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.

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.

Summer comings and no-goings

May 27, 2010


Opening up next to New Wave Coffee will be a toy store for the neighborhood, called Play.  Reader/commenter Carter noted the need for a toy store back in 2008.  This one certainly looks playful with the sparkly jack on its sign.

Play, Coming Soon to Logan Square

La Boulangerie

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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 »

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.

The WOW is gone

March 1, 2009

Less than a week after ABC 7’s I-Team report, “Sign of the Times,” the huge WOW billboard disappeared from Logan Square, along with its smaller sister billboard that was located on top of the same building (“after” photo below).


Grace’s Furniture/Cheetah Gym Building
on Milwaukee Ave.

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ABC 7’s I-Team investigates WOW billboard

February 18, 2009

Wednesday night ABC 7 broadcast an I-Team report, “Sign of the Times,”  on illegal billboards throughout the City of Chicago, and Logan Square’s WOW billboard figured prominently in the piece, with neighborhood residents Bruce Anderson and Paddy Lauber offering perspectives.

the-wow-starts-nowGrace’s Furniture/Cheetah Gym Building
on Milwaukee Ave.*

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