Chicago Foodies Love Lincoln Park

Chicago Foodies Love Lincoln Park

Dining Out Chicago |
Apr 26, 2017

The storied history of a celebrated Chicago neighborhood

Lincoln Park is one of the most beloved neighborhoods in the city, known for its expansive parks, beautiful brownstones, and proximity to the Lake Michigan. This neighborhood north of downtown also boasts the eponymous Lincoln Park Zoo (which is free), the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. Rich with history, the lush neighborhood wasn’t always what it is today.

According to historical archives from the Art Institute of Chicago, in 1837, part of Lincoln Park was home to a smallpox hospital and city cemetery. This was short-lived; in the 1860s, the graves and hospital were removed and the area’s became public land, forming a park called Lake Park, which was renamed Lincoln Park in 1865 after President Lincoln’s assassination. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed much of the area housing shortly thereafter, which was then replaced with a combination of low-quality wood framed houses built for the working class interspersed with luxurious, stately properties. The zoo was added in 1874, and has always remained a free Chicago institution.

Today, the neighborhood has great walkability and a stellar, diverse food scene. Really, you can find everything in Lincoln Park—from quick-serve spots that satisfy DePaul students and kid-friendly restaurants that attract young families to destination-worthy gastronomic experiences like those found at Grant Achatz’s Alinea.

If you want a true taste of the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood, here are a few iconic spots sure to satisfy.

R.J. Grunts {2056 North Lincoln Park West; 773.929.5363}

This all-American eatery slings burgers and mixes milkshakes, but also features a menu of vegetarian options, and is home to one of the country’s first salad bars. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Lincoln Park and was Owner Rich Melman’s first restaurant, now a part of his restaurant empire, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

Media Contact

Emily Clark pr@leye.com 773-878-7340

You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2019: Chicago
May 24, 2019

On Monday, May 27, our Chicago restaurants will honor Memorial Day with brunch, lunch and dinner…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Brunch this Weekend
May 15, 2019

If you're anything like us, you plan your weekend around brunch. Here is your guide to all of our…

read more >
How To
How To: Build the Perfect Nachos
May 3, 2019

“If you build it, they will come.”  The most epic nacho platter, that is. We are breaking down…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch – Chicagoland
Apr 15, 2019

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities
Feb 10, 2019

You've been to the zoo, the beach, the pool... the kids are starting to get stir crazy. We've got…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Throwing a Holiday Party? Don’t Forget These 4 Things!
Nov 7, 2018

Before your friends and family come over and gather around your table, there are a few tips and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
It’s Apple Season: Where To Eat ‘Em
Oct 16, 2018

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Summer Ice Cream Checklist
Jul 19, 2018

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM...we all know the drill so let's get to the good stuff. July is National Ice…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Your Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich is Served
Jul 2, 2018

You can roast ‘em, you can bake ‘em, and you can grill ‘em, but nothing tantalizes the taste…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Cozy Sips to Kick the Chilly Days
Dec 15, 2017

Braving the winter just got a little bit easier this year with an array of hot cocktails and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
‘Tis the Season: Cozy Cocktails
Dec 16, 2016

Like it or not, winter is upon us. It’s getting quite chilly, the darkness approaches sooner than…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Lettuce Date Night
Aug 15, 2016

 

read more >
In The Restaurants
A Few of Our Favorite Brunch Dishes
May 15, 2016

Brunch: An epic weekend meal situated between breakfast and lunch at which it is totally acceptable…

read more >

Recent Posts

In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour in Las Vegas
May 24, 2019

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Treat yourself to happy hour on The Strip at one of our Lettuce Entertain…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour in the D.C. Metro Area
May 24, 2019

It's 5 o'clock somewhere! Here are all the happy hour deals at our D.C. metro area restaurants, from…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour in Los Angeles
May 24, 2019

The workday is done, so grab your friends and co-workers and head to Stella Barra in Santa Monica or…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour in Chicago
May 24, 2019

TGI- (insert day of the week here)! Here are all the happy hour deals available at Lettuce Entertain…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Happy Hour in the Twin Cities
May 24, 2019

Happy Hour is even better when the drinks and food are half off! Treat yourself after work at one of…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2019: Chicago
May 24, 2019

On Monday, May 27, our Chicago restaurants will honor Memorial Day with brunch, lunch and dinner…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2019: Metro D.C. Area
May 24, 2019

On Monday, May 27, our Metro D.C. area restaurants will observe Memorial Day with brunch, lunch and…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2019: Las Vegas
May 24, 2019

Our Las Vegas restaurants will honor Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 with brunch, lunch and dinner…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2019: Twin Cities
May 24, 2019

On Monday, May 27, our Twin Cities restaurants will honor Memorial Day with lunch and dinner…

read more >
In The Restaurants
Memorial Day 2019: Los Angeles
May 24, 2019

Our Los Angeles restaurants are honoring Memorial Day on Monday, May 27 with brunch, lunch and…

read more >
How To
VIDEO: How To Mix Up Joe’s Clevelander Cocktail
May 21, 2019

Whether you're looking to impress guests at your next cocktail party, or simply want to shake things…

read more >
In The Restaurants
5 Chef-Approved Ways to Enjoy Spring Produce
May 20, 2019

Spring's showers have given way to flowers and we couldn't be happier to welcome warm(er)…

read more >
Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now