Daytripper: Lincoln Square


It’s a Chicago neighborhood that’s close to the North Shore and nicely compact.

In just one block, you’ve got shopping and dining options that can fill an afternoon. Take a cooking class, and it’s an all-day adventure.

Café Selmarie

A to-go bakery in the front with seating in the back, this café can take care of you for breakfast, lunch or dinner—outdoor seating when the weather permits. Make sure whatever meal you’re having you save room for a slice of Apple Galette. 4729 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-989-5595

Planet Access Company Store

Hip brands like United By Blue all sold to benefit Search, a nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities. Their tag line says it all: Shop Socially. Locally. (And you’ll be glad you did!) 4727 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-754-8176

The Chopping Block

Their entire upstairs is a hands-on kitchen for classes, but on the weekends the first floor is filled with tastings, good smells, and all the gear you need to make their recipes at home. 4747 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-6700 

The Book Cellar

During the week, the strollers are parked two deep on the sidewalk when it’s story hour, but there are also plenty of author talks for adults, as well as books for every interest and a tiny café (with wine!). 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-293-2665


Merz Apothecary

This narrow space is filled floor to ceiling with hard-to-find European and natural home and personal brands. According to Anthony Qaiyum, president of this family-run business, they are known for their homeopathic apothecary, but they also serve the neighborhood. Two big trending products they carry: men’s traditional shaving products and loose dried herbs for tea or mixology. 4716 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-989-0900

Gene’s Sausage Shop & Delicatessen

The beer garden on the roof opens Memorial Day, but until then you can buy delicious sandwiches or Gene’s own homemade products—highly recommend the Rabbit Sausage with White Wine or the Duck Sausage with Orange Liquor. 4750 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-728-7243