To most Chicagoans, Lincolnshire is known for two things: the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort and its award-winning Marriott Theatre; and Adlai E. Stevenson High School, which is consistently ranked among the top schools in the state, and even the nation, and has produced sports figures such as WNBA star Tamika Catchings and tennis ace Andrea Jaeger.
What they may not be aware of is the beauty of the village’s tree-lined streets, the extraordinary access to nature provided by its many parks, and the sense of community that connects its 7,200 citizens.
When Lincolnshire was incorporated in 1957, planners made a special effort to preserve its stands of mature trees, resulting in the winding streets and shaded neighborhoods that you see today. That same sensitivity to nature has guided the development of the village’s park system. Florsheim Nature Preserve is home to endangered species of plants and rare ecosystems, and features educational programs and interpretive trails. Education is also the focus at Rivershire Park, where schoolchildren and families learn about local ecology and enjoy the beauty of the Butterfly Garden.
Outdoor fun of a more active sort can be had at Spring Lake Park, where a sand beach and fishing pond are a summertime attraction. With its playground and picnic area, ball fields and tennis court, it’s the perfect setting for the village’s 4th of July celebration, which has been held there for more than 50 years. An art festival and “Taste of Lincolnshire” bring villagers together for more summer celebration.
Several other parks are located throughout the village; many are connected by a system of scenic pathways, with more being planned for the future.
Lincolnshire’s winding streets are lined with gracious homes built in every decade since the 1940s, but the village’s major expansion began in the mid 80s. Prices are consistent with other northern suburbs, with a few smaller, older homes starting around $300,000, and some at the high end over $1 million. The average price for a single-family home was $772,000 in 2008. A variety of townhomes and condominiums are available from $200,000 to $500,000.
Those who live in the eastern sections of Lincolnshire have easy access to I-94, but residents coming from farther west may need to navigate traffic on Half Day Road. Milwaukee Avenue, the village’s main commercial strip, is a multi-lane thoroughfare, and traffic moves quickly at most times of the day. Commuters who wish to take Metra trains to downtown Chicago drive to stations in nearby suburbs such as Lake Forest or Libertyville.
Shopping, Dining and Transportation
Lincolnshire’s shops and restaurants are concentrated along Milwaukee Avenue. Lincolnshire Commons, a collection of specialty shops at the south end of the village, also includes a selection of casual dining restaurants, as well as Fleming’s Steakhouse and Wine Bar. Visitors to Flatlander’s Restaurant and Brewery choose from a selection of award-winning craft beers and a variety of burgers and sandwiches.
The restaurants of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort attract residents as well as tourists, with upscale dining and a Sunday champagne brunch, as well as a casual bar and outdoor dining in the summertime. For late night beers and burgers, locals head to the Cubby Bear North. Live music and dancing, pool tables and big screen TVs keep the atmosphere lively until 2 a.m. on weekends, 1 a.m. on weeknights.