The diversity of Lincoln Square

During the early part of the last century, Germans were the largest ethnic population in Chicago. At some point in the 1900's many settled in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The stretch of Lincoln avenue between Lawrence and Wilson had predominately German businesses.

Over the years other ethnic groups settled in the area. There was a large Greek population just west of Western Avenue. People migrated from Eastern Europe settled in the neighborhood.

The Lincoln Square shopping district, between Wilson and Lawrence has an ethnically diverse range of businesses. There are still German and East European influences. But, Thai, Indian, Middle East, Greek, and others provide food and services.

The neighborhood is ethnically diverse too. People from all over the world live, work, and raise their families in the area.


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