Logan Square Neighborhood Guide
Named after John A. Logan, who was a Union Army general and Illinois senator, Logan Square was built off of the influx of immigrants that were settling in the area. These settlers, who were part of a newly wealthy working middle class, began building up the area with mansions and bungalow-style homes. With the rest of the city’s decline in population in the 1930s, Logan Square began to deteriorate. Around the 60s, the neighborhood boosted itself back up by creating the Logan Square Neighborhood Association who initiated a restoration project to rehab the buildings in the neighborhood. The year 1980 put the neighborhood on the map with the boulevards joining the National Register of historic places.
Logan Square is approximately bordered by Diversey Avenue on the north, Western Avenue on the East, Bloomingdale Avenue on the south, and the Metra rail west of Pulaski Road.
Things to Do
Check out some of Chicago’s famous blues at Rosa’s (3420 W Armitage Ave, 773-276-6809). Since 1978, Rosa’s has been attracting a wide range of musicians, from the pros to up-and-coming artists.
Looking for more hands on entertainment? The Fireside Bowl (2648 W Fullerton Ave, 773-486-2700) is the best place in Logan Square to grab drinks and knock down some pins.
Don’t miss out on the Logan Square Farmer’s Market between Logan Blvd, Kedzie Blvd, and Milwaukee Ave. Every Sunday between June and September you can pick through fresh vegetables, fruits, and other delicious foods.
If you’re a history buff, you’ll enjoy the Historic Mansion House and Garden Walk that begins mid-September. This fun event allows people to learn about the history of Logan Square and view some of the beautiful houses in the area.
Dining & Nightlife
For a neighborhood favorite, visit Lula Café (2537 N Kedzie Ave, 773-489-9554). With delicious organic food and the wonderful displays of art, you’ll love the atmosphere here.
Have a date? Take him (or her) to Scofflaw (3201 W Armintage Ave, 773-252-9700) for some fancy gin cocktails and delicious small bites. If you stick around long enough, you’ll get cookies at midnight.
For some Italian fare, stop in to Buona Terra (2535 N California Ave, 773-289-3800). Formerly a grocery store, Buona Terra cooks up some of the best Italian dishes around.
Not interested in dinner? You can go straight to Whirlaway Lounge (3224 W Fullerton Ave, 773-276-6809). Control the tunes with the jukebox at this neighborhood bar and enjoy some cheap drinks served up by Maria, the owner.
There are no shortages in places to shop in Logan Square. You can find fresh cut exotic flowers at Fleur (3149 W Logan Blvd, 773-395-2770). This little flower shop is the best place to stop for a beautiful arrangement. The cyclists in the area enjoy Boulevard Bikes (2535 N Kedzie Blvd, 773-235-9109). Boulevard has everything you need to keep your bike in tip-top shape. For a trendy place to shop for apparel, check out Threads, Etc. (2327 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-276-6411). Find everything from furniture to clothing at this popular thrift shop.
Places to Stay
You have a couple of options for staying the night in Logan Square. Fullerton Hotel (3919 W Fullerton Ave, 773-227-2100) is staffed with friendly faces and filled with clean rooms. You can also check out the Milshire Hotel (2525 N Milwaukee Ave, 773-384-7611) that’s near all the action.