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 »

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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Croissant kerfuffle

September 21, 2010

Perhaps you’ve heard that the eagerly anticipated La Boulangerie opened a couple of weeks ago.  The four-seater bakery/crêperie has opened to much ado about an agreement it made that it would not sell coffee or individual croissants in order to secure a lease at this 2569 N. Milwaukee Avenue location.

Inside La Boulangerie Overlooking Logan Square

This has many neighbors up in arms.  Sacré Beurre!  You can’t eat buy just one croissant or un café.  But this is because those are the terms La Boulangerie agreed to. 

When New Wave Coffee negotiated its lease, probably two and a half years ago or more now, it protected its business venture by securing the exclusive rights to sell soup, sandwiches, coffee and baked goods in this building at the southeast corner of Logan Boulevard and Read the rest of this entry »

Post-public meeting on the Logan Square public plaza

August 20, 2010

Tuesday’s public meeting about the current proposal for the Logan Square public plaza was well attended by the standards of most neighborhood community meetings; it was, in fact, standing room only by a large margin.  I’m not sure how many attendees actually live in Logan Square.  I know there was a large presence of local food movement types, but I’m not certain they were necessarily loca-resideres, to coin an awkward phase (so awkward I find it necessary to explain it’s a riff on the word “locavore”).  I just don’t know. 

August 17 Proposal
for Logan Square Public Plaza and Orchard

The meeting began Read the rest of this entry »

Public meeting August 17 re: Logan Square public plaza

August 12, 2010

There will be a public meeting regarding the concept of a public plaza to be located at 2546-2566 N. Milwaukee Avenue on Tuesday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting location is 2333 N. Milwaukee Avenue (Logan Square Kitchen).

Long-Standing Sign Announcing Future
Community Open Space on Milwaukee Ave.

Perhaps you’ve noticed the sign that’s been up forever quite a long time.  (Note that Arnold Randall is listed on the sign as the planning commissioner.  He left that post in January 2009 and has held two other jobs since then.  And the Department of Planning and Development is no longer.  It merged with other city departments to Read the rest of this entry »

Sign fatigue

June 1, 2010

TCS Wireless moved across Milwaukee Avenue and may be trying to alienate us with its new sign (photo left).  If they pulled a permit, it appears to be legal because of the zoning of the property.   But they sure aren’t going to win any neighborhood friends.

What’s worse?  They left their old sign up with the lovely addition of spray paint to block out

some choice words/advertising (photo right).  Thanks a lot neighbors!

Can you tell they are not a local business?

Scene in Logan Square:

Logan Square Farmers Market opens its 2010 outdoor season on Sunday, June 6, 10:00 a.m., and continues Sundays through October, at the southeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard.

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 »