Believe it or not, Lincoln Square, like many other Chicago neighborhoods was once farmland until being soaked up by the growing metropolis to the south. By 1923, Lincoln Square neighborhood had become an official part of the city of Chicago.
In 1956, the famed Abraham Lincoln statue was placed at the intersection of Lincoln, Western, and Lawrence avenues. Sculptor Avard Fairbanks designed this piece to resemble Lincoln at the time he visited Chicago during the 1850s.
In 1991, artist Lothar Speer collected a group of local students to paint a 3,000-square-foot mural on the Northern Home Furnishings building at the corner of Lincoln and Leland avenues. This oversized fresco captures charming German landscapes of the Black Forest and Lake Constanze while a multicultural group of children play in the foreground -- a symbolic homage to the current mix of ethnicities present in Lincoln Square neighborhood today.
Most recently, a 30-foot maypole was erected on the same corner, by the mural with the help of a collaboration of efforts and funds from the Hofbraeu Brewery of Munich, the Glunz Brewery family, the Himmel family and the German Day Association.
This pole honors the rich German heritage that helped found the Chicago neighborhood and is used in celebration every year with two huge festivals: Mayfest and the German-American Fest.
The eclectic neighborhood of Lincoln Square is located approximately 6 miles northwest the Loop, with bordering neighborhoods including Ravenswood, Ravenswood Gardens, and Ravenswood Manor. Lincoln Square is situated at Leavitt to the east, Winnemac to the north, Wilson to the south and Rockwell to the west.