The Lincoln Park is Chicago's quintessential neighborhood which is just north of the Loop and Gold Coast, and follows Chicago's beautiful frontage and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan. Second only to the Gold Coast in terms of home values and per capita income, it has long held the reputation as Chicago's premiere retail, dining, social and cultural destination.
The Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the nation's best -- it is a large and free zoo in the center of the city and adjacent to the lovely Lincoln Park Conservatory, Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The sandy beaches of Fullerton Parkway and North Avenue are just beyond. Café Brauer overlooks the Lincoln Park Zoo Pond which features morning birdwalks and paddle boats for rent. Kayaking, boating and bicycling (bikes for rent) are available on the lakefront.
The Armitage / Halsted shopping district is hugely popular with scores of designer boutiques as well as national brands such as Benetton. The theatre district is within walking distance -- the Steppenwolf Theatre being the most nationally prominent of the many in the area. Restaurants from five star to casual breakfast cafes line the streets, many of which feature al fresco dining during the warmer months.
Within a four block radius of the Guest House:
DINING: Charlie Trotter’s, Café Bernard, Sai Café, Tilli’s Restaurant, Nan’s Sushi, John’s Place, Café Ba Ba Reeba, Pasta Palazzo, Red Rooster, Karyns Raw Vegan Gourmet
CASUAL DINING: Athenian Room, Sweet Mandy B’s, Potbelly’s, Glasgotts Saloon, Kincades Bar & Grill, Toast, McGee’s Tavern, State Restaurant, Argo Tea, Starbucks Coffee, Noodles in the Pot, John Barleycorn’s Memorial Pub, Bacino’s Pizzeria, The Bourgeois Pig* (Recommended by Rachael Ray), Minnies, Dairy Queen
LIVE MUSIC: Kingston Mines, B.L.U.E.S., Lilly’s Bar, Ambrosia Café, Wise Fools Pub
PARKS AND RECREATION: Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Lincoln Park Zoo; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and OX PARK, featuring Dorothy & Toto, the Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow; tennis courts, baseball field, jogging track, child play-lot and semi-formal English gardens
LIVE THEATRE: Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Apollo Theatre, Royal George Theatre Center, Theatre on the Lake (summers only)
FITNESS: Webster Fitness Club, Harmony Mind Body Fitness, Veria Wellness Center
SALON SPAS: bluemercury, Karyn’s Inner Beauty Center, Spacio, Michael Anthony Spa & Salon, Lincoln Park Massage, Blueberry Moon, Hair Cuttery, Veria Wellness Center
MORE: Lincoln Park Cultural Center, Seven Ten Lounge, Citizen Canine B&B for Dogs, FedEx Kinkos, White Elephant Resale Shop, Quiltology
BEYOND THE NEIGHBORHOOD: easily accessible via taxi or CTA (Chicago Transit Authority's subway, elevated trains, and bus lines):
Chicago History Museum
Chicago Latvian Cultural Center
DuSable Museum of African American History
Equinox Lincoln Park Fitness Club
Garfield Park Conservatory
Gene Siskel Film Center
McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
The Museum of Contemporary Art
National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum
Polish Museum of America
Second City and Second City E.T.C.
Spertus Museum and Institute of Jewish Studies
Ukrainian National Museum Chicago
Chicago Center for Green Technology: Resource Library and Classes