One of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods, Lincoln Square is growing more popular with urbanites who appreciate its graceful real estate blend of private single-family residences and neatly kept apartment and condominium buildings. The heart of Lincoln Square is its one-of-a-kind commercial district at the intersection of Lawrence, Western and Lincoln Avenues. Framed by the Lincoln Square Arch and home to famous restaurants such as the Chicago Brauhaus and Meyer’s Delicatessen, the district also offers a great many other trendy shops, eateries and cafes. Nearby is the famous Old Town School of Folk Music offering concerts and music and dance lessons of all kinds.
One of Chicago’s first planned neighborhoods, Ravenswood lies next to Lincoln Square, and is a community of single-family homes including bungalows and Victorian and Prairie-style homes, converted condominiums, apartment buildings and classic two- and three-flats. The neighborhood is the site of many new construction projects, and is attracting a growing number of new residents, both individuals and families. Ravenswood also offers many distinctive shopping areas and restaurants, and is home to Welles Park, a 15-acre plot of greenery and community facilities. The park hosts many programs for developmentally challenged children and adults, and is a training site for the Special Olympics.
Bowmanville is a quiet residential neighborhood of single-family cottages and bungalows and two-flats offering a relaxing, suburban-type environment next door to the more energetic pace of Lincoln Square. Budlong Woods is a residential area that is bisected by the North Branch of the Chicago River, offering both single-family residences and two-flats, often with large, well-maintained yards. Ravenswood Gardens, situated just east of the Chicago River, is a classic residential community of single-family brick bungalows and tidy two- and three-flats.