Although boundaries are precisely defined in the city's list of official neighborhoods, the Lincoln Park neighborhood in popular thought has somewhat variable boundaries; it is generally considered to be bordered on the north by Diversey Parkway, on the west by Clybourn Avenue, on the south by North Avenue, and on the east by the public park of the same name.
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 two architecturally significant churches: St. Vincent De Paul and St. Josaphat's, one of the many so-called 'Polish Cathedrals' in Chicago. Visible from throughout the neighborhood, these monumental edifices tower over the neighborhood lending the area much of its charm.
Lincoln Park is home to a large amount of boutiques, retail stores, bookstores, restaurants and coffee shops. Restoration Hardware, lululemon athletica, Rugby Ralph Lauren, Pottery Barn, Barneys New York CO-OP, L'Occitane en Provence, R.E.I., American Apparel, BCBG Max Azria, Abercrombie and Fitch, United Colors of Benetton, Marc Jacobs, and Club Monaco, are just a few of the large number of upscale national retailers and boutiques located in the neighborhood. There are also many bars and clubs in the area, especially along Lincoln Avenue between Wrightwood and Webster.
In 2007, Forbes magazine named the area between Armitage St, Willow St, Burling St, and Orchard St as the most expensive block in Chicago.