Lincoln Park, Chicago Activities

Part of our Chicago travel guide; our list of the best attractions in Lincoln Park, including Lincoln Park Zoo, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Chicago History Museum.
  • The best activities in Lincoln Park Chicago: Lincoln Park Zoo

    Lincoln Park Zoo

    2200 N Cannon Dr
    Daily 9AM-6PM, winter 9AM-5PM, summer weekends 9AM-7PM. Free. Few things in Chicago are finer than the Lincoln Park Zoo. It's world-class, yet admission is free; its winding, expansive grounds have the charm of age, yet its facilities are modern and the animals are healthy, happy, and personable. The brand new Great Ape House is one to see, and the Farm In The Zoo features plenty for kids to do, but everyone has their own favorites (penguins).
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  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company

    Steppenwolf Theatre Company

    1650 N Halsted St
    Box office M-Sa 11AM-5PM, Su 1-5PM. Tickets from $40. The creation of John Malkovich, Gary Sinise, and many others, Steppenwolf features cutting-edge theater and doesn't trade on the famous name, offering both original material and incisive re-stagings of classic plays (like a terrific recent production of The Crucible). Unlike Second City, the famous alumni of Steppenwolf make occasional returns to the stage as their schedules allow.
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  • Chicago History Museum

    Chicago History Museum

    1601 N Clark St
    M-W noon-8PM, Th-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su noon-5PM. $5 adult, $1 children; Free on select days. A creative urban history museum. Exhibits include The Pioneer, the first railroad locomotive to operate in Chicago, and the bed upon which Abraham Lincoln died; more fun for kids is the Chicago-style Hot Dog showcase, which supplies all the giant plastic ingredients you'll need to turn yourself (or your little brother) into a life-sized hot dog (no ketchup, of course). They also host regular tours of different CTA lines and walking tours of Lincoln Park and Old Town.
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  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

    2430 N Cannon Dr
    M-F 9AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Adults $9, children 3-12 $6, Th free. Carefully positioned within walking distance of the Lincoln Park Zoo in hopes of being parents' second stop while they're in the area, the Notebaert Nature Museum is...okay. Exhibits are geared toward kids and are sometimes hands-on. The only consistent must-see is the butterfly haven.
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  • Lincoln Hall

    Lincoln Hall

    2424 N Lincoln Ave
    Once of the best concert venues in Chicago, this former movie theater received a beautiful renovation in 2009 and now hosts good, moderately priced ($12-15) indie rock shows most nights of the week. (Keep an eye out for some excellent free events on Sundays.) Arrive early for a space in the roomy balcony or a few drinks in the comfortable bar area. There's a Dillinger connection here, too — the FBI's sharpshooters were camped out on the theater's roof, waiting for him to leave the Biograph.
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  • Park West

    Park West

    322 W Armitage Ave
    Tickets usually $25-45. This converted movie theater (and former burlesque hall) has some of the best acoustics in the U.S., and it's surprisingly intimate considering it can seat up to a thousand. None other than Ringo Starr has said that Park West is second only to London's Royal Albert Hall. Fans will crowd the stage, but the best seats are toward the back, near the main bar and in the balconies... or call in advance to reserve a booth.
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  • Lincoln Park Conservatory

    Lincoln Park Conservatory

    2391 N Stockton Dr
    Built more than a century ago, the conservatory is right next to the zoo. Even though they're overshadowed by the animals next door, the plants receive an equal amount of care, and there are usually some eye-popping floral displays in the spring. Volunteer-led tours are sometimes available at no cost.
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  • Apollo Theater

    Apollo Theater

    2540 N Lincoln Ave
    Box office M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Studio shows around $20, mainstage $35-$50. An eclectic mix on two stages includes solo shows, major contemporary plays like "Ragtime" and "The Vagina Monologues," and the popular improvised musicals of Baby Wants Candy [1] (Sa 10:30PM, $15).
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  • Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery

    Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery

    2780 N Lincoln Ave
    Now is battle coming tofu robot, plush ninja, Glow Kaiju Eyezon. It is the proposal of bad weather for justice. CAN YOU DO NO LESS?! Right here to bring you.
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  • Chicago History Museum

    Chicago History Museum

    1601 N Clark St
    M-W noon-8PM, Th-Sa 9:30AM-4:30PM, Su noon-5PM. $5 adult, $1 children; Free on select days. A creative urban history museum. Exhibits include The Pioneer, the first railroad locomotive to operate in Chicago, and the bed upon which Abraham Lincoln died; more fun for kids is the Chicago-style Hot Dog showcase, which supplies all the giant plastic ingredients you'll need to turn yourself (or your little brother) into a life-sized hot dog (no ketchup, of course). They also host regular tours of different CTA lines and walking tours of Lincoln Park and Old Town.
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  • Notebaert Nature Museum

    Notebaert Nature Museum

    2430 N Cannon Dr
    M-F 9AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. Adults $9, children 3-12 $6, Th free. Carefully positioned within walking distance of the Lincoln Park Zoo in hopes of being parents' second stop while they're in the area, the Notebaert Nature Museum is...okay. Exhibits are geared toward kids and are sometimes hands-on. The only consistent must-see is the butterfly haven.
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  • Victory Gardens Theater

    Victory Gardens Theater

    2433 N Lincoln Ave
    Box office Tu-Sa 12-8PM, Su 12-4PM. Tickets $15-45. One of the premier Off-Loop theaters in Chicago, Victory Gardens hosts a noteworthy slate of original plays and adaptations both fun and dramatic. Among their several stages is the Biograph Theater, and they're kind enough to screen classic movies there ($5) from time to time so people can relive old Hollywood and ill-fated dates of John Dillinger.
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  • Remy Bumppo at The Greenhouse Theater Center

    Remy Bumppo at The Greenhouse Theater Center

    2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60614
    Wed-Sat – 12pm-8pm. $15 - $45. For the past decade, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's passion for the power of great theatrical language has enriched Chicago's world-class theatre scene. Masterful acting and directing by the company's ensemble of professional artists showcases the wit and wisdom of the world's great playwrights. A hallmark of Remy Bumppo's work is the intimacy of its 150-seat theater, which puts you close to the actors, sweeping you into each play's exhilarating mix of passionate storytelling and invigorating ideas. And the best part is, after the curtain call ends and the houselights go up, you sense the whirring of brain cells around you. The play lives on as the conversation begins.
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  • The Greenhouse Theater Center

    The Greenhouse Theater Center

    2257 N Lincoln Ave
    Wed-Sat – 12pm-8pm. $15 - $45. For the past decade, Remy Bumppo Theatre Company's passion for the power of great theatrical language has enriched Chicago's world-class theatre scene. Masterful acting and directing by the company's ensemble of professional artists showcases the wit and wisdom of the world's great playwrights. A hallmark of Remy Bumppo's work is the intimacy of its 150-seat theater, which puts you close to the actors, sweeping you into each play's exhilarating mix of passionate storytelling and invigorating ideas. And the best part is, after the curtain call ends and the houselights go up, you sense the whirring of brain cells around you. The play lives on as the conversation begins.
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  • St Mary of the Angels Church

    St Mary of the Angels Church

    1850 N Hermitage Ave
    Masses M-F 7AM & 5:30PM, Sa 8AM &5PM, Su 8AM, 9:30AM Polish, 11AM, 12:30PM Spanish, 7:15PM; church hours M-F 8AM-4PM, Sa 8AM-6:30PM, Su 8AM-8:30PM. One of the city's most beautiful churches, this classic Polish Cathedral is now administered by the priests of the Opus Dei order of Catholicism.
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  • Covenant Presbyterian Church

    Covenant Presbyterian Church

    2012 W Dickens Ave
    This Presbyterian church is housed in the former Cathedral of All Saints of the Polish National Catholic Church in Chicago. A historic church building, its interior decor is painted in a style imitating Master Cracovian painter Stanisław Wyspiański, while the nave is lined with depictions of the historic crests of Polish cities.
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  • The Hideout

    The Hideout

    1354 W Wabansia Ave
    Tu 7PM-2AM, W-F 4PM-2AM, Sa 7PM-3AM. One of the finest drinking and hollering establishments in the U.S., the Hideout hosts the best in alt-folk, bluegrass, Americana and just plain hillbilly music. The place is a bit hard to find, hidden as it is next to the city's main north-side refueling station for garbage trucks, but it's more than worth the trouble. Of special interest to old-timey fans is the regular Tuesday night appearance of Devil in a Woodpile.
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  • The Second City

    The Second City

    1616 N Wells St
    8PM (Su 7PM), F-Sa also 11PM. Tickets M $14, Su,Tu-Th $22, F-Sa $27. The list of Second City alumni in show business has become something of a cliche — Alan Alda, John Belushi, Bill Murray, on and on — and it's still going strong today, with recent graduates like Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Tina Fey. The separate revues on the Mainstage and the e.t.c. theaters are consistently smart, timely, and funny. (The third stage, Donny's Skybox, is rented out to local sketch troupes outside the artistic direction of Second City, and is hit-or-miss.) The third act of the night is fully improvised, and if there's space left among the paying customers from the first two acts, admission is free.
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  • Oz Park

    2021 N Burling St
    Young children might enjoy this Wizard of Oz-themed park with statues and playlots.
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  • Elks National Veterans Memorial

    Elks National Veterans Memorial

    2750 n Lakeview Ave
    M-F 9AM-5PM; also Sa-Su 10AM-5PM from 15 Apr-15 Nov. Free admission and tours. This neoclassical veterans memorial is truly grand. Its interior is an extravagant ensemble of marble, bronze sculptures, stained glass, and huge murals.
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  • Old Town Art Fair

    Just north of North Ave at Lincoln Ave and Wisconsin St
    One weekend in early-to-mid June, 10AM-6PM. Requested donation $5. Expect surly volunteers if the 'request' is not met, though.. One of the premiere neighborhood festivals in Chicago, for almost 60 years. There's plenty of pretty stuff to buy, of course, with roughly 250 artists selected by a jury to participate and again at the fair for award purposes. But there's also food and good live music (local high school and national performers), garden walks through the historic district and the neighborhood at its early summer best.
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  • Charleston

    Charleston

    2076 N Hoyne Ave
    M-F 3PM-2AM, Sa-Su 2PM-2AM. An old-time Bucktown joint with a big selection of reasonably priced beer and an impressive antique wood bar. There's a Jazz Jam every Tuesday night, and rock/folk/jazz shows most Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
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  • North Avenue Beach

    North Avenue Beach

    1600 N. Lake Shore Dr
    Quite possibly the beach volleyball capital of the Midwest. There are semi-pro leagues here, and plenty of nets for amateurs to show up and play. There's also an enclosed roller-hockey rink and plenty of people whizzing past on the wide bike lanes. The North Avenue Beach House is a big boat-shaped structure at the center (look for the red smokestacks) where there are a few food and drink options, occasional live music, and Park District offices. A couple blocks south, toward Oak Street Beach, there are chess tables.
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  • Thomas Masters Gallery

    245 W North Ave
    W-F 12-6PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12-5PM. A member of the River North gallery scene, with contemporary art, including paint, drawings and sculpture.
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  • St. Michael's Church

    1633 N Cleveland Ave
    Services Su 9AM,11AM,7PM, M-Sa 8AM, Tu 6PM. Unveiled in 1869, the walls of St Mike's were all that remained after the Chicago Fire swept through Old Town, making it one of only six structures to survive — and the tallest in the city until 1885. A tower was added in 1887, and the current stained glass windows date from 1902. It serves the Redemptorist faith, a branch of Catholicism, with seating for more than 1000 people.
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  • Royal George Theater

    1641 N Halsted St
    Box office M 10AM-6PM, Tu-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12-5PM. $30-$50. Home to the long-running Late Night Catechism and its variations, the Royal George has a couple of stages for "cheeky" parodies and satires that go down nice with moderately wealthy white folks.
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