Lincoln Square is Chicago’s historic German neighborhood located just about a mile west of The Guesthouse Hotel. And while you won’t see many lederhosen anymore, you can travel the globe while strolling along Lincoln Avenue and enjoy cuisine from France, Greece, Mexico, Italy and many more!
Lincoln Square has so much to offer, including wonderful music performances at the Old Town School of Folk Music or hitting one of the great festivals held throughout the year including AppleFest, Kids in the Square and one of Chicago’s best music festivals—Square Roots.
Café Selmarie, 4729 N Lincoln Ave / (773) 989-5595
A lovely little European-style bakery and bistro in the heart of Lincoln Square. Enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner or grab some pastries to go!
Bistro Campagne, 4518 N Lincoln Ave / (773) 271-6100
Dine here and you’ll be transported overseas to a French countryside bistro, where the freshest food, excellent service and a welcoming environment are expected.
Himmel’s, 2251 W Lawrence Ave / (773) 784-8777
A home-style, from scratch kitchen whipping up BOTH German and Italian plates. Be sure to order a Roman style pizza, cooked in an authentic oak burning brick oven.
Artango, 4767 N Lincoln Ave / (872) 208-7441
A taste of Argentina's golden age with handcrafted cocktails, incredible beef entrees and of course - tango! Be sure to check their website for scheduled dance performances. You can even take a dance class!
The Grafton, 4530 N Lincoln Ave / (773) 271-9000
This award-winning traditional Irish Pub has all the classic fare, outstanding selection of craft beer and whiskey, plus live Irish music every Sunday!
Fountainhead, 1970 W Montrose Ave / (773) 697-8204
Travel the world without a passport. Fountainhead has 27 beers on tap and bottled beer, whisky, and wine menus so extensive that you’re bound to discover something new. And if you don’t know what you like, the gregarious staff will be eager to help. A wonderful roof deck is open in the summer!
Merz Apothecary, 4716 N Lincoln Ave / (773) 989-0900
Opened in 1875 to service the European immigrants of the neighborhood, Merz Apothecary is now a Chicago landmark, still providing natural remedies and vitamins, but also a place to find Old World-influenced hair and skin care, perfumes, and candles.
Gene’s Sausage & Delicatessen, 4750 N Lincoln Ave / (773) 728-7243
For a taste of the old country, head to this food emporium filled with specialty items including German chocolates and marzipan, gourmet mustards, and a deli counter with amazing sausages and hams of every variety! Just look for the big cow out front and you’re there!
The Chopping Block, 4747 N Lincoln Avenue / (773) 472-6700
Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers demonstration and hands-on cooking classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events.
Marbles – The Brain Store, 4745 N Lincoln Avenue / (773) 784-7991
The Brain Store is where brains come to play! Smart gifts, brain games and puzzles that benefit memory, critical thinking, visual perception, coordination and word skills.
Enjoy – Urban General Store, 4723 N Lincoln Avenue / (773) 334-8626
A specialty gift shop with a modern take on a general store serving urban dwellers stocked with a variety of items to accomplish all gift shopping in one place. Featuring gifts for youngsters to oldsters, hipsters to geeksters, sisters to brothers, mothers to fathers... and everyone in between.
The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N Lincoln Avenue / (773) 293-BOOK (2665)
Get lost in the stacks at this independently owned bookstore and cafe in Lincoln Square. Stop by to browse the shelves, attend one of the frequent events, or enjoy a selection of wine, beer, sandwiches, and pastries in the cafe.