Lincoln Central Association Events

Lincoln Central Association (LCA) hosts four annual events that take place in one of the neighborhood parks that our volunteers maintain. All LCA events include a magician, balloon animals, face painter, a bouncy house, games, food and much more! The event is designed to connect residents and local merchants with each other, and celebrate the long awaited arrival of warm weather in Chicago.

Carnival Summer Block Party - July 13, 2024

Lincoln Central Association (LCA) is excited to partner with Carnival Grocery for the Summer Block Party on Saturday, July 13 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.

LCA Summer Socials

We are excited to bring back our 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.

Evening in the Garden - September 15, 2024

First held in September of 2014, Evening in the Garden celebrates the close of summer, our garden volunteers and the garden harvest. This garden party is used to honor the heart put into many neighborhood achievements including retiring police officers and especially the volunteers who make our neighborhood parks such special gathering places. The event includes food, wine and beverages from neighborhood restaurants and businesses. The event is free and open to the public.


Howler at Bauler - October 26, 2024

Known as "The Haunt of the Neighborhood”, Howler at Bauler is held each year during Halloween weekend in Bauler Park. From the neighborhood firehouse bringing its truck, to the neighborhood fitness center staffing games, to our congressman, alderman and state representatives greeting the crowds, everyone puts their heart into making this a great neighborhood event.

Howler at Bauler includes a costume parade, games, candy, a DJ to dance to and more to local neighborhood children and families.

The 2024 Howler at Bauler is on Saturday, October 26.

Oz Park Holiday Tree Lighting

Each year, LCA partners with the Oz Park Advisory Council in lighting up the neighborhood with its Oz Park Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. Each year, hundreds of individuals and families attend the event, as well as 5th District Illinois Congressman, Mike Quigley and 43rd Ward Alderman, Michele Smith. Alderman Smith has called the event "the most amazing thing Lincoln Park has done in decades.”