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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 .

How to Choose A Moving Company

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When you’re in this business long enough, you learn that there’s no end to the horror stories people can share about bad experiences, not only with a Chicago moving company, but across the country.

Take Michael. A few weeks ago he told us about his experience attempting to move his boat from Florida to Chicago. He didn’t have a vehicle that could pull his boat, so he bought a trailer and found a “company” to tow the boat for him for $1,200.

Well, a week after moving to Chicago his boat was nowhere to be found, and Michael’s calls were going unanswered. A week later the number was disconnected. Mike’s boat was still in a slip in Florida, but his trailer was gone—along with his $1,200.

Michael should have known better, but he’s not alone. More than 8,400 complaints about moving companies were filed with the Better Business Bureau in 2010, many of them about “bandit moving companies” like Michael used.

Here are some tips to avoid falling into the same trap.

 (To listen to another expert, listen to this interview featuring Patricia McLaughlin, director of the Illinois Movers and Warehouse Association, on tips for choosing a mover from WCCI Quad Cities radio.)

3 Tips on How to Choose A Chicago Moving Company

1. Check Their History

Yes, that means checking with the Illinois Commerce Commission and the Better Business Bureau for complaints, but there’s a more basic reason to do this.

Many scam moving companies will change their name frequently to get a fresh start and appear as though they have an unblemished record. This is how they get around the tarnish of bad Yelp! reviews or official complaints.

So, if you’re considering hiring a Chicago moving company, find out how long you can trace their history. If they only go back a year or two (or less!), then you have to be particularly curious. They’re likely to be up to something, and if they aren’t, you’ll want to know you can trust a young company anyway, so do your background research.

2. Visit the Moving Company

If you can, it’s a good idea to visit the location of your moving company in person to verify that they have their own equipment and offices. Many fly-by-night companies will use a broker to set up the move and rental vans to move your stuff. That’s not a sign of reliability.

If you can’t visit them in person, you’re not out of luck. At least take a crack at searching their location with Google StreetView. Odds are pretty good you’ll be able to verify a brick-and-mortar location for most companies this way.

3. Get 3 Onsite Written Estimates

Why go through the trouble of an in-person estimate? Well, a reputable moving company isn’t going to give you an estimate over the phone or online, so this is an easy way to weed out a shady operator.

You’ll also eliminate sticker shock later on if the mover can see exactly what you’re asking of them and can give a more complete and accurate estimate.

There are a lot of other things you can check for too, such as whether they’ve earned the ProMover certification, if they’re a member of leading industry associations like the American Moving and Storage Association, and whether they answer the phone with their company name.

But these three tips will weed out the obvious, and drastically reduce your chances of getting left high and dry like our friend Michael.

Please let us know if you have other great tips for choosing a moving company in the comments below.

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