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Lincoln Square

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Long known for its Teutonic heritage, Lincoln Square is home to two annual German fests—Maifest in late May (held around a 30-foot-tall maypole) and German-American Fest in September—both featuring plenty of beer, brats, German-style pretzels, and folks dressed in lederhosen. Thursday evenings in summer bring free concerts and a farmers' market. Since the late 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; shopping is a draw, too. Many credit Lincoln Square's renaissance to the relocation of the Old Town School of Folk Music, which moved to a long-vacant art deco building at 4544 North Lincoln Avenue in 1998. Each July, it sponsors the Square Roots festival. But those longing for a taste of Lincoln Square's ethnic roots shouldn't despair. You'll still find a handful of German restaurants and bars along the avenue. Also still here is the 1922 Krause Music Store building (4611 N. Lincoln Avenue), with its ornate green terra-cotta facade; it was the last work commissioned by architect Louis Sullivan.

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Between Foster, Montrose, and Damen Aves. and the Chicago River, Chicago, Illinois, 60625, USA


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