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.

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Style Rookie finds inspiration in Logan Square

December 29, 2010

Remarkable for her age, respected for her sense of style, fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson (photo right) of Style Rookie found inspiration in the neighborhood this past year, at Sparrow salon, where she gets her hair cut, and at Saki, where she finds music to love.

Sparrow’s own Bathsheba Nemerovski is more indirectly inspired via Robin Richman in Bucktown, Creatures of the Wind, which has a connection to artist Stephen Eichhorn, who has a Logan Square connection, having installed his art in one of the rooms at Longman & Eagle.

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Saturday morning flashback: Logan Beach Café

November 27, 2010

Opening Day Menu, Logan Beach Café, 
Logan Square

Remember the predecessor to Lula Café, Logan Beach Café, once affectionately known as “the Beach?”  Finding this opening day menu reminded me of the espresso steamed eggs, a favorite of my dad’s, and how incredibly smokey it was on weekend mornings, something that kept me away more often than not.  What do you remember?

PoetryMusicConcerns about “Starbucking” the place, and a glimpse of the future for Amalea TsildsHope for what it could becomeMore music?


Menu image by PhillipC on Flickr.


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 »


Desirable defacement

September 15, 2010

Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Arts Center
Façade Work on Milwaukee Ave.

This is the kind of literal defacement I like to see.

This defacement indicates progress on the Hairpin Lofts and Logan Square Arts Center, which is moving along according to plan.

The skin has been removed for various parts cleanings and repairings, leaving this odd face.  Neighborhood resident Adam Natenshon of Brinshore Development humanizes its current state, likening the concrete structure to bones and the clay tiles to muscles held together by mortar tendons (detail photo left).  The scaffolding itself adds a skeletal look.

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Emmett Street parking lot maintenance

August 18, 2010

LAZ Parking/Chicago Parking Meters, LLC (CPM, LLC) will be repairing potholes and other bumps in the road, re-paving and re-striping the Emmett Street parking lot the week beginning Monday, August 30.  These are some of the issues I previously wrote about in The 3 P’s of Parking (Part I) regarding the product offering.  And hats off to LAZ Parking/CPM, LLC as they address these issues before they become major concerns. 

Preparing for Maintenance at the
Emmett St. Parking Lot

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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.