Logan shows its love for all things hip by staying ahead of the curve
Logan Square has secured its spot as the up and coming area in the city. Its recent gentrification has exponentially increased its appeal to business owners and new restaurants, lounges and eclectic boutiques. The area easily maintains its neighborhood vibe and still allows for plenty of affordable living options for singles and families alike. While affluence is certainly present, there is still a noticeable blue collar/working class vibe to Logan, which seems to keep its roots intact.
Logan Square is located just north and west of the center of downtown Chicago. It is bordered to the north by Diversey, to the south by Fullerton, to the east by N Western Ave., and to the west by N Pulaski Rd. Neighbors to Logan include Avondale, Humboldt Park, Bucktown, and Wicker Park. It is next door to the Kennedy Expressway (90/94), and also accessible via the blue line (California, Western, Logan Square). Numerous buses pass through and most run 24-hours-a-day, making public transport a breeze.
Landmarks & Scenes:
Logan Square gets its name from the square itself: picturesque, iconic, full of history, and extremely well-known. The Illinois Centennial Marker marks the center of Logan Square.
Food & Drink:
The food scene here is just that... a scene, in a good way of course. The neighborhood has welcomed new food ideas with open arms and turned LS into a destination for new innovative spots and hungry foodies. Check out Gaslight Coffee Roasters for a fresh cup, Revolution Brewing for a cold beer, Longman & Eagle for farm-to-table fare, or visit Billy Sunday for brunch.
There are many locally-owned businesses in the area, including small, non-chain grocery stores, mercados (Hispanic markets), and farmers markets. Peek into Wolfbait & B-Girls, a kitschy boutique on W. Logan Blvd., or Uncharted Books, a sprawling used bookstore.
Logan Square has everything from fantastic music venues that tout local talent and host established industry vets, to art fairs, craft fairs, or really any fair you can imagine! Logan Theatre, opened in 1915, is beautifully maintained with the original features both inside and out and is a 906-seat movie house.
Sports & Outdoors:
Between the abundance of parks and galleries, theaters and concert venues, there is never a shortage of activities in the area. There are soccer fields in Haas Park, and Logan Square Skate Park is practically 2 acres in size. Palmer Square Park is a 7-acre green space with a "Velveteen Rabbit"-themed playground and a track the circles the park, and the Bloomingdale Trail and Park features an elevated path for cyclists, runners, and walkers along the southern edge of the neighborhood.
Arts & Culture:
In neighborhood full of different cultures, a small community garden contains the native vegetation of Norway next to the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church. The church was built in 1912 and still recites liturgical passages in Norwegian today. The Boulevards aka, The Emerald Necklace of Chicago, is one of the last of the remaining boulevard systems that is an official historical landmark.
Logan is characterized by friendly neighbors who watch out for you and truly enjoy socializing and getting to know one another. Combine that with abundant green space and numerous community events, and it's not too difficult to see why this area is such a magnet for families with youngsters.