Maggie Finegan has been a great help to me here in just my first week as a full-time Chicago resident. She’s the leader of a team of Keller Williams realtors called Move With Maggie which facilitated the purchase of my condo in Lincoln Square. Not only has Maggie connected me with a great group of small business owners for possible networking opportunities, but she has also told me about a number of local small businesses that have proudly set up shop here in the Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Bowmanville and Andersonville neighborhoods.

Recently, I stopped by Lincoln Avenue on Lincoln Square to do some holiday shopping. I was amazed by the sheer number of diverse boutiques, restaurants and cafes on either side of the small square. Savory Spice Shop, 4753 N. Lincoln Ave., sells both cookbooks and spices. Within minutes, I knew I had found the perfect gifts for my father, who loves to cook. Across the street at Fleet Feet Sports, 4762 N. Lincoln Ave., I found an outdoorsy gift for my brother-in-law. There, I learned that, once the holidays are over, I can take part in Fun Runs three times per week. As a new runner to the area, that’s something for me to keep in mind.

Victoria Grabner

Victoria Grabner

On the same side of the street as Savory Spice Shop, next to the little square, is Café Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave. It offers omelets, cinnamon roll griddlecakes, and more for breakfast. It’s also open for lunch, dinner, and Saturday and Sunday brunch.

Victoria Marty has written for newspapers and magazines for more than 15 years and recently moved to the Lincoln Square, Chicago area. A frequent runner who loves learning and exploring new places, she has perfected the art of getting lost while simultaneously finding unique landmarks, boutiques and out-of-the-way nooks worth writing about. Her blogs are geared toward the newly transplanted who want to learn as much about Chicago as they can, as quickly as possible.

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