Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour

Lincoln Park has come a long way from it’s humble beginnings as a working-class neighborhood in the 1870s. Today the neighborhood is home to the best restaurants, incredible shopping, beautiful and historic residential neighborhoods and of course Lincoln Park – with FREE activities including the Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Park Conservatory and Alfred Caldwell Lily Ponds. Let our guides show you the best of the best on our Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour.

The Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour starts at the corner of Halsted & Armitage – right in the middle of the historic business district of the neighborhood. You will learn about the German influence on the buildings and architecture that helped make this strip a city historic landmark site. Many small shops and boutiques call Lincoln Park home. Our guides will be sure to point out of few of their favorite shops and restaurants that will definitely give this tour a more intimate feeling.

The tour continues through the Lincoln Park Neighborhood with a stop at the often-overlooked Oz Park. Learn how it was named and visit all 4 of the larger than life character statues that are placed throughout the park. Our Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour will then take you through one of Chicago’s most beautiful residential neighborhoods, the historic Mid-North District. This small neighborhood is home to early designs by Louis Sullivan and several wood-frame homes that survived The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (yes, the fire made it that far north!).

The group will cross Clark Street and make a bee line for our grand finale – Lincoln Park. But not before a quick stop in the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool to soak in the serene landscape and learn just how dedicated Alfred was to the competition of this project. We conclude the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour just in front of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. Here you will have an incredible photo opportunity of the Chicago skyline with the formal French gardens in the foreground. After the tour make sure to check out the conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo – both free and both Best Free Chicago Year-Round Things to Do & bonus – the Lincoln Park Conservatory made our list of Great Chicago Date Nights that are NOT Dinner and a Movie.

Lincoln Park Neighborhood Tour details:

Meeting Point: Southwest corner of Halsted & Dickens, in front of Pure Barre. Google Maps

Lincoln Park Tour Meeting Spot

Start Time: We run this tour sparingly. Check our calendar and Reserve Online today.  (Our Winter schedule starts on November 1 and runs thru April 1, 2017 – – Please check our Tour Calendar for the most up-to-date schedule)

Distance: 1.8 miles walking distance

Time: 2 hours from start to finish

Cost: FREE! Our guides work off the generosity of our guests. If you felt your guide has done a good job you can show your appreciation at the end of the tour by leaving a tip.

What you will see: 

    • Historic Armitage-Halsted District
    • Oz Park
    • Historic Mid-North Residential District
    • Wood-frame homes that survived the Chicago Fire
    • Alfred Caldwell Lily Pond
    • Lincoln Park
    • Lincoln Park Conservatory
    • Lincoln Park Zoo

Stories you will be told: 

    • History of Lincoln Park neighborhood
    • German immigrants influence on the look and feel
    • Creating Oz Park
    • The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
    • Introduction to famed architect Louis B. Sullivan
    • The Bellinger House
    • Creating the Lily Ponds

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