University of Chicago is at 59th Street (5900 South) and Lincoln Park generally starts about 1600 North and goes as far north as about 3400 North or so. Your answer-
It depends on where you are in Lincoln Park!
If I were riding south to University of Chicago, I could take State Street pretty far south, then maybe jump onto Dorchester- it's not that hard to figure out how to get there. Figure that Chicago has 8 blocks to a mile, and if you know what hundred north and what hundred west you are, and you have your address, you can figure out the mileage, and since you know how fast of a rider you are, you can pretty accurately guess how long it will take to get there.
With an accurate address in Lincoln Park, you can just enter the addresses in at mapquest and get the accurate mileage.
By the way, I rode all winter long- I took the train about 2 times, and both times were at night when the wind chill was so cold I couldn't safely ride in that kind of cold without suffering some kind of health problem. I just chucked my bike on the train (not allowed M- Fri during rush hours- check www.yourcta.com
for the times) and rode the train back downtown, then rode my bike home. One of those times, I could have ridden, but someone stole one of my warmth layers, and I just couldn't make the ride home- it was something like 7 miles in stop and go traffic, and I wasn't feeling like it was worth it to try. Chicago is very good when it comes to snow. 98% of the time, when it snows, the snow trucks are out that night removing the snow off the sidewalks and streets, and by morning, it looks like it's never snowed! BUT the downside is that the good service they give the rich folks and yuppies north of 12th Street is a bit slower when you start heading over to the southside of Chicago. Poorer neighborhoods are often last on the list, and side streets are often overlooked until the major streets are cleaned off. Stick to the main streets and you should be ok.
I will continue to ride in the winters. At the end of the day, it toughened me up pretty good and gave me a unique experience that I enjoyed.
Welcome to the forum! Glad you came out of hiding!