Working with 1,214 acres of the most used and abused park land in Chicago means Lincoln Park will always be in need of our help. From antiquated playlots to crumbling running paths, and leaking historic buildings to weed-infested gardens, our nonprofit seeks to fill the gap between government budget cuts and the needs of the people’s park. Through our focused and expert efforts, we are successfully creating a better park one project at a time.
Each project begins with our board’s decision to adopt a park site in need. We raise private funding to create a master plan to improve the site, which is submitted to the public for review and comment. Final approvals are sought from the Chicago Park District, and then our work begins – raising money to execute the plan. That’s where you come in; please visit our support page to see how you can help.
The $2.4 million restoration of the Lily Pool to landscape architect Alfred Caldwell’s original 1936 design earned this hidden gem National Historic Landmark status. We led the 1999 restoration with the Chicago Park District, and have helped maintain this “hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis” ever since.
Our Master Plan’s goal is to revitalize the North Pond Nature Sanctuary, and re-envision the 36-acres surrounding it, to significantly improve this neighborhood treasure and ensure it remains a natural, healthy place for people and wildlife for generations.
Our comprehensive Master Plan will restore a rusty, leaking conservatory to its original 19th century glory while adding green technologies, additional display and education spaces – all within the site’s existing footprint while retaining its existing charm.
Revisiting a past project from 1989, new benches have been installed and we will soon refurbish the once award-winning garden beds that grace the parkway leading to the Standing Lincoln statue.
Begun in 1984, our Adopt-a-Monument Program matches individual donors, foundations and corporations with public art pieces located within Lincoln Park that require conservation.
See past examples of the park treasures we have worked to restore and preserve. They are some of the most important pieces of public art in Lincoln Park.