Clark Street Attractions

See. Experience. Taste. Touch.

Clark Street in Lincoln Park enjoys proximity to a treasure-trove of nationally-renowned cultural gems: The Lincoln Park Zoo, The Lincoln Park Conservatory, Theater on the Lake, a rowing canal, the Chicago History Museum, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, ponds, beaches and playing fields.

So stroll among the park’s statues, saunter down the beach, smile at a zebra, enjoy yoga with butterflies, and engage your senses all year long. And while visiting these Clark Street area attractions, be sure to step into a local restaurant, refresh yourself at a pub, or pick up any number of last minute essentials to round out your Lincoln Park experience.

For data about attendance at local attractions and local events, download Doing Business on Clark Street in Lincoln Park.

Not to Miss Clark Street Area Attractions:

  • The Chicago History Museum – Standing at the crossroads of America’s past and its future, the CHM cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history.
  • The Green City Market – Chicago’s only year-round farmers’ market promoting local, sustainable farmers, producers and chefs by connecting them to the public through educational programming and special events.
  • The Lincoln Park Zoo – open 365 days a year and always free, the Lincoln Park zoo offers fun for the whole family. As one of its 3 million+ visitors annually, you’ll be transported from the urban jungle to an actual jungle while spying some of the world’s most exotic animals.
  • The Lincoln Park Conservatory – here you will find tropical palms and ancient ferns, right in the heart of Lincoln Park.
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – This museum is the urban gateway to nature and science. It’s a unique venue for the public, especially urban dwellers, to find new ways to reconnect with the natural world.
  • Theater on the Lake – Located at Fullerton, right along the Lake Shore, Theater on the Lake is a historic building that offers breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyline, fine dining at their Lakefront Restaurant, and outstanding shows throughout the year. Theater on the Lake is a partnership between Lakefront Hospitality Group and the Chicago Park District.
  • The Second City – As one of the most renowned comedy theaters in the country, The Second City sits at the south end of the Clark-Lakefront area. Offering both improv and sketch comedy performances, you’ll laugh your socks off any night of the week when catching a show at The Second City.
  • North Pond Nature Sanctuary – Escape the stress of city living at this urban sanctuary with native wildflowers, trees and calming still water that provides a home for turtles, dragonflies, butterflies, small mammals and over 230 species of resident and migratory birds.
  • North Avenue Beach – Considered Chicago’s favorite beach, it is the focal point of the Chicago Air & Water show, AVP pro volleyball, and recreational sports leagues.
  • The Elks Veterans Memorial – A monument in the truest sense with its massive dome, heroic sculptures and intricately detailed friezes, built in 1926.

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