There is an old European charm to both the neighborhood and the Lincoln Square homes for sale that many people find attractive. The neighborhood is filled with tree-lined residential streets that make living in Lincoln Square comfortable and charming.
Many of the buildings were built in the early 1900’s. In addition, there are plenty of new construction condos peppering the neighborhood.
From the 3,000 square foot outdoor mural of a German landscape to the 19th century Lombard street lamps donated by the city of Hamburg. As well as the authentic old Brauhaus Restaurant.
The population density doesn’t feel as high here as many other Chicago neighborhoods. This gives the neighborhood a more relaxed feeling, in between city and suburb. Micro neighborhoods within the Lincoln Square Community include Ravenswood, West Ravenswood, Ravenswood Gardens, parts of Wolcott Gardens and Budlong.
Lincoln Square itself was formed years ago by blocking off Lincoln Avenue on one end. Life here centers around the square which gives the area a small-town main street vibe. There’s an interesting arch over the entrance to the square.
Lincoln Square Schools
Lincoln Square Chicago offers public schools and a wide variety of private schools. The best way to verify the public schools service a property address is to use the Chicago Public School Locator.
Here is a list of Lincoln Square public schools:
Budlong Elementary School
Chappell Elementary School
Jamison Elementary School
McPherson Elementary School
Waters Elementary School
Fine Arts Magnet Cluster
Amundsen High School
Mather High School
Here is a list of Lincoln Square private schools:
Lycée Français de Chicago
North Park Elementary School
North Shore Junior Academy
Queen of Angels Elementary School
St. Hilary’s Elementary School
St. Mathias School
Lincoln Square Parks
There are three primary parks in the Lincoln Square community. They are:
River Park which sits to the west along the north branch of the Chicago River
An average commute to Downtown Chicago from Lincoln Square using the CTA Brown Line is about 45 minutes. And out to O’Hare about 50 minutes. Driving to each takes about a half an hour unless there’s a traffic jam.
In addition, buses run on Lawrence and the Metro North Ravenswood stop is only five blocks from Lincoln Square.
Lincoln Square Events And Activities
On the square there are a plethora of annual events and activities to enjoy. For example, the Summer Concert Series, the Chicago Folk & Roots music festival and the German-American Fest.
Another highlight is the expansive and impressive Rosehill Cemetery which sits on the northeast side of the neighborhood. Here you’ll find some amazing architecture and is home to loads of famous Chicagoans and is worth a tour for sure.
Other attractions in the area include the Old Town School of Folk Music, a large, green park with softball in the summer, and a seasonal farmers’ market right by the El station.
Lincoln Square Shopping
Lincoln Square has plenty of locally owned independent businesses. For example, The Book Cellar. It’s a small independent bookstore with a really cool vibe. A worthy business to support and a relaxing place to while away the time just perusing their wide selection of books. Another interesting shop is the Merz Apothecary which dates from 1875. Here you’ll find all sorts of unique and natural products.
There’s a wide variety of grocery store options as well including ALDI, Jewel, Mariano’s, HarvestTime Foods and Tony’s Fresh Market.
Lincoln Square Restaurants & Cafes
The food in the neighborhood is good but mostly not fancy. Most neighborhood restaurants offer a relaxed vibe. There are plenty of bar-and-grill style restaurants, as well as pizza places. Plus theres a good variety of more interesting choices including Thai, French and Japanese. If you crave German food you can find it at the Chicago Brauhaus. And if you’re lucky you’ll catch some live German music there as well.
Favorite cafes and bakeries include Baker Miller, The Perfect Cup, Cafe Selmarie, Hilarie’s Cookies and Lutz Cafe.
Lincoln Square History
Lincoln Square was founded by Swiss, German, and English immigrants in the 1830s and 40s. At that time, much of the area was still farmland. This farmland transitioned to residential property in the 1890s. Greeks flocked to the neighborhood from 1890 through the1920s.
When in 1956 the Lincoln Square shopping area needed a boost, local merchants erected the Abraham Lincoln statue as an attraction. In 1978, they blocked off one end of Lincoln Ave rerouting traffic to create the pedestrian “square” surrounded by European-style shopping. To learn more, visit the Heart of Lincoln Square Neighbors Association.
What Neighborhoods Surround Lincoln Square?
Lincoln Square is bordered by Foster on the north, Montrose on the south, Damen on the east, and the Chicago River on the west. It sits in zip code 60625 with Ravenswood to the east, Albany Park to the west, West Ridge to the north and Northcenter to the south.
In conclusion, living in Lincoln Square Chicago means living the good life!
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