Lincoln Square

Located 6 Miles Northwest of The Loop.

Neighborhoods include: Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Ravenswood Gardens, Ravenswood Manor, Budlong Woods, Bowmanville
Zip Codes Include: 60625, 60640

Greater Lincoln Square encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Ravenswood Manor, 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.

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’. It is on the corner of Leland and Western avenue, 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 south east 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, 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 was born in Lincoln Square in 1972, though its original headquarters above the Brauhaus is now only a bureau.


The Lincoln Park neighborhood is accessible via mass transit, including the CTA’s Red, Brown and Purple lines at the Fullerton station, the Purple and Brown lines at the Armitage and Diversey stations, as well as CTA bus service.

Via car, Lincoln Park can be reached by using Lake Shore Drive or the Kennedy Expressway.


Population (2010)

• Total 39,493
• Density 15,000/sq mi (5,900/km2)

Demographics (2010)

• White 63.09%
• Black 3.77%
• Hispanic 19.15%
• Asian 11.14%
• Other 2.25%

Neighborhood Links

Bowmanville Community Organization
East Ravenswood Neighbors
Friends of Ravenswood Elementary
Save Lincoln Square
Lincoln Square-Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce

• 40th Ward & Alderman
47th Ward & Alderman