Not only in the White House, but even on and around Milwaukee Avenue there have been some changes. Certainly the above average snowfall this season merits an updated photo (below), though this fails to adequately capture the amount of snow we’ve received thus far.


Milwaukee Ave. North of Logan Square

This huge banner sign (below) rang in the New Year on the south side of the former Grace’s Furniture, soon-to-be Cheetah Gym building on the northwest corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue.

Definitely WOW!


Grace’s Furniture/Cheetah Gym Building
on Milwaukee Ave.

The sign is part of a Pepsi campaign tie-in to the new administration asking: “What would you say to the man who is about to refresh America?” You can participate at the website that’s shown on the billboard on top of the building. The banner sign was apparently not large enough to contain all pertinent information.

I hope that it’s temporary as the Cheetah Gym is supposed to have windows on this south wall. [Update: Cheetah regional manager Angie Frank confirms that the banner is temporary.]ย  [Further update:ย  ABC 7’s I-Team investigates WOW billboard.]

And on the opposite/southeast corner of Logan and Milwaukee, hopefully you’ve heard by now that New Wave Coffee has been
“open(ish)” (their own words) since New Year’s.


New Wave Coffee on Milwaukee Ave.*

It’s great to have a true “third place,” a term originated by Ray Oldenberg in his book, The Great Good Place: Cafรฉs, Coffee Shops, Bookstores, Bars, Hair Salons, and Other Hangouts at the Heart of a Community, to signify a place that’s neither home (first), nor work (second), but a “third place” for people to hang-out with good company and converse (notice I did not write “conversate” because “conversate” is not a word people!…I digress).

The place is huge with entrances on both Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue. Another big plus is that it’s open late(ish), until 11:00 p.m. And there’s free Wi-Fi. And, if like me you’re not a coffee drinker, they also serve chai latte, tea, hot chocolate and hot cider.

A most satisfying way to end this post on this day of change is to quote from New Wave Coffee’s vision statement:

For while change is constant, change-makers are rare and exquisite.

*New Wave Coffee photo by Allison Williams.


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