Save the Logan Square Farmers Market

May 3, 2011

Public Hearing today!

If you’re able, please attend the Hearing to support the Logan Square Farmers Market. 

The main meeting details page shows 42 items on the agenda, none of which is the Hearing, but the link to the agenda shows the Hearing on the objection up first at 12:00 noon, so take your lunch hour at City Hall if you can.

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Lessons from the Dill Pickle Food Co-op: Greentailing

April 15, 2010

As I responded to reader/commenter Amy (see Thank you, and…), I have a complaint with the Dill Pickle Food Co-op:  that it didn’t locate on Milwaukee Avenue.

Wouldn’t it have looked lovely?

What the Dill Pickle Food Co-op Might Have
Looked Like on Milwaukee Ave.

But it did do many other things right, and there are lessons to be Read the rest of this entry »


Scene in Logan Square: Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

July 30, 2009

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Act Art local

While I’ve covered a variety of store comings and goings and vacancies along Milwaukee Avenue, as Logan Square artist and one of the festival organizers, Victor Montañez, says, “We do  not need to look beyond our community to reinvent our economy,” and this year’s bigger, better Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival should put that idea to the test.

MAAF mapCentered at Logan Square’s square, the festival runs for three days, Friday, July 31, through Sunday, August 2, from noon to 11:00 p.m. each day, and runs for miles up and down Milwaukee Avenue from California Avenue Read the rest of this entry »


Holiday shopping around Logan Square

November 21, 2008

Julejentenes Christmas Bazaar

norwegian-cookiesFirst stop, the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Minnekirken) at 2614 N. Kedzie for its annual Julejentenes Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The church ladies have been baking up a storm, and on Saturday you can purchase some of their delectable Norwegian cookies and breads and clever crafts. Buy some for your own Thanksgiving feast or to bring as a gift for your Thanksgiving hosts. The ladies also promise stick-to-the-bones pea soup, which should be welcome warmth in this cold weather. The bazaar is a fundraiser for the church, the last remaining Norwegian language church in Chicago.

Gift options surrounding the square

boulevard-bikes-cropMoving right around Logan Square to the south on Kedzie Avenue, Boulevard Bikes has shiny new and fully functional used bikes and accessories for your cycling friends and family, or give a gift certificate in any amount for your cyclist’s future repair or accessory needs. Lula Café also offers gift cards in any denomination. Read the rest of this entry »


Community Book Exchange: Logan Square Branch

October 11, 2008

Walking by the southeast corner of Logan and Kedzie Boulevards, I was again reminded of one of the things I love about this neighborhood: the Community Book Exchange: Logan Square Branch (though I don’t know of any additional branches yet [Correction:  there is also a Wicker Park Branch]).

If you haven’t seen it, it’s a Chicago Reader newspaper box (mis?)- appropriated and converted by Logan Square resident Ryan Duggan to a free book exchange serving readers in the community since 2006. Don’t worry, the Reader thought enough of it to feature a story on “The Littlest Library” shortly after the box surfaced in its current incarnation.

Have books you no longer want? Place them in the box. Looking for a good read? Go peruse the library shelves (all two of them). My recent perusal uncovered the classic Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Ray Bradbury’s science Read the rest of this entry »


Sunrise Fresh Market on Milwaukee Avenue

September 24, 2008

What’s in a name?

Monday’s Gapers Block: Drive Thru article, “Goya or Bust,” mistakenly referred to Sunrise Fresh Market at 2722 N. Milwaukee Avenue by its old name of Tianguis. Tianguis is still the name on the awning, but it’s been Sunrise Fresh Market — as the banner sign above the awning says — for over a year now.

The article also refers to the store formerly known as Tianguis as a bodega. I suppose that depends on your definition of a bodega. I think of a bodega as the well-stocked corner store in the city. Besides not being literally on a corner, Sunrise is far more than a corner store. Despite folks clamoring for a grocery store in the neighborhood, we have one right on Milwaukee Avenue in Read the rest of this entry »


Deep Economy mission accomplished

July 25, 2008

A path from the library to Milwaukee Avenue businesses

We were a small group, just three of us, but still I count the first of two discussions about Bill McKibben’s book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, as a success.

Why? My markers for success, as noted in Mining the library for gold,
were 1) getting people to realize just how close Milwaukee Avenue businesses are to the Logan Square Library (right) and that they can easily walk to them, and
2) generating ideas about how to improve Milwaukee Avenue and the local economy.

Merry, who lives a bit south of the part of Milwaukee Avenue that this blog is about, and who has lived in the neighborhood for months — not years — discovered two finds on Milwaukee Avenue that I know she’ll Read the rest of this entry »