Working with 1,214 acres of the most highly used, and abused, park land in Chicago means Lincoln Park will always be in need of our assistance. From antiquated playlots to crumbling running paths, and leaking historic buildings to weed-infested gardens, our nonprofit seeks to fill the gap between government budget cuts and the needs of the people’s park. Through our focused and expert efforts, we are successfully creating a better park one project at a time.
Each project begins with our Board’s decision to adopt a park site in need. We then raise private funding to create a Master Plan to improve the site, which is submitted to the public for review and comment. Final approvals are sought from the Chicago Park District, and then our work begins – raising money to execute the Plan. That’s where YOU come in; please visit our support page to see how you can help.
The $2.4 million restoration of the Lily Pool to landscape architect Alfred Caldwell’s original 1936 design earned this hidden gem National Historic Landmark status. We lead the restoration with the Chicago Park District, and since 2002, we have helped maintain this “hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis.”
Our Master Plan’s goal is to revitalize the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, and re-envision the 36-acres surrounding it, to significantly improve this neighborhood treasure and ensure it remains a natural, healthy place for both people and wildlife for generations to come.
Our comprehensive Master Plan will restore a rusty, leaking conservatory building to its original late-1800s glory while adding green technologies, an additional display house and educational space – all within the site’s existing footprint and while retaining its existing charm.
Revisiting a past project from 1989, we will soon refurbish the once award-winning garden beds that grace the parkway leading to the Standing Lincoln statue. New benches and cleaning of the monument is also planned.
Begun in 1984, our Adopt-a-Monument Program matches individual donors, foundations and corporations with public art pieces located within Lincoln Park that require conservation.