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Lincoln Park


Named after a huge stretch of park owned by the Chicago Park District, Lincoln Park is bracketed by the historic Lincoln Park Zoo and DePaul University. The area owes its ambiance to the combination of college students and young couples who make their homes there. A mere two miles north of downtown and framed by North Avenue, Diversey Parkway, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, this desirable neighborhood is both trendy and classic. Throughout the bustling area, national retailers like American Apparel rub shoulders with architecturally significant buildings such as St. Vincent de Paul Parish. Families enjoy public and private schools, the park and the zoo, while college students benefit from hole-in-the-wall eateries, easy access to public transportation, and a library branch.


While deals can be found for smaller properties, town homes and the like, Lincoln Park real estate tends toward the luxurious. In fact, in 2007, Forbes magazine called the section between Armitage Avenue, Willow Street, Burling Street, and Orchard Street the priciest block in Chicago. Rehabbed and renovated properties in particular may be costly, with mansions and single-family homes often coming with multi-million-dollar price tags.  Gated communities mingle with converted loft condominiums throughout Lincoln Park, and handsome high-rises offer awe-inspiring city views at the eastern periphery.