The Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Square is in no danger over-population or rampant gentrification anytime in the near future, and this is exactly how its residents want it. In fact, city planning authorities and local activists have been working for decades to make sure that this gorgeous residential part of Chicago remain family-friendly and suburban-paced. 20% of Lincoln Square has been designated as a historic preservation district, which is arguably Chicago's largest.
Over a century old, Lincoln Square is often described as European or having an Old World feel due to the zoning, size of the streets and architecture. There are plenty of family-sized houses on these beautiful, tree-lined streets, many still at very reasonable prices.
Ravenswood residents are known for their rehabbing savvy. Some gentrification has occurred and many vintage homes are available at reasonable rates. There are small shops and outdoor cafs to appeal to a family-oriented crowd and some young professionals. Some local favorites are The Grind for coffee, Los Nopales for Mexican, Bistro Campagne for French, and Over Easy Cafe for brunch. The annual Apple Fest and Farmer's Market draw visitors every summer. The East Ravenswood Historic District is known for its lovely architectural homes and ever-growing popularity.
The El Brown Line runs through the southern section of the neighborhood. Ravenswood Lincoln Square are bounded by Montrose, Peterson, the Ravenswood Metra tracks and the Chicago River. Please see our North Ravenswood page regarding the area north of Foster.