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Neighborhood Highlight: Logan Square

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Logan Square Neighborhood

Logan Square is one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods, known for its artistic community. Photo: Katherine Leonard

Unlike other metropolitans, Chicago is a city of neighborhoods—unique areas with personality, community spirit and features that make it feel like home. Some of Chicago’s neighborhoods are well known throughout the city for their unique attributes, and even out-of-state visitors recognize some of them. Lincoln Park boasts fantastic shopping and nightlife. Hyde Park is known for its beautiful boulevards and culture. Bucktown is home to a creative, young crowd. Then there’s Logan Square—a relatively young neighborhood growing in popularity.

Earlier this year, Logan Square was named as one of the hottest neighborhoods in 2013 by Redfin. Already known for its prominent Latin influences and artists’ community, the neighborhood’s appeal continues to increase among hipsters, artists, 30-somethings and entrepreneurs.

Artists have long flocked to Logan Square; just read the recent Chicago Reader article titled “The migration of the hipster,” which details the history of hipsters and artists throughout the city. Today, Logan Square’s artistic community is sought after and inspiring. Nonprofits such as I AM Logan Square, South Logan Arts Coalition and the Logan Square Chamber of Arts focus on further cultivating the booming community through projects, festivals and events. Logan Square’s annual Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival also draws a city-wide crowd to experience artists, musicians and more for a weekend.

Besides Logan Square’s pulsing art community, the neighborhood also supports a burgeoning foodie movement. Already known for its Latin food, Michelin-rated Longman & Eagle and renowned Lula Cafe, Logan Square has added to its food and bar repertoire in recent years. Visitors from far and wide stop by the gin joint Scofflaw, the craft cocktail bar Billy Sunday and fried chicken sensation Parson’s Chicken and Fish. The neighborhood’s taste for craft cocktails and tasty eats continues as the food and drink rumors continue to spread about what’s next for the area.

In addition to a nightlife that rivals Wicker Park and Wrigleyville, Logan Square also has a neighborly, at-home feel. Every Sunday, families descend on the Farmers Market. Wednesdays you may catch young and old camped out in front of the Comfort Station for an evening movie. And The 606 park project is spurring new excitement as construction begins on the 2.7-mile, multi-use recreational trail that borders the south side of the neighborhood.

Interest in investing in neighborhood also extends to the business world. Entrepreneurs and business owners not only choose to invest in Logan Square, but invest in multiple businesses as well. Owner and executive chef Matthias Merges owns both yakitori-inspired Yusho and bar Billy Sunday; Ann Kienzle opened both the toy store Play and gift store Shop 1021 along Milwaukee Avenue; and Esam Hani has owned Logan Square businesses for more than 12 years, including Latin brunch sensation Cafe con Leche (dinner locale D’Noche Restaurant at night), Red Star Liquors and the upcoming The Harding Tavern.

Whether you’re looking for artistic inspiration, a quick bite to eat or a place to start a family, the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square has something for everyone.



Kate Hamilton is a digital strategist and founder of LoganSquarist a hyperlocal news website covering the Chicago neighborhood of Logan Square. Connect with her on Twitter @katemhamilton, LinkedIn, Facebook or .

Your Chicago Moving Company is Making News

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We’ve been moving Chicagoans for more than 40 years, but lately it seems more and more people are taking note of the work we do, whether it’s how we treat our employees or how we help with your Chicago move. Here are a few highlights from what people have been saying over the last few weeks!

Motivating employees without money

The folks at Doostang, a career advice portal, reached out to our president, Mina Georgala, for her thoughts on how to reward employees without big dollars.

Georgalas stays in the office until her employees return after a hard days work to show them that they are all in the long haul altogether.

“When the employees see you, the boss, waiting for them to come back and they realize that you are as tired as them, they will show up the next day waiting to see you at work as well,” Georgala says. “And they do. And that makes them feel part of the company.”

Read more from her and other business owners on how to reward employees without money >>

Homeowner’s Guide to A Smooth Move

Kristen Bosse of Illinois Homes interviewed Georgalas to get her thoughts on how to make a smooth move, and how a Chicago moving company can help you do it. Mina shared three big mistakes many people make when it’s time to move in Chicago.

“There are a few big issues to keep in mind. First, they choose only based on rates, not recognizing the add-ons that will come later. Second, they choose a moving company based only on online reviews. Checking credentials with the ICC or IMAWA is a better bet. Third, the homeowners do not disclose everything that needs to be moved, as well as special instructions about stairs, pets, etc.. Moving companies schedule trucks and crews based on the size or restrictions, and not disclosing this info can leave you hanging. And lastly, not being ready on the day of the move. The hours can add up!”

Read more tips for a smooth move >>

The power of a bad first impression

Making a good first impression is essential in the moving business, but it might be even more important when it comes to your move to a new home.

The folks at LoganSquarist, the hip neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest side, profiled one new resident whose initial impression was far from stellar. They also talked to Georgalas for some advice on choosing a company to help you move in Chicago, focussing on warning signs of a shady company.

Check out their post on first impressions of Logan Square >>


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