This is part of a monthly comic series about urban planning in Lincoln Square, by artist Sarah Morton .
For this month’s comic, Sarah took a look at two different editions of the “Not For Tourists Guide to Chicago” and compared Lincoln Avenue’s listings from 2005 to today.
Residents who have been here since or before 2005 may remember some of the businesses listed below. Overall, it looks like Lincoln Avenue in our neck of the woods has a decent retention rate in terms of restaurants and stores. As Sarah points out, many have been open since the 80s.
Through her research, Sarah also dug up this neat find from 1996, an article in the Tribune touting Lincoln Square’s “Old World influences.” Places listed there, like Timeless Toys and Merz Apothecary, are still open for business today.
Check out Sarah’s comic below for more. Were you in the area eight or nine years ago?