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Where Is Lincoln Square, Chicago?
Seven miles north of the Loop, Lincoln Square evokes a small town feeling within the city. Lincoln Square, Chicago, is bounded by Foster Ave on the North, Leavitt Street on the East, Montrose Ave on the South, and the Chicago River on the West. Is Lincoln Square part of Ravenswood? Ravenswood is the larger neighborhood, often considered to encompass the smaller community of Lincoln Square.
History of Lincoln Square
In the 1840s German Americans settled in an area of prairie and farmland that would become Lincoln Square. The neighborhood experienced major growth in the early 1900s due to new commercial operations, the installation of electric streetcars, and the opening of the elevated train line. Developers began building homes in the area for people who wanted to live outside of the city while still being able to commute downtown via train.
Overview of the Neighborhood
There are hundreds of vintage Lincoln Square apartments, many renovated and more prominent; this ideal Chicago neighborhood is dense with young professionals, and families with renters seeking larger apartments with better value. The apartments are typically found in courtyard buildings, divided houses, and two-flat and three-flat boutique buildings.
Demographics of Lincoln Square, Chicago
Lincoln Square has a population of 40,494 people according to 2020 Census data. The median age of the neighborhood is 35 years old, with 32% of the population between 20 to 34 and 25% aged 35 to 49. The neighborhood's quiet, residential qualities make it attractive to families, as well as those in their late 20s and 30s looking to move away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Weather in Lincoln Square, Chicago
What is the weather like in Lincoln Square, Chicago? Average temperatures are about the same as the rest of Chicago. During Chicago’s beautiful summers, temperatures range from 63 to 82 degrees in Lincoln Square. Fall and spring can fluctuate in temperature quite a bit with averages ranging from 35 to 70 degrees. Grab a warm coat, winter temps are on average 22 to 45 degrees.
Amenities in Lincoln Square, Chicago
Local Shopping and Dining
Lincoln Square, Chicago, offers a healthy variety of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques. Just south of Lawrence along Lincoln Ave, renters will find the commercial heart of the neighborhood. Through the Lincoln Square arch, gourmet restaurants, European-style cafes, and specialty stores abound. The neighborhood beautifully decorates Lincoln Ave during the holidays with lights and a Christmas tree. Lincoln Square apartments are also near many wonderful restaurants, shops, and cafes outside of this central shopping district, especially along Western and Lawrence.
Looking for highly acclaimed eats? Lincoln Square, Chicago, is home to five restaurants recommended by the Michelin Guide, including Michelin-starred Goosefoot and Bib Gourmand-awarded Luella’s Southern Kitchen. The three other Lincoln Square restaurants in the guide are Gather, Bistro Campagne, and The Warbler.
Best Restaurants in Lincoln Square
- Gene’s Sausage Shop and Delicatessen
- Luella’s Southern Kitchen
- Bistro Campagne
- The Warbler
- Café Selmarie
- Jibek Jolu
- Sushi Tokoro
- Jerry’s Sandwiches
- Artango Bar & Steakhouse
- Roots Handmade Pizza
Best Coffee Shops in Lincoln Square
- Oromo Cafe
- Beans & Bagels
- Baker Miller
- The Green Post
- Cafe ZoZo
- The Book Cellar (cafe inside the bookstore)
- Café Selmarie
Best Bars in Lincoln Square
- The Sixth
- Bourbon Cafe
- The Green Post
- The Warbler
- Gideon Welles Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen
- Daily Bar & Grill
- Artango Bar & Steakhouse
Entertainment and Recreational Activities
Lincoln Square is home to some of the best festivals in Chicago. Every September Lincoln Square celebrates its German heritage with the German-American Oktoberfest, featuring food, music, and dancing. Apple Fest celebrates the beginning of fall with pie, cider, and even apple pizza. One of the biggest festivals in Lincoln Square in the summer is the yearly Square Roots Festival hosted by the Old Town School of Folk Music. Despite sharing a name with a different Chicago neighborhood, the Old Town School of Folk Music is a well-known cultural institution that welcomes thousands of students each year.
Looking for year-round entertainment in Lincoln Square, Chicago? The Davis Theater, a historical movie house built in 1918, still shows the newest movie releases with a full-service bar and restaurant, Carbon Arc, connected to it. The Conrad Sulzer Regional Library in Lincoln Square, one of Chicago’s best library branches, is also worth a visit for all of your literary needs.
Neighborhood Attractions in Lincoln Square
- The Davis Theater
- DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
- Old Town School of Folk Music
- Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
Parks in Lincoln Square
- Winnemac Park
- River Park
- Vogle Playlot
- Gross Park
- Sunken Gardens Park
- Horner Park
- Jacob Park
Events and Festivals in Lincoln Square
- Lincoln Square Farmers Market (May-November)
- Maifest (Late May/Early June)
- Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series (June-August)
- Square Roots Festival (July)
- German-American Oktoberfest (September)
- Apple Fest (Late Sept./Early Oct.)
Transportation in Lincoln Square, Chicago
Lincoln Square apartments are near many options for public transportation, including two CTA Brown Line stations, Rockwell and Western. The neighborhood is also close to the Ravenswood Metra station for residents looking to travel to the suburbs and elsewhere in Chicago. Living in Lincoln Square provides easy access to Lake Shore Drive, which is just 10 minutes away. Bikes and scooters are also popular for navigating the Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago.
Schools in Lincoln Square, Chicago
Public, Private, and Charter Schools in Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square offers many wonderful schools for families in the neighborhood. Schools in Lincoln Square range from elementary age to high school age. The neighborhood also offers many alternative options like Montessori Schools and Lycee Francais de Chicago. Learning is also lifelong in Lincoln Square through educational programs at DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center and Old Town School of Folk Music.
- Adler Schools
- Eliza Chappell School
- Lycee Francais Chicago
- Lyman Budlong Public School
- Montessori Gifted Prep School
- Northside College Prep School
- North Park Elementary School
- North Shore Junior Academy
- Pilgrim Lutheran
- Ravenswood Montessori School
- Queen of Angels Elementary School
- St. Hilary's Elementary School
- St. Matthias School
- Waldorf School
- Waters School
Real Estate in Lincoln Square, Chicago
Lincoln Square generally has a wide selection of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments. Three-bedroom apartments in Lincoln Square Chicago are generally less available. Four-bedroom apartments in Lincoln Square only come occasionally, so be prepared to act quickly when you see one since they do not stay on the market long.