Chicago Summerfest 2014 in Lincoln Park

Fun in Lincoln Park

Fun in Lincoln Park

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Lincoln Park is a 1,208-acre (489-hectare) park along the lakefront of Chicago, Illinois‘ North Side, facing Lake Michigan. It is Chicago’s largest public park. Named after Abraham Lincoln, it stretches for seven miles (11 km) from Ohio Street (600 N) on the south[1][2] to near Ardmore Avenue (5800 N) on the north, just north of the Lake Shore Drive terminus at Hollywood Avenue.[3] Several museums and a zoo are located between North Avenue (1600 N) and Diversey Parkway (2800 N) in the neighborhood that takes its name from the park, Lincoln Park. The park further to the north is characterized by parkland, beaches, recreational areas, nature reserves, and harbors. To the south, there is a more narrow strip of beaches east of Lake Shore Drive, almost to downtown. With 20 million visitors a year, Lincoln Park is the second-most-visited park in the United States.[4]

The park’s recreational facilities include baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, soccer/football fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, field houses, a target archery field, a driving range and golf course. The park also includes a number of harbors with boating facilities, as well as public beaches. There are landscaped gardens, public art, bird refuges, a zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Chicago History Museum, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, and a theater on the lake with regular outdoor performances during the summer.

Conservatory

The Lincoln Park Conservatory offers year-round displays of plants from many different climates around the world.[15] Today’s conservatory was built in stages from 1890 to 1895. It consists of a vestibule, four display halls and fifteen propagating and growing houses. The vestibule and Palm House were built and opened to the public in 1892 and contain giant palms and rubber trees, including a 15 m (50 ft) fiddle-leaf rubber tree planted in 1891. In the Palm House, one can also find Garden Figure, a sculpture by Frederick Hibbard. The Fern Room or Fernery was opened in 1895. It contains plants of the forest floor, primarily a vast collection of ferns. The Tropical Room was originally called the stove house. Opened in 1895, it contained an assortment of tropical plants suspended from bark-covered walls. It is now called the Orchid Room and has a collection of approximately 25,000 natural species. The Display House is used for seasonal flower and plant exhibits. A docent program run by the Chicago Park District and Lincoln Park Conservancy provides free tours of the Conservatory and its outdoor gardens from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and from 9 to Noon on Saturdays.

Lily Pool

Lily Pool

Located on Fullerton Parkway between Stockton and Cannon Drives, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is an historic example of Prairie School landscape architecture. The Lily Pool was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark on February 17, 2006.[16] The Lily Pool had originally been built to cultivate tropical water lilies in 1889.[17] In the 1930s, landscape architect Alfred Caldwell was hired by the Works Progress Administration to redesign the pool in the Prairie School style.[18] From 1998 to 2002, the Lily Pool underwent an extensive restoration by the Lincoln Park Conservancy and Chicago Park District, which earned the site its historic designations, and renamed the site after Alfred Caldwell. The Lily Pool is open seasonally from mid-April to mid-November from 7:30 a.m. to the earlier of dusk or 7:30 p.m. every day. A docent program run by the Chicago Park District and Lincoln Park Conservancy offers free tours from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and from 9 – Noon on Saturdays during operating season.

Nature Museum

First established in 1857 as the Chicago Academy of Sciences and now occupying its new facility since 1999, as the Nature Museum, it descends from the Park District’s first museum in the parks. The museum’s exhibits include displays about the ecological history of the Illinois region, a live butterfly house, and a green home demonstration.[19] The butterfly house features more than 200 species of exotic butterflies. The museum also offers educational programs for adults and children.[20]

History Museum

Located at Clark Street and North Avenue, the Chicago History Museum is dedicated to everything about Chicago’s human history. Perhaps among its most well-known possessions are Abraham Lincoln‘s deathbed and several furniture pieces from the room where he died in the Petersen House in Washington, D.C., as well as clothing he and wife Mary Todd Lincoln wore the evening of his assassination.[21][22] The museum also houses Chicago’s most important collection of materials related to local history from the Chicago Fire to the Young Lords in Lincoln Park. In addition to the exhibits, the museum continues to house an extensive research library which includes books and other published materials, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and photos.

North Pond

Beaver in North Pond in 2014

The North Pond Nature Sanctuary (41°55′42.12″N 87°38′15.66″W), located between Fullerton, Diversey, Stockton and Cannon, is a ten-acre pond that has become an important wildlife area. Historically the site was a dune, then a dumping ground, and an ornamental pond; it was converted in 1999-2000 into a natural area with a littoral zone that greatly improved the water quality by re-establishing native Midwestern ecology. The upland restoration of prairie, savanna, and woodland plants has included only top quality native species such as little bluestem, sky-blue aster, nodding wild onion, side-oats grama, butterfly weed, purple prairie clover, rough blazing star, wild quinine, prairie phlox, coneflowers, false dragonhead, northern prairie dropseed, showy goldenrod, rattlesnake master, shooting star, and wild bergamot.[29] The North Pond Nature Sanctuary is notable as the site where Mayor Richard M. Daley and the US Fish and Wildlife Service signed an Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds in April, 2004, making the city eligible for federal funds to restore habitat for the lakefront migratory pathway for birds.

Restoration with native plants has drawn a great diversity of wildlife to this urban pond including many species of birds, turtles, frogs, and even a few beavers.[30][31][32][33] Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, green herons, mallards, wood ducks, song sparrows and woodpeckers can regularly be spotted at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary.

There’s always a great music line-up at the Lincoln Park Summerfest in Chicago including 16 Candles.

This annual festival in Lincoln Park features live music, food and  drink vendors with plenty of locally made artwork and jewelry.

Lincoln Avenue Fest

16 Candles Band at Edge Fest 2012 in Chicago

16 Candles Band at Edge Fest in Chicago

Nestled in the heart of Lincoln Park, Chicago Summerfest becomes a ‘Ravinia‘ style oasis where attendees can throw down a blanket and enjoy the food and music.

Just steps from Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago Summerfest is located in one of Chicago Park District’s prime locations. This year’s celebration is sure to be bigger and better then EVER! So, grab your friends and head over.

Wearable Art

Wearable Art

Dates: June 28 – 29, 2014

Hours: Sat 12 – 10 pm, Sun 12 – 9 pm

Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

Address: Clark Street at Armitage, Chicago IL

 

Here’s the Music Lineup:

  • Wine in the Park

    Wine in the Park

    16 Candles


    Link

    WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:30

    “Established in 2003. 16 Candles makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great 80′s songs you love to life in full force. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivates audiences and inspires new ways of dancing and thinking (not to mention drinking). The members are 5 fun-loving guys with a simple love for the music of years gone by and a mission to fuse nostalgia and style to create a sight/sound spectacular unlike any other.”


     Lincoln Avenue Fest


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