A Weekend in Chicago: Lincoln Park


Lincoln Park has so much to offer from its vast outdoor scenery to unique restaurants, bars and breweries. Head a few miles north of The Loop for the weekend and experience one of Chicago’s most charming neighborhoods. 

If you’re looking to spend the night in Lincoln Park, there are many boutique hotels to choose from. You can’t go wrong when staying at Hotel Lincoln. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Hotel Lincoln is guaranteed to please you with its Midwestern charm. When you arrive at the hotel, head to the roof and kick off your Friday night with happy hour at J. Parker Rooftop Bar. Even if you aren’t staying the night, J. Parker is still a great place to enjoy beautiful views over Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan.

Keep your Friday night going with dinner at Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba— Chicago’s original tapas bar! This authentic Spanish cuisine will make your taste buds tingle. With a wide variety of tapas and paella plus fresh-fruit sangria, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will give you that Friday feeling you deserve.

If you aren’t ready to end the night after dinner, Utopian Tailgate should be your next stop of the night. Located above Second City, this vibrant rooftop bar is all excitement! Its creative drinks and decor will make it a #funfriday in Lincoln Park!

Saturdays are for brunch, and Lincoln Park has a handful of brunch spots that give off perfect vacation vibes.  Summer House Santa Monica is a laid-back restaurant in Lincoln Park with a West Coast feel and trendy, beachy decor. Fuel up for the day with a classic egg sandwich or switch it up and try the short rib hash.

What’s a weekend in Lincoln Park without a visit at the Lincoln Park Zoo? Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the most established zoos in the country, and the best part is— it’s free! Say hello to your favorite animals and take in the zoo’s gorgeous botanical gardens. Check out this article to learn more about Lincoln Park Zoo and find out what’s happening there this summer!

When you’re getting hungry, stop at Homeslice for a different kind of Chicago Pizza experience. This rustic looking restaurant feels much different than most places in the city with its tree trunk tables, but don’t be fooled this thin crust pizza is some of the best the city has to offer!

Lincoln Park and its surrounding area have many breweries with great outdoor seating for you to kick back and relax on Saturday evening. Start the night off at Chicago’s favorite Goose Island Brewhouse. Its Chicago inspired brews are known throughout the country as satisfying craft beers. Keep the night going by hopping around to some other breweries! We’ve got a guide for you on breweries in and near Lincoln Park!

Before you head out of Lincoln Park on Sunday, be sure to take in more of the nature it has to offer by heading to the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool. This peaceful escape from the city is the perfect place to wind down after a busy weekend. 

Written By: Kelly Pawlak

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