Zilker, Austin, Texas
Zilker is a neighborhood in south central Austin, Texas. It extends south of Lady Bird Lake, approximately bounded by the Union Pacific Railway to the southeast/south (Lamar Boulevard south of Oltorf), Barton Skyway to the south, Rabb Road and Robert E Lee Road to the west and Lady Bird Lake to the north.
Directly northwest of Zilker is Barton Hills neighborhood, which connects back to Zilker Park via the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Much of the west end of Zilker was owned by Vincent Canizzo until the late 1940s when the City of Austin, using eminent domain, forced him to sell the land on which Zilker Elementary currently sits. Shortly thereafter, the remaining land — from Ann Arbor Road to Rabb Road — was split into the Canizzo Subdivision.
The Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Flipnotics, a coffee shop, are popular locations for residents of South Austin. The Zilker Neighborhood is also home to many places that are familiar throughout Austin. The Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy's is very popular, and has opened many other locations all over Central Texas. Zilker Park is best known for Barton Springs; the Zilker Tree and Trail of Lights; and music festivals such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.