Lincoln Square is quickly becoming a new destination within Chicago’s neighborhoods. It will have the soon to be developed transportation center at Lawrence and Ravenswood, including a major grocery store, retail, condos and most importantly parking.
The charm of Lincoln Square is in its history and small-town friendliness while still offering big city shopping, entertaining and dining.
It is a walkable, green, friendly community anchored by Lincoln Avenue and surrounded by three lovely, large parks-Wells Park on the South, Winnemac Park on the east and River Park on the west. Auto traffic is restricted on the Square. In the summer you can enjoy Concerts and Movies in the Parks, swim at River Park, play ball, jog or walk your dog. Take in the wildflower gardens and nature preserves at Winnemac Park. And Wells Park is home to the wonderful Folk and Roots Festival in July.
There are many fun places to shop, dine, and discover. At the north end of Lincoln Avenue you take cooking class at Chopping Block, eat at Gene’s Sausage Shop, and enjoy European pastries and al fresco dining at CafÃ© Selmarie. Stop in at Book Cellar to meet an author for a book signing. Pamper yourself at Merz Apothecary or Renessence Salon. Keep walking and you see women and children’s boutiques, the Old Town School of Folk Music, and don’t miss Wells Park, which has a gazebo that reminds me of Paris, a large indoor pool, and ball fields.
Take a walking tour of local gardens, look around and see architecture from turn-of- the century homes to contemporary condos. There are many choices in housing, no matter what your circumstance, from small apartment buildings to homes to condominiums. Once you live in Lincoln Square, you won’t feel the need to flee to the burbs for shopping, greenspace, and family activities. Although if you must flee, in the summer you can take Metra to Ravinia and enjoy amazing concerts and picnicking.
Maggie Finegan, Move with Maggie Team
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