7 Concierge Favorites to Explore in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park Zoo
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Lincoln Park Zoo

What started as a gift of two pair of swans and then the purchase of a bear cub for $10 has turned into one of the few free-admission zoos in the country and it’s open every day of the year. Now home to 1,100 animals in its 49 acres it’s high time you bundled up, grabbed your morning cup, and see for yourself why the Lincoln Park Zoo is concierge favorite.

Chicago History Museum

Ritz-Carlton concierge Laurel Gray sums the Chicago History Museum up perfectly: it’s intimate in size, but a fascinating and fact-filled museum that provides an essential overview of Chicago. From Chicago’s sports to politics, the Union Stockyards to the very first ‘L’ car–there’s so much to discover at this North Side gem located in the scenic Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Armitage Halsted Corridor

This two-block stretch is a favorite shopping destination of Chicago’s concierge. Both a historic district and architecturally significant, the Armitage and Halsted corridor is the place for high-end clothing, handmade accessories, one-of-a-kind gifts, children’s goodies, and other great Chicago treasures.

Kingston Mines

After dark, nothing beats taking in some authentic Chicago blues. Kingston Mines is home to two stages, so you get to see two live bands in one night. Only here can you witness nellie “Tiger” Travis leave her heart on the stage with her powerhouse vocals and then have your face melted by Joanna Connor’s guitar shredding in the next room all in one night.

More to Explore

The Gwen Chicago’s chef concierge Ramon Gomez thinks your trip to Lincoln Park wouldn’t quite be complete without experiencing these nearby only-in-Chicago favorites.

Gramaphone Records: Chicago’s known globally as the birthplace of house music and that’s due, in part, to local shops like this favorite. It’s here that vinyl lovers and aspiring DJs alike can dig deep through their crates, as did the likes of Bad Boy Bill, Green Velvet, Felix da Housecat, and more.

Wrigley Frield: While things don’t get into full swing until their opener in April, that shouldn’t dissuade you from taking the short jaunt up to Wrigleyville to take in this favorite, landmark ballpark. If your visit isn’t on a game or tour day, definitely snap a straight-to-social-media-worthy picture in front of the iconic marquee.

North Pond: Housed in a stunning Arts & Crafts- style building that once served as a warming shelter for ice skaters in the early 1900s, is a favorite romantic fine dining destination. Seasonal menus keep things fresh, while a la carte and tasting options allot for a flexibility that’s normally not found in restaurants of this caliber.

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Hi: Can we correct the post on Lincoln Park Zoo? The original gift was 2 pair of swans. Need proof? See Chicago Tribune “Swans in Lincoln Park” August 27, 1868. Or hiddentruths.northwestern .edu. Or 1899 annual report of the Commissioners of Lincoln Park. Thanks for your help. Regards, Roger Pomerance

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