The Campaign for Lincoln Park


Celebrating 35 Years of Restoring and Enhancing Lincoln Park


For 35 years, the Lincoln Park Conservancy has been the nonprofit champion for Your Park. Daily we steward Lincoln Park’s cherished landscapes, structures, and monuments, ensuring their protection and enjoyment now and for generations to come.   Our dedicated staff and loyal volunteers can be found throughout the park helping restore and protect the wonders of Chicago’s largest and most visited park.

As Chicago’s first park conservancy, we assist the Chicago Park District through private support, additional labor, and dedicated resources to focus on specific sites or projects that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.   As we celebrate our 35th year, our goal is to expose more people to our work and inspire them to help Lincoln Park. No matter how you do it, we hope you will join us in one or more ways below as we build toward another 35 years (and more) of restoring and protecting Lincoln Park’s art, architecture, and nature!

Sweat Equity and Passion Needed!

Our volunteers are our most vital resource in helping the Park. Our North Pond Gardeners, Park Stewards, and corporate work groups help us with stewardship projects, big and small, across the park including: planting, weeding, mulching, pruning, and general maintenance. Our docents and greeters provide educational resources and tours as well as visitor services support to guests at the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool and Lincoln Park Conservatory.   Your time, talent, and, yes, sweat are your biggest contribution. Learn more about volunteer opportunities across Lincoln Park.

Glass House Gala Committee

Join the Family

Our valued members are our front-line supporters and contributors. Member dues provide consistent, reliable support to help us realize our mission each day across Lincoln Park.   Our individual giving program allows our most dedicated members to make an even deeper connection with—and contribution to—our mission.   It’s a family affair! Learn more about Lincoln Park Conservancy membership and individual giving programs.

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Contribute to the Cause

As a nonprofit organization, we fund 100% of our work in Lincoln Park through private sources. Individual and corporate support of all amounts is vital to our projects, programs, and daily stewardship of the Park. The 35th anniversary campaign has a comprehensive $1.5M goal to help the Conservancy complete major projects, set the stage for new work, and build our foundation to expand our reach and focus in our next 35 years.  Specifically, the 35th Anniversary Campaign supports the following projects:

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Construction of the Sunshine Playscape

Thanks to a generous anonymous lead donor and several other supporters, the Conservancy is half-way to its goal to build the new Sunshine Playscape. The Playscape is an interactive play area that reflects the natural environment of the North Pond Nature Sanctuary and blends traditional playground equipment with natural play features. Features include: a crawl-through willow tunnel and cave, natural slides, interactive sun-dial, messy materials area, nature playhouse, and much more.   Your contribution to the 35th Anniversary Campaign will help the Conservancy complete construction of the Playscape by Summer 2019.

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Completion of the North Pond Master Plan

The Conservancy plans to restore and enhance North Pond and its surrounding 20-acres over the next three years. The North Pond Nature Sanctuary is home to over 250 migratory birds, 100 native plant species, and a variety of fish, amphibian, and insect species. The North Pond restoration includes:

  • Tiered Sedge Meadow – An innovative approach to improving water quality that utilizes natural ecosystem services to filter run-off and storm water before it enters the Pond.
  • Extensive Prairie and Savannah Habitat – An expanded prairie and savannah on the Pond’s west side to improve habitat for bird and insect species.
  • Water Quality Enhancement – Comprehensive water quality analysis, dredging, and bank stabilization of the pond to increase overall pond depth and water quality.


To implement this plan, the Conservancy needs to complete two last studies: a Topographic and Boundary Survey and a tree survey. The Conservancy also plans for two public meetings in late 2018/early 2019 to garner community and stakeholder input. This input and data from the studies will be combined with additional data and analysis into a final plan for North Pond. An engineered design for improvements to the Pond and its surroundings  developed from the plan will guide our work over the next three years. Your support of the 35th Anniversary Campaign will help us complete these last important steps and begin the actual work at North Pond in mid-2019.

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Tiered Sedge Meadow (revised 4.13.13)
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Solidifying Our Foundation and Expanding Our Focus

The final piece of the 35th Anniversary Campaign’s fundraising goal will allow the Conservancy to create an operating reserve to help us strengthen our operations and expand our breadth and focus into our next 35 years. From Osterman Beach to Ohio Street Beach and all the wonders in between, Chicago’s largest and most visited park needs the Conservancy’s support. Currently, need and demand far exceed our capacity. We need you to help us help Your Park. Your support of the 35th Anniversary Campaign will ensure that all parts of Lincoln Park benefit from the Conservancy’s help.

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Help Us Grow

Contributions can be one-time or pledges over time.   The Conservancy also accepts stock transfers and IRA/401k distributions, providing additional tax benefits to contributors. Contribute to the 35th Anniversary Campaign.

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Share Your Lincoln Park Wonder!

Lincoln Park holds a special place in the heart of all of us who love it. Its countless wonders inspire, comfort, and bring us together in unique ways. Share your special wonder of Lincoln Park with us via social media. Use #LP4Me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share why Lincoln Park is special to you in words and pictures.

Please find links to our social media at the bottom of this page.

Spread the Word!

While you’re participating in the #LP4Me campaign be sure to like or follow the Conservancy and share us with your social networks. We need everyone to help us help Lincoln Park!

Biodiversity Program

To discuss the Campaign and how to contribute, contact Doug Widener, Executive Director at:

Thank you for helping us celebrate 35 years of restoring and enhancing Lincoln Park and contributing to the Campaign as we prepare for another 35 great years…and more!

Thank you to our 35th Anniversary Campaign Supporters!

Julie and Evan Jahn
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Frederick Langrehr
Norm and Helene Raidl
Peter Lehman and Family
John R. Halligan Charitable Fund
Jennifer Steans and James Kastenholz
Steven and Catherine Jacob Family Foundation
Danielle and James Hoeg
Peter and Betsy Barrett
Leonard C. Goodman
Brian and Andrea Chadwick
Steven and Catherine Jacob Family Foundation
Lori and Steve Kaufman
Arnold Family
ADM Cares (Archer Daniels Midland)
Jennifer Morgenstern, Burgess Wilson, and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Michael L. Keiser
Thomas and Barbi Donnelley
Jodi McNally
Harry Dent Family Foundation
Brad and Susan Oltmanns
Patricia A. Teplitz
Bob and Rita Havey
James Kartheiser
Pond Family Foundation
Hendrix Bodden
VML Foundation
Craig and Cathy Smiddy
John Montague and Patricia Aluisi
Bill and Sharon Kozek
Janet Swenson
Megan Sleight
Goose Island Beer Company
Bernard Seguy
Ryan Long
The Schulz Family
Laurel Brueer
Nathan Pelzer
Carey and Cynthia Brunelli
John and Susan Papadopoulos
Max Meyers
Karen and Jerry Johnson
Lorraine Kells
James and Suzanne Lenz
Deanna Dunagan
Barbara Kowalczyk
Ellen Reagan
Stuart Schulman
Melissa Huff and Richard Alkire
Megan O’Keefe
John and Adele Simmons
Ken Belcher
Nancy Wallace
Kristen Zenner
Penny and  Fritz Ahadi
Peter and Patricia Sweeney
Veronica and Matthew Cook
Susan Salpeter
Rober A. Roth
Betty L. Cannon
Woody McCally
Kathleen Walker
Kristin Dulcan
Anee Rockey
Gail Colvin
Michael Graff
Lauren Bruer
Rita Fritz
Gary Colesar
Corene Lefkovitz
Courtney Palmer
Emily Praven
Mindy Seidler
Candance Thompson
Donna and Craig Smith
Peggy Boyer Long
Judith Anderson
Gail Colvin
Patricia Joseph
Frank Malone
Danish Mohamed
Paul Waitz
Suzanne Wychocki
Joan Goldstein
Stammich Family Foundation
Tom Dickson
Dr. Nessim J. Cicurel
Stan Barrish and Claire Odland
Tasnim Tanveer
Charles Harbin
Geraldine Pigott
Timothy, Susan, and Patrick McCarthy
Robert Dolgan
Michele Goulding
Jason Green
Stuart Harris
Robin Hazelwood
Josh Lefkovitz
Madeleine Murphy
James R. Larson
Gary Kolesar
Kathleen Logan
Bryan Berend
Mark Untiedt
Caroline Corboy
Sanford Klein
Amy Bickers
Becki Lindley
Mary Kupjack
Jeanne Couchman
Eric Sullivan
Michael P. Stenson
Sierra Chmela
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