The History of Lincoln Park and its Lakeside Trail
One of the most visited parks in America, Lincoln Park, is home to a number of recreational facilities, wildlife sanctuaries, and museums dedicated to a proper Chicago tourism experience. After relaxing on one of Shoreline Sightseeing’s Chicago architecture tours, explore the 1200 acre Lincoln Park and immerse yourself in the history and beauty of old Chicago.
The History of Lincoln Park
Created in 1843, Lincoln Park is Chicago’s largest public park, stretching seven miles along the shores of Lake Michigan. Originally used as the city cemetery, the interred were removed in the 1860s due to health concerns. The exception being the Couch family who remain interred in the Couch Mausoleum which lies behind the Chicago History Museum. For nearly a century, the park expanded, adding land to the north and south of the original cemetery until it finally stretched from Ardmore Avenue in the north, to Ohio Street in the south.
How Its 18-Mile Lake Path Came to Be
Designed to connect the various beaches and recreational points throughout the park, the 18-mile Lakefront Trail has become a favorite destination for walkers, cyclists, and those looking to explore the many vistas that the park has to offer.
Points of Interest
The vast expanse of Lincoln Park also houses world-class educational and cultural facilities that include:
- Lincoln Park Zoo – A free year-round zoo home to a wide variety of exotic animals, a children’s zoo, and a working reproduction Midwestern farm.
- Lincoln Park Conservatory – A botanical display house that is open to the public year-round and offers free tours of the four halls and the more than 25,000 natural species they contain.
- Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – Originally established as the Chicago Academy of Science in 1857, the Nature Museum offers exhibits in ecology, green living, and a butterfly house that is home to more than 200 species.
- Chicago History Museum – A museum dedicated to the history of the City of Chicago and houses an extensive research library that includes rare books, art, and sculptural exhibits.
Journey to Lincoln Park on the Water with Shoreline Sightseeing
On your next visit to the windy city, treat yourself to one of the high points of Chicago tourism – a Chicago Architecture Tour, finished off with a trip to historic Lincoln Park. Check out our daily schedule and book your tour today.