Your Kind of Town
Wake up with the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo (2200 N. Cannon Drive, 312-742-2000, lpzoo.org), the nation’s oldest free zoo. The zoo’s small size makes it easy to walk around, perfect for a summer stroll.
If you’re lucky enough to be at the zoo on Wednesday or Saturday, head a few blocks south to Green City Market (south end of Lincoln Park, 773-880-1266, greencitymarket.org), a fabulous farmer’s market offering sustainable and organic produce. Keep an eye out for the city’s top chefs who shop here for unusual organic veggies. Bring a blanket for a fun picnic lunch.
Just south of the zoo, the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark St., 312-642-4600, chicagohistory.org) has well-designed exhibits about Chicago’s past and present. Kids can pretend they’re giant hot dogs and pile on all the fixings of a Chicago-style dog (“a garden on a bun”), while adults learn about the city’s fascinating history.
Several restaurants provide allergy-friendly options in Lincoln Park. Don’t miss the guacamole prepared tableside at Adobo Grill (1610 N. Wells St., 312-266-7999, adobogrill.com), a festive Mexican eatery with a gluten-free menu.
Next to Adobo Grill is Second City (1616 N. Wells St., 312-337-3992, secondcity.com), the legendary sketch comedy club that has forged many a career, from Gilda Radner to Tina Fey. Also in Lincoln Park, Steppenwolf Theatre (1650 N. Halsted St., 312-335-1650, www.steppenwolf.org) is known for its compelling, innovative plays.
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