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Lincoln Square Review
Lincoln Square has long been known for its Teutonic heritage. It's home to two annual German fests—Mayfest in late May (held around a 30-foot-tall maypole) and German-American Fest in September—both with plenty of beer, brats, German-style pretzels, and folks dressed in lederhosen. Thursday evenings in summer bring concerts and a farmers' market. Since the 1990s this quiet North Side neighborhood, named for the Lincoln statue near Lawrence and Western avenues, has seen its currency with young professionals rise, and a spate of trendy new places is the result. Popular bars and restaurants line Lincoln Avenue between Montrose and Lawrence, and shopping is a draw, too. Many credit Lincoln Square's renaissance to the relocation of the Old Town School of Folk Music to a long-vacant Art Deco building on North Lincoln Avenue. In July, it sponsors the Square Roots festival. But those longing for a taste of Lincoln Square's ethnic roots shouldn't despair. There are still a handful of German restaurants and bars along Lincoln Avenue. Also still here is the 1922 Krause Music Store building (4611 N. Lincoln Ave.), the last work commissioned by architect Louis Sullivan, with its ornate green terra-cotta facade.
Pause for a rest in Giddings Plaza (4731 N. Lincoln Ave.), with a view of the bronze, tiered Giddings Square Fountain. From May to October the plaza holds frequent outdoor concerts.
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