Logan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like:
Transportation: Logan Square Blue Line
Coming from the Loop, the easiest route to Logan Square is by taking the Blue Line 'L' Train to the Logan Square station. Most of the suggestions on this Logan Square budget itinerary are easily accessible via public transportation.
Jam (3057 W. Logan Blvd.) doesn't mess around with dinner — brunch is all day, every day (except Wednesday). It's Michelin Bib Gourmand status makes it the perfect addition to this Logan Square budget itinerary.
SmallFry (2489 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is a new fast casual restaurant in Logan Square with an interesting concept — a limited amount of menu items with a lot of customization options. Pick between three sandwich options, and fries customized by seasoning, sauce, and a choice of cheese. Sometimes simpler is better!
Shopping: Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles
Bric-A-Brac Records and Collectibles (3156 W. Diversey Ave.) perfectly fits the spirit and vibe of Logan Square and thus deserves your patronage. Bring new life to relics from the past in the form of your favorite records and collectible goodies.
Entertainment: Emporium Arcade Bar
Emporium Arcade Bar (2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.) really has it all:
- A bar with great craft beer and cocktails
- Old school arcade machines located throughout the venue
- Special events and concerts during the week
Make sure to incorporate it into your Logan Square budget itinerary for the perfect end to a great day.
Dinner: Parson's Chicken & Fish
Parson's Chicken & Fish (2952 W. Armitage Ave.) is a great place to go with a group of people. Choose from fresh and fried appetizers and entrees. There's something here for every taste, and the options are big and cheap enough to share! If you're of age, take a look at their frozen cocktail menu — they offer a number of options you won't find anywhere else!
Drinking in Logan Square by definition, is more affordable than drinking in River North. On that note, the options are incredible.
Mezcaleria Las Flores (3149 W. Logan Blvd.) recently opened on the side of (and as a part of) Johnny's Grill. Cocktails cost $10 and have incredible attention to detail and very Instagrammable presentation.
Lost Lake Tiki Bar (3154 W. Diversey Ave.) is Logan Square's affordable alternative to downtown cocktail spot Three Dots and a Dash. This place is on fire — sometimes literally.
Chicago locals: are there any must-hit spots I missed in Logan Square? Let me know in the comments so we can share with visitors! For more ideas, browse more Chicago neighborhood itineraries, or hop around town with this video itinerary series.