Now open: Hairpin Lofts & Logan Square Arts Center

July 28, 2011

Hairpin Lofts & Logan Square Arts Center
on Milwaukee Ave.

It’s been over 20 years since the public has stepped foot above the first floor of the Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Arts Center (photo left, “before”) — until today!

The reconfigured and newly renovated and restored building at the northwest corner of Diversey and Milwaukee Avenues (photo above, “after”) is certified for occupancy and open for business.

You can read a bit more about the building’s journey at History of the Morris B. Sachs building (Part I) and (Part II), Celebrating Hairpin Lofts! and Desirable defacement.

On the top four floors of the building, tenants will now reside in new apartments (photo left) where office workers once toiled.  And enjoy a bird’s eye view of the neighborhood (photo below left looks north up Kimball Avenue).

On the second floor of the building will be the Logan Square Arts Center, a performance and multi-use space managed by the Logan Square Chamber of Arts.

You can dive right in and see for yourself the new Logan Square Arts Center during the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival this weekend (see below).

Scene in Logan Square:

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival takes place this weekend, July 29-31, 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 Rockwell and Wolfram Streets.

You might start off your festival experience with the 50 & Fabulous performance at the Logan Square Arts Center Friday night at 8:00 p.m.  You could take some time on Saturday to channel your own artistic side starting at 2:30 p.m. with the All Ages Make & Take Art Workshops, fuel your artsy adventure at neighborhood restaurants or the curated Food and drink at the festival, or test your artistic expression at 7:30 p.m. with Foreign language karaoke.  You may challenge your perspective on Sunday at the Undomesticated gallery, see how the festival has unfolded at the See, Hear, Now gallery, and pick up a souvenir of the festival at the Indoor Art Market.  There’s much more to see and do.  Map your own route or let the art unfold in your own exploration.

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

Undiscovered public places in Logan Square

June 23, 2010

What Makes Your Place Great? Your Secret Corner of Chicagoland contest

The Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), this year in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), is once again entertaining entries in its What Makes Your Place Great? contest underway to uncover the undiscovered public places in Chicago.

What public space do you go back to again and again, and why? It could be your favorite secret garden, nestled in an empty lot in your neighborhood, or a beautiful courtyard invisible from the street. Maybe it’s a quiet reading nook at a local library, or a peaceful plaza that tends to be overlooked….

Read the rest of this entry »

Red light camera trap

June 14, 2010

New to the Milwaukee-Diversey-Kimball intersection is a camera attempting to catch you running a red light.  The city says to reduce crashes.  Consensus says to raise revenue

Or at least the sign is new (or is it just new to me?).  The City of Chicago Traffic Information map indicates that the camera was installed June 29, 2009, but I — and I know I’m not alone — just noticed the sign (photo below).

Red Light Camera Signage at

Read the rest of this entry »