Logan Square in Vogue

August 3, 2011


In its “Destination of the Month: Chicago” article, Vogue.com singles out Logan Square as “Another Happening ‘Hood.”

Highlighted are Longman & Eagle, newcomer Telegraph, perennial favorite Lula Café and, a little bit down the avenue, The Whistler.

The nation is taking notice.

(HT @johna_picco.)

Best neighborhood ever! Logan Square

June 23, 2011

I really hadn’t planned on it.  I’d covered the Chicago Reader’s “Best of” issues for the past three years.  I thought I was through with it, at least for the time being.  I didn’t encourage readers to vote in this year’s Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2011” polls.

But, dammit! “Best Overall Neighborhood” merits a blog post.

Best Overall Neighborhood – Logan Square

But not just Best Overall Neighborhood; how about:

Best Neighborhood for Affordability – Logan Square

(runner-up) Best Neighborhood for Culture – Logan Square

(runner-up) Best Neighborhood for Diversity – Logan Square

(runner-up) Best Neighborhood for Nightlife – Logan Square.

After having to work to find last year’s Logan Square gems (see “Best of” closest to the square), this year’s edition was chock full of Logan Square, which, like the whole of Chicago, does its share of “world-class dining scene,”  “grassroots arts movement,” and “one beautiful mess of highbrow and low.”  It’s almost all Logan Square, all the time this year, so I’ve not distinguished the Reader’s picks from the Reader’s readers’ picks.  [Update:  How did I Read the rest of this entry »

Monday’s recipient and gift

May 23, 2011

Colin is the recipient of yet another gift from a neighborhood business (see Good things come in threes for one more chance).

Today’s gift is a trio of $3 whiskey tokens from Longman & Eagle for self-indulgence or sharing with friends.

Thanks again Colin for joining in the conversation.  Thank you Longman & Eagle for donating the whiskey tokens normally reserved for guests at the inn.  I love the concept of your tavern and inn.  It couldn’t have worked so well in any other place absent a Longman and an eagle.

More thoughts on the (Woodard) plaza proposal

May 15, 2011


Late to the game (it’s been around since 2008), I recently discovered this clever bike rack/public bench/subway vent (photo below) that is a good idea for the proposed plaza rework at the triangle north of the Milwaukee-Kimball-Diversey intersection (see Improving on the [Woodard] plaza proposal).

NYC MTA Bike Rack-Public Bench-Subway Vent

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Logan Square’s the soul of your favorite city

December 9, 2010

Milwaukee Ave. in Logan Square

Fresh on the heals of Nylon‘s discovery of the real Chicago in our neighborhood, it’s MSN’s turn to also “re:discover | The soul of your favorite cities” in Logan Square, and also, again, in the neighboring community of Avondale.

From its landmark skyline to the hard-scrabble streets of its dynamic neighborhoods, the people of Chicago are growing transformative businesses, creating a cultural resurgence and redefining what makes this city work.

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WTTW is biking through Logan Square

November 21, 2010

Monday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m., WTTW premieres another Geoffrey Baer hosted tour of Chicago, “Biking the Boulevards.”

Baer bikes through the tree-lined boulevards of the city, highlighting discoveries unseen by car and sharing the history of bicycling in Chicago.  He’s sure to talk about Ignaz Schwinn. Maybe about the Tour de Fat?   Tune in (see preview below).

The ride ends up in our beloved Logan Square, and the ride for the ride is fittingly supplied by none other than our own Boulevard Bikes.

If you want to share your own photos and stories of the boulevards and biking, WTTW has an app place for that, and for even more interactive content after Monday’s premiere.

Vodpod videos no longer available.
Biking the Boulevards with Geoffrey Baer | Preview, posted with vodpod



Holiday diversions in Logan Square

Logan Square Holiday Art Sale and Winter Celebration:  Saturday, December 4, from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m., 2200 & 2300 blocks of N. Milwaukee Ave., centered around Cole’s, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave.




“Best of” closest to the square

July 14, 2010

A day after my last post the Chicago Reader came out with its “Best of Chicago 2010” issue.  The accidental theme of the issue is “street smarts.”  Though, am I lacking them because I found it a bit cumbersome to find the Logan Square gems in this, the third annual, issue?  No fears; they are there.

“Best of” in Logan Square

In 2008, the “Best of” in Logan Square  was a fairly traditional list of categories while 2009’s “Best of” in Logan Square was a bit quirkier.  And this year’s is a mixture of both. 

I want to highlight those that are relevant to this blog’s geographic focus:

Lula Café resurfaces, chosen in the readers’ poll in the more traditional category of Best Brunch of 2010.

Lula Café on Kedzie Boulevard
in Logan Square

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