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Your kids may not know what a record is, but Dave’s Records sure does
Courtesy Dave’s Records

Nestled amid the opulence of the Magnificent Mile and the beer-and-hot-dog ambiance of Wrigley Field lies the just-right environs of Lincoln Park. A gateway to Chicago’s North Side, this neighborhood is ideal for business or pleasure. Lake Michigan and downtown are within walking distance, and the area’s namesake park is the city’s largest, spanning seven miles along the lake and offering excellent opportunities for walking, bicycling and running.

Clark Street, the crown jewel of this wealthy neighborhood, runs through the heart of Lincoln Park. Food for all palates, shops for all price points and activities for all interests can be found along the middle stretch of this popular 98-block thoroughfare.

DINE: From Algeria to Japan, Clark Street eateries have a global scope. But the Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co. is perfect during a visit to the Windy City. Specializing in so-called pizza potpies, a twist on the city’s signature deep-dish favorite, the 40-year-old restaurant sits across the street from 2122 N. Clark St., site of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Every neighborhood worth its salt needs someplace to go to have breakfast and, around here, that place is Frances’ Deli. Since 1938, this classic Chicago eatery has kept up with the times: In 2011, it was one of 46 restaurants in the city to earn a Bib Gourmand award, denoting good food at a reasonable price, from the Michelin Guide. This being a deli, you can get corned beef, salami or pastrami with your eggs and, yes, breakfast is served all day.

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Seasonal produce at Green City Market
Courtesy Green City Market

SHOP: The popular Green City Market is open for business Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through October in the 1700 block of Clark Street and on Saturdays during the winter months at the nearby Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In addition to locally produced meats, cheeses, vegetables and baked goods, the market features cooking demonstrations by some of the city’s best chefs. If it’s tunes you’re after, look no further than Dave’s Records, the last of the die-hards. This shop doesn’t sell compact discs or tapes of any kind — cassette, eight-track, reel-to-reel or Scotch. It’s all vinyl all the time, and with 40,000 titles on the shelves (including both new and rare albums long out of print), there’s surely something that will tickle your ear.

PLAY: Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the nation’s oldest zoos, has an official address of 2001 N. Clark St. and for nearly two decades employed the late Marlin Perkins as its director. This 35-acre oasis of wildlife inside Lincoln Park has free admission and is open 365 days a year. The Chicago History Museum at the park’s south end tells the tale of the city from its inception as a fur-trading outpost to the disaster of the Great Chicago Fire to its emergence as an epicenter of commerce and the largest city in the Midwest. History buffs and theater fans should stroll a few blocks west of Clark Street to check out the live production company Victory Gardens Theater. In 2006 the company renovated — and has since occupied — the Biograph Theater building where John Dillinger was gunned down after watching — what else? — a movie about gangsters.



Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
2121 N. Clark St.
(773) 248-2570

Frances’ Deli
2552 N. Clark St.
(773) 248-4580

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Del Seoul (Korean street-style barbecue)
2568 N. Clark St.
(773) 248-4227

The Galway Arms (Irish pub)
2442 N. Clark St.
(773) 472-5555


Dave’s Records
2604 N. Clark St.
(773) 929-6325

Green City Market
South end of Lincoln Park between Clark Street and Stockton Drive
(773) 880-1266

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 N. Cannon Dr.
(773) 755-5100

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Holtzmann’s Jewelers
2304 N. Clark St.
(773) 529-0010

Josh Moulton Fine Art Gallery
2218 N. Clark St.
(773) 592-3434


Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
(312) 642-4600

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 N. Clark St.
(312) 742-2000

Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
(773) 871-3000

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Lincoln Park Conservatory
2391 N. Stockton Drive
(312) 742-7736

The Second City Improv Theatre and Nightclub
1616 N. Wells St.
(312) 337-3992