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.


Summer Sipper

Summer Sipper is a neighborhood reception-style event held in Fire Station Park & Gardens, a park funded and maintained by LCA volunteers.

The Park is home to an herb garden and several small vegetable gardens from which anyone is welcome to harvest free of charge when ripe. The event was conceived in 2015 as a potluck where neighbors were encouraged to bring food and beverages prepared using one or more ingredients grown in the gardens. Since then the event has grown to include local businesses providing samples of their food and beverages as well.


Evening in the Garden

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

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.

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.”

Spring Zing

Spring Zing was created in 2014 to bring neighbors together, promote bike maintenance and safety, showcase the architectural heritage of the neighborhood, entertain children, encourage support of local merchants and help generate greater awareness of LCA’s mission. Each June, the event is held on Dickens and Lincoln Avenue to bring people together to enjoy family fun and great food. This event is one of the only kids-focused festivals in our neighborhood.