Lincoln Square is in Cook County, located on the North Side of the city of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 well-defined Chicago community areas with a population of 42,103. It is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Founded by German immigrants in the 1840s, Lincoln Square is defined by modest homes and leafy streets. Encircling the neighborhood's main business and entertainment district, which is basically a single street lined with quaint storefront shops and restaurants, are rows of three- and four-flat buildings with a few single-family homes tucked in among the multi-unit brick and stone residences. This charming neighborhood holds a rich culture overloaded with charm, amazing food and a continuing respect for the community's Old World heritage. Living in Lincoln Square offers residents an urban suburban mix feel. The Old Town School has an eclectic roster of live music. The public schools in Lincoln Square are above average. Lawrence, Lincoln and Western avenues have German restaurants and bars that feature traditional food and beer, and there are plenty of Bavarian-style bakeries and shops here as well. Trendy cafes and hip cocktail bars draw young, fashionable crowds. Lincoln Square boasts a wide variety of independent shops, breweries, and a vibrant restaurant scene just minutes from Downtown. There are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks too.