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Lincoln Square

Lincoln Square, located on the North Side of the city of Chicago, Illinois, is one of 77 well-defined Chicago community areas. It encompasses the smaller neighborhoods of Ravenswood Gardens, Bowmanville, Budlong Woods as well as the eponymous Lincoln Square neighborhood. Although it is sometimes known by these other names the City of Chicago officially designated it as Lincoln Square in 1925. According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the conflation of Ravenswood and Lincoln Square is a common mistake — the two are not interchangeable. The boundaries of the original Ravenswood subdivision, drawn in 1869, were Montrose, Lawrence, Clark and Damen. In the 1920s, the University of Chicago divided the City into community areas, one of which was Lincoln Square, which included the existing Ravenswood subdivision.

Housing stock map

See the share of the area's total housing units that are in single family homes, condominiums, two-to-four unit buildings, buildings with five to 49 units, and buildings with 50 units or more.


The Composition of Cook County’s Housing Market >

Housing market indicators

All of these property level data sets are connected to parcel-level data files from the county Assessors offices that include data on every parcel in the Chicago metropolitan area. All of these parcel-level data sets include historical data and are updated on a regular basis ranging from every week to every year depending on the data set.

Housing Stock Composition

Data on the housing stock provides context about the underlying characteristics of a neighborhood’s housing market and helps in the interpretation of patterns and trends in property sales, mortgage lending activity, foreclosure filings, and completed auctions activity. Understanding an area's housing stock can help determine the appropriate targeted strategies for stabilizing local housing markets, preserving and creating affordable rental housing, and promoting neighborhood investment. Learn more »

Housing Units by Property Type

The share of total housing units in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in rental buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2018
Single Family 12.1%
Condominium 21.0%
Building with 2-4 Units 26.4%
Building with 5+ Units 40.5%


Property Sales Activity

Property sales data provide valuable information on the characteristics of neighborhood real estate markets, such as how active local residential property markets are, what types of properties are being purchased, how they are being acquired, who is buying them, and how much buyers are paying for properties. Learn more »

Total Sales Activity

Total property sales activity in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, activity is broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 857 876 860 611 416 410 424 493 593 536 594 606 734 636
Single Family 150 121 109 89 97 75 89 110 134 120 149 142 164 159
Condominium 558 624 668 451 271 272 257 281 335 291 314 348 442 370
Building with 2-4 Units 135 119 72 55 41 54 66 83 100 97 118 100 114 95
Building with 5+ Units 14 12 11 16 7 9 12 19 24 28 13 16 14 12


Sales per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel sales activity allows for comparison of yearly sales activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 8.4 8.6 8.4 6.0 4.1 4.0 4.2 4.8 6.2 5.7 6.3 6.5 7.8 6.8


Share of Sales, Business Buyers

The share of residential property sales that were purchased by self-identified businesses in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 11.1% 7.6% 4.7% 4.3% 5.5% 9.0% 13.4% 15.4% 15.7% 15.3% 13.0% 10.9% 17.6% 11.9%
Single Family 18.0% 7.4% 9.2% 10.1% 6.2% 8.0% 9.0% 15.5% 14.2% 14.2% 14.1% 12.0% 12.2% 10.1%
Condominium 7.0% 5.6% 1.9% 0.7% 1.8% 5.9% 8.9% 6.4% 7.2% 2.4% 4.5% 2.9% 15.2% 7.8%
Building with 2-4 Units 15.6% 10.9% 9.7% 5.5% 17.1% 11.1% 21.2% 27.7% 28.0% 37.1% 25.4% 25.0% 26.3% 22.1%
Building with 5+ Units 57.1% 83.3% 90.9% 68.8% 71.4% 100.0% 100.0% 94.7% 91.7% 78.6% 92.3% 87.5% 85.7% 83.3%


Share of Sales, Extremely Low Value

The share of residential property sales that were purchased for less than $20,000 in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, transactions are broken out separately for total sales activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.7% 0.9% 0.3% -- 1.4% 2.4% 2.6% 0.6% 0.8% -- -- 0.5% 0.4% 0.2%
Single Family -- -- -- -- -- 1.3% -- -- -- -- -- 1.4% 1.2% 0.6%
Condominium 0.9% 1.3% 0.4% -- 2.2% 3.3% 4.3% 0.7% 1.2% -- -- 0.3% 0.2% --
Building with 2-4 Units 0.7% -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5.3% 4.2% -- -- -- -- --


Mortgage Activity

Mortgage activity data measures the flow of mortgage credit into an area and is indicative of the level of lender investment. The level of mortgage activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas can be used to assess how access to credit has changed over time in a community and how the flow of credit differs across geographies and for different property types within a geography. Learn more »

Total Mortgage Activity

Total mortgage recordings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total mortgage activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2,470 2,559 2,386 1,711 1,538 1,408 1,214 1,648 1,418 1,010 1,217 1,390 1,133 931
Single Family 648 578 524 431 529 450 422 559 429 283 394 479 341 294
Condominium 1,189 1,381 1,361 960 741 642 496 695 614 445 508 575 483 403
Building with 2-4 Units 573 557 438 259 233 279 248 332 308 222 274 283 253 192
Building with 5+ Units 60 43 63 61 35 37 48 62 67 60 41 53 56 42


Mortgages per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel mortgage activity allows for comparison of yearly mortgage activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 24.2 25.1 23.4 16.8 15.1 13.8 11.9 16.2 14.9 10.7 13.0 14.8 12.1 9.9


Foreclosure Filing Activity

Foreclosure filings data can be used to understand the number and density of foreclosure filings activity in different communities and to assess the cumulative impact of the foreclosure crisis on properties and housing units. The level of foreclosure filing activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market. Learn more »

Total Foreclosure Filings Activity

Total foreclosure filings in a given year are available for all residential properties. In Cook County, data are broken out separately for total foreclosure filing activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 29 42 80 189 235 206 164 155 68 37 34 36 25 21
Single Family 12 13 23 25 44 48 27 28 17 10 4 11 6 4
Condominium 8 16 37 135 134 121 93 88 37 22 20 19 14 13
Building with 2-4 Units 7 13 17 24 52 34 40 37 14 5 10 6 4 4
Building with 5+ Units 2 -- 3 5 5 3 4 2 -- -- -- -- 1 --


Foreclosure Filings per 100 Residential Parcels

Per parcel filings activity allows for comparison of yearly filings activity across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 0.3 0.4 0.8 1.9 2.3 2.0 1.6 1.5 0.7 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.2


Foreclosure Auctions

Completed foreclosure auctions data can be used to understand the flow year-over-year of REO properties into a market, how third-party demand at auction is different for different property types, and to understand the density of REO activity in a given year across geographies. The level of completed foreclosure auctions activity in a neighborhood relative to other areas is an indicator of distress in a local housing market and is related to high levels of foreclosure-related distressed property sales. Learn more »

Total Auction Activity

Total foreclosure auction activity in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for total foreclosure auction activity on single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and rental buildings with five or more units. When interpreting neighborhood-level housing market activity by property type, it is also important to consider the characteristics of the neighborhood's housing stock composition. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties 2 4 12 39 85 105 55 73 98 48 31 22 16 10
Single Family 1 -- 6 10 6 9 11 12 10 11 7 4 2 1
Condominium 1 3 4 20 71 86 38 49 70 25 11 14 10 9
Building with 2-4 Units -- 1 2 7 8 9 5 12 17 11 12 4 4 --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 2 -- 1 1 -- 1 1 1 -- -- --


Share of Auctions Resulting in REO

The share of foreclosure auctions resulting in REO in a given year is available for all residential properties. In Cook County, this indicator is broken out separately for REO activity in single family homes, condominium units, two-to-four unit buildings, and in buildings with five or more units. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties -- 100.0% 91.7% 100.0% 98.8% 99.0% 90.9% 84.9% 88.8% 85.4% 58.1% 77.3% 50.0% 30.0%
Single Family -- -- 83.3% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 83.3% 90.0% 81.8% 57.1% 75.0% 100.0% --
Condominium -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 92.1% 89.8% 91.4% 96.0% 90.9% 71.4% 30.0% 33.3%
Building with 2-4 Units -- 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 87.5% 88.9% 60.0% 66.7% 82.4% 72.7% 33.3% 100.0% 75.0% --
Building with 5+ Units -- -- -- 100.0% -- 100.0% 100.0% -- -- -- -- -- -- --


REO per 100 Residential Parcels

Per-parcel REO allows for comparison of properties entering REO status across geographies. Learn more »


Property Type 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
All Residential Properties -- -- 0.1 0.4 0.8 1.0 0.5 0.6 0.9 0.4 0.2 0.2 0.1 --