Lincoln Square is one of those subsections of Chicago that has a distinctive feel all its own.

Infused with a Bavarian allure, Lincoln Square reveals specks of German culture in its annual festivals (which include a traditional maypole) and the hearty foods of mother Deutschland (bratwurst and schnitzel).


Encircling the neighborhood’s main business and entertainment district, Lincoln Ave (home to quaint storefront shops and restaurants), are rows of three- and four-flat buildings with a few single-family homes tucked in among the multi-unit brick and stone residences.


A vintage movie theater and the city’s oldest bowling lanes find their home in Lincoln Square, as does Oktoberfest, where Chicagoans come every year to celebrate their German roots and, of course, drink beer.

Over a century old, Lincoln Square is often described as “European” or having an “Old World feel” due to the zoning, size of the streets and architecture. There are plenty of quaint residences houses on these beautiful, tree-lined streets, many at very reasonable prices. Lincoln Square residents are known for their rehabbing savvy.


20% of Lincoln Square has been designated as a historic preservation district, which is arguably the largest in the north side.

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