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Lincoln Square

A pedestrian paradise rife with entertainment, shopping and dining options


Known for its green space and family friendly offerings, Lincoln Square is urban but low key, friendly but bustling, accessible but tucked away. Well maintained parks, eclectic retail shops as well as an iconic music school make this friendly, low key neighborhood enticing for people of all ages. Many single family homes in the area are built on larger lots which make some of the leafy, tree lined streets appear almost residential in terms of yard space. With copious amounts of green space to chill out and relax, this area exudes the easy lifestyle that most in the city only dream about.



Lincoln Square is located northwest of the center of downtown Chicago. It is bordered to the north by Foster, to the south by Montrose to the west by the Chicago River, and to the east by Damen. It is west of Uptown and Andersonville, and north of Roscoe Village. The area is an example of public transit at its finest. It is serviced by the Montrose, Damen, Western, and Rockwell brown line stops, numerous buses as well as the Metra, which makes getting to the loop quick and easy. Access to downtown and the lake is easy via bus or the train, and getting into a restaurant is pretty easy!

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Landmarks & Scenes:

Check out Kempf/Giddings Plaza, a glorious pedestrian plaza paved with bricks and offering constant outdoor entertainment or Queen of Angels Church, built in 1909 for year round events, community activities, and tours highlighting the buildings history and architecture.

Food &Drink:

Paying homage to its German roots, there are numerous restaurants in the area to grab some schnitzel and a beer, find a seat, and enjoy, including the Chicago Brauhaus on Lincoln Ave. Diverse and casual are the two main themes of the food scene in Lincoln Square. The Daily is a comfort food style restaurant, serving in a modern 50's style environment.


From vintage toy stores to an old school apothecary, to amazing farmers markets, this charming yet modern neighborhood has it all. Merz Apothercary in Lincoln Square has been around since 1875 and is packed in with fascinating and perplexing items. Inside Gene's Sausage & Delicatessen (which used to be Meyer) they carry top quality meats, but also has a large selection of German and European goods, drinks, and groceries. A bonus is the rooftop bar and patio, where you can drink a cold beer and eat a fresh sandwich.


Fill up on delish Neapolitan style pizza at Spacca Napoli followed by a movie at Davis Theater, which plays classics as well as new releases.

Sports & Outdoors:  

Welles Park is the gold standard for public recreational areas within Chicago. Tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a pool, a field house with gym equipment, a water feature for kids, a gazebo with live musical acts, horseshoes, bocce ball, it's all here, and then some.

Arts & Culture:

Built in 1928, the Thomas Jefferson Water Pumping Station quickly became a prominent example of local Chicago architecture. It remains in use today and is still an impressive piece of architecture.


One of the most spacious, friendly and stroller accepting spots in town, Lincoln Square loves families, and families love Lincoln Square. Check out the youth baseball games in Welles Park for your youngster.

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