Lincoln Square, Chicago Places

Part of our Chicago travel guide; our list of the best things to see in Lincoln Square, including Old Town School of Folk Music, The Chopping Block Cooking School and IWW Literature Department.
  • The best place in Lincoln Square Chicago: Old Town School of Folk Music

    Old Town School of Folk Music

    4544 N Lincoln Ave
    If you're interested in folk music from America or anywhere else in the world you should definitely plan to spend some time at the Old-Town School. There are classes ranging from beginners' clawhammer banjo to advanced Flamenco dance. Even if you are just passing through town, consider stopping by to see a concert or just to check out the store, which features a fabulous array of banjos, fiddles, guitars, and rare folk instruments from around the world, as well as recordings of just about every sort of folk music (and early jazz) you can imagine.
    Lincoln Square food nearby
  • The Chopping Block Cooking School

    The Chopping Block Cooking School

    4747 N Lincoln Ave
    M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Kids classes $20, adults $40-75. Even if you're only going to be in town for one day, you can drop in for a class (no experience necessary) on a wide variety of culinary subjects, with plenty of hands-on experience included. Check the calendar on their website to see if anything strikes your fancy.
    Lincoln Square eat nearby
  • IWW Literature Department

    IWW Literature Department

    2036 W Montrose Ave
    Bookstore for the radical union, the IWW.
    Lincoln Square
  • The Grafton Irish Pub

    The Grafton Irish Pub

    4530 N Lincoln Ave
    M-F 5PM-2AM, Sa 11AM-3AM, Su 11AM-2AM. Cozy Irish pub with better-than-average food (and even better desserts). Live music on Wednesdays/Sundays (Irish) and Tuesdays (folk).
    Lincoln Square
  • Timeless Toys

    4749 N Lincoln Ave
    M-W, Sa 10AM-6PM, Thu,F 10AM-7PM, Su 11AM-5PM. Classic toy store — as in, no Disney characters or cheap movie tie-ins — with plenty to buy and plenty more to play with in the store.
    Lincoln Square
  • Eclecticity

    4718 N Lincoln Ave
    M-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-5:30PM. Proudly described as a "purely self-indulgent venture," Eclecticity is shopping for shopping's sake, with collectibles old and new from around the world, and a wide selection of candles.
    Lincoln Square
  • Rock N Roll Vintage Guitar Shop

    4740 N Lincoln Ave, 2nd floor
    M,W,F noon-6PM, Tu,Th noon-7PM, Sa noon-5PM. If you've been looking for that special guitar you had as a kid or you want to step up to a more serious guitar you might want to visit Rock N Roll Vintage. They have loads of vintage and used guitars, amps and even some new gear packed into every corner of their shop.
    Lincoln Square
  • DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

    DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

    4740 N Western Ave
    Sa 11AM-3PM, and for special events such as '''German Cinema Now''', showing contemporary German films with English sub-titles, on the third Monday of every month at 7PM. Usually free. D.A.N.K. is an acronym for German American National Congress, which is also on-site, a cultural and social hub for the German-American community throughout Chicago and the Midwest. The Cultural Center hosts art exhibitions in two gallery spaces.
    Lincoln Square eat nearby
  • Horner Park

    Horner Park

    2741 W Montrose Avenue
    Great big wonderful park with plenty of softball fields, football and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, trees, and a nice walking path. The leafy surroundings make it a great place for the annual pumpkin patch in the fall.
    Albany Park restaurants nearby
  • Salamander Shoes

    4740 N Lincoln
    M-W 9:30AM-6PM, Th 9:30AM-8PM, F-Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su noon-4PM. Imported walking shoes on stylish display, with a few bigger-than-usual sizes.
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  • Laurie's Planet of Sound

    4639 N Lincoln Ave
    M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Excellent neighborhood LP, CD, & DVD store with staff who care about music — not infrequently is this called the best record store in the city.
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  • The Davis Theater

    The Davis Theater

    4614 N Lincoln Ave
    In the neighborhood for more than 80 years. They mostly show current Hollywood movies, but there are special features every once in a while, including Bollywood musicals for the Indian community on Devon.
    Lincoln Square restaurants nearby
  • Cambodian Association of Illinois

    2831 W Lawrence Ave
    Community Center M-F 9AM-5PM, Museum & Memorial M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su by appointment. In addition to their work with Cambodian immigrants and refugees, the CAI also runs a small but highly effective Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial at their building near Albany Park.
    Albany Park food nearby
  • Gallimaufry Gallery

    4712 N Lincoln Ave
    M-Sa 10AM-6PM (Th to 8PM), Su 1-6PM. A little bit of everything, and a wonderful selection thereof; jewelry, secret boxes, imported scarves, and several varieties of kaleidoscopes are among the delights you'll find here.
    Lincoln Square
  • The Chopping Block

    The Chopping Block

    4747 N Lincoln Ave
    M-F 10AM-9PM, Sa-Su 10AM-6PM. Kids classes $20, adults $40-75. Even if you're only going to be in town for one day, you can drop in for a class (no experience necessary) on a wide variety of culinary subjects, with plenty of hands-on experience included. Check the calendar on their website to see if anything strikes your fancy.
    Lincoln Square
  • Lutz Cafe & Pastry Shop

    Lutz Cafe & Pastry Shop

    2458 W Montrose Ave
    Su-Th 7AM-7PM, F-Sa 7AM-8PM. Enjoy coffee and something sweet from this legendary bakery (est. 1948), or just stop by to gaze in awe at the amazing display case. The cafe has a nice outdoor garden (weather permitting).
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  • Merz Apothecary

    Merz Apothecary

    4716 N Lincoln Ave
    Established in 1875 as a typical corner drug store, Merz Apothecary sold herbal medicines and traditional remedies from the Old World under several generations of the Merz family. In 1972, Abdul Quaiyum bought the store and expanded sales to include international health, body, and beauty products, and today, the thriving business doubles as a tourist destination for its classic atmosphere.
    Lincoln Square
  • Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill

    Rockwell's Neighborhood Grill

    4632 N Rockwell
    M-Th 4-10PM, F 4-11PM, Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 10AM-10PM. A neighborhood favorite at the center of a small commercial district around the Rockwell CTA station, not far from the river. The outdoor seating is especially nice and will slip pleasant hours from your pocket.
    Lincoln Square
  • Apart Pizza

    Apart Pizza

    2205 W. Montrose Ave
    M-Tu 5-11PM, W-Su 11AM-11PM. $5-18. One of the best locations for Neapolitan-style pizza in Chicago, and unlike the well-known main competitor Spacca Napoli, here you won't have to wait an hour to get in the door. Makes an amazing $5 personal pizza, and features free delivery.
    Lincoln Square
  • Bad Dog Tavern

    Bad Dog Tavern

    4535 N Lincoln Ave
    M 5PM-2AM, Tu-Th,F 12PM-2AM, Sa 11:30AM-3AM, Su 11AM-2AM. A great pub with a menu worthy of an upscale restaurant. Live music on Monday and Tuesday nights.
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  • Starbucks

    4557 N Lincoln Ave
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
    Lincoln Square
  • The Book Cellar

    The Book Cellar

    4736 N Lincoln Ave
    M,W-Sa 10AM-10PM, Tu,Su 10AM-6PM. Splendid, comfortable book store with author events, a wide selection of Chicago books, and wine by the glass.
    Lincoln Square
  • Spoon Thai

    4608 N Western Ave
    Authentic Thai food, with bits and pieces from other Asian cuisines. Rumor has it that a secret Thai-only menu exists for a wider range of options. Weekday lunch specials are only $4.95.
    Lincoln Square
  • The Grind

    The Grind

    4613 N Lincoln Ave
    M-F 7AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 8AM-7PM. Wi-fi and plenty of outdoor seating. [hours have changed as of summer 2012. Need to be confirmed, but the new closing time seems to be 6PM daily.]
    Lincoln Square
  • Cafe Selmarie

    4729 N Lincoln Ave
    M 11AM-3PM, Tu-Th 8AM-10PM, F-Sa 8AM-11PM, Su 10AM-10PM. $8-17. A favorite spot for brunch since 1983, with outdoor sitting right in the fountain square.
    Lincoln Square
  • Los Nopales

    Los Nopales

    4544 N Western Ave
    BYOB Mexican restaurant; the name means "cactus paddle," and that's one of their signature dishes. (And there's a liquor store around the corner on Leland.)
    Lincoln Square
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