Lincolnwood is on the edge of Chicago’s north side, but it also a quiet suburban community that is both safe and clean. Lincolnwood homes are beautiful and come in many varieties like condos, single family residences, affordable split levels, or large luxurious estates.
Being in close proximity to Chicago, Lincolnwood has access to Chicago nightlife and public transportation. But residents don’t need to drive or travel far to have delicious and unique Lincolnwood restaurants and a great dining experience.
Lincolnwood schools include well funded and maintained public schools as well as access to nearby private Chicago elementary schools. Higher education and colleges are all within close proximity that offer numerous community events. Oakton Community College makes college courses and continuing adult education affordable and easy to access.
The area is one of Chicago’s happy and quiet neighborhoods. Lincolnwood shopping and other attractions make it a fun and exciting suburb but still close to the Chicago jobs and nightlife.
Lincolnwood is located in Cook County, 10 miles north of the Chicago Loop, and a twenty minute commute to downtown Chicago. Lincolnwood is located east of the Edens Expressway.
Neighboring communities include both suburbs and city of Chicago neighborhoods like West Ridge, North Park, Forest Glen, Skokie, and Evanston.
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The Lincolnwood community was originally a wooded area settled by the Potawatomi Native American tribes until the Treaty of 1816 forced tribes out of the area. Johann Tess and family arrived in Lincolnwood in 1856 from Germany and purchased thirty acres of land.
More people moved to the area and the Halfway House Saloon was in built in 1873. Population continued to increase when the Chicago & North Western Railway station was establish in 1891 in Skokie. The North Shore Channel was built in 1909 and avoided flooding in residential homes.
With a population of 359, the area incorporated as Tessville in 1911 so that the village could grant liquor licenses to newly established saloons and taverns. Many of these establishments became speakeasies during prohibition selling alcohol and allowing patrons to gamble. In 1931, George Proesel was elected mayor and reformed the village and improving the standard of living.
Lincoln Avenue was transformed from a plank toll road into a state highway in 1932. Mayor Proesel passed a liquor license law in 1934 to limit the number of establishments selling liquor. In 1936, the village was renamed Lincolnwood to help transform the image of the village.
Lincolnwood residents formed community group and centers like Bryn Mawr Country Club, the East Prairie Welfare Club, Lincolnwood Woman's Club, and the Lincolnwood Afternoon Club, and the American Legion Post #1226.
Village of Lincolnwood continued to grow in population with the opening of Eden Expressway. Lincolnwood provides a safe community within close proximity of the Chicago transportation, schools, entertainment, and nightlife.
Parking in Lincolnwood is easy accessible and includes private parking at every home and condo complex. Street parking is highly regulated with Street Sweeping Regulations and Street Snow Removal Rules.
Lincolnwood Walk Score rates the central area of the suburban community 71% and very walkable compared to most suburbs. The average is 49% and car dependent in more residential areas of Lincolnwood.
A great option for fast public transportation is Pace Buses. Pace Bus Route 290 - Touhy Avenue provides service along Touhy Avenue from the Roger Park Chicago neighborhood and the CTA Red Line Howard Station to the Park Ridge Metra Station and Blue Line Trains near O’Hare International Airport. Other stops include Lincolnwood Town Center Shopping Mall and Old Orchard Shopping Center in Skokie.
Pace Bus Route 210 - Lincoln Avenue provides service between Lincolnwood and Glenview in the northwest suburbs. Important stops include Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview Metra Station, Morton Grove Metra Station, and Lincoln Village Shopping Center.
Additional service is provided along Central Avenue and Howard Street by Pace Bus Route 225 - Central - Howard. Route 225 includes stops like the CTA Blue Line Milwaukee Station, Edgebrook Metra Station, and Howard Street Industrial Area.
Pace Bus Route 226 - Oakton Street provides service east and west along Oakton Street and down Central Avenue to CTA Blue Line Trains. Popular destinations along the route include Oak Mill Mall, Niles West High School, Des Plaines Metra Station, and Edgebrook Metra Station.
Lincolnwood schools include three public schools and a variety of private schools in the North Chicago neighborhoods that border Lincolnwood. Lincolnwood School District 74 and Niles West High School provide good public education from preschool to high school graduation and prepare students for higher education and university admissions.
North Park University 3225 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 (800) 888-6728.
Loyola University 1032 W Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660 (773) 274-3000.
Northeastern Illinois University 5500 N Saint Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625 (773) 583-4050.
Oakton Community College 7701 North Lincoln Avenue, Skokie, IL 60077 (847) 635-1600.
Lincolnwood Public Schools
Lincolnwood School District 74 6950 N. East Prairie Road, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 675-8234.
Lincoln Hall Middle School (6-8) 6855 N. Crawford Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 675-8240.
Rutledge Hall Elementary School (3-5) 6850 N. East Prairie Road, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 675-8236.
Todd Hall Elementary School (PK-2) 3925 W. Lunt Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 (847) 675-8235.
Niles West High School (9-12) 5701 Oakton St. Skokie, IL 60077 (847) 626-2500.
Lincolnwood Private Schools
St. Scholastica Academy (9-12) 7416 N Ridge, Chicago, IL 60645 (773) 764-5715.
Queen of All Saints School (PK-8) 6230 N. Lemont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646 (773) 736-0567.
St. Hilary School (PK-8) 5614 N. Fairfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60659 (773) 561-5885.
St. Mary of the Woods School (PK-8) 7033 N. Moselle Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646 (773) 763-7577.
Lincolnwood nightlife includes many north Chicago bars and lounges as well some nightlife in the near north suburbs. Lincolnwood residents have access to many options for relaxing and fun nights out.
Cary’s Lounge (2251 W Devon Avenue, Chicago, IL 60659 773-743-5737) is one local nightspot located in the far north Chicago and bordering the Lincolnwood neighborhood. Opened since 1972, Cary’s offers free wifi, a full bar, free pool tables, jukebox, and friendly bartenders always happy to meet new patrons. Cary’s also offers karaoke night and live bands on weekends.
Another fun hangout is at Atlantic Bar and Grill (5062 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 773-506-7090). An authentic Irish pub in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, Atlantic has daily specials for both food and drinks, and their menu includes BLT’s with Irish bacon, corned beef and cabbage, BBQ chicken wraps, chicken wings, or curry fries. Beers include a good variety of craft microbrews on tap and bottled imports.
Grealy’s Pub and Grill (5001 W Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60630 773-736-5400) is located in Jefferson Park about three miles from Lincolnwood. Grealy’s features food, drink specials, live music, and no cover charge. Food includes authentic English breakfast, Rubens, and other pub foods. Drinks specials include specials on Saturday nights and makes a night out affordable and fun for people on budgets.
Lincolnwood shopping tons of shopping retail stores and the Lincolnwood Town Center Shopping Mall. The Town Center has a variety of shops, department stores, and a food court that includes fast food and casual dining establishments. Some stores include Victoria’s Secret, Carson Pirie Scott, Kohl’s, and Old Navy.
AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 is located in downtown Skokie and includes multiple movie screens, an IMAX theatre, 3D screenings, concession stands, and online tickets can be purchased to skip long lines at the theater.
Local theaters include the Edge of the Wood Theatre and their school of acting. The children’s theater is a great opportunity to keep children active and involved. Past productions include Little Shop of Horrors, Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and Little Women.
Lincolnwood Restaurants include many different dining styles and cuisines. Whether you are looking to pick up fast food for a quick meal or take the family out for a casual dinner or to celebrate a birthday, Lincolnwood dining offers Mexican, pizza, steak, seafood, Chinese, Greek, and Italian cuisines.
Lou Malnati’s Pizza (6649 N Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 847-673-0800) is one place for good Chicago pizza. Some favorite menu item includes the Malnati Chicago Classic with butter crust and sausage topping or the Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza with your choice of ingredients. Lou’s also offers a kid’s menu, pasta dishes, appetizers, and desserts like the chocolate chip pizza. All foods are available for delivery or carry out but remember a deep dish pizza take 40 minutes to bake in the oven but worth the wait.
For delicious barbecue, L Woods Tap & Pine Lodge (7110 N Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 847-677-3350) is the perfect place for casual dining or a visit to the lounge and bar and offers a warm relaxing atmosphere and feels like you’re dining in log cabin. If looking to pick up or have dinner delivered, ordering online is fast and easy. With country style cooking, L Woods is a unique gem and a favorite establishment in the north suburbs. They also serve specialty cocktails and martini’s and have a large beer list.
Myron and Phil's Steak Seafood and Piano Bar (3900 W Devon Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 847-677-6663) is a perfect place for fine dining, steaks, seafood, and great for a first date or to celebrate anniversaries. Myron and Phil’s doesn’t serve cheap food but serves freshly made and unique dishes unlike many chain restaurants.
For local Greek cuisine, Psistaria Greek Taverna (4711 W Touhy Avenue, Lincolnwood, IL 60712 847-676-9400) is the perfect place for a delicious meal outside your standard American cuisine. Psistaria offers live entertainment, an outdoor patio, and rooms available for private parties. The menu includes cold and hot appetizers, light entrees, kid’s menu, seafood, broiler dishes, and of course a dessert menu with tons of Greek favorite pastries.
For some of the best family friendly entertainment, Lincolnwood Fest is hosted every July and is free to all area residents and guests. The fest includes free live music, carnival rides (unlimited with the purchase of a wrist band), carnival games, bingo, classic car show, and traditional pancake breakfast hosted by the Lincolnwood Baseball Association.
Lincolnwood Parks and Recreation provide parks and playgrounds for area families to enjoy and play outside. The Proesel Park Family Aquatic Center is perfect for cooling off during those hot summer days. Channel Runne Dog Park is just one of fifteen fun and beautiful Lincolnwood Parks.