a big Apple fan, I don’t own an iPhone and I don’t think I ever will – but I do appreciate the beauty of the Apple stores as a retail concept. The Apple store in Lincoln Park on North Avenue and Halsted is a unique concept and based on the plethora of individuals that ALWAYS seem to permeate the store – one can conclude others like the retail concept behind an Apple Store. Are the products overpriced? Yes! Are the products nice to look at? Yes! Are people going to stop wanting\desiring the products anytime soon? Nope! Don’t think so. Regardless of my humble opinion, if you happen to be an Apple fan – this is the place for you!

7. Paws Chicago –

In the mood for some four legged fun with pooches and fluffy’s that are looking for a forever home? Paws Chicago is a shelter that specializes in making sure all cats and dogs that enter their home; are safe, medically taken care of and assured loving hands. As they are a no kill shelter their mission is to find a forever home for all the residents that arrive at their facility. While in Lincoln Park, and looking for something not only fun – but also a bit on the philanthropic side; this is the place to be: Paws Chicago.

8. Molly’s Cupcakes –

We heart cupcakes and when we heard/found out about this awesome cupcakery. We almost died. It’s super cute, right in the heart of Lincoln Park on Clark, south of Diversey and has every variety of cupcake you can think of. Or drool over. From my personal fave – the red velvet to their daily specials and their everyday offerings; if you seek a sweet good time; Molly’s Cupcakes is definitely worth a drop in.

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