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Lincoln Park, 1977

Posted By on 07.09.12 at 07:37 AM

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More neighborhood nuggets from Sweet Home Chicago 2, published by Chicago Review Press in 1977. Here's the entry for Lincoln Park:

Fat City. Flashy, fashionable, perhaps a bit bored by its own success. Lincoln Park is the Valhalla of conspicuous consumption. It's where you go to impress and be impressed, to check out the latest styles, to hustle or just to watch.

Lincoln Park is really a collection of neighborhoods, bordered on the south by North Avenue, on the east by the lake, and on the north by Diversey. The western boundary is harder to fix, because instead of creeping blight, Lincoln Park has been experiencing creeping renewal. The "hot" real estate area used to be strictly east of Halsted; then the western border jumped to Larrabbee [sic], and from there to Racine.

Within this general area are huge highrises overlooking the lake; modern townhouses and mid-rise developments; two-flats, three-flats and walk-up apartment buildings of various ages and sizes; tastefully restored 19th-Century row houses on quiet, leafy side streets—a marvelous housing mix that somehow manages to coexist with glitzy commercial strips like Clark, Armitage, and Lincoln Avenue. Rents and property values are constantly on the rise; many residents who took part in the area's initial surge of revitalization during the mid-sixties, which forced many middle and lower-class families to leave, have since been priced out themselves.

There always seems to be someone else who's willing to pay the price, though, because what Lincoln Park has to offer simply can't be equalled anywhere else. The park, the zoo, the beaches, the night life, the convenient location, the proud tradition of independent politics, the multitude of specialty shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants . . . the list goes on and on. Even those of us who don't live there couldn't live without it.

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