No, not the band. The ultra trendy hood where coffee shops are abundant and french bulldogs are drooling around every corner of the brick townhome-lined streets.

Known for its peaceful parks (the name says it all), variety of gourmet eateries, local boutiques and high-end shopping, and vibrant nightlife, Lincoln Park is one of Chicago’s most notorious neighborhoods. The real estate is covetable, the zoo is free, and just about every Chicago fashion blogger heads to the hood for her morning cuppa.

To maximize your time visiting and exploring Lincoln Park like a local, stick to our gift card guide for insider knowledge of the best fashion, food, and fun. We couldn’t list them all, though, so we handpicked some of our faves. Grab a pen/stylus.


If you’re visiting Chi-Town and traveling by plane, a full-out gift card shopping spree is probably not in the question… Unless you were so prepared that you brought extra luggage (brownie points). So to get your fashion fix, you’ll want to check out Laudi Vidni, where you design your own one-of-a-kind handbag that you can carry onto the plane—and on your arm forever. We think yes.



Maybe you’re in town for a special event (wedding, bachelorette party, etc.) or you’ve been searching root to end for a new local salon to keep your tresses tamed. Sine Qua Non is a true Chicago staple, so whether you need a cut, dye, style, or brow-shaping, a gift card to this Lincoln Park salon will definitely get you that Windy City look… without the actual winds.



For the snuggliest one on the block, Monica + Andy is the place to go with your baby gift cards. The shop is stocked with beautiful clothing and accessories for the little one that are all designed in-house and made with the very best fabrics. Polka dots, elephant print, stripes, whales—you name it and your stylish babe can wear it.



Cafes, bars, and ethnic cuisine are the heart of Lincoln Park eats, but for a quick and delicious meal during a jam-packed day, The Goddess and Grocer should be the next place on your to-eat list. For breakfast on-the-go, pick up a lox bagel and a coffee, then stop in later in the day for a soup, salad, or sandwich. Oh, and dessert. Duh.


Hang Ten

Summer is here(-ish) and the best way to tour the hood when the sun is shining and the air is warm is by the water. Sure you can take a boat tour, but we say strip down to that bikini and see what’SUP in Lincoln Park with a stand-up paddle boarding session at Chicago SUP. We suggest taking a lesson if you’re a beginner, but for the pros, check out the fireworks expedition paddles to ensure your experience is a blast.


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