Lincoln Square, Chicago

Lincoln Square, Chicago

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Lincoln Square
, located on the North Side of the city of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 well-defined Chicago community areas. Greater Lincoln Square encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Ravenswood Gardens, Ravenswood, Bowmanville, Budlong Woods and Lincoln Square (neighborhood). Although it is sometimes known by these other names the City of Chicago officially designated it as Lincoln Square in 1925.




In the 1840s, farming was begun in this area by newly arrived German Americans. Two brothers, Lyman and Joseph Budlong arrived in 1857 to start a commercial pickling operation near what is today Lincoln Avenue and Berwyn. They later opened a commercial green house and flower fields to provide flowers for the then new Rosehill Cemetery. In 1925, to honor Abraham Lincoln, the Chicago City Council named the area Lincoln Square, and a prominent statue of the namesake was erected in 1956.[3]

About 44,000 people live in the neighborhood along with over 1,000 small and medium-sized businesses. It is accessible through the Brown Line of the 'L'. The neighborhood is bounded by Bryn Mawr and Peterson Avenues on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Ravenswood Avenue on the east and the Chicago River on the west. Its housing stock consists of private residences and small apartment buildings.

The commercial heart of Lincoln Square is located at the intersection of Lawrence, Western and Lincoln Avenues. Lincoln Avenue southeast of this intersection is home to a wide variety of restaurants and shops. Lincoln Square is historically known as a heavily German influenced and populated neighborhood,[4] but now one is just as likely to see shops catering to Thai or Middle Eastern cultures. Still, the neighborhood is home to a number of German businesses, notably the Chicago Brauhaus, Merz Apothecary and Lutz Café & Bakery, and is the home of the Chicago branches of DANK (the German American National Congress) and the Niedersachsen Club. The German-language weekly newspaper Amerika Woche (de) was born in Lincoln Square in 1972, though its original headquarters above the Brauhaus is now only a bureau.

Events such as festivals and live musical performances are frequently held in Lincoln Square. The Apple Fest is a longstanding tradition in Lincoln Square that brings the community together to celebrate the beginning of fall. Dozens of vendors participate in the event each year selling autumn-themed crafts and apple-themed treats, such as fresh baked apple pies, bushels of apples, hot apple cider and apple pizza.[5] The Square Roots Festival, which is held every summer, celebrates Lincoln Square's history in music and German culture with live performances from local musicians and craft beer from local breweries.[6]

Historical population


  • Bowmanville
  • Budlong Woods
  • Lincoln Square
  • Lincoln Square North
  • Ravenswood
  • Ravenswood Gardens

Points of Interest[edit]



Chicago Public Schools operates public schools.[8]

K-8 schools include:[9]

  • Budlong Elementary School
  • Chappell Elementary School
  • Jamieson Elementary School
  • McPherson Elementary School
  • Waters Elementary School

Amundsen High School is the designated CPS high school for most of the community area, while a small section is zoned to Mather High School.[10]

Other schools:

  • Adler Schools
  • Lycée Français de Chicago/The French International School[11]
  • North Shore Junior Academy
  • Queen of Angels Elementary School
  • St. Hilary's Elementary School

Public Art[edit]

  • Berlin Wall Monument (Western Avenue Brown Line Station), 2008
  • Lincoln/Leland Mural (Lincoln Quality Meat Market), 2007
  • Greater Rockwell Mural (Beans and Bagels), 2005
  • Lincoln/Sunnyside Mural, 1997
  • The Maypole (Leland and Lincoln), 1999
  • Giddings Square Fountain, 1999
  • Lombard Lamp (Giddings Square), 1979
  • The Chicago Lincoln statue (Corner of Western, Lawrence and Lincoln), 1956
  • The Lincoln Square Mural (Lincoln Square Athletic Club), 1991



The following events occur within the neighborhood on an annual basis.

  • Ravenswood Run 5K
  • May Fest
  • Lincoln Square Summer Concert Series
  • Square Roots
  • Lincoln Square Poetry Fest
  • German-American Fest
  • Lincoln Square Fall Apple Fest
  • Friends of the Craft Beer Festival[12]
  • Friends of the Grape Wine Festival
  • Christmas Tree Lighting in the Square
  • Rib Fest

Bordering Community Areas[edit]


  1. Jump up ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Demographic Data". Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. Jump up ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Census Data". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. Jump up ^ Zangs, Mary (2014). The Chicago 77. Charleston, SC: History Press. p. 26. ISBN 9781626196124. 
  4. Jump up ^ McKeough, Kevin. "A Guide to Lincoln Square". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
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  7. Jump up ^ Paral, Rob. "Chicago Community Areas Historical Data". Chicago Community Areas Historical Data. Retrieved 30 August 2012. 
  8. Jump up ^ "Lincoln Square" (map). City of Chicago. Retrieved on December 24, 2016.
  9. Jump up ^ "Elem North" (). Chicago Public Schools. 2013. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
  10. Jump up ^ "HS North/Near North." Chicago Public Schools. 2013. Retrieved on September 30, 2016.
  11. Jump up ^ French International School, Chicago, web site]. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
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