In the early years, Lincoln Square was comprised of a collection of farmer's fields surrounding the Budlong Pickle Factory. As it usually does, the onset of transportation - in this case the "L" and streetcars - helped the Lincoln Square area quickly change from an agricultural center to a town bustling with new commerce. Immigrants from Germany, Greece, Eastern Europe and Mexico added their heritage to the unique culture of the neighborhood. Today, thousands of people pass through the major thoroughfares of Lincoln Square, but the character of a European town remains.
All year, residents of Lincoln Square celebrate their diversity with traditional events such as May Fest, Lincoln Square Applefest, the Summer Concert Series, Lincoln Square Auto Show, the Sidewalk Arts & Crafts Sale and the German-American Fest. One annual favorite, the Square Roots Festival, features live folk music and entertainment, market vendors, food and beverages. Lincoln Square is also rich in culture and public art. In addition to the Lincoln Statue and Lombard Lamp, the Lincoln Square Mural and the Lincoln/Sunnyside Mural, both depicting a village similar to one in Germany or Europe, the Giddings Square Fountain and the Maypole, are accessible to everyone. The Conrad Sulzer Regional Branch Library is a prominent example of signature Chicago architecture.
Of course, entertainment outside Lincoln Square is pretty good considering the many outstanding venues in Chicago. There are famous museums, world-class shopping, fine dining and renowned professional sports action. And the multicultural enclave of Lincoln Square is a gateway to it all.