From an old European ethnic neighborhood to a trendy area of shops and restaurants, the evolution of Lincoln Square resembles that of many others in Chicago. Yet there is something very European about Lincoln Square, from the ambiance of Giddings Plaza to the scene of people walking around, window shopping or having a strong coffee at sidewalk cafes.
A good "virtual journey" through Europe here would start in the Italian restaurant La Bocca Della Verita. After lunch, a good coffee and dessert at Cafe Selmarie, the French bakery. Then some time spent shopping for items from Germany and Austria in one of the delicatessens and maybe for gifts imported from Europe. In the evening, Chicago Brauhaus is a must--a festive restaurant with live music for singing and dancing.