Every Sunday morning in the summer and autumn, I feel like I've stepped out to an updated version of Little House on the Prairie. As I dress my children in their Sunday best and venture out by foot, first to church and then to the idyllic farmers' market located on a historic boulevard in our beautiful neighborhood, Logan Square.
If you are visiting Chicago on a Sunday, I urge you to take the Blue Line to the Logan Square stop for breakfast, some shopping, and a visit to our weekly farmers' market.
The Logan Square Farmers Market isn't your average produce sale. Voted the best farmer's market in the city by the Reader, you'll find over fifty vendors of fruit, veggies, baked goods, jams, jellies, fresh cheeses, flowers and more. Each week also features take-away goodies from vendors offering everything from delicious sweet and savory crepes to Italian zeppole donuts. Spread a blanket on the grass and enjoy a breakfast or lunch feast and the fun hustle and bustle of the colorful market. Live entertainment from musicians near and far is always on the menu, too, so you're bound to catch an impromptu concert while you're there.
On the corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Logan Boulevard, across from the Sunday Farmers' market, the local children's toy, book, and gift store *play deserves a visit. With its unique variety of quality merchandise, you're bound to find a special treat for the kid in your life.
Just next door lies La Boulangerie: step inside and you'll be transported to Paris via croissants and my children's favorites, pastel-colored macarons. (P.S. Moms: Just around the bend, in the square, check out Wolfbait & B-Girls for locally designed fashion and art.)
Logan Square Theater
Further down Milwaukee Avenue, take in a matinee at the just recently restored Logan Theater. Since 1915, families have been catching matinees in this little gem of a movie house.
There are so many other new and family-friendly restaurants, cafes, and even a brewery to discover in Logan Square! Our neighborhood is changing at a fast pace, but still feels like a country town in the city, at least on weekends. The next time you're in Chicago, step off the beaten tourist path and check it out!
My kids enjoy climbing the Illinois Centennial Monument. We love to ride our bicycles around the square.