Lincoln Park (DePaul) is one of the North side community areas of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Named after Lincoln Park, a vast stretch of park belonging to the Chicago Park District, the community area is anchored by the Lincoln Park Zoo and DePaul University. Lincoln Park is bordered by the community areas of Lakeview to the north, North Center to the northwest, Logan Square (Bucktown neighborhood) to the west, West Town (Wicker Park neighborhood) to the southwest, and Near North to the south.
Lincoln Park's boundaries are precisely defined in the city's list of official community areas. It is bordered on the north by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River, on the south by North Avenue, and on the east by Lake Michigan.
Lincoln Park is home to Lincoln Park High School, Francis W. Parker School, and DePaul University. Many students who attend these schools now live in this neighborhood. Lincoln Park is also home to four architecturally significant churches: St. Vincent de Paul Parish, St. Clement Church, St. Josaphat's (one of the many so-called 'Polish Cathedrals' in Chicago), and St. Michael's Church in the Old Town Triangle area of Lincoln Park. Visible from throughout the neighborhood, these monumental edifices tower over the neighborhood, lending the area much of its charm. The neighborhood also houses Children's Memorial Hospital and the currently closed Lincoln Park Hospital, which is slated for redevelopment to condos, senior housing, retail and commercial.
The neighborhood contains large number of upscale national retailers, boutiques, bookstores, restaurants and coffee shops. Shops located in Lincoln Park include Club Monaco, True Religion, Barneys Co-op, Bluemercury, Blue Jean Bar, Calvin Tran, Londo Mondo, Two BCBGs, Two Nine Wests, Lucky Brand Jeans, Nau, Betsey Johnson, Pawsh Puppies, Giggle, Lululemon Athletica, Metropark, Bebe, Aldo, Aerosoles, Arden B., American Apparel, Intermix, United Colors of Benetton, Paul Frank Store, Three SEEs, Cynthia Rowley, Benefit Cosmetics, MAC, Ralph Lauren Rugby, Into the West, Urban Outfitters, New Balance, Three Akiras, Untitled, Two Papyruss', Patagonia, Three The Gaps, Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, J. Crew, Two Victoria's Secrets, R.E.I., Banana Republic, The Children's Place, Two Old Navys, Blick Art, Fleet Feet, Nicole Miller, Erehwon, Three Expresses, Fabrice, Handle with Care, Fey & Co., Kay Jewelers, Two Ultas, West Elm, Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel. CB2, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie, Icing, Lush, Aveda, and many more. Store that have closed include a second Banana Republic, Sunglass Hut, an Express, and a The Gap. An Apple Inc. store is expected to open in spring of 2010 as well as a Lacoste store. There are also many bars and clubs in the area, especially along Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Webster.
Lincoln Park is one of the wealthiest and most expensive neighborhoods in which to live. In 2007, Forbes magazine named the area between Armitage Avenue, Willow Street, Burling Street, and Orchard Street as the most expensive block in Chicago.