Lincoln Park, Chicago

Ms. Raleigh, period 10, 1/15/14

Lincoln Park is one of the North side communities in Chicago. It is named after Lincoln Park, a park that runs along the neighborhood, and is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo. This neighborhood also has DePaul University located in it. Not only does Lincoln Park have those major attractions, but it is filled with restaurants boutiques, and famous theaters. Today Lincoln Park is home to young professionals and families.

In 1871 the Great Fire destroyed many of the houses in the area which creates a mix of housing there today. Residences range from over a 100 years old to brand new mansions. In the 1920's, there was a 20- year time period of tearing down older wood- frame homes and building more expensive construction. In the 1950's-60's teachers, artists, writers and other professionals started to move in and the neighborhood became no longer working class residents. In the 1970's executives, lawyers and bankers working in the city found it was a nice neighborhood to live in instead of the suburbs.

In the 1800's, Italians, Poles, Romanians, Hungarians, and Slovaks lived in Lincoln Park and worked in the factories near by. After housing prices increased- middle class to upper-class caucasians mainly moved in.

Fun Fact: Miss Raleigh lives there!