Friday, January 18th, 2019
Whether you live downtown and have guests coming to visit, live in the Chicago suburbs and are looking for a downtown stay-cation, or are a visitor yourself, check out our “24 Hours In Each Neighborhood” posts. Here’s a great way to spend a day in Lincoln Park!
9:00 AM Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is a unique place to experience the juxtaposition of the concrete jungle and natural jungle or “see gorillas climb trees as the Willis Tower looms in the distance” as LPZ’s website puts it. See a wide variety of species, enjoy the tranquil paths, or rent a paddleboat on the zoo’s pond. Lincoln Park Zoo has a full events calendar between Fall Fest, ZooLights, Fitness at the Zoo, Breakfast with Animals, and more. Lincoln Park Zoo has free admission and is open 365 days per year.
12:00 PM Chicago History Museum
The Chicago History Museum features multiple rotating exhibits as well as educational programs and events. One currently featured exhibit is “Modern By Design: Chicago Streamlines America”, which features 300 objects, photos, and other various materials, like Radio Flyer wagons and Wrigley Gum, from the 1930s to 1950s that highlight Chicago’s role in shaping popular American designs and products.
2:00 PM Shopping on Armitage
Armitage Street is lined with boutiques, cafes, novelty gift shops, juice bars, galleries, medspas, and even a cryotherapy bar. Stop by Cynthia Rowley, Art Effect, or Lori’s Shoes to get a taste of Armitage Street shopping in Lincoln Park.
Lori’s Shoes is a boutique with specialty shoes known as the “sole” of Chicago. Lori’s customers come for the shoe selection, personally curated by Lori herself in her world travels, and keep coming back because of the personalized experience. Lori’s customers feel as though they are working with a personal shopper and leave with a uniquely curated look.
4:00 PM Happy Hour at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
In your new shoes, walk around the corner to Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba on Armitage and Halsted Streets. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba serves Spanish tapas and paella, both of which are great for sharing, as well as a great selection of sangria. Stop by from 4-6pm on weekdays for excellent happy hour specials.
5:00 PM Dinner at Alinea
Food, art, and live entertainment collide at Alinea. The multi-sensory, multi-course tasting menu gives fine dining an experimental twist. Reservations are required in advance and seatings are available at 5pm and 9:30pm nightly.
See the gallery at the below for some of the sensational creations at Alinea!
9:00 PM Live Theatre
Lincoln Park is a prime location for excellent theatre in Chicago. Go to Second City to see some of the best improv in the country. Steppenwolf Theatre is also known as one of the best theater companies in the country and shows feature-length plays in an intimate setting. Tickets are required well in advance for Steppenwolf.
11:00 PM Live Music
Wrap up your day in Lincoln Park with some live music at Kingston Mines or Lincoln Hall.
Kingston Mines blues club features live bands on two stages until late at night. Kingston Mines is more of a bar setting that has live music as opposed to Lincoln Hall, which is a designated music venue. Shows at Lincoln Hall typically range from $15-35 per ticket. Click here to see Lincoln Hall’s upcoming schedule.