Not only has this thriving neighborhood earned this coveted title due to its incredible walkability, beautiful historic homes, and trendy bars & restaurants, but Logan Square entertainment has also helped put this area on the map. Recently ranked as one of the “nation’s coolest neighborhoods,” Logan Square is earning an impressive reputation locally and nationally. We highlighted a few top reasons to visit or live in Logan Square.
Logan Square is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chicago and possesses many historical monuments and buildings. Originally developed by early settlers like Martin Kimbell, of Kimball Avenue fame, in the 1830s the vicinity was annexed into the City of Chicago in 1889 and renamed Logan Square.
Logan Square neighborhood is centered locally, on the public square that has been the neighborhood’s highlight at the intersection at Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard. One of the defining characteristics of the neighborhood is the large grey-stone buildings and homes consisting of large bungalow-style houses.
while the trendy neighborhood provides easy access to the ‘Loop’ and surrounding areas, you will quickly find that Logan Square has quite a distinct vibe of its own. This community is known for keeping things local. Throughout the neighborhood you will find local restaurants serving locally sourced food, local breweries pouring local drafts, local theatres premiering local artists, and local galleries showcasing local artwork.
If you are a fan of live music, catch a concert at Concord Music Hall, the newest addition to Logan Square’s and Chicago’s historic music scene. Also check out some of the neighborhood’s smaller venues, including Logan Square Auditorium where you will find various festivals and shows, or Rosa’s Lounge for some of the city’s finest jazz.
For fresh comedy and lots of laughs visit Logan Square Improv. Bring your own booze and enjoy stand up, sketch comedy, and improvised shows at this brand new comedy theatre.
On a rainy day, bundle up and enjoy a film at the historic Logan Theatre. Since 1915 this 906-seat movie house has provided a fun and affordable viewing experience, complete with sports vintage decor and a full bar and lounge. If you are a fan of independent films, be sure to attend the theatre’s Underground Film Festival taking place every June.
Do not miss out on the many art galleries Logan Square houses for the chance to admire unique creations and even partake in creating your own artwork.
Galerie F is a local favorite that showcases street art, gig poster, and collectibles from emerging local and national artists. The gallery also hosts monthly exhibitions and community drawing events.
Sideshow Gallery is also worth a visit. Here you can find an assortment of obscure and funky works of art, from vintage treasures to skulls and taxidermy.
Check the calendar at Comfort Station for upcoming art exhibitions, comedy shows, and other creative events. This calming, historic space opened its doors in 1926 as a warning station and has transformed into a local haven for all things artistic.
If you are looking for an exciting spot to grab a drink, consider checking out one of the multiple arcade bars in the neighborhood.
The infamous Logan Arcade offers the largest public collection of pinball and video games in Chicago, including 30 pinball machines and 47 video games. Plus, Monday evenings feature a movie night, and Tuesdays offer a magic show with a comedic twist. You can also enjoy a pop-up record shop on the last Wednesday of every month.
After major success in West Loop, Emporium recently opened its second location near Logan Square, bringing even more old-schooled games to the bar scene. Here you can find dozens of games, live music, DJs, and amazing local art murals. Be sure to hit the bar for curated craft beer and hand-crafted cocktails.
Alternatively, spend a laid night evening out at Cole’s Bar for a night of delicious drinks, pool tables, and live music. Also, check the schedule for the frequent and trendy comedy open mic nights.
After Cole’s, swing on by next door to Slippery Slope for another drink and a round of Skee Ball. You can also make your way to the dance floor and enjoy the live DJ.
Check out Logan Square’s local sports club and eatery, Park And Field. The impressive outdoor patio features bocce courts, Adirondack chairs, multiple fire pits (where you can make s’mores), and a camper-turned-bar. The inside is decorated like an old-classic gymnasium, with things like vintage rings and pommel horses, so you may even feel like you’re working out while drinking at a bar.
Lonesome Rose is a casual all-day spot is where you go to pretend you’re living in Southern California. The restaurant is light and airy with benches and large tables. It’s a great spot for large groups especially with the delicious Tex-Mex dishes on the menu that are easy to share. After you’re done, check out the downstairs basement bar, Golden Teardrops, for a change of scenery.
Middle Brow Bungalow is a cute brewpub that’s decorated with tea lights, reclaimed wooden picnic tables, and decorative plants. You must try anything made with the housemade bread or pizza.
Mini Mott is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a very good burger. This casual corner spot tops their bugers with American cheese, frizzled sweet potato, and a hoisin mayo. The short menu here also has other items like a pork katsu sandwich, soft serve, and vegetarian jackfruit carnitas we really like.
The Moonlighter has an extensive menu of upscale bar food like waffle fries, nachos, and burgers. But the real reason to come here is for the huge outdoor space which features multiple fireplaces. Order a few pitchers of house cocktails, and it’s one of the best day-drinking spots in the city. Your furry friend is also welcome!
One of our favorite spots in Chicago is Fat Rice. The ambiance is low-key, and the Macanese food is outstanding. Stop into the colorful restaurant and try the bold flavors!
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