The Winds Café on Kedzie Avenue closed (photo right) in early February. The signs say the closure is for the purpose of remodeling (photo inset). While I had hoped that was true, I had my doubts, and, come to find out, the building and the business are for sale. Still I’m hoping they may just take a break during these winter months, during this current economy, to cut their losses, and that they’ll open again when the weather improves and more people are walking about the neighborhood. Or, that they’ll sell to a profitable operator or other business.
And another one gone
Further north, I don’t even know when the Washington Mutual at the corner of Spaulding and Milwaukee Avenues closed (photo left). It was some time between New Year’s and early February. I was staying close to home and definitely not walking around more than necessary during our tenth coldest January ever. However, ever since Chase bank took over WaMu, I expected this WaMu branch to close because it’s only a city block north of the Chase branch by the main “el” stop. I thought there was just one, strategic possibility that they might keep it open in order to prevent a competitor bank from moving in.
Another one bites the dust*
And still further north, the Rainbow at 2768 N. Milwaukee Avenue also closed (photo right) between New Year’s and early February. This is one of the larger retail spaces along this stretch of Milwaukee Avenue and leaves another gaping hole. In the five relatively large landmarked buildings on the southwest corner of Diversey and Milwaukee Avenues, only three businesses remain.
Finally (we can hope), back south toward the square, the Western Union at the southeast corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue closed up shop at that location (photo left) in early December, but moved not too far away to just north of the Sachs/Payless building.
*Headings from the lyrics of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.”
Winter diversions in Logan Square:
Unibroue beer tasting: Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at Crown Liquors, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Opening reception for Victor M. Montañez solo
art show, “The Corazon” series:
Saturday, March 14, from
7:00 p.m., at the Crown Tap
Room, 2821 N. Milwaukee Ave.
(entrance on Woodard St.)