Conquering sign fatigue

June 8, 2010

In a coincidence timely to my recent blog post title, “Sign fatigue,” polis shares a thought-provoking video by Pilar Haile-Damato about a project intent on conquering sign fatigue:

Sensory perception:

Street art installation by CLS at
2616-18 N. Milwaukee; additional CLS art has been found around the neighborhood
here, here, and here.

Longman & al fresco

May 23, 2010

On Thursday, Longman & Eagle expanded its dining area to include outdoor seating on its Schubert Street side.  Chicago weather has cooperated this weekend to provide an enjoyable atmosphere for diners.

Sunday Brunch at Longman & Eagle
in Logan Square

I find it a bit odd that they chose to use the Schubert Street/residential side of their building.  Possibly more enjoyable for diners away from the Kedzie Avenue and bus traffic, but a potential conflict with the residents on Schubert.  On Kedzie Avenue, though, it would have had an agglomeration effect:  the potential to enhance and benefit from further enlivening that strip with the other outdoor dining options.  What do you think?

Sensory perception:

Across the street from Longman & Eagle, beautiful iris grow in a beautiful parkway garden on Schubert St.

Holiday diversions in Logan Square: Thanksgiving preparations

November 18, 2009

Julejentenes Christmas Bazaar

Whether you’re entertaining guests or being entertained on Thanksgiving day, stop in at the annual Julejentenes Christmas Bazaar at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church (Minnekirken) at 2614 N. Kedzie Avenue on Saturday, November 21 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to pick up Norwegian cookies and breads to wow your guests or your Thanksgiving hosts.  If sweets aren’t your thing, crafts will also be available to purchase, or just go to enjoy a bowl of hearty pea soup and buy a raffle ticket.  The bazaar is a fundraiser for the last remaining Norwegian language church in Chicago.

Indoor Winter Farmers Market

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Mo’ best Logan Square

November 13, 2009

Logan Square represents in another “Best of Chicago 2009”

Earlier this year, Logan Square shone in some quirky classifications in the Chicago Reader’s “Best of Chicago 2009” (see “Best of” in Logan Square), and now additional kudos! are due to some Logan Square notables recognized in some even quirkier categories in Newcity’s “Best of Chicago 2009.”

Like the quite specific “Best breakfast alternative to the wait at Cozy Corner” (on Milwaukee Avenue) accorded to the lesser known Cozy Corner at 4356 W. Diversey Avenue.

Same homestyle breakfast, same reasonable prices, but a bigger space and, best of all, no wait.

4356 Diversey Cozy CornerCozy Corner Restaurant in Logan Square

And [Correction:  Reader/commenter Jason points out that the alternative Cozy Corner is not in Logan Square, but in Hermosa.] the “Best use of Read the rest of this entry »

The 3 P’s of parking (P-2)

October 26, 2009

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Monthly parking passes return at the Emmett Street lot]

Continuing with the 3 P’s of marketing/parking (product, price, and promotion) as they relate to the Emmett Street parking lot (see The 3 P’s of parking [P-1] ):

Pay to Park sign 003Price

Price should be determined by supply and demand. 


Supply of public parking is largely fixed unless the city renegotiates the terms of its lease to LAZ Parking/Chicago Parking Meters, LLC.  Let’s put it this way, it is highly unlikely that the number of public parking spots will be reduced due to the high cost of compensating LAZ Parking/Chicago Parking Meters, LLC for the potential lost revenue.  And I don’t see the city feeling generous or desiring to further antagonize Chicago drivers by creating even more metered parking spaces.

From the premise of fixed supply of public parking, price then needs to be determined by demand.  Read the rest of this entry »

CTA land for sale, but not in Logan Square

March 2, 2009

Last week at the ICSC Illinois Alliance Program and Midwest Idea Exchange, I briefly met a man charged with selling CTA real estate, but none of it was located in Logan Square.  Mostly it was along the Brown Line, and I recall a Wilson Yards property.

Oddly, the man charged with promoting the CTA real estate for sale at this conference was from Boston (I don’t recall his name or firm) and not quite familiar with our neighborhoods and the many train stops throughout the CTA system. Today’s Chicago Tribune reports in “CTA puts out ‘for sale’ sign” that the CTA has outsourced management of this real estate portfolio to Chicago’s Jones Lang LaSalle, so the Boston front is even more odd.

A map of some of the land and buildings for sale shows these first efforts don’t include any CTA owned property in Logan Square.


Sensory perception:

Because I’ve had a rabbit wintering in my yard, this sign on the door of Prada & Associates at 2653 N. Milwaukee Avenue made me smile.

Messy urban vitality (Part II)

July 17, 2008

Visual order

Reader Christopher advocates for a “messy urban vitality” (see previous posts: Overwhelming messiness, Sign of confusion and Sign, sign, everywhere a sign), and recalls a passage from Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, an urban planning classic, to reinforce his point. While I am unable to find the passage that Christopher recalls, Jacobs devotes a chapter to “Visual order: its limitations and possibilities.” In it she notes that we are bombarded with a variety of impressions on city streets (signs, buildings, storefronts, etc.), and we are able to sort through those and weed out those that are irrelevant to give order to our surroundings, “…unless those impressions are too strong to ignore (emphasis added).” Unfortunately, that is what we face on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square.

Relative perspective

City streets can be viewed in relative perspectives: aesthetics vs. usability, the long view vs. the close-up, and a punctuated impression vs. a sustained consciousness, for example. Read the rest of this entry »