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A Slower Pace in Lincoln Square…
You may have noticed a trend as you explore Chicago neighborhoods - that most neighborhoods have an affiliation with a certain nationality. Lincoln Square is no different. In this neighborhood, all things German reign supreme. You can see the German-American influence throughout Lincoln Square streets, from Chicago Brauhas, Lutz Café and Bakery, and Merz Apothecary. Lincoln Park is yet another keyhole into our city’s historic and ethnically-diverse past. Lincoln Square real estate agents not only show houses for sale in Chicago, they can be a fantastic tourist guide, so follow along!
Community activists in Lincoln Square have fought for years to preserve the quaint vibe of their neighborhood – and they’ve succeeded. The area is family-friendly and rolls at a suburban pace. You won’t see a lot of tear-downs turned luxury condos here as over 20% of the neighborhood has been designated as a historic district – the largest neighborhood in Chicago to be designated as such.
Bordered by Bryn Mawr and Peterson Avenues to the north, Montrose Avenue to the south, Ravenswood Avenue to the east and the Chicago River to the west, the Lincoln Square neighborhood is a hodge-podge of several smaller neighborhoods.
Thanks to the zoning of years gone by, Lincoln Square has a distinctive feel, some say “Old World” or European in nature. Family-sized homes along quintessential tree-lined neighborhood streets haven’t given way to Chicago luxury condos or high-rise penthouses, and the locals seem to hope it stays that way!
Shopping and Restaurants
Lincoln Square’s commercial center is located at the intersection of Lawrence, Western, and Lincoln Avenues. Here, the neighborhood positively pulses with interesting shops and restaurants. Of course – if you’re craving bratwurst, you’ll find that here. One local favorite is Gene's Sausage Shop and Delicatessen, offering over 40 sausages! Hey, if you’re craving a kabob, you may find that here too! While the German influence rings true in the neighborhood, plenty of room has been made to accommodate a wide variety of cultures, including Middle Eastern and Thai.
If you’re with a group and can’t quite get on the same page as far as dining options are concerned, check out Lincoln Square South’s Food Hall. This space is a high-end food court, but way more interesting than any mall food court you might be familiar with back home.
Thirsty? Lincoln Square is the place to be. It didn’t get the name, "Malt Row" for nothing! Here you can find dozens of crafter breweries and distilleries, including: Half Acre, Begyle Brewing, and Koval Distillery, among many others.
Lincoln Square Festivals
For those who like to celebrate – and often – there are several annual festivals hosted in Lincoln Square year-round – and it’s not always about the beer here, zoink!
Autumn is a particularly eventful season in the neighborhood with Apple Fest, held each October featuring food and music on the Lawrence Avenue Music Stage. Over a dozen vendors participate in this event, selling apple-themed clothing and accessories, as well as apple sweets (think apple pie, candy apples, and cider). Or, if you want to prepare your own apple-y food at home, you can even purchase a bushel of apples.
During the summer, the always-a-hit is The Square Roots Festival. This event highlights German culture and influence in the neighborhood, featuring musical performances from local musicians – of course, craft beer is featured as well.