In addition to the sites lining the Lincoln Avenue Urban Trail, there are many historical, natural, and exciting locations to see nearby. These sights, and information on their history, is included on this page.
The Charnley House is a work of modern architectural art, the result of a collaboration between Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. Seymour Persky, a philanthropist, donated the building and ensured it would be open to the public and it currently serves as the headquarters for the Society of Architectural Historians. You can visit for free on Wednesdays at noon.
Founded in 1868, Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest municipal zoos in the country, started with the gift of swans from Central Park Zoo. By 1873, the Zoo had been gifted two buffaloes, three foxes, three wolves, two elk, five deer, a puma, four eagles, prairie dogs, eight peacocks, four guinea pigs, and thirteen swans. In 1874, the Zoo received the first lion as a loan from a circus, and bought a bear cub for ten dollars. The zoos popular bears were allows to roam the park because of the zoo's poor housing conditions, the bears were able to roam around the park.
The zoo today is free and open to all visitors and hosts regular events for the community.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences was founded in 1857. By 1870 the Academy had one of the most significant collections in the nation.
The Great Chicago fire ruined the original facility, but the Academy was rebuilt and continued to grow. In 1894, the Academy moved to the Laflin Memorial Building, where it resides now. By 1900, the Academy was a leading educational resource for students, teachers, and scientist.
In the 20th century, the urban growth of Chicago became a problem for nature enthusiasts. The Peggy Notebaert Museum was founded to provide the public with an authentic nature experience.