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Curbed Cup 1st round: (1) Pullman vs. (16) Lincoln Square

Which neighborhood should advance? Cast your vote now!

The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the Chicago neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 areas vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. This week we'll have two matchups per day, and all the results and the full tournament bracket will be reviewed on Friday. Voting for each pairing ends 24 hours after it begins. Let the eliminations commence!


In last year’s Curbed Cup competition, the residents of the historic Pullman neighborhood banded together to bring the victory home. Like the residents of other tight-knit, historic Chicago communities, Pullmanites are incredibly proud of their homes and their neighborhood and take any and every opportunity to display their love for their community. However, there are some key things that make Pullman different from many other Chicago neighborhoods. It’s a very diverse community—in economic standing, race, and background. It’s also the city’s first and only national monument. And if the residents of Pullman have their way, the area could one day blossom into a full-blown national park.

Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

The greater Lincoln Square and Ravenswood area is a staple of the North Side. The German heritage of Lincoln Square can still be seen to this day with such neighborhood anchors as the DANK Haus and events like the annual Oktoberfest festivities. Area residents celebrated the reopening of the historic Davis Theater, along with its new Carbon Arc restaurant. And there is still much more on the way. In our call for nominations, one Curbed reader added, “The revitalization of Damen, especially north of Lawrence, is fantastic ... [The] Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce puts together the best events. It’s not a fluke that the wine strolls only get bigger every year, not to mention the summer music evenings in Giddings Square. The best!”

But now, the decision is in your hands: Which area should advance? Cast your vote below, and may the best neighborhood win.