Since our founding in 1984, the Lincoln Park Conservancy has engaged in historic conservation, ecological restoration, and park programming. We were the first public-private partnership in the Chicago Park District and the first park conservancy in the City of Chicago. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, we operate under a formal agreement with the Park District to restore and maintain our donor-restored park sites and improve Lincoln Park.
Working with 1,214 acres of the most highly used park land in Chicago means Lincoln Park will always need of our assistance. We have privately funded projects of every size, from antiquated play lots to crumbling running paths, and leaking historic buildings to weed-infested gardens. We seek to fill the gap between government budget cuts and the needs of the peoples’ park, committing to the long-term care of restored park sites and protecting the financial and emotional investments of donors. Through our focused and expert efforts, we are successfully creating a better park one project at a time.
Our staff are in the park every day caring for our park sites, maintaining native plants, educating the public, and managing volunteer programs. We also offer volunteer opportunities for people to get involved in the park through programs, tours, and events.
Formerly known as Friends of Lincoln Park, we changed our name in 2003 to reflect our expanded role in the long term maintenance and programming of our donor-restored park sites.
Our staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to creating and maintaining the highest quality park restorations and programs possible, while providing opportunities for public education and community involvement.
Whether you’re interested in bird watching, historic architecture or playing baseball, Lincoln Park has it all. The Chicago Park District offers a wide range of recreational activities for visitors of all ages. From dog parks and play lots to athletic fields and a 9-hole golf course, we invite you to stroll its miles of walking paths, admire its public art, and enjoy the views of our beautiful city skyline.