Lincoln Park is Chicago’s largest public park spanning 488,86 ha (1.8875 mi²) along the Chicago, Illinois lakefront and facing Lake Michigan. The Lincoln Park Zoo is included in the park that also features beaches, nature reserves, and harbors.
Lincoln Park wasn’t always so thriving and alive as today. In 1824, Lincoln Park was merely swamp and prairie land where, amid Native American settlements, there was a remote U.S. Army outpost. Many of Lincoln Park’s first inhabitants were immigrants. By the 1830s, advances in industry and agriculture gave rise to a small community around the military base. Going hand in hand with the area’s crop-based economy, manufacturing plants that produced agricultural goods went up along the Chicago River and Lincoln Park thrived as a small rural community. The area between North Avenue and Fullerton Parkway was used as a smallpox hospital and cemetery . In 1860s, an initiative to preserve the land as a public open space ultimately created a 60-acre park called Lake Park and renamed Lincoln Park in honor of President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in 1865. From the 1860s through the 1950s the park expanded South and then North along seven miles (11 km) of Chicago’s Lakefront. The establishment of public parkland along all of Chicago’s lakefront was a central tenet of the 1909 Burnham Plan for the development of Chicago.Lincoln Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994
- Beaches . There are seven public beaches for swimming and sunbathing along the Park’s 7 mile shoreline that are guarded during the summer months.
- Waveland Avenue Golf Course provides a lakeside setting for the game. Further south, inland of Lakeshore Drive, is a driving range and miniature golf course.
- Boating .There are three harbors in the Park providing marina and docking facilities for boaters: north to south, they are Montrose in Uptown, Lakeview’s Belmont, and Diversey in the Lakeview and the Lincoln Park Neighborhoods
- The Chicago Lakefront Trail is an 18-mile with multiple uses along the coast of Lake Michigan and popular with cyclists and joggers.
- Lincon park statues .Walking through the zoo and into the park visitors can see many of Chicago’s great works of art such as a statue of Abraham Lincoln and the massive memorial to Ulysses S. Grant
With over 20 million visitors a year, Lincoln Park, is the second most visited park in the United States.Lincoln Park offers visitors miles of trails, a wide public beach, open green meadows and a variety of athletic fields. The park is a hotspot for joggers, bikers, skaters, stroller-pushers and dog-walkers. In the summer, it’s buzzing with activity, as people venture outdoors to get fresh air, make a barbeque on the public grills, or play games and relax on the grass.
The park’s recreational facilities include 15 baseball areas, 6 basketball courts, softball fields, soccer fields, 35 tennis courts, 163 volley ball courts, field houses, a driving range and golf course. The park also includes a number of harbors with boating facilities, as well as public beaches. There are also landscaped gardens, bird refuges, a Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, and a theater on the lake with regular outdoor performances during the summer.