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Approximately 20 million people visit Lincoln Park annually, enjoying its historic structures, colorful gardens, and Lake Michigan shoreline. Though many of us use it every day, we often take it for granted. We assume it will always be here, that “somebody” will care for it. That “somebody” is the Lincoln Park Conservancy; our mission is to enhance the natural, historical, and cultural assets of Lincoln Park. Established in 1984 as a nonprofit partner of the Chicago Park District, the Conservancy has supported Chicago’s largest and most visited park for over 35 years. We take on projects that benefit the park, the public, and the environment. We also provide educational and engagement opportunities, including restoration, management, advocacy, and stewardship programs.

Each year, we:

• Coordinate over 2,000 volunteers, greeters, docents, gardeners, community members, and partner organizations to promote and enhance the park.

• Engage over 50,000 visitors from local communities in Chicago, to all 50 states, and over 70 countries in educational programs at the Lincoln Park Conservatory, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, and the North Pond Nature Sanctuary.

• Offer regular, community supported, restoration and stewardship throughout the park including at the Lily Pool (restored by us in 2001) and North Pond (restoration in progress).

• Make visitor amenity improvements across the park’s 1,208 acres.

Building for the Future

Year-round, our dedicated staff and loyal volunteers are found from Osterman Beach to Ohio Street Beach, restoring and protecting Lincoln Park’s treasures. As the nonprofit champion for Chicago’s largest park, we are dedicated to meeting its changing needs, for visitors today and generations to come! Our current projects include restoration and stewardship of beloved park sites and educational programs and events that promote preservation of those, and many other, park sites.

Currently we also offer timed admission to the Lincoln Park Conservatory.

We are an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that identifies, preserves and enhances the natural, historical and cultural assets of Lincoln Park.