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Lincoln Park – One Of Chicago’s Best Neighborhoods!

Lincoln Park Real Estate

Investing in a Lincoln Park property could be one of the best decisions that you will ever make as this area has emerged to become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the country. As you drive through this Chicago neighborhood, you will be fascinated to discover how its unique historic charm blends well with its lively urban lifestyle. The fusion of the old and new adds to the distinct appeal of the Lincoln Park real estate market.

Its streets are lined with beautiful single family homes, multi-unit condo and apartment buildings and townhomes. Many of these properties don ornate styles and date as far back as the late 1800’s. There are also stylish courtyard condos and mid-century modern residential buildings scattered about. The Lincoln Park real estate market is so diverse that there is something that will definitely suit everyone’s preferences and budget.

Single-family homes are common Lincoln Park property types. There are still a number of lovely brownstone and graystone walkups as well as grand Victorian mansions that are a reminder of Chicago’s rich history. Many of these vintage structures have been updated with the latest amenities that are essential today. A number of the multi-story buildings found in Lincoln Park were converted to condos over the last 10-20 years.

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Lincoln Park real estate prices are higher than the properties in other neighborhoods in Chicago. This is primarily due to its prime locale.

Lincoln Park is considered to be one of the most family-friendly neighborhoods in the country. It not not only has elegant homes, but also boasts strategic location. Its proximity to downtown Chicago makes it an ideal place to raise a family. Having a 1200-acre park right in the heart of the neighborhood provides Lincoln Park residents with a great amenity – the endless possibilities for outdoor activities. Additionally, numerous boutiques, bars, and restaurants provide countless options for shopping, food and entertainment.

Transportation

Lincoln Park is easily accessible by the CTA Red Line which stops at Fullerton Avenue and at North and Clybourn. The Brown Line, operating on an elevated track, also makes stops in Lincoln Park at Sedgwick Avenue in Old Town, Armitage, Fullerton and Diversey. Going around the city using Chicago’s public transport system is definitely convenient as it goes right through the city’s center.

Bus lines that run North/South and East/West pass through Lincoln Park. Bus #11 Lincoln passes through major sections of the neighborhood but be warned that it’s a slow bus so give ample time for travel.

Driving a car in Lincoln Park entails added expenses for parking. Vehicle owners who don’t have a parking space or a garage in their homes have to vie for spots on the streets. This requires the purchase of stickers that are available through the alderman’s office and need to be renewed regularly. But commutes are fairly easy – Lincoln Park has exits to the Interstate through the Lakeshore Drive to the east and the Kennedy Expressway to the west.

Since many places in Lincoln Park are within close proximity, you can vitrually get anywhere by walking. But if you’re in a hurry or not up to walking, taxis are readily available in the neighborhood.

http://www.transitchicago.com/brownline/

Schools

There are several private and public educational institutions available to residents of Lincoln Park. At the top of the list is the prestigious DePaul University which was founded by the Vincentians towards the end of the 19th century. It has a over two hundred undergraduate and graduate programs that offer experiential and challenging learning.

Lincoln Park High School, considered to be one of the best schools in Chicago, is the only secondary school in the neighborhood run by the Chicago Public Schools. It was ranked among the top 100 US schools in the 2008 Newsweek survey.

For elementary students, The Lincoln Elementary School would be a good choice as it belongs to the top 25 percent of all schools in the state. The neighborhood boundaries for Lincoln elementary are Arlington to the North, North Avenue to the South, one side of Burling to the West and the Lake to the East. Oscar Mayer School, LaSalle Language Academy and Newberry Academy, are great magnet schools that serve the area.

Those who would like to put their children in private schools will find that they have several options to choose from. St. Clement School and St. Josephat are Catholic schools that serve students in grades K-8. Francis Parker School and The Latin School both serve students in grades JK-12. The British School of Chicago serves students in grades P-12.

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http://chicago.about.com/od/neighborhoodshistory/p/LincolnPark.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Park,_Chicago

Shopping

Armitage Avenue is home to some of the most popular shops in Lincoln Park. Shoppers with some cash to spend will surely find a lot of designer labels that will suit their style. For bargain hunters, there are consignment shops as well as second-hand stores that offer great deals. The Halsted Street and Clybourn Avenue shopping district also has stores that are sure to satisfy your shopping appetite.

Recreation

Lincoln Park residents have hundreds of options for recreational activities. During the summer, the North Avenue Beach is a favorite spot for sun-lovers. Many semi-pro beach volleyball leagues play here so it’s considered to be the beach volleyball capital of the Midwest. Other places of interest are the world-class Lincoln Park Zoo, Oz Park (the Wizard of Oz-inspired park), the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (also known as the butterfly museum to locals) and the Chicago History Museum.

Because of the large number of students in Lincoln Park, this neighborhood has one of the most active nightlife scenes in the city. Whether it’s a party at a bar or a cultural night in the theater, Lincoln Park will surely have something that will appeal to your tastes. Sports bars and authentic Irish pubs can be found throughout the neighborhood.

The Biograph Theater, a world renowned landmark, is located on Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park and was renamed Victory Gardens Biograph Theater. It is famous not only for the plays that are staged here but also for historical events that are linked to it such as the death of John Dillinger, the notorious bank robber.

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