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Top Choice Gastronomy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Alinea

One of the world's best restaurants, with three Michelin stars, Alinea brings on multiple courses of molecular gastronomy. Dishes may emanate from a centrifuge or be pressed into a capsule, à la duck served with a ‘…
Top Choice Theater in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Steppenwolf Theatre

Steppenwolf is Chicago’s top stage for quality, provocative theater productions. The Hollywood-heavy ensemble includes Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, Martha Plimpton, Gary Cole, Joan Allen and Tracy Letts. A money-sav…
Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Second City

Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and more honed their wit at this slick venue where shows take place nightly. The Mainstage and ETC stage host sketch revues (with an improv scene thrown in); they're similar in…
Top Choice Park in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Lincoln Park

The neighborhood gets its name from this park, Chicago’s largest. Its 1200 acres stretch for 6 miles from North Ave north to Diversey Pkwy, where it narrows along the lake and continues on north until the end of Lak…
Top Choice Bar in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Old Town Ale House

Located near the Second City comedy club and the scene of late-night musings since the 1960s, this unpretentious neighborhood favorite lets you mingle with beautiful people and grizzled regulars, seated pint by pint…
Top Choice Comedy in Lincoln Park & Old Town

iO Theater

One of Chicago's top-tier improv houses, iO is a bit edgier (and cheaper) than its competition, with four stages hosting bawdy shows nightly. Two bars and a beer garden add to the fun. The Improvised Shakespeare Com…
Pizza in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Pequod’s Pizza

Like the ship in Moby Dick, from which this neighborhood restaurant takes its name, Pequod’s pan-style (akin to deep dish) pizza is a thing of legend – head and shoulders above chain competitors because of its caram…
Beach in Lincoln Park & Old Town

North Avenue Beach

Chicago's most popular strand of sand wafts a Southern California vibe. Buff teams spike volleyballs, kids build sandcastles and everyone jumps in for a swim when the weather heats up. Bands and DJs rock the steambo…
Museum in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Chicago History Museum

Curious about Chicago’s storied past? Multimedia displays at this museum cover it all, from the Great Fire to the 1968 Democratic Convention. President Lincoln's deathbed is here, as is the bell worn by Mrs O'Leary'…
Market in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Green City Market

Stands of purple cabbages, red radishes, green asparagus and other bright-hued produce sprawl through Lincoln Park at Chicago's biggest farmers market. Follow your nose to the demonstration tent, where local cooks s…