Lincoln Square is one Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods with a little bit of something for everyone. A tons of great restaurants, outdoor spots and places to stroll, venues for seeing movies and music, family friendly activities, and plenty of nightlife to enjoy, too. Keep reading for the best spots for a budget-friendly day in Lincoln Square.





It’s pretty simple to get to Lincoln Square via public transit. Get off the CTA Brown line at the Western station. You could also take the CTA 81 Lawrence bus, and exit at Lawrence & Leavitt.




Pannenkoeken Cafe/Famous Dutch Pancake Huis: This brightly decorated brunch restaurant and coffee shop has both indoor and outdoor seating for warm weather. Reasonable prices accompany generous portions and friendly service. Make sure to order a serving of their famous Pannenkoeken—traditional Dutch pancakes that are larger and thinner than the American version. Choose between sweet or savory toppings.

Pannenkoeken Cafe  |  4757 N. Western Avenue  |  773-769-8800




Roots Pizza

There are plenty of affordable spots to grab a quick bite for lunch in Lincoln Square (if you’re not still full from breakfast, that is). Here are some top picks:




Enjoy, An Urban General Store

Take a stroll through Enjoy, An Urban General Store. This unique gift shop has thousands of quirky items for all ages including toys, greeting cards, and fun office supplies.

Enjoy Urban General Store  |  4723 N. Lincoln Avenue  |  773-334-8626


If you’re running low on groceries, stop by Lincoln Quality Meat Market. This family-owned butcher shop has been around since 1928 and has the best chops in the city.

Lincoln Quality Meat Market  | 4661 N. Lincoln Avenue  |  773-561-4570




Davis Theater

Davis Theater: This classic movie theater (it's on the National Register of Historic Places) is a local favorite for a relaxing night out. The latest movies are shown in an old-fashioned space that was recently given a glam facelift to restore its Art-Deco character and design. Bonus: a new bar and restaurant was also added. Kick back and enjoy!

Davis Theater  |  4614 N. Lincoln Avenue  |  773-769-3999




Chicago Brauhaus

Enjoy traditional German fare at Chicago Brauhaus. Start with a soft pretzel, then order a few dishes to share from the large menu. The atmosphere is family-friendly, with a live band on certain nights.

Chicago Brauhaus  |  4732 N. Lincoln Avenue  |  773-784-4444


Another worldly dining option is Isla Pilipina Restaurant—a casual restaurant known for its traditional Filipino comfort food. The prices are reasonable so you can try lots of different dishes—and take home leftovers!

Isla Pilipina  | 2501 W. Lawrence Avenue  |  773-271-2988




Band of Bohemia Chicago

There are plenty of bars and nightlife spots in Lincoln Square, with everything from laid-back to trendy. Here are some local favorites:

  • The Grafton Pub and Grill—Traditional Irish pub with live folk music. You might want to have dinner here - the burgers are delicious!(4530 N. Lincoln Avenue)

  • The Red Lion—Cozy British pub (2446 N.Lincoln Avenue)

  • Tiny Lounge—Mod bar with classic cocktails and a lengthy beer list (4352 N. Leavitt Street)

  • Band of Bohemia—The first Michelin-rated brewpub! (4710 N. Ravenswood Avenue)


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