Lollygagging Through LOGAN SQUARE: A Neighborhood Spotlight

Lollygagging Through LOGAN SQUARE: A Neighborhood Spotlight

  • A KlopasStratton blog by: Bridget Chambers, Life Coach, Writer
  • 06/14/24

Lollygagging Through LOGAN SQUARE: A Neighborhood Spotlight

In a city as vast and varying as Chicago, neighborhoods are the crevices that hold the spirit of the place. Personality, charm, and intrigue are unique to the city blocks that hold each neighborhood region – each one entirely different, but all of them inextricably connected.

Known for its rich history, artistic vibe, and culinary delights, Logan Square has transformed over the years from a quiet, residential enclave into one of the city's most dynamic and desirable areas. This transformation is visible in the juxtaposition of grand 19th-century mansions alongside cutting-edge modern developments, reflecting the neighborhood's ability to honor its past while embracing the future.

Logan Square is more than a neighborhood; it's a cultural mosaic that captures the essence of Chicago's spirit. As you walk its streets, you’ll encounter a tapestry of experiences—historic landmarks that whisper tales of the past, vibrant murals that pulse with the energy of today, and community spaces that foster connections for the future. Here are our best recommendations for your best bets while visiting (or moving to!) Logan Square.

Historical Charm Meets Modern Living

  • Historic Homes: Stroll along Logan Boulevard to see grand greystones and stately mansions, such as the William E. Dever House. These homes reflect early 20th-century architecture and the neighborhood's affluent past.
  • Illinois Centennial Monument: This iconic column in the center of Logan Square commemorates the 100th anniversary of Illinois' statehood and is a local landmark.
  • Modern Developments: Contemporary apartment complexes like MiCA Apartments provide modern living options while maintaining the neighborhood’s historic feel. This blend creates a unique living environment where the past meets the present.

A Culinary Adventure

  • Longman & Eagle: An upscale gastropub offering a contemporary take on traditional American cuisine, located at 2657 N Kedzie Ave. It's famous for its Michelin-starred menu and whiskey selection.
  • Lula Cafe: Known for its farm-to-table dishes, this cafe at 2537 N Kedzie Blvd. has been a pioneer in the local dining scene since 1999. Their brunch is particularly popular among locals and visitors alike.
  • Food Trucks and Markets: The Logan Square Farmers Market on Sundays features a variety of food trucks and stalls, offering everything from tacos to gourmet coffee. It's a great way to experience local flavors and support small businesses.

Art and Culture at Every Corner

  • Street Art: Murals such as the "Greetings from Chicago" mural at 2226 N. Milwaukee Ave. add vibrant colors and local flavor to the neighborhood. These works of art often tell stories of the community and its heritage.
  • Logan Theatre: Located at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave., this historic theater screens indie films and classics, and hosts events like the annual Logan Square Arts Festival. The theatre's vintage charm attracts film buffs from all over the city.
  • Comfort Station: A multidisciplinary arts space at 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave. that hosts art exhibitions, music performances, and community events. It's a cornerstone for local artists to showcase their work and engage with the community.

Green Spaces and Community Gatherings

  • Logan Square Park: The central park area is perfect for picnics and outdoor activities, and hosts the weekly Farmers Market. It's a hub for community events and social gatherings.
  • The 606: This elevated trail offers a scenic route for biking and jogging, and connects Logan Square with other neighborhoods like Wicker Park and Bucktown. It's a great spot for exercise and enjoying the outdoors.
  • Palmer Square Park: A quieter green space perfect for relaxation and dog walking, located at 2200 N. Kedzie Blvd. It's a hidden gem for those seeking a peaceful retreat within the city.

Nightlife and Entertainment

  • Revolution Brewing: Located at 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave., this popular craft brewery offers a wide selection of beers brewed on-site. Their beer hall is a lively spot for socializing with friends.
  • The Empty Bottle: A staple music venue at 1035 N. Western Ave., known for its eclectic lineup and intimate setting. It has hosted countless legendary performances over the years.
  • Lost Lake: An award-winning tiki bar at 3154 W. Diversey Ave., perfect for exotic cocktails and a fun night out. The tropical vibes and creative drinks make it a favorite among locals.

Community Spirit

  • Community Gardens: Spaces like the Altgeld Sawyer Corner Farm allow residents to grow their own produce and engage in community gardening activities. These gardens foster a sense of cooperation and sustainability.
  • Local Initiatives: Groups like the Logan Square Neighborhood Association organize events and initiatives to improve the neighborhood and foster a strong sense of community. Their efforts include everything from neighborhood clean-ups to advocacy for local issues.
  • Logan Square Farmers Market: This weekly market is a social hub where neighbors meet, shop for local produce, and enjoy live music. It's a testament to the area's commitment to local food and community engagement.

In Logan Square, every corner has a story to tell, and each story adds to the rich narrative of a community that is as diverse as it is united. Whether you’re a foodie eager to explore its renowned dining scene, an art lover drawn to its creative pulse, or someone seeking the warmth of a tight-knit community, Logan Square offers a unique slice of Chicago life that promises to captivate and inspire.


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Lollygagging Through LOGAN SQUARE: A Neighborhood Spotlight
Lollygagging Through LOGAN SQUARE: A Neighborhood Spotlight

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