Explore this trendy neighborhood on Chicago's northwest side with these unique attractions, events and eateries.
Stroll the Historic Streets
Logan Square is more than just a neighborhood, it's a major link in Chicago's Historical Boulevard System, which began forming in 1869 as part of the city's visionary urban planning. The network consists of eight major city parks, connected by 19 boulevards and six squares in an arc approximately 26 miles long.
Logan Square is a large public green space that acts as the northwest terminus of the system, at the junction of Kedzie and Logan Boulevards and Milwaukee Avenue. At the center sits the Illinois Centennial Monument, built in 1918 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Illinois' statehood. The monument is a 70-foot tall marble column topped with an eagle. Its base depicts allegorical figures that represent the state's contributions to the country.
The square is also home to Minnekirken, an historic Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church. It is one of only two churches in the U.S. still using Norwegian as a primary language during liturgies.
The boulevards that stem from the square are attractions in themselves, with expensive bungalow-style homes and mansions. These give Logan Square a stylish and elaborate atmosphere that has drawn many to this area of the city.
Catch a Show
Logan Square is known for its arts and entertainment scene, thanks in large part to many of the musicians and artists that have settled in the neighborhood. Visitors can spend an evening at the movies at Logan Theatre, opened in 1915 and recently revamped to include an adjoining bar and small lounge. The Chicago Cinema Society operates a late-night series at the theatre, showing local and international indie films.
Catch a jazz show at Elastic Arts, which showcases local talent every week; or The Whistler, named one of the best jazz spots in the city. For blues, try Rosa's Lounge, a hidden gem that is known for its friendly and eclectic atmosphere. The Charnel House is a performance space that holds plays, visual art exhibits and musicals.
Comfort Station is the place to go for starving artists. The art space hosts exhibitions and events from local, national and international artists looking to showcase their talents. Another place to go is Hairpin Arts Center, which has ongoing performances, art openings and open mics.
Logan Square Farmers Market
The eating and shopping local trend has been booming, and Chicago has embraced that with its Farmers Markets. The Logan Square Farmers Market has been recognized as one of the best in the city, providing residents with fresh fruit, baked goods, meat and dairy. There are also live performances, fitness demonstrations and representatives from local organizations promoting their efforts for sustainable living.
The market runs along Logan Boulevard from Milwaukee Avenue to Whipple, and is open from 10am-3pm every Sunday. In the winter, the market heads indoors to set up shop in the Congress Theater. In 2013, Logan Square Farmers Market became one of two markets to offer an evening event. On Wednesday nights, from June 26-Sept. 4, the market is open from 5pm-9pm.
Sip Some Craft Beer
Chicago's craft beer scene has boomed in recent years, and now more than 50 breweries dot the region. One of the best in the city is Revolution Brewing, located in Logan Square on Milwaukee Avenue. This two-story brewpub creates year-round and seasonal beers, which it proudly distributes around the city and to patrons dining in its restaurant. The brewery also cooks up some scrumptious food to enjoy along with its beer. The bacon fat popcorn is a perfect compliment to the Anti-Hero IPA.
For a taste of other Chicago breweries, grab a seat at Small Bar, which features a quality craft-beer list and great bar food.
Dine in Style
A neighborhood that once had only a couple good eateries, Logan Square has grown into a powerhouse for eclectic, innovative and just-plain-good food. Finish your visit to this fine community with a meal at any of its world-class restaurants. Longman & Eagle serves up farm-to-table American fare, with a menu that changes frequently to showcase some adventurous and flavorful dishes. The restaurant also features a menu of creative cocktails and unparalleled whiskey selection.
If farm-to-table is your thing, don't miss Lula Café on Kedzi Boulevard, considered one of the forerunners of the popular dining trend. This establishment as been around since 1999, serving up a menu of humble yet risky dishes that have earned it recognition from Food and Wine and Bon Appétit.
Logan Square is also home to one of Bon Appétit's top new restaurants in the country, Fat Rice. This casual eatery draws inspiration from Euro-Asian combinations from China, Southeast Asia and India.