Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, the Lincoln Park Cultural Center boasts a wide variety of cultural and recreational programming throughout the year. The center houses a lapidary and stained glass shop as well as a ceramics studio, full-service woodshop, dance studio and auditorium. For those with little ones, there is an early childhood center filled with fun and exciting programs.
The Lincoln Park Cultural Center is housed in a handsome red brick building that once served as the park’s administrative headquarters. Built in 1927, the Georgian Revival-style building was designed by architect Edwin Hill Clark. Clark’s work also includes several other buildings in Lincoln Park, such as the Waveland Clock Tower, the Small Animal House (now Primate House), and the Aquarium (now the Reptile House), as well as the planning and design of Brookfield Zoo.
In 2009, the American Planning Association singled out Lincoln Park as one of the Great Public Spaces in America, for its world class amenities, historic landmarks and buildings, and the wide range of activities available to park users. Lincoln Park is the result of a long-standing commitment by city leaders and citizens to protect 1,200 acres of some of Chicago’s most valuable lakefront real estate for the public’s use and benefit. It is now one of Chicago’s most heavily used parks, with 20 million visitors a year.
PBC’s work at the Lincoln Park Cultural Center includes a new tile roof featuring gutters and drains that utilize the original historic material, masonry improvements, repairs to water-damaged areas, and various interior renovations to the historic building.