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Lincoln Park

How did the neighborhood of Lincoln Park get its name?

The obvious would be after the 1,200-acre park by the same name. However, before 1860 this open land was actually a massive cemetery. Due to sanitation concerns, the city removed most of the bodies to create a green space. This space was to be called Lake Park. 

After the assignation of President Lincoln, Chicago changed the name to honor him. Today, you would have no idea that it was ever a cemetery. but they left one above-ground mausoleum. It is just west of the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the only reminder of what was.