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• Recent LCA News •


LCA Featured on WTTW Chicago!

Big News! Lincoln Central Association was featured on WTTW’s “In Your Neighborhood” segment. The story featured Fire Station Park and our new LCA Summer Socials series!

We hope to see you for our first Summer Social on Wednesday, June 1 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (more information below).

Watch the segment here.

Introducing LCA Summer Socials

We are excited to announce our new Lincoln Central Association Summer Socials! The weather has been beautiful, so we want to bring everyone together to meet their neighbors, socialize and enjoy our parks! 


This summer, we will host our LCA Summer Socials once a month in one of our local parks. The events will be a casual gathering of friends and neighbors to socialize and meet new people. Kids and dogs are welcome. We encourage you to bring the beverage of your choice, as well as snacks or a picnic. The events are free and open to all.


We hope to see you at our upcoming socials on Wednesday, June 1 at Fire Station Park from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, and on Wednesday, June 15 at Lincoln Central Park 5:30 - 7:30 PM.


Questions? Reach out to us at [email protected]

Save the Date: Carnival Grocery's Summer Block Party

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Carnival Grocery for a family block party on July 16 from 12 – 3 p.m. on Dickens St. (east of Lincoln Ave). There will be face painting, balloon twisting, a fire truck, DJ/music, and foods and drinks. 

Watch your email and our website for more information coming soon!

Lets Get Social (Online)!

We are ramping up our social media, but we need the help of our members and our local businesses. Tag us in your photos of the neighborhood, your favorite businesses and upcoming events, and we will share to inform our members. Also, make sure to follow us on all of our social media accounts:

• Neighborhood News •

Upcoming Events at Bauler Park

The summer is here at Bauler Park! There are some really great activities coming up at one of LCA’s best parks. Please join us for these fun family events:

ET in the Park

Friday, June 3, 8:15 p.m.

Family Yoga in the Park

Saturday, June 18, 10 – 11 a.m.

Carnival Celebrates Father's Day with a Tie Dye Party

On Sunday, June 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Carnival Grocery is hosting a fun Father’s Day event. At the event, kids with prepare DIY tie dye shirts for their father. Their staff will help guide them through the process. Refreshment and snacks will be provided.

Lincoln Common Supports MOVE FOR KIDS

Our friends at Lincoln Common are prepping to MOVE FOR KIDS on Sunday, June 12 at the Soldier Field Stadium Green.

For the 3rd year, Lincoln Common is a proud sponsor of Move for Kids, a day of activities benefitting parents, families, and caregivers of Lurie Children's Hospital. As the site of the former Children's Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Common continues Lincoln Park's longstanding legacy of community innovation and partnership while supporting an invaluable asset in our city: our children.

Learn more and donate to their team here.

Lincoln Park Chamber Hiring

The Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce is looking for a Director of Business Services to join their team! The Director of Business Services oversees all membership attraction, engagement, retention and sales activities while serving as a resource for Lincoln Park businesses. This is a full-time position with occasional evening and weekend hours.

Learn more about the position at: LPCC Opportunity: Director of Business Services. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to [email protected].

• Save the Date •


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!

• Feature •

How Can We Help Marillac St. Vincent Family Services Help People in Need

by Larry Sachs

Federal, state and municipal governments operate costly "safety-net" programs, but many who need our help slip through the cracks and have to rely on a second tier of services (e.g., emergency shelter, clothing and food; youth tutoring, mentoring and structured activities in safe places; employment support; childcare) provided by a dedicated but under-funded not-for-profit (NFP) sector of faith and community-based organizations. Chicago's large and small NFPs deliver essential and life-affirming services that mitigate conditions underlying poverty and crime while giving people hope for a brighter future. NFPs, by nature of their origins and missions, have boots on the ground, a finger on the pulse of the communities they serve, and an intimate understanding of how best to help people in need.

We have one of Chicago’s most historic, “devoted to service,” selfless and long-serving NFPs within LCA boundaries. The St. Vincent de Paul Center at the corner of Halsted and Webster (the current building opened its doors in 2002) merged with the Marillac Social Center in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood in 2002 to become “Marillac St. Vincent Family Services” (MSV). People in need who are both within and beyond LCA borders have been receiving vital safety-net services at the Lincoln Park MSV location for over 100 years!

I recently had the heartwarming experience of touring MSV’s Lincoln Park location with their President and CEO, Peter Beale-DelVecchio, to learn about their local and West Side services. Though their extensive programming cannot be fully covered in this brief article, I’ll highlight a few of their services and invite you to explore their rich and comprehensive website at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services ( to learn about their history, philosophy, mission, and programs – and opportunities for us to help them help people in need.

  • Early Childhood Programs: A colorful and purpose-built learning environment, playground and gymnasium serves children aged birth to 3 and pre-school 3 to 5, and provides before and after school care and full-day summer camp for school-aged children. The DePaul College of Education trains MSV educators and support staff to recognize and respond to developmental issues and ensure that children are served by best practices.
  • Family Support: Employment services; access to public benefits; crisis management; clothing vouchers for job seekers; and assistance with education goals.
  • Senior Care: Intensive Case Advocacy; Companion Services; home food delivery services.
  • Food Pantry: Open Tue & Thu, 9am-12pm and affiliated with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. No pre-qualification requirements are necessary to access MSV food services.
  • Nearly New Thrift Store: Accepts tax deductible donations of clothing, household items, etc.; all proceeds directly benefit the full range of programs available at Marillac St. Vincent Family Services. 
  • East Garfield Park Location: Offers most of the services listed above as well as additional services to youth, families, and seniors. These resources include Project Hope, a comprehensive program for pregnant girls and young women ages 12-24 and young parents; Take Charge for seniors; and Chicago’s first AT&T Connected Learning Center offering individual and group computer instruction on the fastest high speed internet available.

As concerned and involved citizens, we must look for and act upon opportunities to achieve a vision of government and community working together more effectively in “co-producing” healthy, thriving and safe places where all Chicagoans can live, work and play. One such opportunity is to help Marillac St. Vincent Family Services provide essential services to both nearby and more distant Chicago neighbors in need of our support. Of course LCA encourages you to support MSV services financially by going to their donation page: Donate to Marillac St. Vincent Family Services ( but you can also learn about their many short and longer-term volunteer opportunities here: Volunteer ( or by calling their Volunteer Manager, Colleen Mulcrone, at 312.278.4273.

We’re in this together! Please support Marillac St. Vincent Family Services and other not-for-profit organizations doing good work in and for our communities as best you can - and please stay safe, get to know your neighbors, and take good care of each other!

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