Lincoln Square is located on Chicago’s North side. It’s home to about 40,000 people and more than 1,000 businesses.
The Lincoln Square neighborhood is composed of five smaller communities: Ravenswood Gardens, Ravenswood, Bowmanville, Budlong Woods, and Lincoln Square.
Bryn Mawr and Peterson to the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Ravenswood Avenue on the east, and the Chicago River on the west.
Lincoln Square’s commercial center is the actual Lincoln Square. It sits at the intersection of Western, Lawrence, and Lincoln Avenues.
The neighborhood has excellent access to public transportation. CTA buses, the Brown Line and Metra’s North Ravenswood stop serve the area.
Lincoln Square was Chicago’s historic home to German immigrants. Their influence is seen in the neighborhood’s authentic German architecture, restaurants, and breweries. Today, you’re just as likely to find Thai or French cuisine, local owned stores, and music venues.
Music has a strong influence on Lincoln Square’s culture. The 55-year-old Old Town School of Folk Music moved here in 1998. The school and performance center has transformed Lincoln Square. It’s now a premier destination for live music and dining.
The commercial district around the Square hosts music festivals and events. The autumn Apple Fest and the summertime Lincoln Square Roots festival are highlights.
The actual Square has lots of restaurants and shops. It’s a fantastic place, with murals and statues. One end of the Square closed to traffic, creating a relaxed, small-town feeling in a space.
Lincoln Square has single-family homes in styles ranging from Victorian to modern. Many of the neighborhood’s older homes have gracious porches facing tree-lined streets. In December 2016, the median listing price for a single-family home was $411,000. The median sale price was $418,000. The median sale-cost per square foot in this area was $253. In November 2016, 40 single-family homes sold. The median price for condos in Lincoln Square is on the rise and is currently around $270,000.
Lincoln Square is pedestrian and bike friendly and has a walkability score of 84 and a bike score of 87. The area has a transit score of 68, but that number rises the closer you get to the Square.
Lincoln Square has some of Chicago’s highest-rated public schools. These include the K–5 performing-arts magnet school Thomas J. Waters and Lane Tech College Prep High School. The neighborhood is popular with families with school-aged children.