Emmett Street lot improvements, a day late, and done

September 9, 2010

Things didn’t go exactly as planned for the Emmett Street parking lot maintenance.  But they are done, a day late and a dollar short I don’t know and I don’t care at what cost (since Chicago Parking Meters, LLC/LAZ Parking is picking up the tab per the city’s 75 year contract with them).

There was some confusion with regard to what exactly consitutes north and south in a lot that’s oriented northwest/southeast, both by LAZ and by drivers.  They ended up splitting the maintenance work on a vertical, rather than horizontal axis as first explained.  They changed the dates mid-stream so that the switch between south and north (or west and east, if you like) was made a day later than planned and the completion date was a couple of days later.  There were some straggler drivers that didn’t make the shift in time.  But in the end they completed the project a day later than originally planned, a day earlier than the revised plan.

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More on the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

August 2, 2010

Christy Prahl of the Neighborhood Watch blog (see Blogging from Logan Square in right column) has a thoughtful piece on the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival of a couple of weekends ago.  It’s constructed around the pre-festival Chicago Reader article, “Who is Logan Square?”.

While I had previously linked to the Reader article in A Mention – Attention in the right column on this blog, I did not address it in a separate post as I did not want to particularly call attention to it prior to the festival and prior to folks sharing their thoughts here, hoping their experiences and thoughts might be independent of any influence from reading the article.

Share and compare about the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

July 23, 2010

Sunday at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

An open forum to share your thoughts of the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, during and after this weekend’s acitivites, and to compare the fesival to past years’:  Read the rest of this entry »

Scene in Logan Square: Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

July 20, 2010

The Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival takes place this weekend, July 23-25, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, noon to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on Milwaukee Avenue between Washtenaw and Dawson Avenues (pdf map available for download).

Start off your festival experience Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. with some art and music at the 2010:  An Art Odyssey Gallery and Stage.  Kick it up a notch and experience the Graffiti Battle at the Advance Basic Concept Gallery and Stage at 6:00 p.m.  At your leisure, head over to experience a different kind of contemporary art at the Danny Think Tank gallery. Read the rest of this entry »

Scene in Logan Square: Pumpkinfest 2009

October 20, 2009

Unity Park Advisory Council’s Pumpkinfest 2009  takes place Saturday, October 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Unity Park at the corner of Kimball and Schubert Avenues.

Help the kids celebrate Halloween two Saturdays in a row! 

Come in costume for the costume parade.  Complete your costume with face painting.  Get to Pumpkinfest early for a free pumpkin to decorate (as long as supplies last).  Enjoy the music and general Halloween fun and frivolity!

Milwaukee Avenue Art Walk 2009

October 11, 2009

Yes, it’s back.

Pick up a hot cider at New Wave Coffee or coffee at Café con Leche and take a stroll down Milwaukee Avenue between Logan Boulevard and Diversey Avenue to see the work of Logan Square artists and art about Logan Square on display in the storefront windows now through October 26.

While you’re there, take a look at what’s new on Milwaukee Avenue, and please let the business owners know that you appreciate their participation in events like this.

My thanks go out to all the artists, businesses and property owners for their participation.  And thanks also to Logan Square neighbor Erica Sims for helping me hang the art.

This year’s Milwaukee Avenue Art Walk starts small in size and ends in, well, “atmospheric” proportions, with much variety in between.  Here’s where you’ll find the art this year:


"Descending" by Dan Zamudio

Scene in Logan Square: House & Garden Walk

September 8, 2009

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Logan Square Preservation House & Garden Walk takes place this Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., centered around the original Kimbell (as in the incorrectly spelled Kimball Avenue) farm.

This year’s House Walk features 3 churches and 10 homes — most of them on what I consider to be one of the “Best blocks in Logan Square.”

inlaid floorLogan Square neighbors have once again generously opened their doors and unlocked the garden gates to allow others to sneak a peak inside (see photo right).

Each year, of the hundreds of folks who participate, about half come from outside the neighborhood, from the suburbs, even from out of state.  It’s a perfect opportunity to better acquaint your friends and family with where you live.

And if you’re bringing friends and family to the House Walk — introducing them to the neighborhood for the first time or renewing their acquaintance with Logan Square — be sure to stop for lunch at a neighborhood spot like Café Bella at 3311 W. Fullerton Avenue or recap what you learned and liked over dinner and/or a margarita at the nearby Fonda del Mar at 3749 W. Fullerton Avenue, where the patio remains open for your relaxation.