Lincoln Square apartments have become increasingly popular in recent years. There are hundreds of vintage apartment buildings, many renovated, and the neighborhood is dense with Loyola students, young professionals, and families with kids. The Lincoln Square enclave still retains more than a vestige of its once uniquely German character, and the neighborhood has become a bustling little village with enough variety to keep anyone busy just about any night of the week. There's a healthy variety of restaurants and boutiques, as well as a conveniently located el stop just a block off the main drag.
Welles Park, with its expansive swath of green grass, covers enough territory to accommodate several baseball diamonds and a playground, and a gigantic branch of the Chicago Public Library lies directly across the street. The Old Town School of Folk Music can be found in Lincoln Square. Old Town School of Folk Music is a unique teaching and performance organization for both adults and children that has up to 7,000 students per week come through their doors. In addition to their concerts, classes, workshops and other offerings, this cultural institution is also responsible for the yearly Chicago Folk and Roots Festival held in the adjacent Welles Park.