When Chicago was offered a piece of the historic Berlin wall in 2008, city officials knew exactly where it should go. The Western Brown Line station stands in the heart of Lincoln Square, a neighborhood known for its German roots. Today, riders pass the legendary piece of wall as they exit the station lobby and make their way toward a stretch of Lincoln Avenue dotted with German establishments such as Chicago Brauhaus
. Though the area is best known for its Bavarian beer halls and sausage shops, it has also gained attention for its array of independent clothing and beauty stores—including one that’s been beloved in Chicago since 1875.