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• Recent LCA News •

Join Us for the Oz Park Holiday Tree Lighting This Saturday

Oz Park’s 6th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony is this Saturday, December 3 at 5 p.m. in Oz Park (just south of the Tin Man).


You are invited to join the Oz Park Advisory Council and Lincoln Central Association at 5 p.m. on Saturday as we light up the neighborhood at the sixth annual holiday tree lighting ceremony in Oz Park. Enjoy this magical moment surrounded by the sounds of the holidays performed by singers from Lincoln Park High School.


The event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

LCA Looking for New Board Members

Are you looking to get more involved in the neighborhood and meet new people? Lincoln Central Association is looking for new board members! Lincoln Central Association (LCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit neighborhood organization run by an all-volunteer board of directors.


Our board members actively represent our neighborhood on a variety of matters, including:

  • Ensuring open and fair zoning for developers and home owners;
  • Promoting public safety;
  • Supporting the economic revitalization of neighborhood businesses;
  • Maintaining/beautifying our parks, including Fire Station Park & Garden,
  • Keeping the neighborhood informed through our From the Heart monthly newsletter;
  • And much more!


The Lincoln Central Association Board of Directors and officers are voted into their terms during the annual LCA board meeting each January. 


If you are interested in becoming a board member, please reach out to for more information.

Thank You to Our LCA Sponsors!

LCA is dedicated to inspiring people to join together for the social, cultural, and physical enrichment of our neighborhood, and our local businesses are a critical part of that! LCA is honored to work with local businesses to improve our neighborhood and promote their business! 


Thank You to Our Sponsors:

• Neighborhood News •

Lincoln Common to Host Holiday Event Tomorrow Night

On Thursday, December 1, Lincoln Common will host the “Holiday Roll” from 5 – 9 p.m. at Lincoln Common Plata. The event will include holiday cheer, special guests and performances!

Here is the lineup:

5:00 - 9:00 p.m.: Roller-Skating: Lincoln Common is putting a roller-skating rink on the plaza! Skates (and holiday tunes) will be provided, there is no fee to participate.


5:30 p.m.: Holiday Lighting: Join very special guests, Santa & Alderman Timmy Knudsen as they light the Lincoln Common Holiday Tree and Plaza!

6:00-9:00 p.m.: Get in the holiday spirit with:

  • Selfies with Santa (5:30-7pm)
  • Caroling
  • Special Dance Performances by Dance-Forever
  • Wines by the glass from Verve Wine (Warm up inside at Verve Wine with your wine!)
  • Hot Chocolate + Holiday Cookies from Vanille Patisserie
  • Bring a Toy for our “Toy Drive, Drive” in partnership with our friends at Lowend Garage.


The event is weather permitting and open to the public.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Offers Exclusive Neighborhood Discount

Our friends at Steppenwolf Theatre Company have offered LCA members and friends a special 2 for 1 discount to Bald Sisters with the code NEIGHBORHALF. This code is valid for performances between December 1-18.


About the show:

Ma is dead; now what happens? Vichet Chum’s world premiere follows two sisters—at odds since birth—as they settle the affairs of their strong-willed, wise-cracking mother while reconciling their family’s Cambodian heritage with its ever-so-complicated American present. Where’s the will? A burial or cremation? And what do we do with Ma’s teeth? Bald Sisters is an irreverent, comedic and ultimately poignant examination of the ties that bind multigenerational families of immigrants together: history, spirituality and humor.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

Lincoln Park Holiday Spirits & Wine Fest This Weekend

The Lincoln Park Holiday Spirits and Wine Fest is set for Friday, December 2, Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4! The events will take place at Floating World Gallery, which is located at 1925 N. Halsted Street (across from Summerhouse Santa Monica Restaurant). The event Benefits Voice of Care, serving people with disabilities.


Learn more and get tickets here.

• Feature •

Lincoln Central Park Transitions to Winter

By Deirdre Graziano

Winter’s cold mantle has settled on Lincoln Central Park. It seems our rabbits are sleeping more to conserve their energy and prepare for Chicago’s wintertime so our children no longer can spot them hiding behind the park’s bordering evergreen. It is a time of rest for this slice of nature. Just a few weeks ago, near summer weather reigned. An unexpected gift allowing children to jump without a chill into the piles of orange and yellow Autumn leaves that surrounded our shut down, boarded fountain. Watching the children laugh, leap, and throw the leaves into the welcoming warm air allowed passing pedestrians to celebrate what seemed a long ago, almost forgotten Fall practice. A lovely reminder to us all how children are capable of finding joy in the everyday.


Migrating birds no longer pass through our space but there are still a few orange and purple flowers peeking through our ivy - the last flowering remains of the seeds and seedlings planted by our volunteer Girl Scout troop. A troop we are all hoping will return next Spring with new plans and their unbridled energy.


We no longer see the young cuddling couples from Lincoln Park High School who would come during their lunch hour to sit alone enjoying the quiet reprieve the park offered them from their busy campus. Our homeless visitors still come and peacefully settle before moving on. Construction workers from the neighborhood who used the park as a respite to eat their packed lunches are now just faded memories from our park’s busy fair-weather seasons. Our day care children with their caregivers do not come as frequently, the flowing fountain, the magical draw for both the children and their attending adults, is now shuttered. Recently a young man who had just moved in from Old Town commented on what a gift the park was. He loved the Spring colored benches (another one of the contributions from our Girl Scout Troop) feeling they added a sense of peace to the site. A site he planned to use throughout the seasons.


We have prepared our newly planted Japanese Maples for the oncoming winter. They have been mulched and fertilizer spikes have been inserted to protect them from the arctic blasts we all know so well in Chicago. New seeds and bulbs have been planted along our park’s west border. That section of the park regretfully had been trampled a bit causing the succulents and fall plantings our troop had installed to be destroyed. Because of the wealth of our Northside alley throwaways, we were able to install a “found” treasure of arched metal fencing to protect this area and allow the future blooms to survive and thrive.


Our river stone path has been refurbished. We dug up the sunken stones, so the flowing texture is once again highly visible. The park is now ready for winter’s assault, probably more ready than we are. Christy Webber once again did an amazing fall clean up so we can rest assured Spring will once again raise up the sleeping beauty of our park for us all to gloriously enjoy.


Meanwhile we will acclimate ourselves to winter’s frost and during the dark nights discover the warm beauty of the newly installed solar lights that adorn our young Japanese Maples. Winter will not hold us captive while our park awaits us even during its well-deserved time of slumber.


A special thanks to Litcy Kurisinkal and her husband as well as LCA president Erik Heitman for sponsoring our wonderful Girl Scout Troop; to the "Older Than Dirt Guys" who planted our new tree plantings; to Mihir Mehta, Bob Graziano and Terry Burns for donating our lovely young Japanese Maples.

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