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Loving Chicago Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park’s Natural Beauty

Loving Chicago Neighborhoods: Lincoln Park’s Natural Beauty

lincoln-park-neighborhood-chicago-streetThere is so much to love about Lincoln Park that it could be the topic of a few blog posts.  

Just a casual stroll in this part of town sends hearts aflutter: scenic, tree-lined streets, homes that range from majestic to charming to cutting-edge and, oh, the shopping, dining and entertainment. Who wouldn’t want to live here?

Living on the most sought-after blocks of Lincoln Park carries a certain cachet and a price tag to match. Home prices ranging from $3-4 million are fairly typical on prime Lincoln Park streets such as Orchard, Dayton, Burling and Howe. But if you buy a home or condo here, the object of your affection just might be your proximity to some of the best gems of the city that are absolutely free.

Families can venture into the wild at the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is open every day of the year. You can visit the zoo’s newest baby arrivals, including Pierre the monkey and a vulture named Sophia. The Farm in the Zoo is now home to a new litter of piglets as well. At this farm exhibit, kids can learn how cows produce milk, watch pony grooming demonstrations and even pet the goats. Also check out the Lincoln Park Conservatory just northwest of the zoo. The conservatory offers a break from the chilly weather with its lush, tropical surroundings.  

With so much snow and freezing temperatures, many of us are fantasizing about summer. If you live within walking or biking distance to the zoo, on your way you can stop by the Chicago Green City Market. It’s the city’s premiere farmers market featuring local, organic produce. You can eat a quick lunch and learn some new skills as celebrated local chefs provide cooking demonstrations. This farmers market runs Wednesdays and Saturdays May through October and is located slightly northeast of the intersection of Clark and LaSalle Streets.

If you’re looking for unrivaled tranquility, step into a secret garden setting at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. It’s also near the zoo, on the south side of Fullerton Avenue between Stockton and Cannon Drives. Caldwell, a landscape architect, designed the garden in 1936. His design of a river running through a Midwestern prairie is now a Chicago and National Historical Landmark.

In the summer you can pretend you’re on vacation right at home in Lincoln Park by heading to North Avenue Beach. You can soak up the sun and a gorgeous view of the skyline, or swim, bike and play volleyball as well.  a_NorthAvenue

Next time we’ll see what attracts home buyers and even Hollywood stars to Lincoln Park’s neighbor to the south, Old Town.

If you’re falling for Lincoln Park or another Chicago neighborhood, contact Jim Miller and JM Partners at 773.617.6638 or to find a house or condo that’s a perfect match for you.