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Welcome to Summer

JUNE 30, 2022

Welcome to June (almost July) and summer! I hope you are all enjoying the neighborhood, heat and all that our parks have to offer, a respite from the heat and a place to read, gather with friends and enjoy the nature about us.


I am excited about our coming events! We have a collaboration with Carnival Foods to have a family street party on July 16 from noon until 3 pm. Expect great food from Carnival, games from Lake Shore Fitness, fire truck visit and much more! Gemini Bistro will be joining us with nibbles and drinks. Please come out to enjoy the afternoon with your friends and neighbors.


Also, we have our usual Evening in the Garden on September 10th, so stay tuned for the social media that announces this. Then, the best of the year is Howler at Bauler on Oct. 29, our fun filled Halloween event. You will see all of these in our social media and newsletter reports so stay tuned!


My last thought on these beautiful days of summer is that I hope you can all enjoy the lakefront again, it is open for all, go to the parks and picnic or play ball, explore some parks that are farther away from you for a family day out and embrace the freedom we have to move about.


All the best to our members and neighbors,

Sally Drucker

President, Lincoln Central Association

• Recent LCA News •

First-Ever Summer Block Party Set for July 16

Lincoln Central Association (LCA) is excited to partner with Carnival Grocery for the first-ever Summer Block Party on Saturday, July 16 from noon – 3 p.m. on Dickens Ave.


This family friendly block party will offer fun, food and activities for families and adults. For kids, the event will feature a local fire truck, face painting, a balloon artist, games from Lakeshore Sports and Fitness, music and more. Adults can enjoy some complimentary food and drinks from both Carnival Foods and Gemini Lincoln Park.


The event will raise funds for LCA. LCA’s mission is to inspire people to join together for the social, cultural, and physical enrichment of the neighborhood. We work to beautify and preserve the neighborhood; ensure an open and fair process for developers and homeowners; work with the Alderman and local law enforcement to improve neighborhood safety; and much more. Learn more about LCA’s work at


The event is free and open to the public.

Thank you to Carnival Grocery for hosting this event, to Gemini for sponsoring and Lakeshore Sports and Fitness for providing games!

Girl Scouts Visit Fire Station Park

Check out THIS VIDEO of the Girl Scouts visiting Fire Station Park.

Saying Thanks to Our Teachers

Just before school let out for the summer, Lincoln Central Association donated some much deserved treats and coffee to the teachers at Lincoln Elementary. Thank you to all of our amazing Chicago teachers for all of your work!! 

University of Illinois Master Gardeners Share Knowledge

• Neighborhood News •

Dance, Dine & Drink Every Thursday this Summer at Lincoln Commons

Summer Thursday is the New Friday at Lincoln Common at Lincoln/Fullerton/Halsted! Kick off your weekend early with Thursday evenings on the plaza. Enjoy live music, dancing, wine, and a good time!


From local bands and DJs, dance workouts and lessons, to our first Bastille Day Night Market and our 2nd Annual Art Uncorked, this summer will be full of experiences you don’t want to miss! Enjoy special offers from Lincoln Common retailers, neighboring businesses, and local partners, plus take home some new dance moves and even a prize or two!


Here’s the Lineup:

 June 30: Pride Night with Lakeside Pride Org Band, Tiny Bubbles & Equinox Workout


July 7: 80’s Dance Class with Dance-Forever

July 14: Bastille Day Night Market with live music from La Tosca, food offerings from The Bristol, Verzenay, Vanille, Maison-Parisienne, Bon Appetit Creperie, Caricature Artists, Face Painters, a Mime, and more!!

July 21: Salsa Dance Lesson from Dance-Forever

July 28: Family Night with Mr. Dave’s Music


Aug 4: Art Uncorked (5-8pm)

Aug 11: The Smoking Fish Band

Aug 18: DJ Night

Aug 25: Pet-Friendly Dog Days of Summer with Fido to Go


Get details and more at!

Movies at Jonquil Park

Movies in the Parks is returning this summer to Jonquil Park! The family friendly movies all begin at dusk. 

Here are the upcoming movies:

Saturday, August 6 - Moana

Saturday, August 20 - Sleepless in Seattle

Get Fit in the City Next Weekend

The STRENGTH IN THE CITY Fitness & Wellness Festival is taking over Gallagher Way on Sunday, July 10 from 8:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a full day of health and wellness classes from bikes and kettlebells, a fun run or walk, to dance and meditation and everything in between. Chicago’s top studio and fitness instructors will lead 25–30-minute workouts to show you what they’ve got. Post-class hop around for a stretch, chill out in the meditation lounge, grab a snack or jump into a field game. 


Tickets are $45 and provide access to all classes, activities, vendors and spaces throughout the Festival grounds. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the STRENGTH IN THE CITY Foundation and three local Chicagoland charities. 


Learn more here.

• Upcoming Events •



Fifth Star Band at Bauler Park

Save the date for August 7 from 3:30 – 5 p.m. for a free concert in Bauler Park by the local musicians of Fifth Star Band.


A modern take on American traditional rock, The Fifth Star Band grooves to a funky, old school beat that’s guaranteed to get you dancing. Drawing inspiration from Anderson East, The Revivalists, and Van Morrison, this Chicago-based, roots rock band continues to deliver upbeat, soulful tunes that are elevated by their energetic live performances. Since emerging on the Chicago music scene in the summer of ‘16, TFSB has played all around the city at venues such as The Cubby Bear, Martyrs’, Reggie’s, The Elbo Room and multiple yearly stops at The Store. Despite a minor hiatus after the December 2019 release of their first full-length album, Vice, the band resumed making their mark on the city's music landscape including a command performance in 2021 at Bauler Park. 

We are overjoyed to have them return on Sunday, August 7th at Bauler Park to rock the neighborhood!

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