Lincoln Square: Must Have Babies

Image courtesy of flickr user darrowwest

Image courtesy of flickr user darrowwest

If you have spent any time in the Lincoln Square neighborhood over the past few years you might have noticed the overwhelming number of baby strollers and young families the area has attracted. Farmer’s Markets, German Festivals and quiet streets make Lincoln Square a great place to raise a family.

Giddings Plaza, the area just south of Lawrence Avenue where Lincoln Avenue angles one-way to the south, contains unique shops and eateries such as Gene’s Sausage Shop, Chicago Brauhaus, Merz Apathocary and Huettenbar.

Photo courtesy of flickr user John Kannenberg

Photo courtesy of flickr user John Kannenberg

Lincoln Square hangs on to its identity as a place where German immagrants settled in the late 1800s through much of its architecture, public art and businesses. Many of the businesses are family-owned and offer a local, non-chain option that help to create a strong sense of community.

Image courtesy of flickr user RTC1

Image courtesy of flickr user RTC1

The enormous Welles Park offers space for sports, concerts and festivals in the summertime while the Sulzer Library offers somewhere to hunker down on cold winter days to read or borrow media.

The Old Town School of Folk Music just finished a new building in the neighborhood last year and offers classes to aspiring musicians young and old in a laid-back setting.

With a variety of single-family homes with yards and garages on alleys, the neighborhood is well suited for raising children. The area is also far enough away from the city that you can easily find a peaceful spot to relax.

So what does it cost to own in Lincoln Square? Well, a single-family detached home – the ones with the yard in the back and a garage on the alley – have held steady at an average sale price of right around $900,000 for the last twelve months. Condo sales in this neighborhood for the same period have had an average sale price of right around $339,000.

The Rockwell Brown Line stop is one of the few ground-level stops in the city.  source

The Rockwell Brown Line stop is one of the few ground-level stops in the city.

Since the neighborhood is near the end of the Brown Line, Lincoln Square commuters can get on at Western or Rockwell Avenue and usually get a seat for a relaxing ride into the Loop. The commute that you would experience from this neighborhood gives the same feeling that living in the neighborhood does – relaxed, quiet and peaceful – one of the best in the city.

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